3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale

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425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 40
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, champagne-like bubbles, well-formed head, slight haze

Aroma: Spicy, woodsy, cloves. No farmhouse funk.

Flavor: Fruity, malty sweetness, apples. No hop spice. Moderate toastiness. Hard to describe woodsy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body yet dry finish, silky. Astringent finish.

Overall: Interesting flavors. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but still enjoyed it.

Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear straw colour with a small, white head.

Lightly spicy, sweet malt aroma. Lots of sulphury skunk.

Spicy, lightly sweet and malty. Good fruitiness. Moderate bitterness. Nice.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

A decent beer. I'll forgive a touch of possible lightstrike and say that this is decent. Unfortunately, it lacks the real fruity maltiness of a Biere de Garde.

Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, golden beer with a fading head and a moderate carbonation.

Smell of bottom fermenting yeast, combined with a light dextrinous maltiness, which reminds of honey and a little straw.

Taste is a typical bottom fermented beer. The beer is dominated by the malt, expecially pilsmalt, rounded of by a light dextrinous, doughy maltiness. Also some bready notes. The mouthfeel is dry and has a light bitterness. Not the typical biere de garde, but what is.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle 8,5% Abv

Appearance: 3 Monts pours a decent, virtually clear (the very finest yeast particles) shade of gold. The head, typically for a Belgian ale, is massive, has pretty good retention and leaves great lace. On the whole a very good looking golden ale.

Smell: Unfortunately the nose is a bit of a letdown as it is much weaker than expected. None the less the aroma that there is, is pretty decent. Golden apples, pears, white pepper and clove spiciness, some earthy notes and just a hint of grassy hops towards the end of the nose.

Taste: After the first sip I can tell that the taste is going to impress me more than the smell, notably due to it being less subdued. The taste kicks off with a fruitiness derived from apples and pears; this is quickly followed by a wonderful earthy hop flavour that carries through to a reasonably bitter and dry finish. As the beer warms a yeasty spiciness is also noted. Alcohol is not a major factor in the flavour of the beer but is well noted as warmth in the throat and stomach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly moderate level of smooth carbonation (perfect in my opinion).

Drinkability: Great, easy drinking beer, very refreshing. I will most certainly have this beer again.

Photo of Long813
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: 18.11.11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear golden body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Notes of straw grains and yeast. Some spice and fruits. Very weak aroma.

T: Yeast note and straw with a nice malty backbone. Some type of spice and citrus fruit mixture too.

M: Light bodied and high in carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a malty finish. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, even at room temperature.

D: Pretty good beer, but I enjoyed the other one I've tried for them. The flavouring could be better, but as it is, it's not a bad beer.

Photo of muttyd
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden yellow. Crystal clear with a thin white head.

S - Almost like a hard cider - green apples, pears, some citrus, grassy hops.

T - Grainy, citrusy and bitter in the finish. Yeast / spicyness is minimal and the grainy malts pretty much dominate the flavor palate. Nothing too exciting, but still enjoyable.

M - Light body. Bubbly on the tongue. Leaves a grassy after taste.

D - Drinks like a 4% abv pilsner, not a 8.5% abv strong ale. Not something I would seek out again, but still drinkable.

Photo of misinformed
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle with no date poured in to a Chimay chalice. The cork is secured by some kind of strange massive staple that I pried back with a pair of pliers.
A- Clear golden color with very active carbonation. Poured with a 2 finger head that settled down to just above a dusting. Small amounts of blobby lacing.

S- Yeast, alcohol, sort of a faint sour apple juice smell.

T- Similar to smell. Yeast and light grain. Cracker like at times. Bread and yeast finish. Faint apple/sour cider.

M- Light with good carbonation. Refreshing and slightly creamy.

D- The grain and sourness was a nice surprise in what was an otherwise boring beer. I would probably drink this over something like a pale ale, but otherwise not something I would revisit.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw-yellow color with a nice foamy white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light yeasty farmyard smell with a bit of grain.

Taste: Mild malty taste of grains with some yeast and a bit of fruit, particularly pear and apple. Similar aftertaste, but with a hint of caramel. Generally fairly crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; higher ABV hardly noticeable.

Milder cousin to the Special Ale/Grand Reserve of the same name. This is a bit weak in comparison, but this is a more refreshing beer, and could be an excellent introduction to these beers with the yeast funk.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Justin for the sample.

The nose is reminiscent of a good Pilsner: spicy, grassy, presumably noble, hops. The palate is toasted malt with a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops lend a crisp bite on the back end.

A simple, refreshing beer that fails to stand out from the pack.

I guess I need to try this again, I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Failry pale gold in colour, quite clear on the first pour. Significant fluffy white head, about four fingers deep. Looks quite at home in a Duvel tulip.

Musty funky aroma, very earthy yeast smell. Also plenty of grain. It isn't the most inviting aroma altogether, but I believe that within the style it is relatively normal.

Earthy flavour dominates, with a crisp grain flavour filling in the rest. Some faint spices, likely coriander/cardamon. Hint of liquor, almost champagne like. Decent, not flooring me though.

Light champagne-like body. Quite pleasant mouthfeel that enhances the drinkability beyond what it would be considering the flavour.

Not a bad beer at all, I just expected something a little different.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's summer and a nice BdG sounds appealing. I picked this up at State Line on Sunday.

Brilliantly clear, this beer is orange yellow with a huge white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Beautiful stuff. The nose is interesting. Right off the bat, I get a solid herbal tea-like character, coupled with some dusty aromas, honey and a spice character that I'm having a hard time describing. Like a saison, but different. A little zing, some lemongrass and a little bay leaf too, perhaps? Even the spices are rather fresh and herbal (I guess that makes them herbs, but goddamn it, they sit in my spice cabinet). There's a faint grassy hop character present too, and the entire combination is challenging my nose quite a bit. Oh, it's good, though.

The palate opens with a beautiful, delicate, herbal character with a lemon and grassy, hay-like hops most prominent. Delicate and nuanced, there's a light pepper-like zing. Malt character is light but complex with a blend of crackers, a little honey, both of which work very well with the opening flavors. A little dried ginger, especially on the finish, this beer is crisp with a light fruit character - red apples and maybe some pears? The flavors on this beer are so delicate that the power of suggestion definitely has its way. The finish is gorgeous. Long, drying with a blend of spice and a light hop bitterness, this is beautifully balanced. A little alcohol appears too. Carbonation is high, making this light-bodied beer immensely refreshing and quenching. Fantastic stuff, I'm glad I can pick up more of this at my local Whole Foods!

Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml solidly structured bottle, best before date: 25-07-11. Weird stapled cork enclosure - when I finally popped off the staple, it actually flew straight into the waiting glass!

This beer pours a rather clear, effervescent pale straw colour, with lots and lots of thinly foamy, lily-white head, which melts away quite slowly, leaving random strands of pock-marked painted lace around the glass.

It smells of clean cereal grains, damp hay, meadow clover, a touch of floral yeast, softly spicy hops, and a mild alcohol twang. The taste is biscuity, wheaty grain, dry, edgy white pepper, spicy phenols, a mildly acidic fruitiness, a few creamy nutty notes, tame earthy yeast, and an oh so softly enveloping booze warming.

The carbonation is rather moderate, and seemingly pillow soft, those tiny, tiny bubbles gently caressing the tongue, the body a decent medium build, and duly smooth, with an attendant creaminess. It finishes not quite dry, the heretofore, and still indeterminate hops pressing their case, in cahoots with the equally shy alcohol, all to the ephemeral chagrin of the lingering cereal wheat sweetness.

An interesting and pretty tasty beer, with a nice, rounded Belgian quality, what with the pale malts, yeast, spice, and very well obfuscated, elevated ABV running the show. Given the style description, this hits it bang-on, in all the right ways, and remains eminently drinkable.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 750mL Bottle.

Smell: Wet straw field, pepper and a lemon-citrus note.

Taste: Fairly crisp and sweet up front with lemon, pear, and spice with intense almost notes - which is quite interesting and totally unexpected form the smell. Grains are light and strawlike throughout. In the middle the beer gets a little drier and the almond flavor becomes more nutty. Some smooth caramel and pepper spice. The finish is quite dry with noticeable alcohol and some residual almond, pear and spice (mostly pepper)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay branded chalice.

A: Light and golden with a mellow head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet and piney. Nice overall hop with a dry, champagne like finish.

T: Sweet apple cider, slight fermentation and nice hoppiness.

M: Champagne-like with small bubbles.

D: Easy drinking, light and nice on the palate - probably the beers best attribute.

Overall average golden style strong ale that is quite overpriced for the quality if you ask me. Seemed like a wannabe Duvel. Not terrible though.

Photo of xylophonica
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe signature glass from a 75cl bottle.

A - Very pale golden colour. Minimal head to begin with, but lacing develops to leave a nice but not particularly complex patina. 2nd pour garnered about a finger of head.

S - Slightly sweet smell, wheat and light oak. Also some vanilla verging on sweet berries.

T - Taste is fairly well mirrored by the smell. Small head provides some creaminess and then it's fields of wheat (would probably go well with cheese). The slight berry hits you as an aftertaste. Alcohol content is noticeable.

M - Slight carbonation buzz offset by the creamy head.

D - Interesting beer with some appealing flavours. Smell and taste work together to form a lovely unison. Relatively smooth so could be drunk all day - if you can be bothered getting the metal clasp off the cork!

Photo of atigerlife
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver.

Pours golden, clear, with small bubbles rising. Large white head.

Aroma of hay, farm, honey, peach and slightly peppery.

Taste is clean, crisp, refreshing. Peach with some light hops. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Delicious. Highly recommend this one. Goes nicely with food.

Photo of david131
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An amazingly clear, dark yellow liquid with a thick and frothy white head that has some pretty good retention.

S- Sour fruits- most notably green apples- and some funk. Smells like it could be sour.

T- Fruit, white bread, alcohol, and an odd sourness that is not as appealing as I was expecting. Sweet. Somethings about this beer don't meld all that well.

M- Slightly astringent but the sweet/dry balance is nice.

D- I wanted to like this, but in the end I was not impressed. Slightly sweet, boozy, and slightly astringent.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has an unusual metal clip holding the cork. Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden body that is topped by a large and billowy vanilla head. Good retention and lots of clumpy lacing.

Pastoral aroma has some perfumey florals, herbal hops, sweet honeydew, green apple peels, a hint of coriander, and freshly cracked white pepper.

Medium body has a spritzy carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste opens with dry herbal hops and an array of light spices. White pepper and corisnder are obvious. There is a nice subtle fruity sweetness like kiwis or not fully ripe strawberries. Grassy and earthy hops impart a pleasant musty outdoorsy character. Drys out nicely toward the finish and leaves a dry herbal hops aftertaste.

Very good for the style, the kind of beer that makes me bolt outside and enjoy the meadow and hug sheep.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling golden colour with a firm white head which leaves excellent lacing.

S: Rustic, earthy hop nose.

T: Some minor sweet malt initially. But it dries out fast with major amounts of sage, herbs and almost a Brett flavour. Very drying, raw earthy, hay-like hop character.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, overcarbonated initially though.

D: A really good and tasty biere de garde. I've been wanting to try this for the longest time. I'm glad some bottles finally showed up in the Southland.

Photo of ReFill31
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. On the back label, it was specified that the beer was expired. I tasted it on February 28th 2010. The expiry date was April 4th 2009. Almost a year. I had to try it though.

A : Golden color, great head, stays on and leaves big traces on the glass. There is also a lot of carbonation.

S : Yeast, nuts, some fruits and some alcohol on a final note.

T : tasted kind of sweet. There is a little acidity, reminds me of apple.

M : Enjoyable, a lot of bubbles

D : Easy to drink but the alcohol tends to stop the beat a little.

Overall, I am surprised by the quality of this beer, even if this one expired almost a year ago. I saw another one on the shelves without any expiration date so I think this mention is not really useful.

Photo of Tim2000
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown bottle. 90th anniversary label.

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a thick and dense white head.

Bready malt aroma with some floral notes.

Starts off with sweet,grainy malt and honey and apple notes. Hops pick up quickly and are grassy and floral. Alcohol contributes some heat and there's a strong, slightly peppery, lingering bitterness. Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

Great beer with tons of character.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a generously provided bottle from a friend this beer was a clear golden color with a towering head of foam that both retained well and laced nicely as it slowly gave way. An impressive looking brew! The aroma was exotic and enjoyable. Sour apples, Belgian-style yeast funk, candy sugar, fruit and floral notes and a healthy dose of spices. Multi-faceted and impressive. The flavors were similar to a Belgian beer without so much emphasis on the yeast. Tart apples, lemon zest, sugary-sweetness, pepper, herbal and grassy notes and a light mustiness. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation lively. Though this higher carbonation reduced how quaffable the beer was it was still very refreshing and summery.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy light brown to golden color. Big, pillowy white head.

S - Fruity (apple, pear, subtle lemon) and spiced (clove, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon). There is slight grassy scent, and light sweet smell.

T - Slight malt base with lots of fruity and spiced flavors resembling the smell. There is also a touch of honey. These are slightly sweet but more musty/rustic and slightly tangy. Alcohol is present but far from strong, but definitely warming.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp, and slightly sticky. Dry finish. Decent carbonation

D - Not bad, but it's a little dry and the sweetness and spice along with the stickiness makes it a little difficult to have multiple ones.

Notes: Makes me think of a rustic France fruit orchard/farm. Interesting mix of flavors. Had a 750 ml so I reduced some down to make a sauce that was a really nice light, fruity, and spiced tasting sauce.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

REALLY funky cork on this one. This isn't caged the cork has a clip on it so you WILL need a screwdriver to get it off.

Exceedingly clear golden colored beer with a good sized white head. This has a paler color that I would have expected.

Smells herbal and grainy with no real detectable malt. A little bit grassy but the scent is super mild.

Starts out herbal and highly carbonated with a pear flavor. Complex herb flavor that my tongue interprets as tobacco on bread. Super mild flavor, you can't taste any alcohol but you can feel it in your chest. Faint sour flavor at the start, not sure what from.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light.

Super drinkable beer, just one problem it comes at the cost of flavor and complexity. Too bad this isn't as complex as say Hennepin.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork and clipped 0.75 litre brown bottle, best before 29th Oct 2010, drank early Jan 2010.

Very pale blonde/lager colour with a snow white close small bubbled head. Good lacing was left as the beer sank down the glass.

The aroma was a mix of dirty dish cloths, hops, yeast, leather satchels and stale lager.

The beer was refreshing and palate cleansing, mildly hoppy at first and then turning a little bitter.

It appeared to be like a round bodied lager based beer, which isn't what it should. Having said that I quite enjoyed the beer!

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
88 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.