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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
88
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 40
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden color. Champagne-like carbonation. Thick white head.

Smell: Apple, flowery, and sour bread.

Taste: Spices hit the tongue first followed by a nice apple sweetness and then followed by sour bread and yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Light and refreshing.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, straw color with decent clarity and two fingers of thick, white head.

S - Sour, herbal earthiness backed by a delicate hop aroma.

T - Spicy and citrusy flavors with a little bit of white pepper, followed by earthy acidity and a bit of malt/ grain. Finishes with hop bitterness and drawn out earthy flavors.

M - Light body, with high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. The funkiness keeps it interesting and the hops and yeasty, spicy character make for a refreshing beer that is hard to put down.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a biggun' with my friend trep.

Pours a clear, straw-golden body with lots of carbonation & a tall white head. Decent lacing etches around the wine glass. Aroma is lacking the pizzaz and complexity of 3 monts' bigger brother (the grand reserve), but it's still fairly good, with notes of vanilla, wheat, and some light citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Taste has the same lightness as the aroma, with vanilla and wheat combining with just a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and bubbly with a fantastic smoothness to it. This is a deceptively strong beer, as there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere to be noticed. Definately easy to drink.

Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Bordeaux glass. No date visible, but there was an "order #3038". The body was cloudy and yellow gold in color. The crisp white head did not hold up for long.

Smell was faint. There was a yeasty musty smell but not much else (even as it warmed further).

Taste was Belgian yeast-like. Not as sweet as I had expected. There was a powdery bitterness and the flavor of damp concrete. Light fruitiness. Not as complex as I would have guessed. Not bad, but not especially flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a medium to light body.

Photo of rec
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reminding me instantly of Canadian brewed "Blanche De Chambly," it poured a cloudy yellow body with white foamy head that managed to lace esspecially well.

The aroma was yeasty with some incredible mild spice and citrus, and a hint of nutty sweetness. Quite complex, although not bold enough to get a really clear image of the individual scents.

The high carbonation also makes it quite hard to get a firm grip on the tastes, but some light fruits and a soapy dry aftertaste was most noticable to me. Far from outstanding, I must say.

Overrated, but I'm glad I experienced it regardless.

Photo of brendan13
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden colour with a thick 1" head. Lively carbonation.
S - Light yeasty spice notes along with some mild sweetness.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with some vaugely tart fruity notes.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation.
D - Nice enough but I've had better beers in this style.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I know Biere de Garde is a mile wide style-wise, I found this to be a very unusual Bier de Garde compared to othes I've had...in appearance, aroma, and flavor it was light and lemon-y, which really struck me as characteristics that would be more suited to say a witbier than to this style. It was a very light yellow and highly effervescent. Aroma was very faint and smelled like lemon zest with a bit of maltiness. Flavor was a bit sour (that lemon zest again) with a lot of maltiness for such a light smelling and tasting beer. I would recommend this beer as I found it very interesting. However, I didn't find drinking it to be particulary pleasant. This is a curiousity, not a great beer.

Photo of rjimlad
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read reviews which claimed this was up there with the best beers in the world so I was thrilled when me mate Dave pulled a bottle of this out his fridge. On pouring we got a huge white head that was fine and delicate. There was very active carbonation like champagne however, for all this activity there was no aroma off the head other than a faint citrus whiff. On tasting I found some estery citrus and mild maltiness. It was quite tart like a blend of citrus fruits and not much bitterness except for balance. It was a bit of an anti-climax actually so I'm a bit let down. I'm not even a huge Belgian fan so this number from Flanders is probably a once-off for me. I's not that I thought it was bad but it was a bit boring.

A second pour gave me residual yeast but no extra flavour. A lively mouthfeel but the same citrus and grass. In wine you'd say it was herbaceous. You say this when you can't pinpoint the flavour. This is too delicate a beer to really dissect so I'll say it's herbaceous with a twist of lime.

Photo of mjc410
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I think I've had two of this type before this, and this rare style has always drawn me since it comes from France and it's beer. Any ale from the land of wine has extra appeal...

The pour into my La Moneuse glass a fizzy off-white head, two fingers high. It falls gracefully to surface lacing, with a bit of cling on the glass. Swirling the glass leaves some slow-moving but slick lacing. The body is translucent gold.

The nose smells a bit like a saison, but less spiced - grass, apple, sweet malt like cereal. A bit of berry too. Nice.

The taste is a bit acidic and definitely grassy. Much drier than the nose would have you believe. As it warms, it opens up, and the acidity seems to mellow. Perhaps a white wine thing, too. Alright, but I'd like more maltiness. Kind of plain.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but with too much carbonation for my taste.

Oh well, I've had better, but this isn't terrible in any way, just not my taste.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for this beer

A: Blonde color, very much so. Slight chill haze to it, but that will clear up soon enough. Good amount of activity going on with a large sudsy snow white head.

S: Fresh white corn, sushi rice, dandelions, copper & honey.

T: Starts funky and earthy with some mildew, wet hay and pollen like flowers. Spicyness follows suite, tickling the tip of the tongue. The next step is sort of sweet and metallic at the same time. Little bit of pineapple, under ripe peach, melon and mango juice mix it up with some aluminum moments. Finishes a bit like cactus juice with green peppers, nip of vanilla and clover honey. Pronounced alcohol, poor job of hiding itself…but I’m ok with that.

M: Medium body, little bit of carbo sting.

D: Not a bad brew that I’ve got here. Nice flavor, good balance. Doesn’t totally stand out from the pack though.

Photo of rubysoccer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st review on BA:

Bottle bought from local wine and craft beer store, same metal staple easily removed with knife part of wine opener, then used corkscrew to remove fairly moist cork. Served in Rodenbach tall tulip glass, almost champagne flute-like which I believe helps with carbonation.

Appearance: Wow! So light! Bubbly! Pours extremely light with good foam, some lacing.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, excited to taste!

First taste: That's it? really? Tastes like the miller lite I downed last night...Hmm...let me taste again. Ohhhh...<swishes around mouth>..

Second taste: There's that fruitiness and spiciness I smelled. Oooh and it gets better with each taste as it coats my mouth. The carbonation keeps it light though, so it doesn't feel like the beer sits in my mouth for too long. Each taste gets better. Last taste may be the best, as have a perfect mix of foam (10%) and beer (90%) that has warmed and breathed a bit.

About to go after the 2nd glass....can't wait!

Photo of Braudog
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a pain in the butt to get the cork out of this with it’s metal strap. When I finally did, this poured much lighter than I’d expected, even for a "godlen ale" ... very light yellow, with a fizzy appearance and light white fizzy head. The aroma is damn near American macro-like, starchy and stark. Likewise, the first impression of this beer almost suckers me into thinking "American light lager" ... but there is a stronger undertow here, a more boisterous cacophony of flavors and a clearly more muscular pull that develops and develops and develops the more I drink. Quite a nice strong, yet beguiling ale. (#2801, 4/20/2007)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden with a decent pure white head and not much lacing. The smell is fairly light and surprisingly pilsnerish with light floralhops and light tangy malt and the typical lager yeast smell. The taste is somewhat similar, with some added notes of light banana on the finish and some pronounced alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light and creamy- could be slightly crisper for my taste. Fairly drinkable, but a little boring.

Photo of Hibernator
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 Monts
750 ML brown bottle with a unique cork design
Order: 3033
#18-13 on the cork
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Appears a tad hazy. Light mustard yellow in color with a mountainous head on top. Patterns of fluffy sticky lace patterns decorate the glassware. Little carbonation bubbles race to the top.

Very aromatic with whiffs of cloves, light fruit and a funky mildew accent. Barnyard funk. Unique.

Spicy and herbal with a hint of bubblegum. Flavors of a crisp Granny Smith green apple, honey, cloves, spices and sweet sugars. Interestingly dry and very fulfilling with a mini hop snap on the finish.

A complex and enjoyable Biere de Garde and my first for the style. Reminiscent of a dry Belgian Triple with a Lambic flair. Recommended.

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bière de Garde? What the hell is that?

Pours pretty as all hell. Wonderful dark orange crayon orange with a giant white head that shimmers and sparkles and it ain't never gonna fade up and die.

Smells of very sweet, rich Belgian fruit yeast and moderate malt. If I hadn't logged into this here website, I'd have sworn this was either a very rich dubble or an exceptionally smooth trippel.

Tastes of crisp, rounded and smooth generic fruit up front. Almost synthetic, it's got so little burn to it. Not a bad thing, though. Refined, not synthetic. Just because something is neither harsh nor crude doesn't mean that it's not geniune. This slips into a sadly bland middle of seltzery yeast that's tempered by only a slight gasp of fruit, and the end is a rush of bready malt and a light, wonderfully lingering and spicy european hop.

There's a hell of a lot of stuff going on in this beer and nearly all of it is excellent. Maybe a tad bit uneven at the end, but at 8.5% it's hard to imagine packing more Belgiany goodness into such a moderately sized beer.

Photo of kernalklink
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy yellow pour with big cloudy head- nice lacing. No real malty aromas- very spicy and alcohol is there. Slightly odd character on first taste, and there is a dry finish with a touch of oily hops. The spices overwhelm and do well to cover up the alcohol content. Not too yeasty like expected but there is a tartness from the malt/phenol combo. Crisp and clean with some great and unique flavors.

Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/1/2007 $6.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date, but stamped ORDER #3040.

Appearance:

After struggling to get the damn cork out (oddest attachment I've ever seen), this pours a nice golden hue that is slightly opaque, and topped by a quarter inch of tight white head.

Aroma:

Has a nice barnyard/acidic funk that is underlaid by a subtle sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This begins with a nice peppery effervescence imparted by the fine carbonation. Flavors are a mildly sweet fresh pear which is tempered by a bit of acidity. The barnyard funk from the aroma doesn't make it into the flavors at all, and the relatively high ABV is expertly masked as well. This is a disturbingly easy to drink ale. Seek it out, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Onibubba
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty pale gold into a tulip. Large 4 finger head which left lots of lacing. Continued for subsequent pours. Thought that the cork was going to be a problem, but it came out easily enough with a bit of coaxing from a corkscrew.

Nothing remarkable in the smell here. Reminded me a bit of a Saison, but not so intense. Taste also less than remarkable. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer and I finished the bottle. Very uniqe taste. Mildly sweet going down, but leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Very balanced.

Highly carbonated, but this eases up after a while making the mouthfeel and drinkability better for me. The alcohol is well hidden. A good beer all and all, and one I would drink again if offered, but there are many more beers I would rather spend my money on. A unique enough taste that I would recommned trying this one.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on October 27, 2006. 750mL. Wispy aroma of tart bananas, almond paste and lemon rind. Wispy and very sweet smelling. Phenolic in a good way. Bright. Pour of golden hue, with super creamy fine froth, off-white. Flavor is a bold fresh spicy lemon zinger and bright white teas. The estery attitude bowls over the rising alcohol notes in a furious percolating battle for top spot. The gentle pale fruits of pear wine, cinnamon bark, plum sauce and Meyer lemons steep in a sweet syrup. A floral bouquet grabs the sugars and balances with a firm slap. A nice rendition, with great complexity, smooth drinking and lucious character.

Photo of Phatz
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not very familiar with the Bière de Garde yet. I have had a few, and this one is different from the American representations that I have had. This beer is remarkable approachable and easy going.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light gold with a mountainous rocky white head that lasts and lasts. When it finally fades [in my tulip glass] it leaves behind walls of lace. There is a tremendous amoutn of carbonation energy in this beer. A stream of bubbles rising from the nucleus point in the glass and dozens of addition streams of carbonation fueling and sustaining the head.

Smell: This is a unique aroma because it reminds me a lot of a the yeasty character of Belgian Ales but toned down a notch with the malty fruit attribute of a blond making it surprisingly approachable. Further inspection reveals some earthy vinous notes as well.

Taste: Sweet lightly toasted buttery malts with fruity esters, honey a squirt of orange juice and plenty of boozy sugars [rum like]. Vanilla and cloves are flavors the seem to emerge after the beer is through the palate it seems they were left on my cheeks and seep back out on to my taste buds, creating a seemingly never ending flavor. yum. The after aftertaste has a mutually sweet yeast character and dry farmhouse attribute that simply leaves me moving on to think about mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: It is quite carbonated and fluffy in the mouth. At first I wasn't sure I liked it but as I figured out the small sip three step swirl it in the mouth a bit and swallow routine, I found the over carbonated body entertaining.

Drinkability: This is certainly a complex beer with plenty of enjoyable flavors but is it drinkable? Well, it is not a party beer but at dinner a few glasses will go down *very* easily.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is golden yellow. The gigantic white head is compact, the lacing is intensive.

The smell got a yeasty note of wheat dough, American hops and band aids.

The taste is relatively mild and earthy with a mild bitterness. The aftertaste is mild with some yeast.

The carbonation is medium strong with medium sized tickling bubbles.

Photo of haz77
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a bubbly white head. Plenty of carbonation keeps this well retained. A thick coating of lacing is left behind as the beer is drunk.

S - Green apples, pear, clove, phenols, pepper, slight farmyard.

T - An initial fruitiness with a dry backbone becomes spicy toward the middle. The farmyard character makes a brief appearance at this point along with some pear. This finish is dry/sweet, with clove and alcohol spice (although it isn't overbearing).

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy.

D - The high carbonation hinders the drinkability, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

Photo of AltBock
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a funky wired cork. I didn't have a problem with the wire, it was actually the cork I had the problem with. I couldn't pull it out, so I decided to take it out with one of those wine corks and pull it out like a fancy bottle of French wine. It worked! I found out that 3 Monts is named after the 3 hills that surround the village and provide the only point of view in the rather flat landscape of the Flanders region of France. The large oval label shows that. It shows a picturesque landscape of those open fields on the 3 hills as well as 4 trees, a windmill, and a small French village in the background. It would have been better if they put more color in it than the dull yellowish brown color they have. There is a medium sized back label that has the Govt. warning and an order #, which mine is Order # 3038. I guess the back label means more to the distributor than to the drinker. A date would have been better, but not all bottles can have that.

Appearance: When poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer was an extremely nice golden amber color. The label wasn't lying when it said it was going to be a Golden Ale. When it was poured, the beer was nothing but a pearl white head of foam. When it finally settled down, the beer still had that nice head of pearl white foam, as well as white foamy rings and plenty of pearl white lace around the glass. A small skim of that foam still remains after the beer is almost all gone. It doesn't seem to want to leave. I can't say enough good things about this appearance.

Smell: I like the aroma of this beer, but there really wasn't much going on there. What was there was bread malts in the beginning, juicy fruits in the middle (which notably the most predominate aroma was the golden delicious apple), and a very subtle aroma of pepper, citrus hops, and some yeast at the end.

Taste: If you smelled this beer then you'll know what it tastes like. The taste flavors are in the same exact order and the aroma flavors. The bready malts in the beginning, the ton of juicy fruits in the middle, and the pepper, citrus hops, and yeast at the end. There was only one small difference between the smell and the taste was that the taste was very dry. I took a short break from this beer and put the rest of the beer in the fridge. When I poured the rest into the glass, it tasted almost exactly like a dry white wine. If you did what I did then you could probably confuse people that this is a dry white wine, only if they didn't look at it.

Mouthfeel: When I read that this beer clocks in at a 8.5% ABV, I thought this beer doesn't even show a lick of that ABV. Hell, after drinking more than half the bottle, I couldn't even feel it go to work. I don't know how they did it, but they did it. Other than it being very sneaky, there was only a very subtle aftertaste of citrus fruits. It was there, then it wasn't.

Drinkability: I'd say it's about damn time I decided to open this beer up. I don't know how long I've had this, but it's been at least a couple of months. I don't know what I was waiting for, but I'm glad I decided to open it. If you can get past their wired cork, then you're in for a nice treat. If you like a beer than can turn into a dry white wine, then by golly pick this one up.

Photo of vancurly
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with metal pin holding the cork in place. Took some effort to open it. But it was worth it.

Clear, yellow, beer, with a fluffy white head.

Gamey aroma, almost brie-like, nutty. Warms to honeycomb, floral hop.

Initial flavours of complex specialty malts, cereal grains, grassy hop. Honeycomb again evident as it warms. Musky, bubblegum ester, tropical fruit. Buttery aftertaste, with a hint of cashew.

Big effervescent explosion, medium creamy body. Medium bitterness, and subtle alcohol heat.

At $12 AUD, this is very good value. Would make a more than suitable substitute for a chardonnay at the meal table.

Photo of Lupin
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weird-ass cork on this 750ml. Forget what I paid for it.. $6 I think. Easy pour with a very fluffy head, kinda reminiscient of a slurpee after you've sucked all the syrup out of the bottom. Lots of carbonation. Very pale, very clear. Still about an inch of bubbles a minute after pouring.

Smells like a stinky wet dog. Nothing tos peak of here. I think I'm in for something watery. Might as well get started before it goes flat.

Deceptive start. Foam tickles the tongue. There.. got rid of some of it. Sweet and tart/sour, with just enough hops to round things out. Very interesting. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat deceptive considering the 8.5%. Reminds me of oily italian bread. None of the yeasty sugary feel I am used to from beers this strong.

The only thing I ddin't really like about this beer was the aroma, which was rather dull, if not somewhat offensive. A great beer to throw in between more complex brews like abbey and pale ales or stouts. Not utterly complex but just a very relaxing, tranquil brew with just enough of a nectary/sweet feel to keep you interested. I think I'd prefer it in a 12oz or pint bottle, but I'll just have to share some instead. :)

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