3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
88
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 40
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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France

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 Weizenmensch
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked light brown bottle which makes the beer look browner than it really is. Best before 22.12.07, presumably brewed on that date in '04. My first biere de garde, to my memory.

Appearance: Surprisingly pale - I didn't realise it would be such a nice pilsenery pale gold colour. Looks good in a Tripel Karmeliet glass, the closest one I could get to the modern 3 Monts glass shown on the website. Lots of effervescence - medium to small bubbles, with incredibly fine ones forming from the scoring on the bottom of the glass. Interesting to see the two sizes at the same time. Good head retention, lots of creamy lacing. I was going to give it 4.5 but I decided its appearance is remarkable among beers of its kind. The best thing of all is that could almost be a cheap lager but holds so many mystical secrets within, not least its 8.5%abv.

Smell: Lots of components to it, but hard to separate them into their individual smells. I'm finding it hard to distinguish the scent of my beer from the brie and wholemeal crispbread I'm eating with it (the crispbread is very bran-like and adds to the rustic appeal of the brew). Rather grassy, pilsener-like hops are the first to be identified. A very light malt smell is pleasing, because it almost smells like the light beer/low alcohol beer unfermented malt smell, only without the nastiness - that unfermented malt smell has a nice sweetness to it, but also a harsh astringency which makes it undrinkable. This has that sweetness, a kind of innocence, even though the beer is strong. The brewer has cleverly designed the wort so that it contains a high concentration of those chemicals which give light beer a modicum of charm, and yet also has lots of fermentable sugars. Smell is overall pleasant, organic-smelling (free from adjuncts, obviously), but hard to distinguish.

Taste: Very pleasing. It's been a long time since a beer like this has got me this excited. Makes me want to go out and party - perhaps that's the alcohol creeping up on me. Flavours: aforementioned toasted malt, bitter yet fascinating hops, sweetness but sourness at the same time, alcohol numbing the taste buds. There is something that makes me think this beer is almost a dud, like a cheap lager - maybe that's the way it looks and its ease of drinking. But it's incredible. I'm giving this beer a good review so far, but that's probably because it's really what I felt like, and it exceeded my expectations. I don't know if this beer is my friend or my enemy. If I didn't love it, I'd hate it, but that doesn't go for everyone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: If only I could have another one.

Complaints: The lip of the bottle drips while pouring it. Otherwise, this beer is difficult to fault.

Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw macro lager in color with a full pillowy white head. Yeasty and grassy herbal hop aromas -- you can tell by the aroma that this is going to be a dry one ! Spicy yeasty flavors with some tripel-like character. Light bodied and spritzy with a spicy dry finish and a bit of alcohol in the nose and mouth.

A good brew but I'd almost swear this was a Belgian Pale Ale -- not as unique in character as Jenlain seemed to be.

Per M.J.-U.B.: 8.5% ABV

($5.99 / 25.4 oz tall straight champagne style bottle - corked and secured with a wire swing bar and wrapped in hard gold plastic foil)

Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. brown bottle with a strange clip holding down a curved cork, which once again goes to prove that the French don’t copy anybody, and nobody copies the French.

When poured into a tulip, the beer looked exceptionally clear and sparkly, with an inch thick foamy head. The aroma was pleasing and yeasty, with tinges of banana and spices.

The taste was rustic, and I assume true to style. Dry, yeasty, spicy, and wheat laden, this was definitely like a country bread coming off the oven. Slight lemony sourness also showed up towards the point of swallowing. Carbonation was very active, and aided the mouthfeel by lightening up the malty body. The alcohol was extremely well hidden.

May be there are some things where it is worth copying the French.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the great fortune of sampling this one at Falstaff near the Bastille in Paris. Hopefully this fact didn't influence the following review. Appeared a clear golden color atop which rested a one and one half finger foamy head. Plenty of carbonation from the bottom. Smell was of sour apple and grain, probably wheat. Taste was similar, sour fruitiness with the addition of spice yielding to mouth-filling feeling of malt. A little light on the mouth. This was a pretty good beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They told me this was a blond, Mondiale 2005. Light yellow colour, with Significant foamy head, easy drinkability, yeasty composition, hops, bit too much carbonation leading to drying. Apple juice, herbal, grassy, alcohol, touch of ginger, medium mouthfeel.

Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a deep yellow-gold with very minimal head and nearly no retention or lacing. Lots of carbonation, however. Smells extremely sweet and vinous; sugary white wine with lots of fruit. Tastes approximately like it smells. Sugary, wine-like and fairly strong, with very little hop presence or dryness. Syrupy in the mouth, but fairly light due to carbonation.

Easy to drink, but not especially compelling. It's possible that this bottle was old considering the lack of head and overly-developed sweetness.

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, fizzy white head, pretty poor retention

Smell, slight whiff of booze, some fruit coming through, dry

Taste, dry and crisp. This is an odd one, i have nothing else of the style to compare it with, but as someone else already said it is very much like a euro lager, a good one at that but it tastes like a spicier, fruity lager. I cant taste a whole lot of complexity, there is a nice tingling spiciness on the finish though, mabye a hint of vanilla along there somewhere too, some alcohol on the finish

A real suprise, i was expecting more along the lines of a belgian pale ale. Very drinkable, the abv is well hidden, i can imagine this would be great on a hot day

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

well, at first i thought perhaps i wasn't supposed to drink this, due to the large staple thing holding the beer in. after a quick twist with some channel locks it was off though.

pours out a surprisingly light golden colour with a ginourmous fluffy cumulus of a head. it's noisy too, due to the littel bubbles.

aroma is a nice sweet smell of springtime dew and faint honey suckle. it also has this kind inviting smell like that of a musty attic storing all kinds of interesting treasures. actually, it reminds me of the underground wine aging caves at the Beringer Estate, in Napa Valley, California.

Taste is interesting. not a terrible amount of complexity, though, from the aroma, I wasn't really expecting it. a bit spicy, nice and sweet. very mild, no harsh or off flavours at all. it's like a mild honey water with a taste of alcohol to it, which, i think detracts from the flavour some.

mouthfeel is soft and velvety, drinkability is good and i'm going to enjoy all 750ml of this.

Well, I like this beer, not sure if I'm going to get it again anytime really soon, but, it's something to come back to and nice to try for sure.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really expected a lot more from this one, seriously.

Pours a light gold in color with a fluffy and thick white head. Nose is a bit sweet with a slight yeast character. Taste is quite astringent with alcohol quite present. There is a varied herbal quality present, slightly spicy. There is a slight hop character present as well with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is quite dry and underwhelming.

Overall I was not impressed by this brew at all really. I doubt I'll be seeking this one out again.

Slàinte!

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with sweet and crisp, finish is sweet and sour. I thought it might be like a a Belgian golden ale but it isn't even close. $5.99 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle with a stapled cork (did not need a corkscrew to open though). Great carbonation and lacing poured around the glass. Did not have the scent of alcohol as some other beers of the ABV. Nice balance of hops with spices that play well in the mouth.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored yellow body with a hefty cap of white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with an earthy yeasty note and a bit of horse blanket thrown in. Spicy, herbal flavor ends fairly dry. Very interesting brew. Great beer to showcase alot of flavors people wouldn't normally like.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale straw. The head was just off-white and moussy. The head lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was characteristic of Belgian ales. Spicy with a slight aged aroma similar to a Saison.

The flavor was crisp and spicy, namely peppery. The spice was nicely done and adds to the complexity. Fruity flavors dominate with a slight Belgian farmhouse character adding complexity to the background. The flavor was nicely bittered and very crisp.

The finish was dry with a fruity spice lasting well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

750 ml bottle with shrink wrap and metal bail, required a corkscrew to remove cork.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (1993 – drank in 1994): Poured a golden colour ale with a huge white bubbly head with great retention. Aroma is quite particular with a mix of spices and strong sweet floral malt. Taste is quite reminiscent of a Belgian ale (might be the spice and the sweet malt) without all the yeast. Overall, this is probably one of the top 5 beer from France but not as great as the Bière Nouvelle from the same brewery.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. It is well carbonated, which holds up a fluffy, thick, white head. This has a wonderful sharp, herbal, grassy aroma, with noes of lemon, hay, and vanilla. The taste is lightly tart with a lemon zing to it. It is just so light and refreshing. With all of the carbonation this beer dances across my tongue. The finish is sharp and herbal, with a peppery bite from both the carbonation and the yeast by-products. In fact, this beer is quite floral in some ways, quite dry as well. Contradictorilly, this has some the nice clean notes of a pilsner (crisp malt notes up front), which compliments the other flavors quite well. This is very akin to a dry white wine, perhaps a Savignon Blanc, though it is not as acidic. It does have the sharp, spicy, dry fruit that a S-Blanc has. This is quite good, and quite enjoyable.

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

Pours out a clear golden/yellow color with a big head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of yeast, malts, and some farmhouse aromas. It did seem a little light though, but perhaps it was served too cold. Taste consisted of white grapes mostly combined with some spiciness, yeast, and some hops show their strength as well. Mouthfeel was nice. Finished a little dry which felt nice in a while. I didn't expect this beer to be that good but it did take me by surprise. I think I found a new favorite belgian..by France? Believe it.

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Le Sois Bock in Paris, France.

Light Golden.

Mildly aromatic, quite herbal and flowery with notes of lemon, grass and clove. An odd, enjoyable yeastiness as well.

Mysterious at first but as it warmed it became very complex. Light grain providing a caramel sweetness throughout but for this one, the hops dominate. Dry, herbal and very fruity with notes of lemon especially but also pears and honey.

Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a film of white head. The smell is very dry, slightly estery, yeasty and slightly alcoholic. The taste is very champagne-dry, with a bit of an ester and a very strong yeast characteristic, and just a bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could definitely enjoy many of these.

I somehow managed to enjoy this one in spite of the pain in the ass metal on the cork!! Someone in the July 4th thread came up with the idea to have a French beer, and it's definitely a good idea. I admit I didn't expect much from this one, but I'm surprised how well this one turned out. Quite good, and I would enjoy seeing this one around again.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with three fingers of head. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is fruity, sweet, and spicy. Peppery aromas come from the malt, with hints of white grape and ginger. The taste has a nice light malt background, lots of spices up front. Some more fruity characters linger, but the spices stay throughout. The mouthfeel is fairly strong for this type of beer. For 8.5%, the drinkability is pretty good too. I had this with walleye and it was a great pairing.

Photo of Dantes
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml (1 pint, 9.4 oz) “stapled” & corked, heavy brown bottle. No date or ABV information. Labels differentiate this from the Grand Réserve by a gold band in place of black and by labelling this “Flanders Golden Ale.” Back labels are beige and black respectively. The “regular”back label emphasizes this as a fine companion to cheeses, charcuterie, and grilled meats (which applies to the GR as well); and includes an admonition to serve cool but not chilled. Cork stamped, “11/11.” This particular bottle was bought about 18 months ago and properly cellared.

Cost: $5.99

Presentation: tulip glass at ~50º. The heavy staple is easily removed with the blade of a waiter’s corkscrew (or a screwdriver), but the small edge of cork above the bottle’s mouth makes using a corkscrew (or pliers) recommended.

Appearance: Unlike the Grand Réserve, this is not labelled “sur lie,” but they definitely coat the bottom of the bottle. Opens with the same vigor and gunsmoke; pouring a similar if slightly paler cloudy yellow. Generates the same tight, dry head with substantial, sticky lacing.

Smell: Similarly complex if a touch heavier on the malty and floral elements and a bit less on the dry, biscuity aromas.

Taste: This starts sweeter than the Grand Réserve, with a slightly less hoppy note and a fuller, fruitier body. However, these are all fairly subtle differences and vary slightly bottle to bottle. Overall, this is probably a bit less structured than the Grand Réserve

Mouthfeel: The alcohol warmth is a bit deeper here (although I believe the Grand Réserve is slightly higher in ABV), enhanced by the extra honeyed sweetness that also lends this a greater sensation of viscosity. Displays the same superb carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, super-drinkable. It’s only a matter of taste and mood that might differentiate one over the other.

Backwash: Stands along with the Grand Réserve as one of the finest beers available. I don’t care if one calls it a pale ale, Belgian strong ale, or Bière de Garde (my personal choice); this is one of the finest bibulatory experiences you can find. The extra dryness and structure of the Grand Réserve makes it a better match overall for food, but this is perhaps better for rich hors d’oeuvres like the cheese, charcuterie, and grilled meats suggested by the label.

Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an unusual beer. Definitely more of a Biere de Garde than a Belgian Strong Pale, imo. This beer poured a deep translucent golden color with a medium sized bubbly, fizzy head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Good lacing. The smell is strong but it seems to be all yeast or something slightly skunky even, like a Czech pilsner. The taste is a little overwhelming at first, but as this warms I notice more intricacies in the beer. There seems to be a lot of yeast in the taste and a good amount of spices, peppery spices are noted most. I get an oak character behind the yeast and a nutty background as well. The finish is really dry and spicy but not tart or acidic. However, this beer did not wow me and I couldn't get many flavors to come out, the complexity might have been there but my tastebuds couldn't detect it. Anyways, I will definitely try this again down the line when I am more advanced in drinking ;)
P.S. This beer works amazingly with cheese and crackers. Definitely a beer to pair food with imo.

Photo of jahred
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. It took me way too long to get this beer open - there's an odd metal staple-like object inserted into the cork. Not sure why it's needed.

In any case, pours an incredibly clear, pale yellow color with a nice white head and plenty of lace to go around. The scent is incredibly yeasty, with perhaps a slight bitter hoppy scent.

The taste is spicy and phenolic, and largely focused on the yeast. As it warms, I taste more yeast, and then alcohol, but little else. I don't even get much of a fruit, malt or hoppy taste. Just alcohol and yeast (which I normally love to detect in my beers, but only in conjuction with other flavors). Of course, yeast and alcohol and little else made for what I consider to be a rather unbalanced beer.

Photo of tjd25
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is thin and dense. Nice opaque golden color. The smell was disappointing as I couldn’t find anything but some skunkiness. The taste is enjoyable, fruity but mostly just enjoyable, very hard to define. The alcohol is clearly noticeable. The hops are fruity and remain subtle. The brew shows some hints of citrus and is kind of refreshing, although it’s alcohol content makes it hard to be a good session beer. Some liquor aspects, maybe cherry liquor. Somehow floury. Its good, but I think I expected more after reading other reviews.

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

Poured a half inch to an inch white head. Didn't stick around long enough for my taste. It was a nice, clear golden yellow - same color as Duvel.
Smelled slightly floral, earthy and some alcohol.
Tasted some sweetness and alcohol. I thought I could taste some tobacco. It beautifully complex (maybe some subtle spices) and malty as well.
I could sit on the porch drinking this all summer, if I had the time and money.

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery apple and oak flavors, more hoppy than I expected. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes very dry. I really like this one.

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