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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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402 Ratings

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 38
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of govtmule


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

05-10-2004 19:22:02 | More by govtmule
Photo of maxpower


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

04-17-2004 20:57:35 | More by maxpower
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

It pours a rather clear, true yellow. A moderate white head, dotted with bigger bubbles, drains away quickly to mere traces of froth. There's some minor droopy lacing.

The aroma carries a mild grain sweetness of malt. A cherry/berry note backs the malt, and melds with the yeast tartness. Overall, the smell is clean and basic.

A sip brings a brisk sweetness first, not cloying, but with a sugary character. There's an earthy, almost dusky tone flitting about the middle ground. Sweetness creeps back in, again stopping just short of being cloying. Alcohol provides a quick glimpse of itself about midway as well. A flat, flighty bitterness lingers distantly at the finish.

It's medium bodied, and rather carbonated, but it still slides away quickly, not quite traceless, but certainly not lingering.

Well, I can now say that I know the French can make beer, and it's definitely not swill. It's reasonably flavorful, but it has some flat spots in the flavor curve, never jumping out and asserting itself, seemingly content to be just OK. It doesn't offend, and it doesn't amaze. Rather, it has enough character to stimulate the palate, but not to wow it. Hey, it's better than just mediocre, actually approaching good, but coming up short. The ABV does its part in limiting the drinkability. So now I've tried it, but honestly, after this one, I'll likely look elsewhere.

02-08-2004 21:29:04 | More by Foxman
Photo of ChicoraBoy


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

3 Monts Biere de garde, 750mL bottle
Mild malt aroma. Bitter floral hops and a bit metallic. Sweet aroma. Fine foamy white lacing head over a drak golden clear body. Heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with light malts. Alcohol taste, some sugar. Finishes with good bitterness and a floral hoppiness. After is medium dry bitter with some fruitiness.

02-04-2004 12:44:31 | More by ChicoraBoy
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

This beer was so ridiculously easy to open. I mean come on, unwrap the foil top, take a scissor and pop the staple off, and remove the cork as normal. Is that so hard genius? (lol) Anyway this beer pours out a nice light blondeish/golden colour with a big, fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all lemon peel, various spices, french yeast, malt, hops and more. The taste is zesty, hoppy, spicy, lemony, and lovely. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, yet sharp and warming on the finish. The drinkability is great. Viva La France!

12-18-2003 15:41:15 | More by francisweizen
Photo of dmarch


4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

Ok, nobody can tell me that the french can't make beer. It takes a lot of trouble opening it. Corked with a swing top bar. I couldn't figure it out, cut myself trying. The beer was worth it. The most gorgeous thing I've ever seen. Perfectly clear golden color with a large pillowy white head that would last forever, as if I would wait that long. A little spiciness with some vanilla. Very clean tasting. Very light in body. Worthy of being one of the worlds top beers.

11-19-2003 22:57:53 | More by dmarch
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Hazy orange color, lovely, nice & bright, with a big, snowy white head. This beauty's in it for the long run!
Aroma: BOOM! Perfection, right from the start! Sorry, you skeptics, but when you smell it, you know it! Sugary-sweet, yet light, and fruity, and still utterly profound. Deep and dazzling.
Taste: huge hoppiness dominates the palate, dances and drizzles the senses....mmmm! That's all I'm reduced to, just...mmmm! Very tasty!
Bold, spicy, flavorful, warm, and wonderful....yum....
And this point my grasp on objectivity in discernment loosened and my spirit was let slip and surrendered itself into the very glass, creating a time when man and beer are truly one....
It was that kind of beer...you kinda had to be there...
Thanks so much to jcalbi!!

11-07-2003 10:28:21 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of diablo14


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

france is much better known for its reds, but does have a couple of pretty good beers going around and this is one of them. this os also a beer sure to ignite debate about the relationship between beers and corks. this one certainly suffers as a result of them.

3 monts gives off the impression of being in the belgian style, but is a bit lighter in color and body than a belgian, dispite the AV being around the same mark. its a light golden color with a slight lime tinge to it. has a rocky head which is a fair bit thinner than most strong ales, but doesnt lack staying power. also has a strong effervesence i really liked as i watched it swirling rapidly up my glass in jetstream like motions. the nose is unfortunately dominated by the smell of cork, but there is a nice sweetness and gentle floral aromas. the flavor is quite impressive. the cork is present, giving the beer a peat like element, but then there are traces of almond, apples and a wonderful vanilla sweetness. very crisp for a strong ale, similar to duval, but not as full bodied. beautiful blend of hops that compliments the flavor and gives it recurring levels of bitterness throughout all stages of the drinking experience, particularly in the finish where it rounds itself out to a tee.

my main critizism of this beer is the cork. i can only imagine how much better this beer would be if it was crown capped, and the drinkability would go possibly a full point higher if it was without it. i think one really needs to get this beer fresh to enjoy its flavors before it gets interrupted. still holds its own with some of europes finest tho.

11-03-2003 13:07:51 | More by diablo14
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -25.6%

750ml bottle.
The appearance is a golden yellow with a quantity of fine effervescence, a nice creamy white head and smooth/sticky lacing. Quite an active initial encounter. The aroma is fruity, bubble gum with undertones of apples (somewhat tart). The flavor is slightly sweet with a tart middle and progresses to a more bitter finish. The MF is smooth (almost watery) with a dry finish. As the beer warms the body and mouthfeel deteriorate.
IMHO: Normally, higher alcohol beers improve with a lowering temperature. This one however, begins to show all of its weaker characteristics. Not a flattering contrast of what are usually a good combination of flavors and textures. It is what some American breweries have done to pale ale—taken away all subtlety.

10-11-2003 06:08:05 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of cokes


4.72/5  rDev +19.8%

Gold with swimming particles capped by a puffy and clinging white froth.
Plenty of funk on the nose. Farmy and dry, with notes of sourdough, alluminum, pastures, lemon peel and black pepper.
Taste is intricate and ever-changing. Initially (and cold) it begins cracker-dry with an assertive herbal hop lean and plenty of biting yeasty spice. Unfolds further as it warms, Cameos from white grapes, black liquorice, vanilla, lime, cherry skins, and pears. It retains its peppery dry yeast component, bringing with it traces of horses and fallow fields. Fruitier still as it approaches room temperature. More honey with a white rum alcohol sensation.
It maintains a delicate balance between creamy and spritzy. Gloriously gulpable, but show some control and savor this one.

08-27-2003 15:37:04 | More by cokes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Man what nice looking beer poured a brilliant yellow with huge rocky head,watching it come down right now,smell was yeasty and slightly fruity.the taste started out a little yeasty with some slight fruity notes ending mineral like.Nice complex ale even better than what I thought it would be.

07-01-2003 20:52:09 | More by oberon
Photo of BeerResearcher


4/5  rDev +1.5%

This Flanders Golden Ale pours a real gold color and processes a fine white head with trickle of lace. A complex aroma of spicy hops, faint hint of malt and alcohol fades rather quickly. The medium dry malt body is ever so lightly sweet is fairly grainy. The medium-high hop content is spicy with a sharp grapefruit edginess. The fine champagne-like carbonation tickles the senses. There’s some noticeable alcohol, but it fits in well with the overall flavor scheme. The flavors, separate at first, begin to blend and make for a well-rounded and smoother drinking beer, while remaining somewhat dry throughout.

05-30-2003 17:13:51 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of stcules


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Straw-coloured, golden and clear. Beautiful foam, quite perstistent, light and soft. Herbaceous more than floreal, the smell is of dry grass, hay; the flavour is typical of a lager beer. The alcool is quite perceptible, but less than the actual ABV of 8.5°. The taste is characterized by bread, dry pasta. Well balanced, with good notes of bitterness. The body is full and the aftertaste is bitter, specially after some minutes of rest.

05-27-2003 11:25:40 | More by stcules
Photo of mjohn27603


3.9/5  rDev -1%

This is without a doubt the hardest cork I've ever had to remove. I advise to knead the edges of the cork with your thumbs forcing it up and working around alternating edges. Twisting it off doesn't seem to work very well. It finally popped off violently after breaking a sweat trying to get it off. The beer glows a brilliant pale gold in the glass. The flavor is very subtle. I picked up some grassy taste along with a alcohol bite. It reminded me of some of the lighter Unibroue products. Priced about the same as Unibroue too. Hints of goat's cheese? Maybe this would work well as a pairing.

03-30-2003 19:21:59 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of HossMcGraw


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

This is certainly unique. The cork was a pain in the ass. Pours the color of your average lager with a nice large white head. The aroma is strange. Kind of like musty old clothes with some citrus. This is the first beer I've had where I enjoy the taste but not so much the smell. The taste is really difficult to describe but I'll give it a shot. Ripe pears and sour apples dominate with a firm sweet malt backbone. It's kind of dry in the finish and has a definite wine-like flavor. The drinkability is awesome, but don't drink it too cold! It's much better as it warms up a little. Give it a try when you want something different.

02-21-2003 12:42:45 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of mickstepp


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Like a french picnic basket. Bread, Fruit. Champagne. Despite it's innocuous pale color it packs quite a wallop. Nice frothy head and very effervescent. Rich. Complex. Enjoyable. A little bit tart and citrusy although the overwhelming characteristic is bready and yeast-like. A good food accompaniment rather than a session beer.
Very enjoyable. A nice French country ale.

01-26-2003 20:11:37 | More by mickstepp
Photo of Jon


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

This one pours a deep golden color with a sturdy, white head that leaves giant rings of lace. Steady carbonation is present. Smell is rather yeasty with notes of white grapes and other assorted fruit. Has a champagne-like aroma. Taste is more yeast and fruit. Rather prickly and carbonated, yet creamy in the mouth. An excellent balance of the two. Drinkability is quite good for a brew of its size. This ale pairs nicely with Thanksgiving dinner, or any good food for that matter.

12-23-2002 19:19:38 | More by Jon
Photo of ipogios


3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

I asked a friend of mine to bring me a couple of bottles of this beer when he went on vacation to France. 3 Monts pours gold colour topped by a nice white head. The aroma consists of yeast and fruity hints. Taste was not what i expected. I don't know if the taste has been deteriorated dew to my friend bringing it from France. Good carbonation and feels really good when in mouth.

12-06-2002 13:28:09 | More by ipogios
Photo of pbrian


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Cloudy golden yellow, dense creamy head. Sweet grains, herbal hop aroma. The beer begins slightly sweet, grainy, earthy, straw. The middle is slightly tart, lemony. Finishes drier, mild spicy bitterness. A lot of things to think about in this one. A world class French Bier de Garde for $4. Life is good.

11-20-2002 06:15:48 | More by pbrian
Photo of marc77


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Brilliantly clear golden in hue, topped by a creamy, rounded mountainous white head. Fluffy lace is left. Dry, bready malt and woodiness upfront in aroma, followed a subtle spicy hop nose. Trace phenol and peppery alcohol along w/ musty yeast notes round the aroma out. Mild tartness upfront in flavor yields to a combination of bittersweet alcohol and lingering light caramel malt. Mid palate dry, cracker - like graininess and understated hop bitterness contrast the light caramel sweetness. Moderately bodied, w/ a lower carbonation than the norm for style that allows for immediate enjoyment of the smooth mouthfeel. Minimal outgassing is necessary with this brew. Finishes w/ light white bread sweetness and mild clove phenol quickly fading, but otherwise is dry and clean. Although quite flavorful, 3 Monts is not particularly complex brew. This allows it to be deceivingly refreshing, however. Very enjoyable.

11-05-2002 17:34:10 | More by marc77
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Corked 750 ml bottle. Clear, golden body with a fluffy bright white head that holds well but eventually drops to a good collar & surface covering and leaves some very good lace. The aroma is earthy and slightly fruity, with a fresh grassy hop note. It's not musty, but it does have some dried straw character. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The flavor is lightly earthy/mineral blend of sweet grainy malt and soft grassy & earthy hop flavor. There are notes of light spice and wood that appear and re-appear throughout the glass. A balancing bitterness is clear just before the finish, which is dryish with a lingering malt note. Refreshing and quite enjoyable. Lots of subtle character keeps it interesting throughout the entire serving.

10-16-2002 18:56:49 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of putnam


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Pale, clear gold. Substantial, fluffy white head. Sweet nose of oak vanillin, tangerine peels and clay. There is a fragrant, soft, green quality to the aromatics as well. Think of chewy, spring apple-tree buds. A deep, resonant palate of sweet earthiness introduces tightly stitched layers of fresh sheep's milk butter, lemon peel, liquified granitic minerals, hay and down comforters. Supple and powerful with a sunny, approachable demeanor. Sweet alcohol drives this.

10-14-2002 13:09:08 | More by putnam
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

Intense fresh fruit and clean hop in the nose. Pale champagne look with lots of bubbles and a white head. The white head sheen is lasting as is the persistant lace guest that follows as you drink. This is a rich crafted, high octane golden ale. The ABV is apparent in the original taste but is mellowed by a complex fruity (peach) and spicy (phenolic-clove) backbone. The brew improves and softens as it warms. Do not drink it cold! The finish has slight hints of bannana. Complex, bold, smooth and fruity. It is something to savor.

08-29-2002 12:22:00 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Jason


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label are some history, how to serve and suggestions to pair with the beer.

Appearance: Sparkling golden hue, the dregs that made it into the second glass did not cloud the brew much and stayed in clumpy flakes. Tiny bubbles are champagne like and hold the white lace together.

Smell: Big spicy aroma of clove, anise and some odd herbal phenols. Touch yeasty with a sweetness that comes from both the alcohol and malt. Mild solvent aroma with fruity undertones of pineapple and pear. Needless to say the aroma is all over the place, in a good way.

Taste: A flowing medium body with a churning carbonation that rolls through the crisp mouth feel. Big bursting spicy and alcohol flavours. Spiciness is a mix of clove, anise with a backing of phenolic flavours that drawn on to an herbal front. Hints of wood crop up from the cork like flavours. More complex flavours of nutmeg, vanilla and earth bring this beer to a higher level. Hops run along the spicy herbal route. Alcohol flavours run with a touch of spicy solvent and sweet fruitiness. Trace of dry nuttiness, similar to walnut, come from the yeast. The malt character is dry on the palate and seems to let everything else do most of the leg work until the end when it throws a graininess out there when things dry up.

Notes: This is a pretty special brew, so complex and is better off pairing with a hearty meal. Grilled kielbasa with sautéed yellow squash and zucchini (butter & 3 Monts) was a perfect match.

06-17-2002 19:02:17 | More by Jason
Photo of ADR


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Light yellow, fine/frothy head. Big estery aroma, some grass and earth notes mixed in. Lots of banana. Really exceptional smell. Vinous flavors, fairly complex and wine-like with other notes of earth and rum-raisin spice. Complex at the swallow. Real notes of bittering are notable in the acidic side of the brew. A little over-carbonated to my tastes, it becomes more pleasant if allowed to sit about 10 minutes. I'm sure fans of the style love it and I'm making an effort to extend my appreciation as well, but not a favorite. Hail to beer diversity, however.

05-13-2002 08:18:04 | More by ADR
3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
88 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.