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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
88
very good

271 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 452
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 40
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of ctgui
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best before date 11.10.12

A - Pours a very clear golden color with a big white foamy head that fell quickly, some lacing.

S - Grainy malts, grassy aromas, a little booze, smells a bit like a lager, like it's been mentioned in another review.

T - The grainy malts with some sweetness are upfront, the herbal taste always as present. The booze is also there, giving it a little kick.

M - Full carbonation, goes nicely with the style. Moderate body. Great drinkability considering the abv.

O - Enjoyable, I would drink it again on a hot summer day. An overall easy to like, easy to drink beer. (595 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hard pour results in about a finger of very white head on top of a hazy golden body.

S - Malt aroma is a touch toasty and quite bready, reminding me of sourdough bread in particular. The mild but present leathery funk and mineral-like earthy notes are balanced by a Belgian candy sugar presence that is a little more overwhelming than I personally prefer. Overall this is a subtle aroma, but what is there is very inviting.

T - Again, the Belgian candy sugar is quite overwhelming, but does allow the sourdough malt presence and a nice herbal-minty flavor to sneak into my palate. Spicy, earthy (blue cheese, horse blanket) flavors mix with the herbs and Belgian candy sugar in the finish to provide a finish that manages to be both the climax of the beer, while still being mild enough to not overtake the food on the table.

M - Mild body, but somewhat coating in the finish. Enough carbonation.

O - Defiantly a table beer. This beer is nice, but maybe subtle to a fault until you let it play with food. I threw it at a lentil/mushroom/kale pasta dish and it really shined, cleaning the lentil off my tongue, while highlighting the mushroom and spices of the dish. The sweetness of the Belgian candy sugar seemed to help balance out the dryness of the dish as a whole. Great balance of flavors and a quality Biere de Garde. (1,332 characters)

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

Poured a 3" white head slow to recede. Clear light gold / dark straw yellow body. Smells mildly like a lager but with an herbal element to it. Taste when colder is mildly malty and after a little warmer a citrusy aspect comes out. It's also creamy and has a medium long finish. Nice ale. (287 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color. Fort effervescent. Nose a little arbitrary, almost devoid of flavor. Taste nearly as great as claimed. No dominant flavor, just a little spice in the mouth but not really persistent and really does not taste the hops.

Of course, this is a nice product to drink but far from great beer and far from deserving all the praise it receives on French territory. (374 characters)

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

From poor notes.

Pours a straw-coloured body with one finger cream head. Lacing good.

Strong aromas of yeast, drier than Belgian-style.

Taste almost into Belgian Strong Pale Ale but not quite. Complex. Yeast driven with the 8.5% well hidden. Moderate but balanced bitterness makes for good drinking.

Well carbonated, makes for an interesting drink, given style.

Good but not great. (386 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Golden hay-like colour with some visible carbonation. Quite big head that shows decent retention and leaves good amounts of lacing on the glass

S- Lightly earthy aroma of grainy malts, with some vivid fruity undernotes (apple, orange, maybe lemon). A hint of alcohol is detectable as well

T- Strong grainy malts, with a toasted note to them and a crisp dryiness that almost reminds of a lager. Sweet fruity notes of apple and pear, expecially on the palate. Some spicy/alcoholic notes from the esters too, bringing a little more life. A slight bitter note remains in the atfertaste and balances the beer's sweetness. Not overly complex but still very nice

M- Quite dense body due to that toasted malt note and vivid carbonation. Nicely crisp on the tongue but maybe a bit too prickly on the palate, expecially for the style.

O- Really dry if compared to my previous biere de garde tastings; kinda reminds of a lager, with very nice drinkability. Overall a very nice beer in it's simplicity (1,010 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really nice clear classic Golden color with a large fluffy head that retains real well. There is some carbonations visible.

S - Nice fruit like aromas with plenty of hop and grain.

T - Nice and fresh, bits of spice up front (cardamom, coriander and orange-apple), Yeast is very noticeable in a nice way. A real thirst quencher.

M - Medium body and medium to full carbonation. Real bitter after taste. The fluid gets a bit sticky when the temperature rises. Some belching can occur.

O - A good beer but not enough body to be a winner, but if you compare it to other blond beers.... (596 characters)

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

750mL bottle (code 11 20) poured into a Hennepin glass. Golden clear color with a 2-finger white head and vigorous champagne carbonation. This beer looks beautiful.

Aroma is a strong barnyard funk, wet hay. Hard to describe with my limited beer vocab. Still, it's pleasant and not at all off-putting as some Belgian beers can be.

Taste is dry and balanced. Actually pretty different from the aroma. Apples, pears, and white grapes with an almost tart aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, really drinkable. This beer would be great with fish or poultry, and I'll probably have a bottle with Thanksgiving dinner. Nice crisp clean finish.

Overall: if they put this in 12oz 4-packs or 6-packs, I'd always keep it stocked. (713 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a really nice clear classic Golden colour with a large fluffy head that retains real well and laces.

S - Nice grassy aromas with plenty of hop and grain.

T - Bits of spice up front that turn grassy. Hints of sweet brown sugar and cinnamon. Yeast is very noticable in a nice way.

M - Medium body and full carbonation

O - On a hot day you could drink this all day long. The alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer. (456 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottles dated 11.10.12 poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45F

A: Almost crystal clear just darker than straw yellow body with a highly effervescent body reminiscent of champagne with a fluffy white head of ~1cm that drops to a cap and leaves nice lacing. Virtual perfection for a beer.
S: Apple cider, sweet bready malts, notes of barnyard and musty basements.
T/M: Light lingering funk with a sweet bready malt that finishes clean and crisp. Light apricot and apple fruitiness in the body. Some bitterness in the finish over time. Strongly carbonated.
O: Some complexity without too much and a very interesting beer. One worth having again... (657 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk from a Duvel tulip.

A - Huge, thick foamy head sits over a clear, fizzy pale yellow body. Thick webs of tremendous lace. Gorgeous.

S - Yeast, clove, apple, toast.

T - Sweet apple and pear balance against an earthy hop bitterness. ABV hidden well.

M - High carbonation, moderate body.

O - Quality. Easy drinking, interesting tipple. Will definately try again. (369 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to daysinthewake for getting this bottle out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a bright golden color that is completely transparent and haze-free with a fluffy white head and plenty of sticky spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose brings a bit of grain and faint pepper plus a light earthy character. Light notes of pear as well. Flavor is a very light bit of green apple along with pear plus a touch of peppery spice. Light booze too.

Light body with crisp carbonation and a lingering bitterness toward the finish. Bit of alcohol. All goes together quite well.

I was a bit apprehensive about this one after not enjoying the Reserve at all, but this was really quite good. (694 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look of this beer after I poured it was fantastice. Bright golden color, perfect clarity, not even a trace of sediment in the bottle I got. The head was massive, a fine white foam with great consistency. Head lingers throughout the entire beer leaving clumps of lace all around the glass, there is a fine layer of bubbles that never breaks across the surface of the brew. Aromas a of light fruits, a bit of must and hay in there, but very clean. Flavor has a nice intensity. Medium body with a very powerful finish. A belgian tripel-like fruitiness is complimented by the alcohol burn on the finish, very cool beer and I nice break from all the sours/stouts/IPA's I've been drinking. (687 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75cl bottle of brown glass with a rather curious cork with a metal swingtop-esque support holding it down as a top. I've never seen a top like it. Reviewed live in Belfort, France. Served into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: One finger head of decent thickness and okay cream. Retention is pretty good considering the high ABV and wide-mouthed goblet. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Light scent of cream and barley.

T: Cream, lemon of depth and character, and a full barley foundation. Simple but quite refreshing. Well balanced and built, with emphasis mainly on the lemon.

Mf: Sharp, lightly coarse, and wet. Refreshing.

Dr: Price is pretty high for the limited quality, but it's pretty drinkable. I wish it were more complex. (726 characters)

Photo of zoso493
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip.

Appearance: The label on the bottle promises a golden ale, which is delivered very accurately in the look of the beer. It pours a bright yellow-gold color that is deceptively thick. At first pour, an enormous three-finger white head appears that dies slowly to form a coating over top of the beer. Also immediately evident is a lot of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a collection of bright orchard fruits that is akin to something you would find in a Belgian tripel or a well-done saison. There is just a touch of sourness to the scent that I don't mind at all, as it seems to resemble green apple. It seems also that there is a very decent strain of yeast used in this brew.

Taste: 3 Monts is a very good beer, let's make that clear from the outset. It really does seem to combine all the good elements of both of a tripel and a saison. There are a lot of great, bright fruit tastes, as well as the perfect degree of barnyard funk. The yeast used in this beer is superb as well. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: There's not too much to dislike about the mouthfeel. It is exceptionally crisp, and a touch dry, but has a very adequate body. There is only little room for improvement in this department.

Overall, 3 Monts is a really, really good beer. When I was first getting into the world of craft beer, I remember having another offering from Saint-sylvestre, Gavroche, that really opened my eyes. This beer is as good as I remember Gavroche to be, and I'm really glad I tried it. I've always thought that the bier de garde was a very underrated style, and this brew only helped to reinforce that notion, as this is a very nice drinking beer. (1,715 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ??? at Thorpe's place last week. Review from notes.

The beer is golden yellow hued, with a small, white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some funk, yeast, fruit (apples, in particular), and alcohol. The flavor is OK, with a really heavy apple presence. Sweetness grows as I make my way through the glass. Overall, this was an oddity, but I did enjoy it. I'd be interested to try it again. (445 characters)

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

750ml bottle with a cork being held in by a metal bar a first for me, poured into tulip 4/7/11

A clear golden yellow with a massive half glass of foam that slowly falls to a thin film that lasts to the bottom leaving one big patch of lace behind

S lots of noble hops with a bready dry cereal and some grassy notes, reminds me of a nice Northern European Pil with a kick

T I say it a fair bit but it mimics the smell very well, there's a little booze but mostly the hoppy, grainy flavors I picked up on the nose

M light and refreshing and that's a very dangerous thing when were at 8.5% lots of bubbles and a little bit of a bitter bite

O my first example of the style (I think) and I like it, not sure how well my day would end up if I tried to session this under a hot summer sun but sharing a bottle with Trev is working well

I had no Idea what to expect and I was pretty stoked with what I got, it reminds me of a jacked up Pil. I was expecting a funky saison but what I got was still most satisfying, some surprises work out well in the end (1,051 characters)

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

Best before date of 18.11.11

Pours a nice gold color with a thin amount of white head. Visible carbonation in the glass. Small bits of lacing.

Scent is sweet - somewhat honeyish with some floral notes.

Slight malt sweetness with some honey character. Slight taste of apple and alcohol as it warms up. Slightly dry finish.

Overall a pretty good beverage. After a few glasses, you certainly start feeling the alcohol. Certainly one of the better Beire de Gardes I have tried (476 characters)

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

Clear, pale yellow in color with a big nice looking head of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

Candied fruit on the nose. Smells of bananas, cotton candy and clove or wildflower honey come through. Good malt aromas of dried wheat, whole grains. Buttery, reminds me of fresh popped popcorn or town house crackers. Has a musty, somewhat skunky smell in the nose as well, with a floral, hoppy spiceyness.

Medium bodied in taste. Creamy and dry up front in the mouth with good carbonation. I'm getting a lot of similiar aromas from the nose in the taste of this beer. Bananas, cotton candy and butter are the predominate flavors. I taste that musty, skunk character also. As the beer warms it's starting too develop a apple like taste, maybe golden delicious apples. There's a good malt, bready taste kinda like a giant soft pretzel. Wildflower or clove honey, some sweetness and a floral hop taste. The abv is well hidden. Thick foam clings all over the glass as I work through this tasty brew. I'm starting to pick up some lemon like soapyness in the nose and taste as well. Butter, cloves and a dry malt bitterness in the finish that lingers on the palate.

This beer would be great on a hot summer day as it was very refreshing and highly drinkable. (1,264 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear golden color with massive tiny bubbles. Super foamy head full of goodness.

S: Hoppy and almost like a Hieniken smell.

T: Grainy and full flavor high iron taste from water, lemony and spicey.Honey and sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied with great mouth feel.

O: Definitly drink this one over and over again and again... (334 characters)

Photo of Gmann
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a big pure white head that dissipated into a solid cap.

The aroma is grainy, very much like an American pale lager. There is a floral honey sweetness and a bit of a metallic/sulfur note. Not that impressed with the aroma.

The taste is grainy as well. A light honey sweetness with a metallic note and sulfur. There are some hay and grassy flavors as well. The flavor is quite clean, I was definitely expecting more from the yeast. There is a light floral note that tries to bring this beer to style but it can't.

The feel is light with spritzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes dry. Drinks clean and is crisp.

Wow, disappointed in this beer. I expected a BSPA or Biere de Garde flavors but all I got was American adjunct lager. The beer is well made, no signs of infection or anything else, the flavor is just not close to what it should be. Curious to see what this tastes like as it warms. I don't think this is a biere de garde as the malt doesn't suggest it. This reminds me of a strong euro lager. The yeast is boring. What happened here? (1,102 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3 Monts is an exquisite beer. While the golden straw colour is a little bland, the thick head and beautiful lacing more than make up for it.

The smell is slightly above average. Other Bières de Gardes I've tried have similar smells, but lack a certain quality that differentiates 3 Monts from them. Its much more complex, with sweet malts and yeast that really stand out.

With that distinctive Bière de Garde taste, so much more is offered with 3 Monts. Its full-bodied, with a malt sweetness balanced perfectly with the mild hops they've chosen. Werther's candies come to mind, with a very natural malt/hop combination.

This beer is very dry despite being one of the creamiest beers I"ve tasted. It has a great finish and is very drinkable. Overall, a fantastic beer that hasn't received the attention it deserves. (820 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow body with a sea of tiny bubbles that race to the surface to support a spongy snow white head that turns creamy and sticks to the glass in a heavy meniscus.

S- The faint wet pale malt note has a slight floral aroma and a honey hint in the finish, but otherwise it is pretty clean.

T- The dry clean flavor has a light yellow apple hint that takes on a tart note and some light fruity apricot flavors fades to a soft green note in the finish and a bitterness that lingers which is not distinctly from hops. As the beer warms, there is a floral bubblegum note that comes though aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full fizz that scrubs the tongue at the end of each sip and turns creamy as it warms.

D- This beer is very light and subtle but the fizz starts to make it a bit to bland as it washes out the flavor and it also boost the bitterness which dominates the finish. (955 characters)

Photo of impending
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a transparent light golden copper, frothy dense head, excellent lacing. In a Duvel tulip it looks majestic.
superb

Complex aroma, many layers fight for attention. Sweet, spice, dirt floor, pepper, soprano and baritone.
delightful

Complexity carries over to the taste which evolves significantly. Not nearly as sweet as the nose hinted, mostly unripened light skinned fruits. Minor hops add bitterness alongside the flavor of cedar. Alcohol quietly appears at the beginning of the aftertaste which is long lived, slowly fading from the tongue. Medium bodied prickly mouthfeel.

a further demonstration of its complexity is the evolution of flavor charted against temperature
very well rounded
cheers
jd (731 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne corked-750 ml bottle--freshness dated for April 20, 2012.

Poured pale gold and bubbly, large fizzy 2 finger-head with agressive carbonation.

Smells of meadows (very grassy) some sweet pineapple amd ginger ale. Yeasty too...

Smooth mouthfeel. Nice malty taste--sweet with a crisp, dry finish. Can't decide if it reminds me of champagne or like drinking a shandy.

Beware--the ABV sneaks up on you.

Well done. (421 characters)

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.