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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of thisismyname
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gentlest pour ever gave way to a gargantuan head that left thick rings of lace. The beer is crystal clear golden in colour.

Smells invitingly sweet with lots of malt and undertones of biscuit, grass, and candied grain.

The taste is substantially different from what the smell would have you think. While all the flavours of the smell are there, limes, apples, yeast, notes of wheat, and a large dose of alcohol are also present. The tangy acidic flavours are nicely countered with a hop finish. Too pungent to be drank quickly.

Minimal carbonation makes it refreshing for a higher ABV. Soft and creamy on the palate.

Packs a lot more flavour than the the look or smell of it gives away. Tasty!

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Photo of sfprint
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautifully lively carbonation, particularly transparent with a sort of typical light lager color. Sea foamy head of uniform size moderately small bubbles.
S: Malt and yeast very connected and hit you simultaneously. Grassy, and leaning toward vinegar. Acidic. Champagne
T: Similar to the smell but better. Less acidic, more like champagne. There's a funny nuttiness at the end, like a pinenut. Alcohol is well masked. It does take above 5% but not so much so. It's a fairly mild and delicate flavor, but quite nice. Light grassiness in the background. Edge of "sourness" but that's quite mild. Champagne of beers.
M: Semi soft liquid, mild sting.
O: Nice beer, nice balance. Champagne of beers.

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

Second try of this beer. Into the tulip, pours clear golden with a beautiful white three finger head that slowly fades leaving some droopy, sticky lacing and settles into a permanent thin white cap. Visible carbonation keeps this thin layer of foam going strong.

First thing I smell when I pop the bottle is some citrus zest. There's also some light toasty grains and cellar mustiness along with very mild noble hops.

At first this beer tastes just like a nice full lager, with that clean, light dusty, bread/wood flavor. Very mild fruitiness, apples and lemon, and some floral hops in the back. As it warms I start getting some spicy, peppery alcohol, as well as a more complex, nuttier malt profile. Very nice.

Remarkably smooth despite the very high carbonation. Not too prickly, not too much body despite the high alcohol. Well balanced.

Overall this grew on me. It's highly quaffable, but take your time and sip this one a bit, enjoy the changes as it warms up and the flavor profile opens. Almost too drinkable, but the 8.5% ABV does start making itself feel known after sneaking up at first.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer! From prying off the wire and popping the cork, the aroma comes on strong. Two finger head, and beautiful flavor of bread and grass. Soft carbonation and lingering bitterness on the palate. A perfect bottle to sip on a hot summer’s day....

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing clear gold color w/ a big three finger head. The head is quickly down to one finger after a couple minutes. Excellent carbonation, and fantastic lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is spices, some yeast, malt, and slight funkiness. Very smooth, refreshing, and clean smelling. Taste is similar to the nose- nothing different here. This beer is super smooth, spicy and refreshing. I don't get any of the 8.5% ABV in the taste at all. This would be an incredible summer beer- if you don't mind the higher alcohol, and don't want a session brew. Overall, this is good- but maybe a hair short of great. Still, I would get this again. Cheers.

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

I'm still working through some notes with this one.

This is somehow both brilliant and pale, a medium yellow in color and obviously unfiltered, as there's both haze and sediment plentifully evident. A white cap forms nearly two fingers of height and proves sturdy. Lacing is left in soft patches and legs snaking down the glass.
From the aroma, I understand immediately that this is a Belgian style, as the clove, lightly and inoffensively dusty and light fruits/subtle bubble gum sweetness of the yeast mingle. There's a bit more to it as well, as something gently herbal and a bit more spiciness also come in.
Less of the character that told me this was a Belgian in the aroma is present in the flavor, as more of the underlying characteristics come out from underneath. The spiciness pulls through and alcohol creeps out a bit more. There's something like a gentle mix of spices in there as well, and a more complex sweetness than I realized initially also peeks through, particularly (along with pear and light fruits flesh) some vanilla and perhaps toffee. This really is more complex than I could have realized at first.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, riding off a rolling carbonation that isn't simply filler and building of a gently nipping crispness. This feel really pulls it all together.
This is still a fairly unfamiliar style to me, but I get what they're doing and this one does it very well.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month selections for October. It was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

3 Monts pours a crystal clear goldenrod, with a buckshot of lemon shining through upon being held up to light. The fluffy white foam that sprung up after each pour always had good height and head retention. Lacing started out solid, and only got nicer with each subsequent pour. The nose is a little timid, but does feature a very nice, delicate balance between pale and stone fruits and peppery aromas. The flavor is a bit more robust, but still centers around that fruit-pepper dichotomy. There's a bit of honey that joins in with the apples and pears up front, and a subtle warming from the alcohol that comes in along with the spicy phenols. The mouthfeel is absolutely phenomenal. The body is surprisingly light given the solid malt presence, and the carbonation is expansive and active, Belgian at its finest. 3 Monts is a great beer and a very good Biere de Garde, one I'd be more than happy to have again.

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Photo of marty21
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with 2.5 fingers worth of foamy bright white head. Settles to a thick cap and left tons of lacing.

S: Sweet grainy aroma with some scents that are like honey. Also some grassy scents.

T: Sweet grains with some lighter fruits. Some grassy notes and a bit of sourness as well. Has a honey after taste. A little bit of alcohol in the taste as well.

M: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body.

O: 3 Monts was really enjoyable. It has a simple yet complex taste. It wasn’t too expensive either so I would happily purchase this beer again.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah good beer, it's been too long. My first review in a long time. For the start of my time teaching and my one year anniversary back from Bulgaria I looked for something nice, and found it in the most random of places, a small store in the beer wasteland of Santee, SC. A pleasant surprise. Here goes.

A: The bottle was incredibly hard to get open. Inside the bottle a huge amount of yeast and sediment is visible. This will have to be a very careful pour for sure.
Poured from the 750 mL corked bottle into a tulip glass.
The beer is a bright yellow color with lots of sediment floating around. Head is 3 or so fingers, offwhite and sticks around a bit wile leaving clumps along the side of the glass. Overall a good looking beer, but the huge amount of sediment is a bit off.

S: Slightly spicy and herbal with a slight funkiness in the back. Yeastiness is definitely a highlight. Sourdoagh bread. Some citrus zest in there as well.

T: Very refreshing with loads of citrus and a subtle spiciness underneath. Slightly tart, but very light and surprisingly sweet but not too much so. Like a saison but without as much funk. Like a champagne, but not as winey. This is a fantastic drink.

D: Light and subtle. Has a bit of zest but not too much at all. Great.

O: This beer could go with anything. I enjoyed it by itself on a relaxing night in SC. Great way to get back into the swing of things. Very nice beer.

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Photo of ctgui
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Mar02x
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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....

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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...

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Photo of dansmcd
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of zoso493
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.