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3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees

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90
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 08-22-2002)
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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. Classy, wine-bottle-like front and back labels. Key label information: bottle-conditioned, sur lie, and artisanal. 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: Lovely lees dust the bottom of the bottle. The cork pops firmly out of the neck of the bottle, along with substantial tendrils of gunsmoke. The color is extraordinary. The nubilous yellow-apricot body has an inner glow I only seem to see in the best beers. Generates a very fluffy, dry, sticky, barely off-white head that laces down the entire glass. Numerous streams of small bubbles race to the replenish the head.

Smell: Stunningly complex. Meadow-fresh cut grass, floral, and earthy at the same time. This beer expresses it all: sweet malty alcohol, piquant hoppiness, and gentle herbal notes. Smells almost as substantial as most beers taste.

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste continually evolves; maturing from a crisp, herbal hoppiness to a fuller, heavier, sweeter, maltier beer. The more one looks, the more there is in this beer. The initially dry, herbal, and floral notes deepen into a malty, biscuity stage and then a more honeyed fruitiness that includes crisp apple and a tropical mango, pineapple, and durian flavors. The second glass can be entirely different from the first. The balance is on the “soft” side (fruitiness dominating over astringency) but still structured. The alcohol is detectable but unobtrusive, helping this to a deep, long warm finish.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit of alcohol warmth on the palate, buoyed by the extremely fine, “petillant” carbonation. Manages to be soft and crisp at the same time. Good body, especially as it warms.

Drinkability: Top marks here. Although relatively high in ABV, this is very smooth and easily drinkable. You’ll go through a bottle in no time.

Backwash: One of the finest beers in the world (definitely top 20 for me), and vastly underrated (or under-known). I drank this particular example back-to-back with a “regular” 3 Monts. Frankly, I don’t find the differences that substantial. I’d compare the relationship between the Grand Réserve and the standard offering as the difference between an “extra brut” and a “brut” Champagne (although both are less dry than typical Champagnes). Stock up, this is one of the best cellaring candidates and one of the greatest bargains out there. Sublime.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 19:17:23 | More by Dantes
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2011 (Price tag is dated 08/19/11)

A - It is amber colored with golden highlights. It is topped with several inches of rocky, eggshell head that clings to the side of the glass.

S - I get some faint spices, toffee, and bread. I get a little alcohol, too.

T - The taste is mildly spiced. There is a little funk.

M - It is highly carbonated leaving a prickly feeling on my tongue. Medium bodied.

O - I fear I may have had this one too long. I expected more spiciness in the smell and taste. It is still enjoyable and actually refreshing. I will have to revisit this one with a fresher sample to see if I screwed up.

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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Nice clear Aorangi color with a fluffy white head made if medium to small bubbles. High carbonation and decent lacing.

S: Malty, sweet, caramel and a bit of musty cork aroma that us earthy and pleasant.

T: Sweet and malty with a hint of spice from the yeast and a touch of booze. Also a bit medicinal sweetness that's something I've never tasted before, not a bad thing even though it sounds bad but just unique and couldn't explain it better. Pretty mutch very malty, bready and slightly fruity with some booze.

M: Bready sweet malt lingers with some booze but not warm. Fruit like flavors linger and make for a nice thick full mouthfeel that's gentle but unique and fulfilling.

O: A very interesting and true to style Biere de Garde. Sweet malt and slight booze balance very well and make for a very satisfying complex and unique flavors. If you see this beauty try t, you will not be disappointed and will be intrigued by its subtitle uniqueness and french farmhouse character.

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The flavor follows the aroma closely. Very vinous with the mustiness coming through faintly throughout the entire drink. Mild fresh graininess mixes it up with the sweet pale maltiness. The grape character leads the way in the fruit department but the green apple and peach make solid appearances. This is a very well put together beer with a great depth of flavor.

The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent! The carbonation makes the body light and airy all the while being refreshing. There's a nice crispness and slight drying on the finish.

The light, airy body makes this beer incredibly easy to put away. I could see myself drinking this until the alcohol caught up with me. An incredible drinkability when the abv is taken into consideration.

I loved 3 Monts when I had it and couldn't find 3 Monts Grande Reserve for a long time now. Luckily I came across a few bottles and it's just as good as the original which is really saying something. The two beers I've had from this brewery leave me wanting more.

Reviewed: 6/22/08

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3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
90 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.