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

3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%


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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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on date. Fairly nerve-wracking to open considering the depth of the cork.

Appearance: Careful pour down the side of the glass yields a two inch, pillowy off-white head that dissipates slowly without leaving any lacing. Pours a clear golden amber, with lots of bubbly carbonation rising from the bottom. Spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: White wine and pepper. Then zesty, citrusy witbier. Then prune and plum esters as from a quad. Then skunky macro malt. Then big sugary raisin. This beer is winning points before it even makes it to the glass!

In the glass, i get sugar, apple, and some bready malt. Some odd funky notes pop up now and then, and the aroma gets breadier. Very interesting.

Taste: First sip follows the nose but less complex; sugary with apple notes... tastes like a mild Belgian golden ale with an apple juice-like finish. Some harsh but not unpleasant alcohol cuts through the middle and finish in subsequent sips. There's a faint earthy, banana note.

The taste quickly develops an irritating tartness without much flavor to back it up. There's very little hop flavor, but a decent bite up front. At times tastes like bitter fruit... like learning that you're eating a part of the fruit that you're neither supposed to nor want to. No funk at all. The flavor is confusingly distinct from the aroma, which is a shame. There's a somewhat stale flavor, like a warm American macro.

Deeper into the bottle, both the flavor and aroma kind of settle into a sugary, earthy breadiness. It's not very interesting, but it's an improvement on some of what was going on earlier. This is a confusing beer.

Mouthfeel: Just about medium-bodied. Occasional chalkiness. Usually juicy. Not bad.

Drinkability: I guess I don't understand this beer. It changes quite a bit, but the different notes it's offering are often unpleasant, and (with the exception of some of the aroma) rarely interesting and never anything I haven't gotten before somewhere else (done better). I don't really know why I would buy this again, which is another way of saying that I'm not going to buy this again.

As I said before, this beer is confusing, but for all the wrong reasons. The flavor just doesn't make any sense... it's not like it's exotic, or "challenging". It's not challenging; I've tasted apple juice before. I've had loads of sugary, bready beer before. But the notes that pop up just don't amount to anything even resembling a harmony. The flavor isn't terrible, but as a whole the beer is less than the sum of its parts (and its parts aren't particularly interesting in the first place).

The experience of drinking this beer was: inhale some amazingly diverse and good aromas, get flavor that goes from bland to bad to okay, settle into an unremarkable, somewhat too sugary but decent beer. High to lower, to lower, to blah. Not what I want from a moderately expensive bottle of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:36:59 | More by Pahn
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

04-17-2014 20:46:39 | More by uturn
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MarioM

California

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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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goochpunch

Texas

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light copper amber with a thin, white head. Smells of caramel malts, light booze, slight biere de garde mustiness, and not much else. Pretty subdued. Flavor is fairly faint as well. The simple character of the malts, caramel and toasty, is not what bothers me, rather the lightness of flavor. A bit boozy. I get a touch of fruit in the yeast. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Flavor is a bit sticky with some lightly prickly carbonation. Overall, I'm enjoying the beer, but it lacks in presence like other stuff from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 23:53:14 | More by goochpunch
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jaspers.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge white head that persists forever leaving copious amounts of lace on the way down my glass. Pear and plum with pepper and sweet sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. A light mineral and yeastiness rounds out the nose. The flavor is sweeter than I thought with the honey like and bready pilsner malt shining through. Light pitted fruits a touch of warming and a hint of pepper round it all out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, if it weren't a country tick I never would have picked it up, but I'm glad I did, I rather enjoyed it.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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750ml
$8.99
Sam's Marcey

3 Monts Grande Reserve pours a surprisingly clear deep golden with stream after stream of moderate sized carbonation bubble rising to the surface. A standard pour brought about a hefty, three fingers worth of microbubbled bright white head. The head eventually settled at a finger and left incredible puffy drink lines on its way down the glass. This beer looks appetizing to say the least.

Although the aroma is light it has an incredible depth. A hint of freshly husked grains is the first thing to greet my nose, this combines with a pale malty sweetness that's very candy like. The yeast brings about an incredible complexity laden with peaches, green apple, chardonnay and a slight earthy mustiness. The aroma of this beer just draws me right in, making me want a drink immediately.

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

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -1%

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