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

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 149
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of inebrius
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is compulsory that you appreciate a beer whose cork is held in place by a staple. Aroma of earth: clods of sod, hay, apple trees, vines of jessamine and burlap. Malt start is sweet, but not at all saccharine. Bitterness is mellow and perfect. It finishes savory and warming and right. Layers of lace coat the glass. Monolithic head reduces into a campfire marshmallow that you have to gather with a spoon when the crystalline amber liquid is gone. Frothy, but in no way harsh. The perfect beer? I sit besides myself and wonder how I lived for thirty years without ever tasting this awe-inspiring brew. Words can do no justice, find it and buy it. (649 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been holding onto this bottle for months, perhaps for a special occasion? And why not review #800 on BA? For this, I genuflect to the generosity of jcalbi...

The first thing you know about this ale, once freeing the cork and letting the beer flow free, is the enormous, volcanic, titanic, utterly brobdignagian head of foam that gushes forth and overwhelms the glass, spills unto the floor, and before you know it, you're licking the linoleum!
Aroma: Sweetness supreme! I'm sorry, if you're not an angel in human form, you probably have no right to know this sublimity...oh, wait, it's YOU! Okay, go ahead...sparkly, yeasty, fruity, heady, ..oooh, I'm on cloud 10! It's one more, you understand...
Appearance: a murky, cloudy, amber hue, closer to a pale orange, actually...
Taste: lightness, sweetness, fruit, divinity, transendence, uplifting goodness, unparalleled happiness resulting from, goodness, this is that rare kind of beer that makes me swoon, do you hear, swooon!
Each further sip cause me to reel back again, and further settle into this luscious enveloping of beauty...yes, every once in a while, you find beauty in a beer, and this is then...oh, Lordy..
Body, if we MUST get technical, is rather light, but don't tell that to FLAVOR, oh, no, for the finish don't know the meaning of that word, brother! Rings and chimes in the caverns of the senses for what seems like forever! And long may it, indeed! I can see no further pleasure to be found of a beer of this caliber, if there is any other...I'm going to have a fine time emptying this bottle, oh, yes, sir!
I take back my previous comments about France and beer ...if there's more like this, France, I'll forgive you for Fischer, but, PLEASE, more of THIS!!!!

Again, thanks to jcalbi, long may he reign... (1,793 characters)

Photo of Dantes
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (2,775 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle has been stored upright at 65 deg. F since I got it 7 months ago. At that time I was a bit disappointed, believing it to be a mistaken, caramelized version of the Golden Ale : good, but not great (say, “4.0”). The consensus then was that maybe, “maybe”, it would mature into something noteworthy – and it appears this may be indeed be happening.

Notes of sunflower seed and cookie dough now join aromas of burned sugar and weathered barn wood. The hops profile is worth noting too : very subtle, yet oddly emerging from a state of infant fattiness to display a sophisticated combination of pine, basil, tarragon and leafy, sun-scorched grasses (it reminds me a little of Orval or various Belgians which use Poperings hops). Steamy, doughy, bready alcohol spiciness underwrites the flavor. This beer is drier now, and certainly more complex. The gas is raunchy as ever, powering a massive, brownish-colored, hissing fizz while sharply delineating the texture. The finish is stony and tannic.

Palates weaned on Belgian Tripel may find this too sharp and quick on the tongue. My only doubt is about the bottle’s closure. I’m certain (after tasting a batch of Golden Ale that had been laid on its side for a month) that this composite cork only does bad things to liquid, imparting an unattractive mustiness that can blur with, well, an “attractive” mustiness that is essential to the style. (1,415 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a clamped and corked, 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Purchased at CT Beverage Mart, New Britain, CT
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a crystal clear amber color with a frothy, two-finger, bright white head which slowly faded to a thin film. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was amazingly smooth and fragrant. Malty rich and rather spicy with a pungent yeasty quality. Caramel notes were apparent. There was an intriguing fruity and flowery component to the nose that can be found in some of the better abbey ales. Estery. Crisp and fresh.

Rich, caramel malts came through strong in the flavor profile. Smooth, spicy and nutty. Somewhat woody. A touch steely. Fruity. Notes of apples and pears were noticeable. The finish was crisp, dry and refreshing with just a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Soft and pillowy. Ultra smooth and frothy with a rich, velvety effervescence.

At 8% ABV, I found this beer to be amazingly drinkable. If there is such a thing as a farmhouse session beer, this would be it.

3 Monts Grande Réserve Spécial Ale defines style and grace in a beer. This simply blew me away. Definitely keep an eye out for this release. (1,214 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 Monts Grande Reserve Speciale Ale was served from a difficult 750ml corked and clamped bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a hazy orange-caramel hue, and was topped by a rich, thick, stiff, and resiliant light tan head that left sheets and smatterings of sticky lacing. Decadent currents of musty dried apricots, cloves, piney resinous hops, and luxurious scotch wafted from the glass, serving to invigorate my senses. On the palate, I experienced a world of intruiging and wonderful flavors that were related to the nose ... dried turkish apricots soaked in oakey red wine, grass, rosiness, and licorice. These flavors swirled and bounced with joy on the taste buds while the fantastic sweeping tannic dry lime bitter finish rolled through, leaving lingering vinous apricot notes. I was very impressed by the balance and composition of all of this. The full smooth body and the semi-fluffy carbonation were matched well with the flavors and personality of this beer. The deliciousness, balance, and dryness of this brew made it very easy to drink...for the style. Full-flavored, charismatic, and captivating... a highly recommend acquistion. (1,147 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle into a chalice...
Apperance is a blonde, champagne colored bubbly ale with an off-white colored head that is retained well but leaves no lacing. Very appealing to the eyes. The nose is also pleased, as fruity notes prevail (oranges, plums, raisins, peach, and alcohol). Hot damn this thing smells good, very well balanced.

The taste is intricate yet mild, which is not a knock against the beer. Some organic, earthy notes are immediately present, something along the lines of wood or grass. It is balanced by a sweet butterscotchy/vanilla note. The carbonation makes for a light feel on the palate which is a definite aid to the taste. Great drinkability, great beer. Well done France, well done... (735 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a deep, rich, mystic orange in color with a massive, tight-bubbled white head that rises to greatness on an easy pour and shows terrific retention. This is a picture to be had for sure.

Smell - The balance of the nose is extraordinary. The horse blanket is of the purest kind and the yeasty sourness is just enough to jazz up the bouquet. The malts are luscious and give a light structure to the beer and lastly there's a nice hop overcast just for balance.

Taste - The flavor is equally balanced. The horse blanket is impeccable. It has just the right balance of must and funk. The light yeasty sourness is just enough to give the flavor a little lively zap. The hops surround the flavor profile perfectly and the light malt base adds the fifth dimension.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with terrific carbonation and a tingling sensation that is both exciting and entertaining. There's just enough dryness to keep you gulping and the malt adds a wonderful smoothness.

Drinkability - Southampton is the only other brewer I've found that could match up with the quality of this offering and that effort is very non-traditional. The subtlety and balance of this French version makes this a classic. Highly, highly recommended for anyone seeking out the style and especially for a first-timer. (1,318 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy 1” white head over a golden-copper colored body. Sheets of lace rise and subside with each slip, head retention was decent. Aromas of earth and hay with underlying light berry-like fruit, floral hops and alcohol. Sweet caramel malt, mild cheddar-cheese flavor, and a corky earthiness in the flavor profile. Mild hop bitterness in the background. Medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth light feel in the mouth with a clean finish.

A tasty Biere de Garde. It has a wide array of flavors and aromas, with an emphasis on earthiness. Well-balanced, complex and very drinkable. (602 characters)

Photo of Nesued
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750ml bottle, corked and clamped. I used a rabbit wine cork-puller to open the bottle.

Appearance - Nice amber/orange color, with a hazy view and a good bit of "wispy sediment". The pour was amazing with the formation of the largest head I've seen in many a pour!! After waiting for at least 10 min, I was at last able to comment on the lace that was left after the dissipation of the head (at least down to one-finger in depth). The carbonation, previously invisible in the bottle, was at last able to be seen. I nice lively amount with an ample supply to the retained head.

Smell - I would describe this as a fruity base of citrus/apple. A nice clean quality with not much beyond the basic esters to draw you into a "guessing game" of what else is there.

Taste - A very understated taste. A warm caramel taste that was even more pronounced when the beer warmed to close to room temp. I cannot for the life of me pin down a broader taste than the caramel, with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Wow, what a smooth feel. Very silky with the carbonation just adding a slight depth to the feel.

Drinkability - This beer will knock you over if you don't respect it. The 8% ABV will remind you however. This is one smooth brew that is exceedingly well balanced and would have you quickly reaching for another, and another. Well done on this one!! (1,370 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic white head, fluffy and unique, clear slight orange look, really nice. Had it in my Duvel glass.

Nose of belgian malt, yeast, and the deep nose of peach and some must, but no horse blanket I expected.

It's taste is more like a Belgain golden ale, except the finish is really nicely dry, very nice. I'm savoring it, great deep taste.

Really nice easy drinker, nice heavy mouthfeel, dryness is great, wow, keep it coming. Just doesn't have a funk, but that's OK, otherwise I'd put a 5 up. Easy drinker by itself, with some lunch food, with cookies, with anything, it's a great treat. Wow. (599 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange body topped by a cream colored rocky/creamy head that's formed of average sized bubbles but holds extremely well as it's buoyed by a strong effervescence. Leaves excellent lace throughout the glass. The aroma is gently earthy, but not musty, with a honey-ish bready malt and perfumy & earthy hops. There are some subtle straw and light wood characteristics. The body is light/medium with an effervescent carbonation that's prickly on the tongue and gives the impression of a fuller mouthfeel. The flavor is a softly fruity and lightly sweet (orange & honey), but still dryish, combination of malt & earthy hop. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but not distracting. A solid bitterness, emphasised by the brisk carbonation, eventually receeds as the beer warms to reveal more sweetness. Finishes dry with a lingering herbal & mineral character. A very enjoyable, refreshing, and drinkable beer with lots of character. I was surprised at the amount of hop bitterness and flavor. Well worth seeking out. (1,042 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (1,852 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange with a nice head of off-white foam that leaves decent lacing. Fresh raw, floral, leafy, green, oily, acidic hops are the main aroma note. I also get white pepper and some funky yeast notes as well. Taste is spicy with yeasty pepper notes and hops. Caramel and doughy bready malts take hold in the middle before the dry spicy hoppy finish blows away your buds. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little brash, but spot-on. Drinkability remains intelligently beautiful. Another marvelous creation from these French farm house masters! (539 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jpm30 for this beer.

A: Dull, antiqued copper with some chill haze to it. Head is powerful and frothy, leaving lots of lacing and sporadic piles of foam after ever sip.

S: Thyme, rose pedals, orange blossom, dark honey with the foundation of the smell being cider.

T: Starts out stark and mineralstic with a shimmer of old yeast. Cardoman, vanilla and perhaps some clove move in and begin to fill the mouth with flavor. Nice beer, very herbal…tastes almost homeopathic. Quality spices flicker at the tip of the tongue, offering only a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander with attractive low level vanilla continuing through the entire beer. Finishes a bit boozy but still attractive.

M: Medium body with a quality viscosity

D: I really liked this beer. Had an ultrafine balance that only comes from superb craftsmanship. You don’t make a beer this delicate on dumb luck. Highly recommended. (920 characters)

Photo of TylerSC
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review, so it is apropos that this is the first beer that began to open my mind to craft beers.

This beer is one of the selections at a local indian restaurant (which, incidentally, does not have a liquor license). I remember thinking "wow, this is a $12 beer" (it is only $9 at the store for a 22oz).

I love this beer - it is very drinkable and has a lot of flavor. (387 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It's a 750ML bottle with a gold wrap and cork and single metal bar that holds the cork in. I've never come across this before. Ok, I figured it out. ;^) The cork has a 12-18 on it, what ever that means, and I pulled it out with my fingers without too much trouble.

It pours about a 1" of light golden liquid and the rest is foam. Hehehe...this is going to be an adventure! As the head slowly recedes, I'm seeing a lot of sticky lacing. Good so far. A slow, careful refill reveals more of the appearance characteristics. It's a clear amber gold with lots of tiny bubbles.

The smell is sweetish with strong notes of caramel malt, some earth, and lots of fruity tones. And when I say strong, I should say complex as the overall fragrance is on the mild side. Very good smeller though.

The taste is also sweetish. Some caramel but more of a candy sugar sweetness, and some earthy husky flavour, some graininess, with some nice citric tones that works well to subdue some of the sweetness, not allowing it to get out of hand. And....when I swish the ale in my mouth, I get a touch of pepper and some fruit. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is just a notch below medium and works well with the medium carbonation. The alcohol is not present at all as I get no warming...well..not at first. It does look like it's one of those sneak up on you brews after you're deep in the session but I don't have a problem with that as I'm not going anywhere tonight. Ahhh...so silky smooth and so damn tasty. There's a certain majesty I feel sipping on this Grand Reserve Special Ale. One mighty fine brew.

Thanks again Joe for another real treat! (1,680 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

57f
the color of faded sugar maples in late autumn. Off orange.
sticky, fine white froth.
I smell the alcohol turning quickly to spice. And it's like walking through a hay barn.
taste the straw, the hay; dry grasses, and greener forage. Green grapes. Orange notes. Light and balanced. Very subtle malting to my taste, a touch of sweet. There's a nip of a hop profile. Very refreshing, and drinkable. (403 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with lots of haze and a moderate head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Spicy and lemony Belgian aroma. Nice. The flavor is quite grainy but also has a slight hop presence and a very light, but fulfilling body. Drinkability is dangerously good on this one. (291 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was left at my house a long time ago, and its about time to drnk it. The beer pous a hazy, paly golden color with a 3 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is rather nice. There is a zesty lemony citrusy character along with a spicey belgian type character, almost a spicey hop quality. The flavor is really nice. It gives me a floral, flowery essence, with a slightly grainey character behind it. This is a hint of wood in there as well, slighty tanninish. The feel is moderate to thick, with a kight carb. Overall, a rather nice beer. I will definately look for this in the future. (605 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i usually revisit this one every fall, but just really had a craving for it, so I opened one up on this hot summer night. Benchmark for what I consider strong biere de guarde. Amber with an off-white head that holds very well and leaves some lace as it goes. nose is malt, lime and honey (to me) followed by spice and grain and sweet grain and spicy grain and must and barn and a hint of rum soaked raisins and of course the sylvestre signature relatively hoppy euro-hoppiness... taste is complex and well balanced and i'm really seeing the similarity to its belgian counterparts. it's almost like a semi-sweet, darker, roastier and spicier saison. medium body with a nice slight pricklyness and dry, warming sensation in the finish. very well done. extra drinkability points for it's food pairing capabilities. great reference point for learning about the style. (863 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's an interesting French offering. My first biere de garde, 3 Monts proved to be a choice accompaniment to a turkey dinner. Pours a golden color with a thick, creamy white head that makes its presence known. Nice residue of lace all the way down the glass. Smell is big on earthy tones -- fresh cut grass, hops, etc. Exhibits a somewhat sour, yet balanced taste and a clean, prickly mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink, this goes great with food. A truly unique brew. (467 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a very unusual and complex closure system. A cork stuffed way down (requiring a corkscrew to extract) and strapped in place by a rigid piece of metal. Over that is a shrink-wrapped golden plastic cover.

After finally opening the bottle, I pour it into my goblet. For being labeled an "amber" it has a very pale appearance but I guess there is a hint of red. The pale golden yellow ale has great clarity and incredible head that just continues to grow. When it eventually settles, it leaves some great lacing behind.

Aroma is complex and unusal too. Funky, floral, earthy, and sour. In fact, it's great. I just don't know how to describe all of the details.

Flavor is quite nice too and, as I've now come to expect from this brew, unusual and complex. The first thing that stands out is the bready nature of the yeast. It has elements of french baguette and it goes nicely with the floral funk. There is layers of fruit and spice as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and surprisingly not that high in carbonation. Given the appearance, I expected it to feel like champagne.

Overall a wonderfully complicated beer from begining to end. (1,163 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a tulip. My bottle indicates 8.3% ABV rather than the above-noted 9%.

Appearance: medium amber-orange hue with a crystal-clear body and a very light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam leaving a nice lace as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: lightly fruity malt aroma with a pear character and a hint of apple, although not cidery at all. A very subtle hint of spicy/phenolic character is also present, but it serves merely to liven up the aromatic palate. Light, but quite nice indeed.

Taste: malty with a bit of a grainy component, but quite balanced. The pear and apple qualities are still present, and there's a little bit of a hint of toastiness as well. Finish has a hint of bitterness which is well balanced. I find that I'm really loving this beer. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a well-integrated carbonation. You'd never think of it, based on the lack of apparent effervescence, but this is a very well carbonated and highly creamy concoction. Love it!

Overall: I bought this beer on a whim, knowing nothing at all about it. I am so glad I found it -- this is a delicious treat from start to finish. (1,187 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After getting past the interesting cork arrangement the beer poured a very pretty honey color with a rocky, eggshell head. The aroma consisted of sweet malt, and peppery, perfumey hops. Before it warmed up a bit alcohol was too big of a flavor. Once it warmed everything fell into place. Bread and honey on the palate and some wood (American oak) as well. While not very sweet at all, it finishes even drier. Very complex beer and beautifully crafted. My review surely does not do it justice. I’m glad the store was out of the “regular” 3 Monts, and I had the extra dollar to spend on this one. (597 characters)

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3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.