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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
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124 Ratings
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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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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian bomber w/o freshness info. Plastic covering a cork, kept in place by a metal bar, interesting task to get this baby open. Pours clouded light orangy amber, under a lovely, airy, long lasting off white head. Leaves thick blobs of nice looking lace. Nice looking beer. Faint nose, I got just a wee whiff of some musty and some light flowery fruitiness. Delicate Biere de garde, notes of light pepper, honey, leafy hops. Quite drying finish. Love the style. Enjoyed this one, but it seemed a bit on the tame side. I'd prefer more of a flavor punch, maybe I have been drinking too much San Diego style DIPA lately...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:13:34 | More by Billolick
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold. Thick creamy white head. Nice retention and lacing. The lacing is thick hanging curtains-- absolutely gorgeous.

Smells spicy. A little Belgian yeast and spicy hops. Some light sweetness.

The flavor is slightly sweet, followed by a dry funky hay note, light booze, and bananas on the finish. The aftertaste is quite dry.

Body is hugely carbonated... Light and airy.

This has improved immensely as it warmed up-- at first I was thinking it would be a C- or so... This is tasty enough and complex enough to enjoy-- although this is probably not a beer I will be buying.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:20:35 | More by AleWatcher
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Crosling

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange.

Moderately aromatic, with scents of coriander, orange, toasted malt, flowers, grass and caramel.

Tastes very much like a Biere De Garde with a little bit of a tripel aspect as well. An elaborate fruitiness is present providing notes of orange and pear along with a light hoppiness and notes of toasted malt and caramel. The yeast reminds of Dupont. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 02:06:29 | More by Crosling
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marburg

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Putnam just got this in, and being that the other 3 Monts is so good, we had high hopes for this Grande Reserve Special Ale. Personally, I was a touch disappointed. This is good. But it's hardly superb.

The show was, however. Popping the cork allowed the bottle to spew its contents in just about every direction. Forceful carbonation. Rusty orange color with a huge, epic head. Fruity aroma catches your attention from anywhere nearby. Tall grass fields and flowering shrubs. Very earthy and dank feeling. Lots of yeast flavors in this, I think. Burnt sugars seem to squash the interesting fruit flavors around mid-palate -- the flavor of carmelized scrapings from the bottom of a baking pan. Still quite drinkable and pretty good -- but this isn't nearly as great as the original in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 03:26:23 | More by marburg
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a different label than the picture shown. a thin metal strap holds the cork in place. the cork itself was a pain to get out. i had to use a corkscrew in the end. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy and bright golden orange colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head fades into no more than crown before long. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the nose gives off the lightest hint of funk in the form of a little horse blanket. after that i get some toasted bread malts a little bit of caramel which adds a level of sweetness. decently fruity. theres a lot going on in the nose.

T- the taste starts off with more of the caramel and toasted bread like malts. after that i get a touch of horse blanket before moving on the light summer fruits. peach, pear, grape, and green apple skins.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is a nice and subdued level without coming off as flat. a surprisingly large warming from the mere 8% abv.

O- a very nice beer from a more obscure style. one that i would like to lay down for a bit to see if more of the wild flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:36:45 | More by jwinship83
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silenius

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a bone white head that fills the glass. The head subsides slowly to leave lace on the glass.

Smell is light cinnamon malt with orange characteristics and a touch of honey.

Taste is a light quenching bitter with citrus and cinnamon characteristics. Not terribly complex, but a great complement to food.

Mouthfeel, as I said, is dry and quenching. Lots of carbonation here lifts greasy foods up and off your tongue for another bite.

Very quaffable. Will buy again for some special dinners.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 02:11:52 | More by silenius
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronze with a huge fluffy, off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Aromas of apples and pears, white pepper, honey and toffee. Smooth alcohol nose is detected.

Taste of light fruits (apples, pears, white grapes), biscuity malts, honey and sweet toffee. As the beer warmed an apple cider taste started to dominate. Well balanced flavors with slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp with lots of tiny bubble carbonation.

Overall a nice subtle beer, no big flavors, no "wow" factor.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 19:26:23 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 10% biere ambrée

poured into a tulip. The color is a beautiful amber, very clear, lots of carbonation, fine bubbles. Big thick white foam on top. It stick on the glass on every sip.

smell is malty, herbal, some alcohol,

taste is good, its a strong amber, mix of malt, herbal flavours, alcohol, fruits, evything combined makes a fine brew. Delicate and strong.

mouthfeel is a bit liquorous, fine carbonation, finish is a bit dry.medium body.

its a fine brew, nicely balanced, a 10% beer wich it does not feel too strong.

Bière de luxe mes amis

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:02:46 | More by Otterburn
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared the a 750 ml botle with my dad at dinner. We had gowumpkies (pardon any imcorrect spelling).

Poured an excellent 1.5 finger head into a big tulip glass.

Smell slighty sugary with a hint of citrus to back up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was citrussy with a pleasant backup of ticlkey carboantion that complemnented the plablano crushed peppers i put on my gowumpkies.

The taste had a monent of vanilla goodness wuth a citrus finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:14:15 | More by scruffwhor
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden straw color, with 2 inches of creamy head.

S-Amber malts, grassy, earthy hops, sweet citrus, fruity Belgian yeast.

T/M-The mouthfeel is dry and prickly, accentuating the earthy, bitter hop profile. I'm surprised at how aggressively hoppy this beer is. The amber malts provide backbone, but not much flavor. The finish is a melange of slick, fruity yeast and bitter hops.

D-Not bad. Different than I expected. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:06:55 | More by DaveHS
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, long lasting head of off white foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity - dried fruits like plum and raisin. There was a biscuity malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted very fruity and spicy. Nice plum, raisin and fig notes with some sweet caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good biere de garde. A nice value.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:47:46 | More by zeff80
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (code 11 20) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear honey amber w/ a thick fluffy white head that leaves big sticky clumps of lace on the glass. Not nearly the same carbonation level as the regular 3 Monts.

Aroma is a combination of wet hay, spices and fruits. Similar to a saison. Yeast leads the way.

Taste is spicy, fruity malt and Belgian yeast. Apples and pears, with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a clean dry finish.

Overall a really nice smooth Bière de Garde. Aside from less carbonation, not vastly different from the golden ale version.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 00:17:27 | More by draheim
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 21:49:45 | More by Rastacouere
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle with a mark of 11-20. I am not enthralled by the metal ring that holds the cork. I had to pull out a screwdriver to get it off. It was not terribly convenient. However, once I made it through that process I was presented with a beer that poured golden yellow with great clarity, about three inches of frothy head and good carbonation and lacing. The aroma boasts a wheat element and a vague spiciness akin to a Belgian Abbey Ale. The body is creamy and bold. The taste was generally on the mellow side with a bountiful wheatiness, creamy maltiness, and a dry hopped ending. A pretty good beer altogether.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:07:20 | More by puboflyons
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

--Sir Edmund Hillary (the first man to climb Mount Everest)

Sparkling tangerine with lemon yellow edges and an outstanding crown of whipped cream that is somewhere between ivory and sandstone. The foam is melting in gorgeous fashion and is sticky enough to grace the glass with loads of finely stippled lace. Great right out of the gate.

The nose is more amber and earthy than most bieres de garde. My preference is for gold (paler malts) and herbal-spicy, but this one will do just fine. This offering has some major work to do to be as good as the standard 3 Monts. Let's see how it compares.

Grande Reserve Amber Ale Sur Lie is damn good beer, but it isn't quite as delicious as plain ol' 3 Monts. Then again, everyone's palate is different and yours may disagree. Again, it's strictly choice of ingredient related, not quality of brewing related.

In color parlance, the malts definitely taste amber. They also taste slightly toasted nutty. Did Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre really use roasted malt for color? The hops are more hop bitter than hop flavorful, so this must be pretty fresh beer (the bottle was manufactured in '10). This is good stuff, but it doesn't make me want to dance a jig... or whatever they do in the French countryside.

Despite a controlled foam explosion on subsequent pours, and lots of visible bubbles, the mouthfeel is less active than it could be. There is a gentle creaminess, though, and it's all pretty enjoyable in the end.

3 Monts (3 Mountains) Grande Reserve Special Ale is a quality biere de garde that can't hold a candle to its non-Reserve sibling. It's still an easy recommendation for those who have any interest whatsoever in the style. Sante!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:54:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an oversized wine glass)

A-This beer has a nice deep orange hazy body with a big creamy bright cream colored head. The body is a bit to hazy to see carbonation. Nice lacing as the beer drinks.

S- notes of caramel, sweet flowers, wheat and a light toast hint make this smell very complex yet light and soft. A bit of oak and malt come through as it warms.

T- Light soft pale malt with some caramel notes and a nice hint of spice at the finish. As it warms more malt and a light toasted malt flavor comes through. A nice caramel malt finish has a bit of warmth but not what I would expect from 8% ABV.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel with a silky feel and a bit of fizz also.

D-This beer has a very soft yet complex flavor to it. The malt is really the star of the show and there is not a great deal of yeasty characteristics. Very well built and nice maltyness but a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 00:42:47 | More by rhoadsrage
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mithrascruor

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with visible carbonation. Nice foamy & creamy white head has good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Has a spicy and earthy aroma with some hops, yeast, and I suppose a bit of grasses.

Taste: Initial malty flavor with a bit of sweetness. Slowly gives way to spicy notes from the hops and yeast, finishing with some barnyard funk. Yeast and malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied and quite smooth. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Stronger ABV, but not really apparent in the taste. Drinks well.

A mellow and enjoyable beer of this style. Pretty tasty, but not overwhelming. I've got some goat cheese here and will partake of both immediately!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:30:21 | More by mithrascruor
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 into a tulip. No dates found on the bottle.

Orange amber with a tall white head that is very rocky and has good retention. Nice layered lacing effect as it falls.

Tangy fruit notes with some malt make up most of the aromas. There's also a slight mustyness paired with floral hops underneath. As it warms a bit, the yeast becomes more noticable.

Tastes a lot like it smells with a nice dry finish. Notes of grass pop are present in the middle. There's some slightly peppery alcohol in the finish that works well with the prickly carbonation.

Medium mouthfeel that helps make this a fairly drinkable brew.

This is my second BDG. Oro de Calabeza was my first, but I thought it was a BSPA at the time. The "farmhouse" aromas are interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 04:54:49 | More by ypsifly
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Production code 11-20, whatever that means. 750mL cork and cramped brown glass bottle. Had to use a cork screw...what are these guys thinking with this closure???

Appearance: Crystal clear bright amber gold with thick off-white head that won't quit! Lots of lacing and great retention.

Nose: Some faint roasted malt amidst a lot of pale caramel and some blossom-like floral quality that I presume comes from those Flemish hops?

Palate: Bright and crisp with carbonation and a nice bitterness right off the bat. Caramel, some old leather, lemon pulp, a little earth (soil) and a faint citrus-basket note on the finish. Crisp and clean.

Notes: A delightful Biere de garde! Excellent example of the style - clean, crisp, & refreshing. Flavorful but not cloying. ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:11:55 | More by SFLpunk
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:59:44 | More by MarioM
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rodrot

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an light amber color with a massive head that I had to keep scooping out with a spoon or else it was going to run out all over the counter. The smell was malty with notes of fruit, caramel and bread yeast. Taste was impressive, with flavors of caramel, jolly rancher candies, fruit, yeast and Belgian candi sugar. I could notice some alcohol bite as the beer warmed. This beer was medium bodied and very easy to drink, almost a dessert in itself. It reminded of a lighter version of a Dubbel. Who knew that the French could make such a tasty biere? Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 14:15:07 | More by rodrot
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a medium creamy off white head and a little bit of lace. There is a predominate sweet applecharacter in the aroma.With a spicey hop background. The taste starts with a sweet and sharp citric nip. Followed by a big caramel flavor. A little sour and very dry on the finish.
At times it made me think of biting into a caramel apple.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 16:26:50 | More by ybnorml
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Line a couple of weeks back. I drank the regular 3 Monts this past week and then this a couple of nights back, and again tonight, for a proper review. Many thanks to joe1510 for putting this on my radar.

Pouring a brilliant copper/amber with exceptional clarity, the first pour is crystal clear. A dense, eggshell-white head is present with exceptional retention and gorgeous lacing. With high carbonation, this looks beautiful.

The nose is wonderful. Light, delicate and spicy, there's a rustic, lightly earthy character to it. Doughy like rising bread. Grassy hops are present with a touch of lemon, mildly wet-twig like. A little honey too.

The palate opens with a moderate hop character, more than I remember the regular 3 Monts having, quite herbal and mildly lemony, a little grassy too. There's a delicate undercurrent of spice through the palate, with a little pepper, along with a light honey, mildly floral, all of which are carried by a delicate bready character. Dry with earthy hops on the finish, this has a lingering light spice character. Light in body with high carbonation, this is quite prickly on the tongue, just a touch more than I'd like. The finish is wonderful, though. This really is a beer that I would love to serve at a meal. Excellent stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 01:54:24 | More by DefenCorps
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000 – drank in 2004 – The bottle opened with a big swish and poured a light brownish beer with a huge bubbly head with excellent retention. Aroma of alcohol with a mix of spice. Carbonation is perfect with lots of bubbles coming back on top of my glass. Taste is a mix between a strong Belgian ale with a mix of a good well aged port. The alcohol is mostly sensible in the aroma but undetectable form the taste. Overall, this is a beer that aged well and is true to the name “bière de garde”.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 17:48:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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rtepiak

Poland

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a copper gold with an off yellow head. a rather assertive carbonation that burns the tongue. i suppose i would recommend a heavy pour. a nice sweet ester honey and belgian sugar cane sweet. fruit, piney cellar crisp, and quite dry on the tongue. mint coriandar, licorice. a nice herbal. nice a cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 07:42:58 | More by rtepiak
3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
90 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.