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

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: frank4sail on 08-22-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang chalice a dull medium golden with a nicely formed white one finger crown that held well atop.Aromas are lightly spiced with a big dose of pilsner malt,a bit of drunken fruit as well.Flavors are again lightly spiced with the pilsner malt being the backbone of the flavors,a bit of drunken fruit lingers.Not overly complex but it's food friendlyo the hilt.I liked the "basic" 3 Monts a little better I think.
8.3% ABV. per bottle label.

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Photo of draheim
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.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful clear golden color with a very faint haze. The head is very fluffy and settles within two minutes.

There is a pungent fruity smell arising from the yeast as well as some alcohol.

Tastes very yeasty, specifically the almost nuttyness and alcohol. The sweetness from the malt is a bit overpowered by the yeast but it is still a decent flavor. Hops are very week, which is good for me.

Feels like an average beer, very wet. But the yeast and alcohol create an interesting effect; if you rub your tongue againt the roof of your mouth it feels like wet paper.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of impending
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear wonderful amber copper, towering dense yellowish cream colored head retains nicely, excellent lacing.

The aroma is a complex triptych of fruits, floral notes and spices atop a yeasty base. No low notes. Clean, upbeat.

The taste, while all the scent promised is delivered, is muted. No personality. Fails to be of strong character, all edges are rounded. Slightly dry finish, tiny bitter, the aftertaste disappears quickly. Light to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Past its prime, but there are some things working here, would love to get this beer fresh.

Nice straw golden body with a fluffy dense head, well carbonated.

Aroma gives some herbs and honey, the latter is from age, still a touch of some floral hops that leads me to believe when fresh this beer has some really outstanding attributes. A touch sour, which I was unsure of whether this beer would be more wild, but this was clearly not the intent here.

The taste has some white pepper, green apple, very almond and honey like malt oxidation dominates though. Unfortunate, still there is enough perceptible character there.

Good mouthfeel, effervescent, light body.

There is something here, need fresh.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with 1/2" or so of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma brings grain, wet cardboard, apples, alcohol. In general, it just seems a bit off. The taste brings some odd funk, apples soaked in booze, and grain. Mouthfeel is decent, assuming you can get past the odd flavors and imbalanced nature of this unusual beer. Overall, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to SFLpunk for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. At the time of consumption, the #3 Biere de Garde. Reviewed from my tasting sheet.

Pours a clear golden color with an average, fizzy white head and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose is light and smells mostly like pilsener malt. Light cardboard and bread. Very grainy. The flavor is quite grainy as well. Light body and no contribution from yeast or hops. Fizzy carbonation and a dry finish. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 07/07/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for opening this one up. Poured into a Fantome tulip.

a - Pours a transparent yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sulfur, a bit skunky, bread malts, and grain. Not very good at all here.

t - Taste is definitely a bit better, but still not great. A lot of bready malts, grain, and earthy notes. Just pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Didn't hate it as much as most, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 at his place the other night. Liking this beer more than the rest of the people there apparently makes me retarded. I never knew. At the time of this review, this is the #4 Biere de Garde on the best of beeradvocate lists.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles. Some carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

The aroma is not very good however. It is sulfury and has a lagerish bite to it, mildly grainy, a little off putting.

Beer is medium bodied and has a grassiness to it that seems like an off-flavor but I don't mind it much. There is a mildly dry finish with some partially sweet beginnings. The overall experience is nice but I don't think I'd have it again, especially not in front of anyone else due to overwhelming amounts of shame.

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Photo of jwinship83
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do believe that MasterSki brought this to our get together on the 4th.

A - Golden color with some amber highlights. Decent white head that left some spots and a solid ring behind.

S - Some spice and light malts. There's some fruity belgian yeast with a little bit of a champagne feel. Interesting earth tones.

T - Bit of yeast with a dose of sweetness. I pick out honey, a little bit of stone fruit, grass, and hay.

M - Active carbonation, dry, medium bodied.

O - It's a French tick, so that's something. The beer is not bad, and the alcohol is well hidden. Not something I'd go after again though with better options always available.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Apparently this is the same as Bière Nouvelle. Served in a Russian River tulip. Order 3043, whatever that means.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy apricot body - apparently i was supposed to decant this carefully. Whoops...

S - Sweet pale malts and toasted grains, a bit of spicy yeast, hay and grass, light oxidation, honey, and stone fruits. Alcohol is very well-hidden - I'd never guess 8%. Somewhat understated actually.

T - Taste has a bit more spicy yeast character, but otherwise is fairly malt-forward with mid-palate honey, sugar, and fruit sweetness, as well as some grass and hay. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

M - Zesty carbonation, super dry, medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - It's not the most interesting beer, but it's quite easy to drink considering the ABV. Probably better for pairing with a spring feast than for consumption on its own. Nothing something I'd bother with again, but a pretty painless way to knock of France if you're into collecting countries on here.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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!

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Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
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!

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