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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.4%
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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LGF

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-17-2012 03:47:18 | More by LGF
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-12-2012 21:37:24 | More by djrn2
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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

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

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

B+

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.
cheers
jd

12-30-2011 05:06:02 | More by impending
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.2%

12-22-2011 21:07:20 | More by Marc33
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Ralphs66

New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-15-2011 13:34:47 | More by Ralphs66
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Twal

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-11-2011 17:07:36 | More by Twal
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-30-2011 15:23:14 | More by brandoman63
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2011 22:18:53 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

New York

3.05/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

08-17-2011 00:55:39 | More by PBoegel
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

07-15-2011 01:07:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -36%

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.

07-14-2011 22:55:19 | More by Thorpe429
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mdfb79

New York

2.85/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

07-11-2011 20:09:57 | More by mdfb79
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

07-11-2011 19:46:49 | More by drabmuh
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

07-06-2011 03:11:28 | More by AgentZero
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

07-05-2011 14:39:38 | More by MasterSki
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

12-07-2010 00:37:28 | More by GilGarp
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev 0%

"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!

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

11-11-2010 02:26:05 | More by Damian
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-19-2010 03:11:55 | More by SFLpunk
3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.