3 MONTS (Originale)
Brasserie 3 MONTS

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #20
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,628
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 12.85%
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
516
From:
Brasserie 3 MONTS
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  53
Gots
  66
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: A refreshing French Farmhouse Golden Ale (Bière Blonde de Flandre) with a strong character; its fruity taste comes from barley grown in the Nord department of France and its highly aromatic yeast, its bitterness from a specific variety of hops.
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Squire from Mississippi

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shimmering light gold color with depth and clarity, World class white cap and lacing.

A delicate aroma showing some light, sweet lemon hints and ripe yellow fruit fruits of pear.

Taste at first is surprisingly mild mannered yet a complexity that I can only call finesse. Lemon and pear presented with a perfect balance between sweetness and tartness. Followed by a very light breadiness that supports the other flavors. Very sophisticated and balanced. I only notice some hop firmness in the aftertaste which comes across more as an underpinning than a flavor.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

If I was handed this in a flute at a blind tasting my first thought might've been a beautifully balanced, effervescent Loire Valley wine made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Yet beer it is and as such delightful to drink.

Dec 22, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as clear bubbly yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is of yeast and indeterminate grain. The taste is strikingly different from an American IPA with sweetness in the absence of malt flavors, a smooth (non-biting) hops flavor, plus background spice, fruity (like pears), and light grass. Overall, this is an amazingly drinkable beer. That said, it's fine crafting leaves it really solid, but blatantly uninteresting ... my guests would completely forget it the next day.

Oct 04, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie De Saint Sylvestre

3 Monts Golden Ale

Look: A stunning beer that is bright and golden colored. Bone white head of thick, densely packed foam. It settles craggily. A lively beer with streams of carbonation rising. Streaks of thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains and bread. Spicy. Fruity with red apple, pear and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: Fruity, bready and spicy. With a faint bitterness on the finish. Red apple, red grape and pear.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated and smooth. Semi-sweet finish.

Overall: This beer is very good. I do find it a touch sweet, but it’s very easy drinking, especially at 8.5%. I would leave to drink this with some acidic food. It would pair nicely.

Aug 25, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head, grainy aroma with herbal and honey notes, taste of grains and herbs, medium bitter, medium sweet, medium body and carbonation.

Jul 14, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle from Hop Malt Market, Paris (€3.95):
Floral & lively with a lot of spice showing, the beer was very strongly carbonated without being gassy & it proved quite easy to drink despite the alcohol content too, the majority of the alcohol seemingly well masked for the most part. It was very similar to a lot of other Bière de Garde's I tried in France with some biscuit & earthy hops showing at times but it wasn't a bad beer at all.

Feb 01, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in a bottle. Clear straw color. Tastes like a typical beer with limited panache. Very drinkable despite the high ABV compared to other beers of this style.

Nov 25, 2018
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep straw color, excellent clarity; huge white cap with long retention; heavy lacing. Aromas of boozy corn and fresh cut hay. The taste follows suit and is clovey, with spicy yeast sweetness. Medium feel and moderate plus carbonation. Kinda like a cross between a strong EuroLager and a Golden Ale; the linger is a bit cloying. Best by date 06/18/19, so I assume fairly fresh.

Aug 21, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Bristol Farm, San Diego.
Look: bright yellow, with a good amount of head that dissipated quickly. Not that lively though.
Smell: Not that different from a saison. Like on a barn, with freshly cut wheat and grass. Earthy. Reminding one of Dupont Biere de Miel.
Taste: very sweet, very strong malt back. A faint smell of roastiness and of the husks. Good amount of hop also.
Feel: deceptively refreshing, even though the alcohol amount is not low at all. Medium body.

A great brew! I'd recommend it to others, and will gladly have it again.

Mar 04, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in an unusually pinned cork 750ml bomber
Pours a crystal clear golden body with decent enough white head
Aroma is crystallised sugar and cloves
Sorry but the flavour is just generic European strong biere

Oct 06, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

2.01/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Installing W10. What a dissapointment after hearing good things about it. Very alcoholic, with some herbal notes to improve it a bit but still nothing enjoy

Jul 03, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful, clear gold color, with a thick billowing lacing head
S: faint sweetness and Belgian yeast
T: fruity, pear and banana, a little sweet
F: great mouth coating for a light body beer
O: can't believe this is 8.5ABV, this beer is delicious

Dec 30, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,floral,herbal,spicy
T:
-pears,herbal,honey,lemon,doughy,cornflakes
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Somewhat mediocre.

Oct 30, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 1725:
Pours a lovely and completely clear straw color. Head build-up is decent, nice retention, and fleeting lace.
Nose was initially a little skunky, but that tailed off a bit and allowed a floral to wine-like smell to come through. Not sure on the age of this (guessing about a year if I assume Julian date code). I could think a little fresher might yield a bit more fruit and a little less off scent, but that would be a guess.

Taste took a couple sips to get used to, as some oxidation-like notes came out, but nearly like I worried from the nose. Peppery to even a little smoky (but not really - an interesting "smoldering" note), the lively carbonation is refreshing and prevents too large a sip. Light in body, floral to herbal notes are hinted at as the beer crosses my tongue. Definitely a subtle flavored beer, with a hay-like bitterness. There is a light fruitiness to the yeast (I presume), and just a hint of the barn.

Took some warming and getting used to, but I eventually started enjoying this more and more.

Jul 31, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, beautiful golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. While it's dense and creamy (compared to a Belgian saison), it doesn't retain very well. On the other hand, some lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

It's a very style-appropriate aroma, that's for sure. The yeast profile smacks of black pepper, flowers, and fresh-cut grass, almost evoking Saison Dupont. It's similar, but different. I think the crackery malts are displayed a bit better here (because it's 8.5%), and there's an ever-so-slight alcoholic touch as well. There are even some fruity twinges hinting more at white grape and pear than anything, as well as plenty of noble hops (this would be tragically skunked if it came in green bottles, I surmise). A very good aroma that's mildly complex, plain and simple.

Taste-wise, it starts off with a nice, bready malt character. Not a particularly heavy or dark bread, but bready nonetheless. There are additional opening twinges of crackers and table sugar. The farmhouse yeast is clustered around the middle and end, offering up some black pepper, grass, and floral hints; some noble hops also give a gentle, earthen grassiness on the finish. The 8.5% isn't hidden spectacularly well, instead offering up some hints of apple, pear, and grape along side the hops and yeast. Only the lack of perfect balance keeps it from being a 4.

The texture is kind of weird. It's not particularly light bodied, nor does it feature the effervescence of other saisons (but by no means is the carbonation timid). Instead, it seems to rely on a semi-assertive hop dryness to cleanse the palate - like a good ol' fashioned west coast IPA. And frankly, it works. A touch of booze shows up after a while, but the drinkability is quite good otherwise.

I'm glad I got to try one of the "textbook" examples of this style. And it's a good one. It hides its bigness well, only at the cost of exposing a small amount of alcohol. It's a bit expensive for me to go rushing out to buy more again, but it's more than worthy of anyone's time (especially those who love farmhouse ales like me).

3.71/5: Hits a great midpoint between Dupont and Duvel

Jul 17, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a clear blonde colour with a good white head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma floral, lemon, bread, yeast. Taste apples, grapes, lemon, yeasty, sweet. Very crisp, easy to drink for the ABV.

May 16, 2016
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is pure crystalline yellow with a one finger white head that has lots of retention, but it seems too much filtered.
S: The aroma is purely yeast. It shares the same aroma as lots of belgian beers, you can sense the belgian influence in this style.
T: The taste, again, visits Belgium with prominent yeast profile and a minor hoppy tone.
M: The body is medium to high with an exagareted carbonation.
O: Nice but the basis of is beer is mostly the yeast, interesting move but not enough to stick in mind.

May 16, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First, I have never had a cork get between me and a great ale. (This cork did not win, but it was a struggle.)
Once I got the cork out, 3 Monts was terrific.
To me, 3 Monts is more amber than golden, but it Looks terrific... full in foam and it hung around.
Smell is malty, fruity, inviting. Taste is fulfilling, a rich brew of barley and just enough spicing for a malt-head like me to say "good." Feel is soft. A great accompaniment to the mid-range of herbed, garlicky food (you know, the French.)

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
3 Monts also is listed on the "1001."
I will have this Blonde again.

Apr 26, 2016
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Shanex from France

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My personal favorite Bière de garde. Pour a Golden color and massive head. Taste a bit like cider, or 'cheap' champagne, very bubbly. Definitely worth a try.

Apr 18, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden, clear. Dense, thick, white head.
Aroma: light hoppy with floral notes and red berries in the background, it is minimally honey and sweet.
The taste is slightly dry, floral notes, fruit. This time the white grapes that give slightly vinous character.
Slightly earthy bitterness and alcohol. High saturation, very fit. Alcohol gently warms.

Jan 24, 2016
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leaddog from Canada

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with three fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Lager yeast, toasty and bready malt character, lemon, zero hop aroma, some light spicy aromas.

Taste - Strong flavour of toasty and bready malts, with a slight hint of caramel sweetness, along with lager yeast and touch of lemon. Little sign of hops, just a bit of spiciness. Heavy on the malt scale. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Finishes dry with a slight smoothness.

Overall - An excellent rendition of the Bière de Garde style. Malts are spot on and the lager yeast is quite enjoyable. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Jan 16, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

25 ounce bottle poured into Belgian ale glass. Figured I owed France a try...

Lively soapy head with good retention and lacing. Color is a pale gold.

Smell is mostly yeasty, maybe metallic grassy as well. Eh.

Taste biscuit malt, some apple maybe. Metallic. Yeast.

Balance not great, fair carbonation, medium bodied, pretty drying on finish.

Nov 17, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classy bière de garde, one of the best example of the style and can be found at a reasonable price in France. Huge amount of fruity esters, nutty and spicy notes. Balanced and really well crafted

Nov 14, 2015
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Rickus from Taiwan

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A superficial look suggests an unexciting pilsener. Beautiful pale yellow color. A sticky, delicate head that collapses rather fast. Intricate lacing. S: Iron. A whiff of fermented apples. T: Oh my lord! I didn't expect that. A rich, well-ballanced taste. Sweetness. Some sour apples. Pleasantly sour and bitter aftertaste. Again some iron.
F: Delicate carbonation. Cider or champagne? Difficult to determine. A dry finish, some might say harsh. O: A great best beer to drink on a sunny afternoon, and at any other time. Original and very well-balanced. I want more.

Nov 12, 2015
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laketang from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured straw with whopping head, sticky to side of glass

nice malty smell

drinks smooth and clean with a slight caramel sweetness, and edge of fruit and maybe pineapple slightly.

big mouthfeel , no lingering aftertaste

bought while here in paris at grocery store for a little over 3 euro, great deal!

Oct 08, 2015
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takusan1000 from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alcohol flavors accentuated by banana ester yeastiness, tart apricot balanced by sweet and crisp apple, discernible hops. Lots of fruity alcohol on the nose, and a highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Jul 16, 2015
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 516 ratings