3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Rickus
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of laketang
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of takusan1000
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold with a fluffy, almost marshmellow-like, head that sticks like glue all over the glass. Nose is yeasty (a wet dough kind of yeast) with some clove and grassy notes. Taste is crisp with more spices coming through. However, I get an off flavor in the finish. Carbonation is strong but very refined; mouthfeel like a champagne. Overall, difficult to judge because it has good qualities and some that i didn't care for as much. I can't help but think this would be a much better beer at 7% than at 8.5%.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: a tall and very solid brown 750mL bottle with a stylish old-school label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A bright golden colour with fine carbonation across the profile. A decent finger-and-a-half of white head that lasts the distance, before sliding down the glass to a solid ring with reasonable lacing.

Aroma: definite grain and yeast with some light orchard fruits and some earth. Reasonable.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely with some additional earth and herbal characters. Quite easy-drinking.

Aftertaste: the earth lingers for a time with some bittering hops.

Mouth feel: light in body with a decent, moderate carbonation that is spritely enough to grab the flavours and bring them through. Refreshing.

Overall: this is my first Biére de Garde, and I have to say I am quite a fan. Plenty of different flavours combined to make a quite interesting style - refreshing like a German Pilsner and yet with Belgian farmyard qualities also. I'll definitely have another of these at AU12 for a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A: light, light yellow. Clear. Bubbly. Thick, airy, white head.
S: malty. Sweet. Sour dough bread. Slight skunk.
T: bread. Banana. Slight ester.
M: high carbonation. Light body. Dry. Crisp.
O: good bier de Garde. Hard to classify though. Almost a saison. Strange, skunky, crisp flavor. Funk for aftertaste.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a clear golden color with big fluffy white head. Dense, meringue peaks, leaving chunky interlocked rings of lace down the glass. Looks magnificent. Smell: pear, notes of white grape, honey, peach skin; mildly herbal and grassy. Taste: soft fruit... sugary pear with notes of cooked green apple and unripe peach, lightly grainy, notes of vanilla and spice. Drying, sugary, and peach skin in the finish. Delicious.

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Photo of chogm54
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle (bottled april 2014). No sediment in bottle. Reviewed from notes:

Pours a golden clear liquid with ample white creamy head. Very highly carbonated. Grassy, malty aroma. Taste is fantastic -slightly sweet, with a zesty fruit tang and a dry bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, I'm amazed at how well the 8.5% abv is masked. I have never had as a carbonated beer (noting it is top fermented) - almost like champagne. A very good beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Continued tour of French beers. Bought in Lyon, poured chilled in ale glasses, chez buzzlitebeer

A: bright; light, like a champagne/prosecco; foamy head; good lacing
S: like a dry white wine or prosecco; grape aroma
T: bright, pilsner-like quality; apple cider in the body; the yeast (champagne?) is a strong element; very much like a fruit or cider beer

Really nice, well worth a trip.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale

Appearance: Lovely deep gold color, little bubbles of carbonation rising to meet the fluffy head. The head is full of tight foamy bubbles, and lasted for a few moments. Lacing was nothing special, just a few patches around the glass rim.

Smell: Definitely has some sweet malt blended with fruity lemon and orange esters. Light spices, coriander and hints of clove. Very subtle and delicate aromas.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Very nice. The medium body is light but has the depth of spices. The malt seems to have hints of wheat, and is cut by the spices. There is a little heat on the back end from the alcohol, which surprised me because it's not a particularly strong in ABV beer. I wanted slightly more citrus, though the beer had sharp acidity, it still lacked the flavors of orange and lemon my nose had led me to believe would be present. Good carbonation is a major plus in this brew.

Overall: It is refreshing as a brew, esp after drinking so many IPAs lately. I passed my glass around and it was a crowd pleaser. Personally, it was a little sharp in heat and acid with not enough esters to mellow out the flavor of the malt and coriander. Still, as I said, the others in the room gave it higher marks than I.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright gold with a foamy white head. Nose is bready, crackery, grainy with soft, fruited yeast, and a bit of floral hops. Flavor is overall sweet and richly malty up front. Bready, honeyed malts with floral noble hops. Slight acidity and dryness in the finish make if refreshing in spite of the initial richness. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight with a prickly, strong carbonation which works so well with the flavor profile. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of BeerFooting
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I needed to go to YouTube for help opening the bottle, I've never encountered a staple holding down a champagne style cork in a bottle of beer. Once I past that hurdle, using a flat head screw driver as a wedge to remove the staple and a little luck removing the cork barefooted, get the joke, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the taste of this fine brew grew on me until the next morning when I awoke to go to work and couldn't remember who won the football game I'd been watching. After a quick Google search I discovered it was the NE Patriots on top and this close to addicting beer on top too. In other words this is one incredible beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation—a steady stream of small bubbles rising from the center of the glass and intermittent large bubbles rising near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose, similar to what you would expect from an apple wine or hard apple cider.
T: The taste has flavors of hard apple cider along with hints of grainy malts and slight bits of sweetness and earthy yeast.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like a hybrid between a beer and a hard apple cider. It seems like it would be a perfect accompaniment to a dinner with mild flavored meat such as poultry.

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Photo of mizx
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Tumbler, not sure about the date but I brought a few bottles back from France in September.

Clear golden colour with some carbonation, foamy and sticky white head.

Aromas of floral hop, slightly citrus in the background. Bready flavours like large/long thin Italian crispbreads, with the same slight doughy edge you get with those pale ones. Pepper.

The smell more or less explains the taste, a good tang resulting from the yeast/and 8.5% strength that doesn't hide itself. Pepper comes through in the finish. Refreshing and palate cleansing.

Light body with high carbonation, immediately effervescent but still smooth.

It isn't overtly complex in any way, but it's a solid farmhouse ale. As a supermarket beer in France you can have for pocket change (€2.50 75cl) it's great for what it is. This was better for being put away for 3 months compared to the first one I tried.

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Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sam's Downers Grove

3 Monts poured poured a crystal clear straw golden. The body of this beer was so light it actually looked like water as it left the bottle. A big fluffy white microbubbled head formed on the pour and stayed strong with the rapidly rising carbonation. A really nice looking beer. The head stays throughout. Left spotty lacing.

Smell is very soft. Muscat grapes are the dominate smell. Dusty pollen and bubblegum show up in the background. Smells refreshing and tasty. Really unique scents on this one that go together very nicely.

This is my first of the style since being on this site. The other I tried in the past I remember nothing about. This on the other hand will be remembered and sampled again and again. Starts off with a solid muscat grape flavor. It's the dominate flavor but in no way overpowering. Powdery yeast and mild hay overlap each other. Finishes with some white pepper spiciness and a quick hop flash. Very soft and controled flavors that go together perfectly.

Light body that moves through rather quickly with the high carbonation. Light mouthfeel with a refreshing crisp snap of prickliness on the finish. Finishes dry.

I'm going cliche again but this is a dangerously drinkable beer. Zero alcohol detection and the light body makes this beer disappear far to fast.

I bought this beer figuring it would be good but this is simply an incredible beer. All the flavors go perfect together and the body really compliments all the other qualities. A very refreshing and delicious beer.

Reviewed: 4/8/07

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Photo of taylor714914
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3



This was quite the interesting brew.  It pours a deep straw color with a poofy head that settles quickly.  Some odd funk flavors going on, reminiscent of brettanomyces Cloussini or Brettanomyces Bruxcellous.  There is some sweetness as well, with some woody/spice mix going on.  Drinks fairly similar with a smooth sweet upfront note then finishing with this woody/hay and spice flavor.  Still something odd at the end that reminds me of Brett.  Mouthfeel is heavy and oily, not a fan of this aspect at all.  I was excepting a nice smooth mouthfeel, but I believe it is overy smooth, more oily, and quite heavy. 

I had high hopes for this one, but it just fell short for me.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear; gold; small head; effervescent

Aroma: Fruity; spicy; wine-like

Taste: Peppery; well-balanced; this beer is pilsner-like, which isn't my favorite style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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