3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3.97/5
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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
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Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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292
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506
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 506
Photo of flyingpig
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
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.

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Photo of TonyLema1
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

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Photo of drmeto
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
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

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Photo of Andrewharemza
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
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.

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Photo of leaddog
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of Rickus
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.

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Photo of laketang
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!

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Photo of takusan1000
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -5.5%
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 +7.1%

Bottle
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 +3.3%

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 +13.4%

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 -11.6%
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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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 506 ratings