3 MONTS (Originale)
Brasserie 3 MONTS

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #19
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,833
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 12.88%
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
521
From:
Brasserie 3 MONTS
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  54
Gots
  65
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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Jason from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label are some history, how to serve and suggestions to pair with the beer.

Appearance: Sparkling golden hue, the dregs that made it into the second glass did not cloud the brew much and stayed in clumpy flakes. Tiny bubbles are champagne like and hold the white lace together.

Smell: Big spicy aroma of clove, anise and some odd herbal phenols. Touch yeasty with a sweetness that comes from both the alcohol and malt. Mild solvent aroma with fruity undertones of pineapple and pear. Needless to say the aroma is all over the place, in a good way.

Taste: A flowing medium body with a churning carbonation that rolls through the crisp mouth feel. Big bursting spicy and alcohol flavours. Spiciness is a mix of clove, anise with a backing of phenolic flavours that drawn on to an herbal front. Hints of wood crop up from the cork like flavours. More complex flavours of nutmeg, vanilla and earth bring this beer to a higher level. Hops run along the spicy herbal route. Alcohol flavours run with a touch of spicy solvent and sweet fruitiness. Trace of dry nuttiness, similar to walnut, come from the yeast. The malt character is dry on the palate and seems to let everything else do most of the leg work until the end when it throws a graininess out there when things dry up.

Notes: This is a pretty special brew, so complex and is better off pairing with a hearty meal. Grilled kielbasa with sautéed yellow squash and zucchini (butter & 3 Monts) was a perfect match.

Jun 17, 2002
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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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joe1510 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$5.99
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

Aug 19, 2013
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a nice clear straw color with an airy, ample head, with some nice lacing, that calms down but never disappears .

S:
Smells exactly like it should. I don't know how else to say it. It has a nice strong hoppiness and some sweet doughy aromas.

T:
Crisp, clean, lightly hoppy, refreshing. Delicious.

M:
Crisp and clean. A nice, round, sweet warmth accompanied by a biting carbonation and a clean, tingling finish.

O:
A very, very solid brew. It is exactly what/how it should be. Succeeds where others consistently fail.

Apr 05, 2013
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ToriBug13 from California

3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Feb 03, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev +1%
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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laketang from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev 0%
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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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Very interesting method of securing the cork with a staple looking piece. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grape, apple, hay, grass, pepper, honey, earth, pear, lemon zest, bread, and light fruity funkiness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity; very pleasant. Taste of apple, grape, honey, herbal, hay, grass, pear, lemon, pepper, earth, clove, bread, and cracker. Light earthy tartness and herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, hay, grass, earth, pepper, clove, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of fruity flavors and earthy spiciness; with nice complexity and no cloying flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish at all. Overall this is an excellent Biere de Garde! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 26, 2012
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oelergud from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and cuffed bottle.
Straw colored body almost clear but not quite. Big white somewhat rocky head with good recention and decent lace. Low carbonation.
Very sweet and strong malt base in the nose. Some honey and light alcoholic notes.
Taste is a mirror of the smell yet so much more and way more confusing. Up front is the malt and not up front is the malt again, hmmm where'd those hops go.. Here they are in the aftertaste which is a strange land of spicy malt with a dash of pepper in the middle, then maltered hops at the end hiding behind a fruit parade of way overripe cherries and some banana.
Alcohol is apparent in the taste but not overwhelmingly so.
Good full body and good coating. Leaves a unique impression on the palate.
Very high drinkability. Unusual and interesting brew.

-Oelergud

Sep 13, 2005
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IllNate from Canada (BC)

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an impeccably clear straw yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is fruity (apply/pear), some light grain and spice. Taste follows with fruit (apple/pear) and light grainy malt, bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel is fizzy and effervescent. Overall a great example of Belgian golden strong, highlight for me was the appearance really outstanding clarity and head retention.

Jan 27, 2013
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Sixpack595 from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored yellow body with a hefty cap of white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with an earthy yeasty note and a bit of horse blanket thrown in. Spicy, herbal flavor ends fairly dry. Very interesting brew. Great beer to showcase alot of flavors people wouldn't normally like.

Oct 17, 2004
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ThirstyHrothgar from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

May 26, 2013
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Brian700 from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful golden color with a white head that sticks around for a while. The head slowly fizzles down but still keeps a nice lid over the bevi. The beer is very clear with a whirlwind of bubbles rising from the very bottom center of my chalice.

The smell is semi-peppery with some spicey hop aroma. Maybe a touch of ginger. It's very nice.

The taste follows the nose. It tastes a peppery ginger flavor mixed with some spicey hops. Great balance in flavors. Definately not lacking. Mild bitterness. I think of mulberries when I taste it. It doesn't have a very berry-like flavor but the flavor coats my mouth the same way mulberries do.

The mouthfeel is great. I mentioned mulberries above but it pertains more to the mouthfeel than the flavor of berries. Light/Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a fantastic beer. Very refreshing but also keeps you in your seat. I highly recommend this beer.

Aug 16, 2005
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" white head slow to recede. Clear light gold / dark straw yellow body. Smells mildly like a lager but with an herbal element to it. Taste when colder is mildly malty and after a little warmer a citrusy aspect comes out. It's also creamy and has a medium long finish. Nice ale.

Oct 02, 2011
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ChicoraBoy from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Monts Biere de garde, 750mL bottle
Mild malt aroma. Bitter floral hops and a bit metallic. Sweet aroma. Fine foamy white lacing head over a drak golden clear body. Heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with light malts. Alcohol taste, some sugar. Finishes with good bitterness and a floral hoppiness. After is medium dry bitter with some fruitiness.

Feb 04, 2004
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fizzyted from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Jan 12, 2012
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SheepNutz from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with three fingers of head. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is fruity, sweet, and spicy. Peppery aromas come from the malt, with hints of white grape and ginger. The taste has a nice light malt background, lots of spices up front. Some more fruity characters linger, but the spices stay throughout. The mouthfeel is fairly strong for this type of beer. For 8.5%, the drinkability is pretty good too. I had this with walleye and it was a great pairing.

Jun 27, 2004
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THECPJ from Delaware

4/5  rDev +1%

Nov 17, 2011
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cbl2 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/1/2007 $6.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date, but stamped ORDER #3040.

Appearance:

After struggling to get the damn cork out (oddest attachment I've ever seen), this pours a nice golden hue that is slightly opaque, and topped by a quarter inch of tight white head.

Aroma:

Has a nice barnyard/acidic funk that is underlaid by a subtle sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This begins with a nice peppery effervescence imparted by the fine carbonation. Flavors are a mildly sweet fresh pear which is tempered by a bit of acidity. The barnyard funk from the aroma doesn't make it into the flavors at all, and the relatively high ABV is expertly masked as well. This is a disturbingly easy to drink ale. Seek it out, you won't be disappointed.

Feb 01, 2007
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CashMoneyVagrant from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale yellow in color with a big nice looking head of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

Candied fruit on the nose. Smells of bananas, cotton candy and clove or wildflower honey come through. Good malt aromas of dried wheat, whole grains. Buttery, reminds me of fresh popped popcorn or town house crackers. Has a musty, somewhat skunky smell in the nose as well, with a floral, hoppy spiceyness.

Medium bodied in taste. Creamy and dry up front in the mouth with good carbonation. I'm getting a lot of similiar aromas from the nose in the taste of this beer. Bananas, cotton candy and butter are the predominate flavors. I taste that musty, skunk character also. As the beer warms it's starting too develop a apple like taste, maybe golden delicious apples. There's a good malt, bready taste kinda like a giant soft pretzel. Wildflower or clove honey, some sweetness and a floral hop taste. The abv is well hidden. Thick foam clings all over the glass as I work through this tasty brew. I'm starting to pick up some lemon like soapyness in the nose and taste as well. Butter, cloves and a dry malt bitterness in the finish that lingers on the palate.

This beer would be great on a hot summer day as it was very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Jun 11, 2011
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dmarch from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, nobody can tell me that the french can't make beer. It takes a lot of trouble opening it. Corked with a swing top bar. I couldn't figure it out, cut myself trying. The beer was worth it. The most gorgeous thing I've ever seen. Perfectly clear golden color with a large pillowy white head that would last forever, as if I would wait that long. A little spiciness with some vanilla. Very clean tasting. Very light in body. Worthy of being one of the worlds top beers.

Nov 19, 2003
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heygeebee from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From poor notes.

Pours a straw-coloured body with one finger cream head. Lacing good.

Strong aromas of yeast, drier than Belgian-style.

Taste almost into Belgian Strong Pale Ale but not quite. Complex. Yeast driven with the 8.5% well hidden. Moderate but balanced bitterness makes for good drinking.

Well carbonated, makes for an interesting drink, given style.

Good but not great.

Sep 25, 2011
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent, light gold with vivacious co2 rising up towards the small, white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is skunky, earthy weeds, honey, apricot, golden raisins, and sunflowers.
Taste is of the same aromas with some funky skunk and dandelion with sweet honey up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, funky, earthy, with a mineral and spice finish.

Mar 19, 2008
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 521 ratings