3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3.94/5
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502 Ratings
3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
biere-3monts.com

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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#10,799
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
502
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 288
Reviews by MTNboy:
Photo of MTNboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a good yeasty and bread like aroma it was very complex with lots of earthy grain and grass tones. It was very crisp. The taste is about the same but a little bitterer. There is a great use of hops. It is a very refreshing beer with an almost medium body and moderate bite. Brilliant body clean yellow body with the right amount of head and lace.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ToriBug13
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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 joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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 TheDoctor
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 laketang
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 cjgiant
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man what nice looking beer poured a brilliant yellow with huge rocky head,watching it come down right now,smell was yeasty and slightly fruity.the taste started out a little yeasty with some slight fruity notes ending mineral like.Nice complex ale even better than what I thought it would be.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light, delicate, and gorgeous off-yellow in color with a brilliant pure white head that came up just right. The light and airy nature of this beer's appearance is exactly on point.

Smell - The aroma is just as light. It's a bit hoppy with some of the most wonderful grassy notes that I've ever smelled. The malt is equally delicate and rightly balances the nose. There's nothing overpowering here just a lot of harmony going on.

Taste - The spices that I missed at the nose are prominent at the taste. The cardamom in particular is well done as is the pure white pepper. The hops are much sharper as well, I'd actually say big for the style, with some light grapefruit and maybe like a pear but without the sugar if that makes any sense. It reminds me actually of some of the dry fruity white wines you find in drier regions.

Mouthfeel - This is not light-bodied but falls short of medium. The dry character though is very sharp and in fact may be too much for some. The carbs are aggressive.

Drinkability - Talk about a good drinker. It's hard to sip this beer which is too bad because it deserves a careful pace. It defines crisp and clean. Well done.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Watery yellow. Attractive, thin lacing clings well.

N: Faint malts, light sweetness, alcohol.

T: Not very exciting. Sweet malts, hints of citrus. I want more.

MF: Watery. Extremely light body. Good carbonation.

D: One bottle pretty well made me drunk in a dirty way. I wasn’t much interested in any more after that.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has an unusual metal clip holding the cork. Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden body that is topped by a large and billowy vanilla head. Good retention and lots of clumpy lacing.

Pastoral aroma has some perfumey florals, herbal hops, sweet honeydew, green apple peels, a hint of coriander, and freshly cracked white pepper.

Medium body has a spritzy carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste opens with dry herbal hops and an array of light spices. White pepper and corisnder are obvious. There is a nice subtle fruity sweetness like kiwis or not fully ripe strawberries. Grassy and earthy hops impart a pleasant musty outdoorsy character. Drys out nicely toward the finish and leaves a dry herbal hops aftertaste.

Very good for the style, the kind of beer that makes me bolt outside and enjoy the meadow and hug sheep.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked light brown bottle which makes the beer look browner than it really is. Best before 22.12.07, presumably brewed on that date in '04. My first biere de garde, to my memory.

Appearance: Surprisingly pale - I didn't realise it would be such a nice pilsenery pale gold colour. Looks good in a Tripel Karmeliet glass, the closest one I could get to the modern 3 Monts glass shown on the website. Lots of effervescence - medium to small bubbles, with incredibly fine ones forming from the scoring on the bottom of the glass. Interesting to see the two sizes at the same time. Good head retention, lots of creamy lacing. I was going to give it 4.5 but I decided its appearance is remarkable among beers of its kind. The best thing of all is that could almost be a cheap lager but holds so many mystical secrets within, not least its 8.5%abv.

Smell: Lots of components to it, but hard to separate them into their individual smells. I'm finding it hard to distinguish the scent of my beer from the brie and wholemeal crispbread I'm eating with it (the crispbread is very bran-like and adds to the rustic appeal of the brew). Rather grassy, pilsener-like hops are the first to be identified. A very light malt smell is pleasing, because it almost smells like the light beer/low alcohol beer unfermented malt smell, only without the nastiness - that unfermented malt smell has a nice sweetness to it, but also a harsh astringency which makes it undrinkable. This has that sweetness, a kind of innocence, even though the beer is strong. The brewer has cleverly designed the wort so that it contains a high concentration of those chemicals which give light beer a modicum of charm, and yet also has lots of fermentable sugars. Smell is overall pleasant, organic-smelling (free from adjuncts, obviously), but hard to distinguish.

Taste: Very pleasing. It's been a long time since a beer like this has got me this excited. Makes me want to go out and party - perhaps that's the alcohol creeping up on me. Flavours: aforementioned toasted malt, bitter yet fascinating hops, sweetness but sourness at the same time, alcohol numbing the taste buds. There is something that makes me think this beer is almost a dud, like a cheap lager - maybe that's the way it looks and its ease of drinking. But it's incredible. I'm giving this beer a good review so far, but that's probably because it's really what I felt like, and it exceeded my expectations. I don't know if this beer is my friend or my enemy. If I didn't love it, I'd hate it, but that doesn't go for everyone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: If only I could have another one.

Complaints: The lip of the bottle drips while pouring it. Otherwise, this beer is difficult to fault.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ledouge
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JoshJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of takusan1000
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ADR
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, fine/frothy head. Big estery aroma, some grass and earth notes mixed in. Lots of banana. Really exceptional smell. Vinous flavors, fairly complex and wine-like with other notes of earth and rum-raisin spice. Complex at the swallow. Real notes of bittering are notable in the acidic side of the brew. A little over-carbonated to my tastes, it becomes more pleasant if allowed to sit about 10 minutes. I'm sure fans of the style love it and I'm making an effort to extend my appreciation as well, but not a favorite. Hail to beer diversity, however.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 502 ratings