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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They told me this was a blond, Mondiale 2005. Light yellow colour, with Significant foamy head, easy drinkability, yeasty composition, hops, bit too much carbonation leading to drying. Apple juice, herbal, grassy, alcohol, touch of ginger, medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, light fruits, and some skunky aromas that fade as the beer warms. Taste is of grain, grass/hay, slight fruit, and some herbal hop flavors. There is also a stinging alcohol flavor in the mouth with each sip. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the skunky aromas that fade out are somewhat weird.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml solidly structured bottle, best before date: 25-07-11. Weird stapled cork enclosure - when I finally popped off the staple, it actually flew straight into the waiting glass!

This beer pours a rather clear, effervescent pale straw colour, with lots and lots of thinly foamy, lily-white head, which melts away quite slowly, leaving random patches of pock-marked painted lace around the glass.

It smells of clean cereal grains, damp hay, meadow clover, a touch of floral yeast, softly spicy hops, and a mild alcohol twang. The taste is biscuity, wheaty grain, dry, edgy white pepper, spicy phenols, a mildly acidic fruitiness, a few creamy nutty notes, tame earthy yeast, and an oh so softly enveloping booze warming.

The carbonation is rather moderate, and seemingly pillow soft, those tiny, tiny bubbles gently caressing the tongue, the body a decent medium build, and duly smooth, with an attendant creaminess. It finishes not quite dry, the heretofore, and still indeterminate hops pressing their case, in cahoots with the equally shy alcohol, all to the ephemeral chagrin of the lingering cereal wheat sweetness.

An interesting and pretty tasty beer, with a nice, rounded Belgian quality, what with the pale malts, yeast, spice, and very well obfuscated, elevated ABV running the show. Given the style description, this hits it bang-on, in all the right ways, and remains eminently drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a whipped egg white head that retains superbly and laces the chalice

Smell: Green apples, Bartlett pear, and a hint of hot cinnamon and clove; alcohol pokes through, too, as the beer warms

Taste: Opens with a bready character that is joined by the tart apple and pear flavors up front; by mid-palate, some herbal spiciness appears and, after the swallow, a yeasty complexity joins the fray along with some alcohol in the finish; after a while, however, the battle between the herbal spices and the malty sweetness detracts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant but creamy carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: A lot of interesting elements in this beer; although I wish it were a bit dryer on the finish, it is otherwise quite engaging

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75cl bottle of brown glass with a rather curious cork with a metal swingtop-esque support holding it down as a top. I've never seen a top like it. Reviewed live in Belfort, France. Served into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: One finger head of decent thickness and okay cream. Retention is pretty good considering the high ABV and wide-mouthed goblet. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Light scent of cream and barley.

T: Cream, lemon of depth and character, and a full barley foundation. Simple but quite refreshing. Well balanced and built, with emphasis mainly on the lemon.

Mf: Sharp, lightly coarse, and wet. Refreshing.

Dr: Price is pretty high for the limited quality, but it's pretty drinkable. I wish it were more complex.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (1993 – drank in 1994): Poured a golden colour ale with a huge white bubbly head with great retention. Aroma is quite particular with a mix of spices and strong sweet floral malt. Taste is quite reminiscent of a Belgian ale (might be the spice and the sweet malt) without all the yeast. Overall, this is probably one of the top 5 beer from France but not as great as the Bière Nouvelle from the same brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to daysinthewake for getting this bottle out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a bright golden color that is completely transparent and haze-free with a fluffy white head and plenty of sticky spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose brings a bit of grain and faint pepper plus a light earthy character. Light notes of pear as well. Flavor is a very light bit of green apple along with pear plus a touch of peppery spice. Light booze too.

Light body with crisp carbonation and a lingering bitterness toward the finish. Bit of alcohol. All goes together quite well.

I was a bit apprehensive about this one after not enjoying the Reserve at all, but this was really quite good.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, straw color with decent clarity and two fingers of thick, white head.

S - Sour, herbal earthiness backed by a delicate hop aroma.

T - Spicy and citrusy flavors with a little bit of white pepper, followed by earthy acidity and a bit of malt/ grain. Finishes with hop bitterness and drawn out earthy flavors.

M - Light body, with high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. The funkiness keeps it interesting and the hops and yeasty, spicy character make for a refreshing beer that is hard to put down.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml bottle. Clear, golden body with a fluffy bright white head that holds well but eventually drops to a good collar & surface covering and leaves some very good lace. The aroma is earthy and slightly fruity, with a fresh grassy hop note. It's not musty, but it does have some dried straw character. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The flavor is lightly earthy/mineral blend of sweet grainy malt and soft grassy & earthy hop flavor. There are notes of light spice and wood that appear and re-appear throughout the glass. A balancing bitterness is clear just before the finish, which is dryish with a lingering malt note. Refreshing and quite enjoyable. Lots of subtle character keeps it interesting throughout the entire serving.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ripe lemon with the finest particulate haze imaginable. Like most high quality beer from this region of the world, the cap is a thing of beauty. It was huge to start, shrinking to a more manageable three fingers within the first several minutes. Chalk white in color with surface pits that cause it to resemble a torn piece of rustic bread, the foam is sticky enough to grace the glass with a respectable amount of chunky lace.

I haven't had a lot of Bieres de Garde, but most of them smell good to me in an exotic sort of way. 3 Monts is no exception. The first thing that strikes me is how spicy it is. Cardamon, clove and white pepper emanate from the glass in advance of all else. Funky farmhouse scents are at a minimum.

The flavor follows the nose directly, but fleshes it out and improves on it considerably (the drinking is so much enjoyable than the sniffing). Beneath '3 Monts' on the label are the words 'Flanders Golden Ale'. I only mention it because if there's one word that describes the flavor of this beer it's 'golden'. It's bright and sunny and golden fruity and... I don't know, it just tastes like the color gold. In the same way that some IPAs taste green and some stouts taste black, I guess.

The fruits in question are Golden Delicious apples and, especially, not-quite-ripe pears. Despite the fact that the pale malt backbone is more than sturdy, the beer leans toward bitter, dry and crisp. As is often the case, it becomes more so from the start of each mouthful to the finish. The spice load is nigh on perfect. It's aggressive enough to be the focal point of the entire beer, yet not so pushy as to limit enjoyabillity or drinkability.

The fact that the 8.5% ABV isn't completely masked doesn't bother me in the least. It's far from overwhelming and gives the beer a seriousness that only adds to its allure. The mouthfeel isn't light and airy, nor is it full and sticky. It's somewhere in between and is perfectly matched to the flavor profile. The lower than expected bubble load works; just as a higher than expected bubble load would have.

3 Monts (3 Mountains) is very good beer. Even though I haven't had enough examples of this style to speak with great authority, I feel pretty confident in saying that this one can hold its own with some of the world's best. It may not be at the absolute peak, but the Biere de Garde summit is in sight.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ??? at Thorpe's place last week. Review from notes.

The beer is golden yellow hued, with a small, white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some funk, yeast, fruit (apples, in particular), and alcohol. The flavor is OK, with a really heavy apple presence. Sweetness grows as I make my way through the glass. Overall, this was an oddity, but I did enjoy it. I'd be interested to try it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Flavor has a sweet tang to it. This immediately reminds me of the Obolon Krepkoe. Grain attributes and a sweet tone. And high alcohol as well. It's smooth for the most part with just a wee bit of bite on it. Feel is nice. Very drinkable, yes. But this reminds me of so many other beers I have had. It doesn't really stand out. And who is the moron who did the whole cork thing with the metal bar? Really. Dumb.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine/goblet type glass.

Really wonderful creamy white head forms while pouring, and some snappy sounding carbonation can be heard. Lots of pin-head style bubbles. Some faint whispy lacing among the collar while drinking. The body is a nice classic golden yellow and crystal clear. good rising carbonation.

Nose feels completely Belgian in a way. Sweet candy. Yeasty. Mild honey and nice mellow hop and Belgian like ? sweetness. This feels very inviting.

Palate hits with a crisp wine like body. Sweet tasting wine, with a big yeast profile. Great effervescent carbonation with mixes of honey, and lemon. Angles of pear and champagne crispness abound everywhere. Bold and big without a lot of alcohol fronting booze or rush either.

Overall just a great beer to enjoy, a drink that deserves a lot of attention. Deserves it's place like a solid white wine next to it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had cork held in place with a piece of metal that's not swing-top (odd, that), wrapped in yellow paper, poured into tulip glass:

Pours golden with a two-finger white foamy/ pillowy head that descends very slowly to half the original size. After sipping, it falls to a thin, lasting cover. Patches of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of sour/vinegar soon replaced by sweet grain and a grassy undertone. A whiff of fruity alcohol passes. by.

The taste is of sweet grain, a bit musty. There's an herbal/grassy bitterish twang. Alcohol is there, but in a fruity way. As it progresses, a honey sweetness dominates and an apple, melon, orange peel fruitiness mixes in. There are some sourish notes, but under the sweetness. A touch of bitter mixes in in the sweetish finish. Very complex, and changes with each sip.

The feel is champagne-like, yet not too fizzy or bubbly.

Changing complexities make this one a very interesting brew. Despite a touch of alcohol coming through, there is a honey sweet smoothness (without approaching cloying) and an intriguing taste that keeps this one moving along. Easy to drink despite abv and complexities.

It brought to mind a variety of possible food pairings. I'll have to get a few bottles more of this to try with different combinations at a food and beer experiment with my friends. By chance, I had the second half with kielbasa and pierogies for dinner, and it went very well together (though I could think of other good possibilities as well.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, lovely, nice & bright, with a big, snowy white head. This beauty's in it for the long run!
Aroma: BOOM! Perfection, right from the start! Sorry, you skeptics, but when you smell it, you know it! Sugary-sweet, yet light, and fruity, and still utterly profound. Deep and dazzling.
Taste: huge hoppiness dominates the palate, dances and drizzles the senses....mmmm! That's all I'm reduced to, just...mmmm! Very tasty!
Bold, spicy, flavorful, warm, and wonderful....yum....
And this point my grasp on objectivity in discernment loosened and my spirit was let slip and surrendered itself into the very glass, creating a time when man and beer are truly one....
It was that kind of beer...you kinda had to be there...
Thanks so much to jcalbi!!

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer! From prying off the wire and popping the cork, the aroma comes on strong. Two finger head, and beautiful flavor of bread and grass. Soft carbonation and lingering bitterness on the palate. A perfect bottle to sip on a hot summer’s day....

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden with a decent pure white head and not much lacing. The smell is fairly light and surprisingly pilsnerish with light floralhops and light tangy malt and the typical lager yeast smell. The taste is somewhat similar, with some added notes of light banana on the finish and some pronounced alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light and creamy- could be slightly crisper for my taste. Fairly drinkable, but a little boring.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with oglmcdgl, poured into a St. Bernardus tulip.

A- 3 Monts has a light gold look to it, kind of straw like in appearence. A very clean looking beer with all the debris still in the bottle. A frothy bright white cap stayed on top throughout leaving minimal lace.

S- Kind of reminds me of a saison mixed with a golden ale. Very earthy with some hops and a big mix of spices. Some grass and other barnyard scents although light. A nice bready malt background.

T- Very nice the spices are up front and I also get alot of honey. A nice blend of fruit with apple and pear. Slight lemon as well. Some earthy hops in the middle. Some barnyard musk but barely.

M- Somewhere between light and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty easy and finishes rather dry. This one was refreshing.

D-Would have no problem with a bottle to myself but 12oz was plenty for me. Not very high in alcohol and a good enough taste to make another purchase.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden hue with a nearly haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head poured two fingers of pillowy white foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet, rich malt with a clean hint of graininess. A light fruitiness is also present along with a hint of noble hops. Quite like a very clean tripel. I like it.

Taste: clean malt flavor; sweet with a fair bit of alcoholic heat. I like that this beer has some sweetness and alcohol but it's not cloying or sickly sweet in any way. That hint of grain from the aroma stays to balance the flavor a bit, and bitterness is low but good. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Delightful indeed!

Taste: a very good brew. I'm not thoroughly experienced with Bières de Garde, but I find this to be enjoyable on the level of a nice tripel. I will definitely have to have this again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. It is well carbonated, which holds up a fluffy, thick, white head. This has a wonderful sharp, herbal, grassy aroma, with noes of lemon, hay, and vanilla. The taste is lightly tart with a lemon zing to it. It is just so light and refreshing. With all of the carbonation this beer dances across my tongue. The finish is sharp and herbal, with a peppery bite from both the carbonation and the yeast by-products. In fact, this beer is quite floral in some ways, quite dry as well. Contradictorilly, this has some the nice clean notes of a pilsner (crisp malt notes up front), which compliments the other flavors quite well. This is very akin to a dry white wine, perhaps a Savignon Blanc, though it is not as acidic. It does have the sharp, spicy, dry fruit that a S-Blanc has. This is quite good, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

REALLY funky cork on this one. This isn't caged the cork has a clip on it so you WILL need a screwdriver to get it off.

Exceedingly clear golden colored beer with a good sized white head. This has a paler color that I would have expected.

Smells herbal and grainy with no real detectable malt. A little bit grassy but the scent is super mild.

Starts out herbal and highly carbonated with a pear flavor. Complex herb flavor that my tongue interprets as tobacco on bread. Super mild flavor, you can't taste any alcohol but you can feel it in your chest. Faint sour flavor at the start, not sure what from.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light.

Super drinkable beer, just one problem it comes at the cost of flavor and complexity. Too bad this isn't as complex as say Hennepin.

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