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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
brasserie-st-sylvestre.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,785
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
496
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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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 spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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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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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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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 496 ratings
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