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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

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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of trancefishy
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, at first i thought perhaps i wasn't supposed to drink this, due to the large staple thing holding the beer in. after a quick twist with some channel locks it was off though.

pours out a surprisingly light golden colour with a ginourmous fluffy cumulus of a head. it's noisy too, due to the littel bubbles.

aroma is a nice sweet smell of springtime dew and faint honey suckle. it also has this kind inviting smell like that of a musty attic storing all kinds of interesting treasures. actually, it reminds me of the underground wine aging caves at the Beringer Estate, in Napa Valley, California.

Taste is interesting. not a terrible amount of complexity, though, from the aroma, I wasn't really expecting it. a bit spicy, nice and sweet. very mild, no harsh or off flavours at all. it's like a mild honey water with a taste of alcohol to it, which, i think detracts from the flavour some.

mouthfeel is soft and velvety, drinkability is good and i'm going to enjoy all 750ml of this.

Well, I like this beer, not sure if I'm going to get it again anytime really soon, but, it's something to come back to and nice to try for sure.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really expected a lot more from this one, seriously.

Pours a light gold in color with a fluffy and thick white head. Nose is a bit sweet with a slight yeast character. Taste is quite astringent with alcohol quite present. There is a varied herbal quality present, slightly spicy. There is a slight hop character present as well with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is quite dry and underwhelming.

Overall I was not impressed by this brew at all really. I doubt I'll be seeking this one out again.


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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with sweet and crisp, finish is sweet and sour. I thought it might be like a a Belgian golden ale but it isn't even close. $5.99 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle with a stapled cork (did not need a corkscrew to open though). Great carbonation and lacing poured around the glass. Did not have the scent of alcohol as some other beers of the ABV. Nice balance of hops with spices that play well in the mouth.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale straw. The head was just off-white and moussy. The head lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was characteristic of Belgian ales. Spicy with a slight aged aroma similar to a Saison.

The flavor was crisp and spicy, namely peppery. The spice was nicely done and adds to the complexity. Fruity flavors dominate with a slight Belgian farmhouse character adding complexity to the background. The flavor was nicely bittered and very crisp.

The finish was dry with a fruity spice lasting well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

750 ml bottle with shrink wrap and metal bail, required a corkscrew to remove cork.

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

Pours out a clear golden/yellow color with a big head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of yeast, malts, and some farmhouse aromas. It did seem a little light though, but perhaps it was served too cold. Taste consisted of white grapes mostly combined with some spiciness, yeast, and some hops show their strength as well. Mouthfeel was nice. Finished a little dry which felt nice in a while. I didn't expect this beer to be that good but it did take me by surprise. I think I found a new favorite belgian..by France? Believe it.

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Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Le Sois Bock in Paris, France.

Light Golden.

Mildly aromatic, quite herbal and flowery with notes of lemon, grass and clove. An odd, enjoyable yeastiness as well.

Mysterious at first but as it warmed it became very complex. Light grain providing a caramel sweetness throughout but for this one, the hops dominate. Dry, herbal and very fruity with notes of lemon especially but also pears and honey.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a film of white head. The smell is very dry, slightly estery, yeasty and slightly alcoholic. The taste is very champagne-dry, with a bit of an ester and a very strong yeast characteristic, and just a bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could definitely enjoy many of these.

I somehow managed to enjoy this one in spite of the pain in the ass metal on the cork!! Someone in the July 4th thread came up with the idea to have a French beer, and it's definitely a good idea. I admit I didn't expect much from this one, but I'm surprised how well this one turned out. Quite good, and I would enjoy seeing this one around again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Dantes
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml (1 pint, 9.4 oz) “stapled” & corked, heavy brown bottle. No date or ABV information. Labels differentiate this from the Grand Réserve by a gold band in place of black and by labelling this “Flanders Golden Ale.” Back labels are beige and black respectively. The “regular”back label emphasizes this as a fine companion to cheeses, charcuterie, and grilled meats (which applies to the GR as well); and includes an admonition to serve cool but not chilled. Cork stamped, “11/11.” This particular bottle was bought about 18 months ago and properly cellared.

Cost: $5.99

Presentation: tulip glass at ~50º. The heavy staple is easily removed with the blade of a waiter’s corkscrew (or a screwdriver), but the small edge of cork above the bottle’s mouth makes using a corkscrew (or pliers) recommended.

Appearance: Unlike the Grand Réserve, this is not labelled “sur lie,” but they definitely coat the bottom of the bottle. Opens with the same vigor and gunsmoke; pouring a similar if slightly paler cloudy yellow. Generates the same tight, dry head with substantial, sticky lacing.

Smell: Similarly complex if a touch heavier on the malty and floral elements and a bit less on the dry, biscuity aromas.

Taste: This starts sweeter than the Grand Réserve, with a slightly less hoppy note and a fuller, fruitier body. However, these are all fairly subtle differences and vary slightly bottle to bottle. Overall, this is probably a bit less structured than the Grand Réserve

Mouthfeel: The alcohol warmth is a bit deeper here (although I believe the Grand Réserve is slightly higher in ABV), enhanced by the extra honeyed sweetness that also lends this a greater sensation of viscosity. Displays the same superb carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, super-drinkable. It’s only a matter of taste and mood that might differentiate one over the other.

Backwash: Stands along with the Grand Réserve as one of the finest beers available. I don’t care if one calls it a pale ale, Belgian strong ale, or Bière de Garde (my personal choice); this is one of the finest bibulatory experiences you can find. The extra dryness and structure of the Grand Réserve makes it a better match overall for food, but this is perhaps better for rich hors d’oeuvres like the cheese, charcuterie, and grilled meats suggested by the label.

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Photo of granger10
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an unusual beer. Definitely more of a Biere de Garde than a Belgian Strong Pale, imo. This beer poured a deep translucent golden color with a medium sized bubbly, fizzy head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Good lacing. The smell is strong but it seems to be all yeast or something slightly skunky even, like a Czech pilsner. The taste is a little overwhelming at first, but as this warms I notice more intricacies in the beer. There seems to be a lot of yeast in the taste and a good amount of spices, peppery spices are noted most. I get an oak character behind the yeast and a nutty background as well. The finish is really dry and spicy but not tart or acidic. However, this beer did not wow me and I couldn't get many flavors to come out, the complexity might have been there but my tastebuds couldn't detect it. Anyways, I will definitely try this again down the line when I am more advanced in drinking ;)
P.S. This beer works amazingly with cheese and crackers. Definitely a beer to pair food with imo.

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Photo of jahred
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. It took me way too long to get this beer open - there's an odd metal staple-like object inserted into the cork. Not sure why it's needed.

In any case, pours an incredibly clear, pale yellow color with a nice white head and plenty of lace to go around. The scent is incredibly yeasty, with perhaps a slight bitter hoppy scent.

The taste is spicy and phenolic, and largely focused on the yeast. As it warms, I taste more yeast, and then alcohol, but little else. I don't even get much of a fruit, malt or hoppy taste. Just alcohol and yeast (which I normally love to detect in my beers, but only in conjuction with other flavors). Of course, yeast and alcohol and little else made for what I consider to be a rather unbalanced beer.

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Photo of tjd25
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is thin and dense. Nice opaque golden color. The smell was disappointing as I couldn’t find anything but some skunkiness. The taste is enjoyable, fruity but mostly just enjoyable, very hard to define. The alcohol is clearly noticeable. The hops are fruity and remain subtle. The brew shows some hints of citrus and is kind of refreshing, although it’s alcohol content makes it hard to be a good session beer. Some liquor aspects, maybe cherry liquor. Somehow floury. Its good, but I think I expected more after reading other reviews.

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

Poured a half inch to an inch white head. Didn't stick around long enough for my taste. It was a nice, clear golden yellow - same color as Duvel.
Smelled slightly floral, earthy and some alcohol.
Tasted some sweetness and alcohol. I thought I could taste some tobacco. It beautifully complex (maybe some subtle spices) and malty as well.
I could sit on the porch drinking this all summer, if I had the time and money.

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

750 ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery apple and oak flavors, more hoppy than I expected. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes very dry. I really like this one.

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

It pours a rather clear, true yellow. A moderate white head, dotted with bigger bubbles, drains away quickly to mere traces of froth. There's some minor droopy lacing.

The aroma carries a mild grain sweetness of malt. A cherry/berry note backs the malt, and melds with the yeast tartness. Overall, the smell is clean and basic.

A sip brings a brisk sweetness first, not cloying, but with a sugary character. There's an earthy, almost dusky tone flitting about the middle ground. Sweetness creeps back in, again stopping just short of being cloying. Alcohol provides a quick glimpse of itself about midway as well. A flat, flighty bitterness lingers distantly at the finish.

It's medium bodied, and rather carbonated, but it still slides away quickly, not quite traceless, but certainly not lingering.

Well, I can now say that I know the French can make beer, and it's definitely not swill. It's reasonably flavorful, but it has some flat spots in the flavor curve, never jumping out and asserting itself, seemingly content to be just OK. It doesn't offend, and it doesn't amaze. Rather, it has enough character to stimulate the palate, but not to wow it. Hey, it's better than just mediocre, actually approaching good, but coming up short. The ABV does its part in limiting the drinkability. So now I've tried it, but honestly, after this one, I'll likely look elsewhere.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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

This beer was so ridiculously easy to open. I mean come on, unwrap the foil top, take a scissor and pop the staple off, and remove the cork as normal. Is that so hard genius? (lol) Anyway this beer pours out a nice light blondeish/golden colour with a big, fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all lemon peel, various spices, french yeast, malt, hops and more. The taste is zesty, hoppy, spicy, lemony, and lovely. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, yet sharp and warming on the finish. The drinkability is great. Viva La France!

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Photo of dmarch
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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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 diablo14
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

france is much better known for its reds, but does have a couple of pretty good beers going around and this is one of them. this os also a beer sure to ignite debate about the relationship between beers and corks. this one certainly suffers as a result of them.

3 monts gives off the impression of being in the belgian style, but is a bit lighter in color and body than a belgian, dispite the AV being around the same mark. its a light golden color with a slight lime tinge to it. has a rocky head which is a fair bit thinner than most strong ales, but doesnt lack staying power. also has a strong effervesence i really liked as i watched it swirling rapidly up my glass in jetstream like motions. the nose is unfortunately dominated by the smell of cork, but there is a nice sweetness and gentle floral aromas. the flavor is quite impressive. the cork is present, giving the beer a peat like element, but then there are traces of almond, apples and a wonderful vanilla sweetness. very crisp for a strong ale, similar to duval, but not as full bodied. beautiful blend of hops that compliments the flavor and gives it recurring levels of bitterness throughout all stages of the drinking experience, particularly in the finish where it rounds itself out to a tee.

my main critizism of this beer is the cork. i can only imagine how much better this beer would be if it was crown capped, and the drinkability would go possibly a full point higher if it was without it. i think one really needs to get this beer fresh to enjoy its flavors before it gets interrupted. still holds its own with some of europes finest tho.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.
The appearance is a golden yellow with a quantity of fine effervescence, a nice creamy white head and smooth/sticky lacing. Quite an active initial encounter. The aroma is fruity, bubble gum with undertones of apples (somewhat tart). The flavor is slightly sweet with a tart middle and progresses to a more bitter finish. The MF is smooth (almost watery) with a dry finish. As the beer warms the body and mouthfeel deteriorate.
IMHO: Normally, higher alcohol beers improve with a lowering temperature. This one however, begins to show all of its weaker characteristics. Not a flattering contrast of what are usually a good combination of flavors and textures. It is what some American breweries have done to pale ale—taken away all subtlety.

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
3.94 out of 5 based on 488 ratings.
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