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 joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 taylor714914
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3



This was quite the interesting brew.  It pours a deep straw color with a poofy head that settles quickly.  Some odd funk flavors going on, reminiscent of brettanomyces Cloussini or Brettanomyces Bruxcellous.  There is some sweetness as well, with some woody/spice mix going on.  Drinks fairly similar with a smooth sweet upfront note then finishing with this woody/hay and spice flavor.  Still something odd at the end that reminds me of Brett.  Mouthfeel is heavy and oily, not a fan of this aspect at all.  I was excepting a nice smooth mouthfeel, but I believe it is overy smooth, more oily, and quite heavy. 

I had high hopes for this one, but it just fell short for me.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear; gold; small head; effervescent

Aroma: Fruity; spicy; wine-like

Taste: Peppery; well-balanced; this beer is pilsner-like, which isn't my favorite style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of gleemonger
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, sparkly golden color with a huge white frothy head. Good retention with some spotty lacing. Those bubbles just keep on coming, almost looks like a glass of champagne.

Straw, earthy, mild Belgian yeast aromas with some candy sweetness, like a cross between a German pilsner and Belgian pale ale, leaning more towards the pilsner end. Not super exciting.

Taste is much more complex. It still starts with the earthy, grainy flavors, but immediately is joined by some mellow, well blended banana/clove, bready, sugary sweetness that matches everything else pretty equally in strength. Subtly complex, and no alcohol bite as far as I can tell.

Thin, crisp, effervescent, with heavy carbonation, but not at the level I expected from the look. Super smooth and refreshing.

Very nice, refreshing, deceptively complex, and smooth. This one screams summertime to me, but I'd have to watch that ABV, since it's totally unnoticable. Don't find a whole lot of this style, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow gold with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Apples, yellow grapes, pears, light grainy malt, light pepper and spice.

Taste. Champagne, apples, cloves and savory spice, bitter grass.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. An interesting beer, just not my style.

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Photo of Radome
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 75 ml bottle (bought in France) into a goblet.

A - Beer is pale gold and clear with just the slightest hint of haze. Head is pure white and made of miniscule bubbles. It is not very persistent, but stays as a thick ring around the glass and a spotty thin sheet. Tiny bubbles constantly rise and this could easily be mistaken for a glass of champagne.

S - Aroma is very clean, light and balanced. It is a gentle mix of cracked pilsner grain and lemony, grassy hops. There is a bit of alcohol booziness in the background. Yeast characteristics not detectable, except maybe a tiny hint of black pepper.

T - The taste is sharper than expected after the gentle aromas. The black pepper is back and mixes with a moderate hop bitterness. The slightly acrid grainy note is back as well, but balanced by grassy hops. Very cleanly fermented--no yeast notes.

M - Light body. Smooth carbonation. Hops and alcohol give a light burn, but subtle. Very dry on the palate with little aftertaste.

O - Incredibly well-crafted and clean with great attention to detail. Enough flavor to be interesting without being extreme in any area. Maybe it's too airbrushed and perfect, because somehow it doesn't blow me away.

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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

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

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.

Crisp, clean, lightly hoppy, refreshing. Delicious.

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

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

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, corked and held down with what appears like a giant staple. Pours out a bright clear pale golden hue, tall spongy white head that initially fills up half the glass, settling to a thing frothy cap with traces of thick lacing.

Clean grains and biscuity malt on the nose, some faint grassy, spicy hops.

Clean grains and very clean spicy phenols up front in the flavour, dry peppery spice throughout, mild citrus on the finish cuts through the phenols a bit, with some tangerine rind on the aftertaste accompanying the lingering peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium-bodied, silky slick texture that is juxtaposed by some brisk effervescent carbonation.

While this isn't a very typical style to be found around North America, this import is an absolute delight and an excellent ambassador of the style. On its merits alone this is an amazingly clean tasting ale that exhibits the talent and craftsmanship of the people who produced it--none of this happens by chance. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if this is the only Bière de Garde that you ever try, or simply the first.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear light golden, almost lemon color. Slightly off-white, small-bubble head with staying power. Nice lacing during drinking. Odors of grass, lemon, and malt, with alcohol and nuts taking a lesser role. Broad, complex taste with a somewhat bitter and bright/metallic start and a mellow, malty, slightly hoppy finish. Champagne-like bubble mouth feel, but plenty chewy as well. All around a great tasting ale suitable for spring and summer enjoyment. Just lovely.

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Photo of IllNate
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, BB 12/03/13

A - Billowy, pillow soft head, with lots of carbonation and yellow, almost adjunct lager-like body.

S - A little farm, some wheat, and hops

T - Good amount of wheat, similar to a tripel, with some aged hops. A little funkyness. Some alcohol, but I would expect less for 8.5%

M - Beautiful. Medium density, medium-high carbonation, which works well for the style

O - Very nice. Don't know how much I could have after because of the ABV, but what can you do.

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Photo of endovelico
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thick white fizzy white head. Great retention. Low apparent effervescence with very small bubbles.

Aroma: Medium high intensity.Notes of yeast, bubblegum, grain, banana, some dirt and white grape.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Follows up perfectly on the nose: Earthy, fruity and candy like at times.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Low carbonation. Some yeast bite. Medium Bitterness.

Overall: A great classic example of what a farmhouse ale should be: Brisk, elegant, complex and rustic.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle, opened with a corkscrew, into a chalice at around 50F. Crystal clear gold beer with relatively few small bubbles, forming a two inch thich white head that collapses to a cap fairly quickly. Heavy lacing follows the beer down the bottle. The nose is subtle, showing pear, apple skin, pineapple and a slight hint of clove, and perhaps anise or licorice. More of that on the tongue, with a mellow spiciness and a light caramel note, with a soft bready overtone. The beer finishes dry. Some prickliness especially on the finish. This beer is super easy to drink.

An outstanding and well-balanced beer, like a cross between a tripel and a super saison.

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

A: 1" white head that left a nice lacing over golden amber liquid.

S: Champagne, pears, apples, yeast.

T: Pears, green apples, green grapes, dry champagne, grass, flowers, alcohol.

M: Dry with a medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, reminiscent of champagne and a similar mouthfeel to La Fin du Monde.

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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 sweethome
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is light yellow with a little haze. White head stays across the top - light lacing.

Nose of straw, corriander, freshly plowed field dirt. A little yeasty funk.

Effervescent entry - straw flavor - a hint of lemon. Medium mouthfeel. A complexity brought by the carbonation. It dances around the palate a bit.

Flavors are decent, but fairly simple. Finish is crisp - but a lingering sweetness comes back after a few seconds and lingers.

A decent beer, but rather simple and safe.

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Photo of fields336
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear beer, light gold/amber, champagne-like carbonation, with 3 finger thin fluffy white head

S: toasty, bready smell, slight fruit/lemon present, herb/honey, slight pepper

T: honey, toast, herb, slight citrus/lemony taste, slight nutty taste, (walnut) Pepper/spice are latent

M: medium bodied, excellent dry finish

O: Overall not my cup of tea, its a decent beer to style, but I don't think the style is for me

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: spot on pour: crystal clear yellow beer with a massive foamy head that slimmed somewhat but never went away; plenty of fine-bubbled lace

S: bright, fresh hop and yeast aromas, reminded me of grassy fields in sunshine

T: flash of spice, then an easy, clean taste that becomes almost champagne-like; some light citruses, subtle woodsy and pale fruit flavors weave throughout.

M: very drinkable, brightly effervescent, clean finishing; tantilizing on the tongue. Finishes right between sweet and dry.

O: super classy pale from the same brewers that give us Gavroche (also considered a biere de garde here (but a darker beer, more like a red ale, to me)). 3 Monts is a quality brew - could be France's equivalent to Duvel, but lighter-bodied and with less taste profile complexity. This is typically not a go-to style for me, but this is certainly a go-to beer. Evokes thoughts of the summertime, farm gardens, and blue skies.

Nicely crafted.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance: This beer looks and pours alike a true classic with me having to have a sip. Golden body that has bubbles going to the top throughout.

Smell: It smells a little yeasty like your usual dubbel, but maybe a little bit more.

Taste: Little honey here and there and creamy like a marzen, hoppy like your pilsener.

Mouth: The feel of this beer is outstanding with medium to heavy, a little more friendly on the heavy side but seriously crispy can a beer get.

Overall: I had this not knowing a thing about it this beer feels like the best "Imperial Pilsener" I have ever had. I was astonished on the greatness of this beer. I will but it again and again yes that good...Salud!

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

For today's tasting I spied an odd presented cork bottle at the back of my local 1st Choice Liquor. It seemed to cry out "Drink me, I look like a fancy Belgian trippel", and having both fond (Duvel, Chimay, Orval) and not-so-fond (Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior) memories of them I decided to take another chance.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into some sort of a fluted chalice that is actually a cocktail glass however it does the job.

A: Pours and looks like a typical Champagne: 4cm gassy white head and nice golden body, however with the addition of haze from the bottle conditioning. Pleasing enough thus far.

S: Similar aroma to Duvel (though not quite as pronounced), the dry fruitiness of a Pinot Gris, a nice crisp apple peel tempers throughout, with that hint of yeast on the nose.

T: It's alright. 3 Monts has made a comparable brew to a Belgian tripel, without much of the finesse the Belgian brewers bring to the art. It has an up front double malt flavour, think barley/grain/caramel, which is followed by some astringent and acidic crisp apple, not unlike a good dry cider, and a dry finish. This one actually improves in flavour as it gets warmer and I would imagine the ideal drinking temp to be around 5 degrees celcius (I have a fridge with a broken thermostat that freezes everything in winter). If you can imagine cider, lager and Champagne together this is what the outcome might be.

M: Very excited, Champagne bubbly mouthfeel. Carbonation is reasonably high and the body is medium.

D: This is a beer that gets better as you drink it. Yes it's not Duvel, but it is half the price of it's Belgian cousin and half price is the right price for this... and Duvel could be about $5 cheaper per 750ml bottle too. It will get you drunk as quickly as Duvel, and it has many similar characteristics as well, but somehow it just doesn't hit the same high point in the flavour department and sadly that is the only thing holding 3 Monts back from a near perfect score. If there was an interesting hops flavour in there then maybe it could be a 5/5. As it is I can say one thing: Duvel for the masses.

Food match: With a brew of such vinous characters I would recommend a food match similar to a like-minded wine, Pinot Gris; Bouillabaisse, Peruvian ceviche, Paella or Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino.

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

An old favorite revisited, pours with a pure white head leaving lace on the sides of the glass even before the first sip. Clear gold brilliance, tightly collared & finely carbonated and evidenced by the small bubbles.

Smell is not to much to talk about...a light malt/lager-like aroma, not really as I remember it. Taste is a thinnish mouthfeel and slightly tart then some hoppiness. Finishes quickly..I remember this being much better years back. The bottle is fresh and in good condition, dunno..maybe it's the trained palate I've attained in the years since last sampling.

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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 scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing MisterClean! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear bright golden color with a thin white head that left some soapy lace.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of honey, golden fruits, earthy yeast, bready/cracker malt and some earthy hops.
T: Follows the nose pretty accurately. I detect a bit of alcohol but its mild. Sweet overall and earthy with an all-around bready yeast flavor.
M: Definitely frothy carbonation, medium body, with a slick and refreshing mouthfeel.
O: Very drinkable. Fruity and earthy and refreshing. Thank a lot, Dan.

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
3.94 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
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