3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
496 Ratings
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 seand
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber, with a huge amount of dense foamy head. A fair amount retains, leaving decent lacing.

S: Yeasty, with sweet malty fruit and some floral tones, and a whiskey-like booziness.

T: Starts sweet with heavy of yeast, with a fair amount of hops to finish. Quite nicely balanced overall.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely, especially for its ABV; this one could sneak up on you for sure!

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

We pour a brew of solid, golden yellow. It holds a creamy head of fine white bubbles, about two fingers high. This dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a fine lacing ring around the glass. Transparency is high, and the carbonation actively fizzes away. A sniff reveals notes of big malts, sweet and bubblegummy esters, faintly earthy hops, and a tad of cooling yeast. The nose otherwise meets with some adjuncts and grainy fillers. The taste begins with full, bready malts, and a bittering yeast to calm them down. The middle continues down this path, with an addition of more biting spice reminiscent of green cooking spices, contributed to by the alcohol. All in all, this adds to the bitterness. There is a subtle sweetness too, of dilute honey. The finish comes with a heavy barley flavor, and a bit of adjunct. There is also a soft creaminess that helps to wash the flavors down, and neutralize them. The aftertaste breathes with malts, dry and distant hops, and a bit of booze, which shows up for the first time in the tasting. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left sticky, initially coated, and dry in the end. The feel to the mouth is bubbly, but does not cross that line into pleasantly creamy. The abv exceeds the range slightly, but is hardly noticed. Drinkability remains fair throughout.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the inclusive smell. It had a nice sweetness, with inclusions of candy esters and clean malts all around. In the flavor, however, it was hard to pick up on any of the nice flavors alluded to in the nose, and a fairly standard beer is presented.

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

Pours a clear, rather pale gold color with a full, white head. Decent head retention and good lacing.

Has that farmhouse aroma with that typical Belgian yeast smell. Other than that it's rather clean.

Very interesting taste. Farmhouse with slight funk, yeast, heavy spice and crap I can't even place. Good stuff.

Medium bodied and rather smooth. Little bite in the mouthfeel but carbonation is mild.

Nice saison. This is what northern French beers are all about.

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

Picked this up at GBX.

A - Poured from a corked n caged bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear vibrant sunset yellow, brilliant highlights. A tightly foamed white head clings to the top.

S - Green apples, honeysuckle, floral hops, yeast, cinnamon, white pepper.

T - Upfront is really sweet - think just slightly crystallized honey, and also bready. Clove, cinnamon, white pepper spiciness over green apple and ripe pear. Slightly dry alcohol aftertaste.

M - Ligher bodied, high carbonation.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Suuuper bright, pale straw color. Extremely clear and topped with a very white frothy head. Medium to large bubbles and good retention, even better lacing.

S: Smells earthy and spicy, certainly yeast driven beer. It smells like it will be very carbonated and all things considered its aroma is not too pronounced.

T: Nice and dry beer! It tingles the palate. The Hops used give the beer a very clean herbal bitterness and the yeast denotes an earthy, slightly peppery quality. ...After thoughts of crushed walnuts... (more the dust from the shell than the nut itself).I would like to drink this next to Duvel very much Im not sure which I would take over the other to be honest this gives Duvel a real run for its money at its own style. A feat which I for one do not take lightly.

M: electric fizzle burp

D: very very high especially given the abv, and I even suspect this beer has a considerably low calorie to alcohol ratio to boot (like Duvel).

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright medium gold with a huge thick white head that stays and clings to the glass. No rings, but some spotty lace and tons of rising bubbles. Really pretty.

Musty yeast and grain, some light spice, maybe white pepper, an some lightly toasted malt. Decent.

A great rep of the style. Spice, light toasted malt, Some musty husk, some light fruit, with a switch between some good bitterness and spice to sweet and malt and yeast. Good light bitter finish. Tasty brew.

Medium body with tons of carbonation. Really just right on.

Easy drinking. Not as complex as some others, but not a negative to drinkability. Very worthy of a try and repeat performance.

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

First beer of this style that I can remember, so bear with me.
A - Light golden pour...huge head.
S - pretty light with some faint bready, biscuity notes.
T - for being +8%, this is a fairly lighter golden lager, but with some grainy bitterness that reminds you that it's a step above.
D - almost too drinkable because of the light flavors, but also complex compared to it's generic golden lager bretheren, a very good beer and a nice discovery on my part, will be searching out this style again.

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Photo of ludachris
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its sparkling golden straw hue looks doubly refreshing with its effervescent body. A finger and a half of creamy white head is yeilded after pouring. Even after 5 minutes, a solid finger's worth of froth still sticks around.

The nose is quite delicate. Spicy up front with some hay, grass, buttered malts, and a bit of a fruity zing. It's subtle and complex but not overly impressive.

Judging by the nose, I didn't think the taste would be all that impressive, but it really steps up in this department. A beautifully rendered honey-like sweetness is prevalent throughout with a spicy kick upfront that soon lingers on the middle of the tongue. Earthy towards the end with a bit of grassy hops, but lightly toasted and buttered malts with some soggy crackers drizzled with honey get the final say. Its flavourful and well rendered honey character is the star of the show, and its presence in the finish alone made me bump this up to a 4.5.

Creamy, silky, and delicate in the mouth; gliding right across the palate. In terms of drinkability, if I could score this higher than a 5 I would. This has to be the most refreshing 8.5% beer I've ever had, with zero trace of alcohol. And what a pleasure to drink!

I've only had about 3 interpretations of this style, and this is by far my favourite. It's a tricky one that made me really think and analyze everything going on from the nose to its drinkability, and its 750ml size easily allowed me to do that. It is subtle, but that's half the fun about picking everything out. Well balanced and dangerously quaffable. It's almost scary to say that this is an easy session beer, even at 8.5% ABV. I'm really glad I was able to get my hands on this one (thanks to the fantastic selection at Premier Wines and Spirits in Halifax). It really did make me appreciate this style that much more. Thumbs way up!

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

750 ml bottle with cork, metal strap, and gold plastic wrap. Dated 11 20.

Served cold into a goblet, 3 Monts Classic Golden Ale is a very pale golden yellow color with good clarity and great towering head. The head has good retention and actually seems to grow for a few minutes before it starts to settle.

Aroma is sweet and funky with a definate biere de garde yeasty character.

Alright, the head is so prolific, I now need to spoon it out so that my first few sips aren't entirely foam.

Flavor is entirely unique and intense. If you handed this to the unknowing beer drinker, they might not speak to you again. The first impresion is that it's mild and sweet but it soon shows it's funky side with a healthy dose of French yeast and barnyard musk. It's actually very nicely done and enjoyable. Balanced and sipable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. The huge head was most likely a result of my etched bottom glass.

Overall another impressive beer from Saint Sylvestre although I enjoyed their Grande Reserve better.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Des Moines Brewfest, a beer I'd wanted to try for some time. Pours a golden color with a good head. The aroma is pear and some fresh bread (baguette specifically) The beer is dry and has some apricot, some baguette, a mild toasty note, and a good bit of bitterness. Really very good, a classic.

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

Appearance: Golden, champagne-like bubbles, well-formed head, slight haze

Aroma: Spicy, woodsy, cloves. No farmhouse funk.

Flavor: Fruity, malty sweetness, apples. No hop spice. Moderate toastiness. Hard to describe woodsy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body yet dry finish, silky. Astringent finish.

Overall: Interesting flavors. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but still enjoyed it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear straw colour with a small, white head.

Lightly spicy, sweet malt aroma. Lots of sulphury skunk.

Spicy, lightly sweet and malty. Good fruitiness. Moderate bitterness. Nice.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

A decent beer. I'll forgive a touch of possible lightstrike and say that this is decent. Unfortunately, it lacks the real fruity maltiness of a Biere de Garde.

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

A clear, golden beer with a fading head and a moderate carbonation.

Smell of bottom fermenting yeast, combined with a light dextrinous maltiness, which reminds of honey and a little straw.

Taste is a typical bottom fermented beer. The beer is dominated by the malt, expecially pilsmalt, rounded of by a light dextrinous, doughy maltiness. Also some bready notes. The mouthfeel is dry and has a light bitterness. Not the typical biere de garde, but what is.

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

750 ml bottle 8,5% Abv

Appearance: 3 Monts pours a decent, virtually clear (the very finest yeast particles) shade of gold. The head, typically for a Belgian ale, is massive, has pretty good retention and leaves great lace. On the whole a very good looking golden ale.

Smell: Unfortunately the nose is a bit of a letdown as it is much weaker than expected. None the less the aroma that there is, is pretty decent. Golden apples, pears, white pepper and clove spiciness, some earthy notes and just a hint of grassy hops towards the end of the nose.

Taste: After the first sip I can tell that the taste is going to impress me more than the smell, notably due to it being less subdued. The taste kicks off with a fruitiness derived from apples and pears; this is quickly followed by a wonderful earthy hop flavour that carries through to a reasonably bitter and dry finish. As the beer warms a yeasty spiciness is also noted. Alcohol is not a major factor in the flavour of the beer but is well noted as warmth in the throat and stomach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly moderate level of smooth carbonation (perfect in my opinion).

Drinkability: Great, easy drinking beer, very refreshing. I will most certainly have this beer again.

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Photo of Long813
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: 18.11.11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear golden body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Notes of straw grains and yeast. Some spice and fruits. Very weak aroma.

T: Yeast note and straw with a nice malty backbone. Some type of spice and citrus fruit mixture too.

M: Light bodied and high in carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a malty finish. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, even at room temperature.

D: Pretty good beer, but I enjoyed the other one I've tried for them. The flavouring could be better, but as it is, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of muttyd
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden yellow. Crystal clear with a thin white head.

S - Almost like a hard cider - green apples, pears, some citrus, grassy hops.

T - Grainy, citrusy and bitter in the finish. Yeast / spicyness is minimal and the grainy malts pretty much dominate the flavor palate. Nothing too exciting, but still enjoyable.

M - Light body. Bubbly on the tongue. Leaves a grassy after taste.

D - Drinks like a 4% abv pilsner, not a 8.5% abv strong ale. Not something I would seek out again, but still drinkable.

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Photo of misinformed
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle with no date poured in to a Chimay chalice. The cork is secured by some kind of strange massive staple that I pried back with a pair of pliers.
A- Clear golden color with very active carbonation. Poured with a 2 finger head that settled down to just above a dusting. Small amounts of blobby lacing.

S- Yeast, alcohol, sort of a faint sour apple juice smell.

T- Similar to smell. Yeast and light grain. Cracker like at times. Bread and yeast finish. Faint apple/sour cider.

M- Light with good carbonation. Refreshing and slightly creamy.

D- The grain and sourness was a nice surprise in what was an otherwise boring beer. I would probably drink this over something like a pale ale, but otherwise not something I would revisit.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw-yellow color with a nice foamy white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light yeasty farmyard smell with a bit of grain.

Taste: Mild malty taste of grains with some yeast and a bit of fruit, particularly pear and apple. Similar aftertaste, but with a hint of caramel. Generally fairly crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; higher ABV hardly noticeable.

Milder cousin to the Special Ale/Grand Reserve of the same name. This is a bit weak in comparison, but this is a more refreshing beer, and could be an excellent introduction to these beers with the yeast funk.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Justin for the sample.

The nose is reminiscent of a good Pilsner: spicy, grassy, presumably noble, hops. The palate is toasted malt with a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops lend a crisp bite on the back end.

A simple, refreshing beer that fails to stand out from the pack.

I guess I need to try this again, I don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Failry pale gold in colour, quite clear on the first pour. Significant fluffy white head, about four fingers deep. Looks quite at home in a Duvel tulip.

Musty funky aroma, very earthy yeast smell. Also plenty of grain. It isn't the most inviting aroma altogether, but I believe that within the style it is relatively normal.

Earthy flavour dominates, with a crisp grain flavour filling in the rest. Some faint spices, likely coriander/cardamon. Hint of liquor, almost champagne like. Decent, not flooring me though.

Light champagne-like body. Quite pleasant mouthfeel that enhances the drinkability beyond what it would be considering the flavour.

Not a bad beer at all, I just expected something a little different.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's summer and a nice BdG sounds appealing. I picked this up at State Line on Sunday.

Brilliantly clear, this beer is orange yellow with a huge white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Beautiful stuff. The nose is interesting. Right off the bat, I get a solid herbal tea-like character, coupled with some dusty aromas, honey and a spice character that I'm having a hard time describing. Like a saison, but different. A little zing, some lemongrass and a little bay leaf too, perhaps? Even the spices are rather fresh and herbal (I guess that makes them herbs, but goddamn it, they sit in my spice cabinet). There's a faint grassy hop character present too, and the entire combination is challenging my nose quite a bit. Oh, it's good, though.

The palate opens with a beautiful, delicate, herbal character with a lemon and grassy, hay-like hops most prominent. Delicate and nuanced, there's a light pepper-like zing. Malt character is light but complex with a blend of crackers, a little honey, both of which work very well with the opening flavors. A little dried ginger, especially on the finish, this beer is crisp with a light fruit character - red apples and maybe some pears? The flavors on this beer are so delicate that the power of suggestion definitely has its way. The finish is gorgeous. Long, drying with a blend of spice and a light hop bitterness, this is beautifully balanced. A little alcohol appears too. Carbonation is high, making this light-bodied beer immensely refreshing and quenching. Fantastic stuff, I'm glad I can pick up more of this at my local Whole Foods!

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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 4000qtrap
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 750mL Bottle.

Smell: Wet straw field, pepper and a lemon-citrus note.

Taste: Fairly crisp and sweet up front with lemon, pear, and spice with intense almost notes - which is quite interesting and totally unexpected form the smell. Grains are light and strawlike throughout. In the middle the beer gets a little drier and the almond flavor becomes more nutty. Some smooth caramel and pepper spice. The finish is quite dry with noticeable alcohol and some residual almond, pear and spice (mostly pepper)

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay branded chalice.

A: Light and golden with a mellow head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet and piney. Nice overall hop with a dry, champagne like finish.

T: Sweet apple cider, slight fermentation and nice hoppiness.

M: Champagne-like with small bubbles.

D: Easy drinking, light and nice on the palate - probably the beers best attribute.

Overall average golden style strong ale that is quite overpriced for the quality if you ask me. Seemed like a wannabe Duvel. Not terrible though.

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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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