3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
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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 xylophonica
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe signature glass from a 75cl bottle.

A - Very pale golden colour. Minimal head to begin with, but lacing develops to leave a nice but not particularly complex patina. 2nd pour garnered about a finger of head.

S - Slightly sweet smell, wheat and light oak. Also some vanilla verging on sweet berries.

T - Taste is fairly well mirrored by the smell. Small head provides some creaminess and then it's fields of wheat (would probably go well with cheese). The slight berry hits you as an aftertaste. Alcohol content is noticeable.

M - Slight carbonation buzz offset by the creamy head.

D - Interesting beer with some appealing flavours. Smell and taste work together to form a lovely unison. Relatively smooth so could be drunk all day - if you can be bothered getting the metal clasp off the cork!

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Photo of atigerlife
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver.

Pours golden, clear, with small bubbles rising. Large white head.

Aroma of hay, farm, honey, peach and slightly peppery.

Taste is clean, crisp, refreshing. Peach with some light hops. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Delicious. Highly recommend this one. Goes nicely with food.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An amazingly clear, dark yellow liquid with a thick and frothy white head that has some pretty good retention.

S- Sour fruits- most notably green apples- and some funk. Smells like it could be sour.

T- Fruit, white bread, alcohol, and an odd sourness that is not as appealing as I was expecting. Sweet. Somethings about this beer don't meld all that well.

M- Slightly astringent but the sweet/dry balance is nice.

D- I wanted to like this, but in the end I was not impressed. Slightly sweet, boozy, and slightly astringent.

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Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has an unusual metal clip holding the cork. Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden body that is topped by a large and billowy vanilla head. Good retention and lots of clumpy lacing.

Pastoral aroma has some perfumey florals, herbal hops, sweet honeydew, green apple peels, a hint of coriander, and freshly cracked white pepper.

Medium body has a spritzy carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste opens with dry herbal hops and an array of light spices. White pepper and corisnder are obvious. There is a nice subtle fruity sweetness like kiwis or not fully ripe strawberries. Grassy and earthy hops impart a pleasant musty outdoorsy character. Drys out nicely toward the finish and leaves a dry herbal hops aftertaste.

Very good for the style, the kind of beer that makes me bolt outside and enjoy the meadow and hug sheep.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling golden colour with a firm white head which leaves excellent lacing.

S: Rustic, earthy hop nose.

T: Some minor sweet malt initially. But it dries out fast with major amounts of sage, herbs and almost a Brett flavour. Very drying, raw earthy, hay-like hop character.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, overcarbonated initially though.

D: A really good and tasty biere de garde. I've been wanting to try this for the longest time. I'm glad some bottles finally showed up in the Southland.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. On the back label, it was specified that the beer was expired. I tasted it on February 28th 2010. The expiry date was April 4th 2009. Almost a year. I had to try it though.

A : Golden color, great head, stays on and leaves big traces on the glass. There is also a lot of carbonation.

S : Yeast, nuts, some fruits and some alcohol on a final note.

T : tasted kind of sweet. There is a little acidity, reminds me of apple.

M : Enjoyable, a lot of bubbles

D : Easy to drink but the alcohol tends to stop the beat a little.

Overall, I am surprised by the quality of this beer, even if this one expired almost a year ago. I saw another one on the shelves without any expiration date so I think this mention is not really useful.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown bottle. 90th anniversary label.

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a thick and dense white head.

Bready malt aroma with some floral notes.

Starts off with sweet,grainy malt and honey and apple notes. Hops pick up quickly and are grassy and floral. Alcohol contributes some heat and there's a strong, slightly peppery, lingering bitterness. Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

Great beer with tons of character.

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

Out of a generously provided bottle from a friend this beer was a clear golden color with a towering head of foam that both retained well and laced nicely as it slowly gave way. An impressive looking brew! The aroma was exotic and enjoyable. Sour apples, Belgian-style yeast funk, candy sugar, fruit and floral notes and a healthy dose of spices. Multi-faceted and impressive. The flavors were similar to a Belgian beer without so much emphasis on the yeast. Tart apples, lemon zest, sugary-sweetness, pepper, herbal and grassy notes and a light mustiness. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation lively. Though this higher carbonation reduced how quaffable the beer was it was still very refreshing and summery.

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

A - Hazy light brown to golden color. Big, pillowy white head.

S - Fruity (apple, pear, subtle lemon) and spiced (clove, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon). There is slight grassy scent, and light sweet smell.

T - Slight malt base with lots of fruity and spiced flavors resembling the smell. There is also a touch of honey. These are slightly sweet but more musty/rustic and slightly tangy. Alcohol is present but far from strong, but definitely warming.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp, and slightly sticky. Dry finish. Decent carbonation

D - Not bad, but it's a little dry and the sweetness and spice along with the stickiness makes it a little difficult to have multiple ones.

Notes: Makes me think of a rustic France fruit orchard/farm. Interesting mix of flavors. Had a 750 ml so I reduced some down to make a sauce that was a really nice light, fruity, and spiced tasting sauce.

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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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork and clipped 0.75 litre brown bottle, best before 29th Oct 2010, drank early Jan 2010.

Very pale blonde/lager colour with a snow white close small bubbled head. Good lacing was left as the beer sank down the glass.

The aroma was a mix of dirty dish cloths, hops, yeast, leather satchels and stale lager.

The beer was refreshing and palate cleansing, mildly hoppy at first and then turning a little bitter.

It appeared to be like a round bodied lager based beer, which isn't what it should. Having said that I quite enjoyed the beer!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the palest yellow with a loose fizzy bone white head that fades fast - looks almost like champagne. Nose is green apples and fresh hay, with some barn and deep malt sweetness way in the back. Ripe pear and clover honey up front, a Belgian yeast hit and some chardonnay tartness in the middle, with light spicy hops to finish. Very lively and light bodied, crisp and dry. Slight winey ABV sting.

First time with the style + not what I expected - very summery and drinkable, but wouldn't mind more malt and less burn. A bit too much like wine for beer.

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

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 9,4 oz. bottle that I purchased for $7.09 from Reider's Market in Painesville a few months ago into my Fat Head's Brewery 0.5 L rastal pint glass. On front label: Flanders Golden Ale Written on cork: Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre 11-18 APL. On the back label is stamped: ORDER 3042-8.

A First, significant sediment observed in the bottom of the bottle before I even poured anything. Next, the head is just magnificent, bountiful and flowing well over the top of the pint glass upon my vigorous pour. This one is a gusher folks. The head is a meringue like egg white fluff that sticks around for 3 to 5 minutes before finally dissipating down to one inch. First few pours showed little to no sediment in a nearly clear, straw yellow body. 4.0

S A pilsener like grain smell with some yeast, this is a good smelling beer. There is a bit of citrusy sweetness also to the nose. 3.5

T The pilsener smell carries right over into the taste but this is sweeter, more citrusy than a german pilsener. I think that what I am perceiving in terms of the Pils is the barley malt. Anyway, this beer is nice and enjoyable in that the light citrus and sweetness and grain tastes conspire together to make a delicious beer on the light side. Everything just works with the taste but it does lack complexity. 4.0

M Light overall but high carbonation has this beer dancing across your tongue in a light, citrusy dance. 4.0

D I finished off the bottle within 10 minutes and did so faster than I thought that I might. 4.5

Notes: A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, nice head and lacing. golden color,looks good.

nose is somewhat musty and estery,bit of pear. bit of alcohol.

taste has some musty type funk in the forefront, bit of spice profile from the yeast. finishes dry and slightly tart.light on the palate. mouthfeel is light and spritzy, this is an easy to drink beer despite the high abv.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Monts pours a clear straw yellow color with a big, rocky white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind sheets and nets of lace on the sides of the glass. Inside, a storm of bubbles flows up to the surface. It reminds me of a snowstorm.

The aroma has notes of lemon zest, clove, honey and a hint of pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer gives an effervescent fizz on the palate. The flavor begins with light fruit notes of apple and lemon. Mixed in is a honey sweetness with a touch of clove and pepper. It finishes tart with a mild floral hop bitterness at the end. Once gone lemon and clove flavors linger on the palate.

Overall this is a quite drinkable beer for 8.5% abv. It's well balanced and complex. None of the flavors dominate and they all blend nicely together.

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Photo of malmquna
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We can find 750ml bottles of this on the cheap at most large suburban grocery stores here in France. This was one of those bottles.

Pours golden yellow to produce a fine white head that leaves some lace down the glass. Aroma is sweet with hints of straw. Floral notes bordering on meadowy cover a very light malt contribution to the flavor. Hops are virtually nonexistent. Residual sweetness turns into a bitter finish, with an overall boozy (~8% ABV) beginnng and end. This one smacks you a bit.

Trois Monts is a beer to be taken cautiously. It is quite drinkable, but the overall high gravity contributes to a body that is, fortunately, self limiting. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of EvilPumpkin
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light hay color with visible carbonation and decent head retention and lacing.

S: Sour fruit mixed with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: Stronger with the sweetness and weaker with the tartness than in the smell. Not nearly as tart as I would have liked. As it warmed up a bit the tartness was more evident but still not as strong as desired.

M: A nice mouthfeel that is strongly carbonated

D: Good but not quite what I was expecting. The sweet and tart combination worked much better in the nose than in the taste. A stronger tart with a back up sweetness would have been more enjoyable, in my opinion.

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Photo of DawnL
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden hue with lovely head that disspiates to fine lace.

Lactic acid, milky-sake like nose - some wheat characters

Graphite on the palate. Almost German Pilsner-like. It's drinkable, but not the favorite of the night. Hacker-Schorr-esque - a bit of a urea thing going on as it warms. More banana and clove character evident - German Lager now. Not sour. Not sweet. very dry beer.

This would pair well with chicken shwarma.

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Photo of thekanna
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, radiant blond ale with a mile of white head that takes a long time to settle.

S: Honey sweetness with tropical fruits (pineapples?) and a slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Complex! Honey is ever-present, with some sweet citrus notes, a slight biscuit taste, and juicy pears. Powerful floral tastes are also present. A peppery spiciness then his along with a strong alcoholic boozy-ness, like vodka-soaked pineapples.

M: Small, effervescent bubbles really provide a champagne-like character.

D: Very good for sipping to admire the complexities.

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Photo of bobsy
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

3 Monts pours a clear and radiant gold with a bubbly white head that shows good retention and lace. Strong carbonation is evident, and clearly a factor in the nice retention exhibited here. The nose has some good things going on, and it presents a wonderfully fragrant bouquet of tropical fruit, pale malt and earth. Digging a bit deeper, the hops become apparent, and bring a slightly spicy grassiness to proceedings.

My initial impression upon tasting is that this is slightly boozy, but the guidelines tell me that this is to style, so I can appreciate a bit of heat in this. In fact, I quite like it because its complimented by a peppery finish and a nice hop bite. The middle has a lot of citrus, and a good freshness is provided by a zesty lemon flavour and the fruit flavour continues with a touch of melon. Again I detect some earth / mineral notes going on. The body is medium-light, with a dry finish and a warming sensation in the throat and stomach.

This was my first biere de garde, and a fairly pleasurable initial experience. The flavours aren't exactly down my alley, but it seemed well done. Thanks to Shawn for the bottle which has been stored in Derek's fridge for a month or two.

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Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Blond with a good white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) and rind, slight earthyness.

T: Citrus rind, tropical fruit, spice, a little earthy, modest bitterness, a little boozy.

M: Slight residual sweetness with a drying alcohol finish.

D: Its got character, but it's a little boozy.

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Photo of dino213aa
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy and golden, with sparse lacing.

S: Fermented barley aromas with some vague wine fruity notes.

T&M: Bold but gloriously barley-like. This brew is bready and fulfilling while being light on the palette.

D: Overall this one goes down pretty easy. Although not terribly complex, it basks in sunny summer simplicity. A very commendable showing for a flanders golden.

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Photo of juju7
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite an effort to get open but got there in the end. Pours a bright gold with a towering, fluffy head that died pretty quickly unfortunately and didn't lace a great deal either. Some champagne like bubbles power away at first but subside after a minute or two.
Nose is quite yeasty, earthy and even a touch buttery. Some spice and pear in the background. A nice aroma but not jumping out of the glass as much as I hoped. Comes together beautifully on the palate. The yeast and phenols are persistent. The cloves and spice also hold up their end well. The alcohol hangs around at the end a little too much.
A beer to be had at least once.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a 750 bottle and poured into my Belle-Vue Kriek glass.

A--very clean pouring, excellent golden yellow (straw). Head was thick and lasted a minute until dying off slowly, good carbonation.
S-- a little sweet, and get a straw smell as well. Smells on the dry side.
T-- Clean, very little bitterness, on the dry side as well, very little alchohol taste for the ABV. 8.5%
M-- lively in the mouth but dissipates quickly after swallowing. Get that dry feeling in my mouth and on the back of my tongue. Not as complex as Belgian beers.
D-- one is enough. I like it but not something I would want a lot of. This 750 is more than enough. The ABV does not catch up on you quickly. A total savory beer. I had hoped this would be more complex than what it is. I get a lot of straw taste and the dryness from it.
Just is missing something that keeps me from going I want more. Have always read good things about it but will have to give this another chance eventually.

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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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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 74.6% out of 100 with 496 ratings
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