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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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

Very light amber coloured fluid with a big bubbly head (poured into a tulip glass). Head had good retention and good lacing.

Smell was pretty full on but maybe a little too full on to me. Another of those champagney smelling beers to me. That tart sweet grape fruitiness but with added pleasing malt and yeast back notes. The alcohol and wine smells overdominated the malt and yeasts to my specific tastes though.

Taste was again dominated by wine like fruitiness with lots of clove and phenols. Initial alcoholic bite which fades fast to leave a smooth malt backbone which is more noticeable on the tongue than on the nose.

Overall I'd say it has a light mouthfeel which suits this beer. High carbonation which might contribute to this lightness but that malt backbone also adds a certain smoothness. After the initial hit I'd say the alcohol is very well hidden.

I can see how this beer could be perfect in the right environment. It's a relatively high abv but its so easy drinking, I'd think it'd make a great replacement to a summer wine. Very tart and fruity but balanced by malt so it's not overpowering. Light and carbonated. Not really what I look for in a beer but it works. Bit overpriced here because of its boutique factor so probably won't really go out of my way for it often but it was an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 75cl Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance is a golden honey amber with a thick head that rolls away to clingy lacing.

The aroma is huge an complex. Wine like aromatic and fruit notes is a quick way to take in a majority of what is on offer. Dry yeast characteristics take a little edge of the fruit notes and I think this is what throws so many off and what leads to this beer carrying such a confusing aroma.

Just like the nose the taste palate is melting pot of flavors. Chewy caramel, pear and banana skins and practically and entire barnyard full of agricultural tastes like fresh, dried and baked wheats.

In the mouth and across the tongue the flavor starts off huge and holds the note like a slow Eric Clapton or Led Zep jam. When it dries off the alcohol dominates the finish yet the flavor is still available to savor.

This French beer is close enough to Belgium in taste and geographical location yet it has its very own unique properties. Great beer and one I'm always amazed to see omitted from top 10, 20 or whatever beer lists.

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Photo of bellebouche
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle with entertaining wire grip, necessary to use a corkscrew to open. Shared with my wife into two schooner glasses, served @ 10 C

A: light, grassy, shining and clear. Immense frothy head that meant a careful pour was necessary. Very fine bubbles - reminscent of a champagne

S: Fresh green hop acid aroma, backed by granny smith apple bouquet

T: Bone bone dry, lightly astringent hop bitterness

M: mouth filling mousse, again carrying on the champagne feel of this beer.

D: A sipper only, alcohol evident and the mouth expanding mouse meant you couldn't quaff in any quantity.

I'd not drink this regularly but as an experience it was quite something. I'm more likely to buy again to share a tasting session with another person. We had this with a meal and it was a poor choice for accompanying food (Tarragon Butter stuffed Roast chicken) - much better in isolation I'd say.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light golden color with a bright white head that was pretty substantial.

S: Dry yeast character up front with a hint of wheat and light fruit. Almost gives the impression of freshly picked green apples. Light bread notes as well.

T: Sweet and apple-like in the taste initially. Might be described as "juicy," if not for the dry yeast to add some balance. Barely noticeable bitterness. Nicely blended.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Mouth-wateringly sweet at first, leading to a bready middle and dry finish. Very nicely done.

D: Glad I decided to sample this on a hot night. Great drinking for the warmer months.

Subtle and sublime. A superb beer from start to finish. I would not buy this regularly, but it makes for an excellent change of pace. Quite rustic and charming. Give this a try.

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Photo of Kensai
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a wine-size (750ml) bottle of this relatively rare beer.

Although it falls under the wonderful Bière de Garde style I can't say I fell in love with it as with its sister, the "Gavroche", from the same Brasserie. If you have the chance try THAT one.

Before opening it I noticed the various particles (yeast?) swimming in the big bottle. Poured it in my large pint glass. Color is golden, looks more like a typical lager, foam is rich but seems to disappear pretty quickly.

Smell is lightly acidic, hoppy and nutty... surely pleasing! I can't say I was impressed by any other special characteristic.

Taste and mouthfeel: yummy! I like so much this style of beers. The alcoholic aftertaste is strong though. Attention not to lose the number of glasses you have, especially if you open such a big bottle alone.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a cork mashed down by a metal band into a stemless red wine glass.

A - Beautiful golden body that is just slightly hazy with pretty heavy carbonation rushing upwards. Big sticky white head that stays a real long time and leaves some of the most beautiful lacing I've ever seen.

S - Someone mentioned this earlier, and I want to steal it. It just has that "good beer" smell. Pale malts with lemon grass and green grapes. Not much alcohol present in the nose, even after it warms a bit.

T&M - Nice crisp taste and mouthfeel. Bubbles are slightly drying but still allows for thirst-quenching. Such a clean taste of lemon grass and wheat mixed. Pale malts for sure and just the slightest alcohol presence as the beer really warms. Great funky flavors that are sweet yet slightly bitter at times.

D - So refreshing and enjoyable. This would be a summer drink that I would absolutely crave. I'll take this instead of champaign or most white wines any day. Incredibly balanced and unique. Closest resemblance would be Orval or maybe Saison Dupont, just more of that lemon grass funk.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a big foamy white head. Light fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear, white grape, spice and alcohol. Carbonated and slightly spicy with light fruit notes and a strong alcohol presence. Apple, pear, grape, pepper alcohol warmth with a slightly dry finish.

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

Poured from a corked bottle, note to anyone who purchases, beware of the metal clip, a pair of needle nose pliers pulls this off safely.

A: Golden, very light. A slight hint of cloudiness to it, like a hint of wheat somewhere in the brew.

S: Light hop aroma, an honest to goodness good beer "smell".

T: Malt with a touch of pleasant yeastiness. An overall unique taste to it. It finishes with some light plum, spice and a touch of hops.

M: Good mouthfeel, slight tingle to the tongue at the conclusion of the beer.

D: Good drinkability, the alcohol is noticable during the second glass but all in all a very good golden flanders.

I would love to try this one before it had to spend two months on a boat...

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

Very standard lagery appearance, only with a huge foamy head that thins out, creating a bit of lacing. Mostly just plain amber colour with light carbonation.

Somewhat underwhelming nose too. Light floral hoppiness with fair amber malt characters, standard but not boring nose. It's got character, just no really unique features leaping at me.

Thick, syrupy malt flavour on the tongue progresses to a long hoppy palate with a lot of flavour. It's rich and strong with hints of coriander, soil and citrus characters. Slightly stinging mouthfeel and intense flavour makes it respectable but it's not all that complex, just strong and long, like my penis.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pour from a 750 mL bottle gives a big fluffy head, slowly falls to a persistent layer fed by a constant flow of bubbles with moderate lacing, the beer itself is a lightly hazy golden color

s: pale malts with a softly sulfuric noble hop aroma, noticeably pilsner like in it's clean pale malts and spicy, herbal hops but with an added leafy, rustic touch, great balance

m: lively carbonation in the medium-high range, light-medium body

t: comparable to the aroma, pale malt body and big, highly herbal hop flavor, a touch mineral after the swallow, light bitterness

d: a nice beer, easily drinkable given the relatively high abv

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

Pours a clear gold (careful with the sediment). Visible carbonation, Could mistake it for champagne if it wasn't for the substantial head, big and marshmallowy. Great lacings, completely cover my wine glass.

Very dry cider aroma, slightly musty. Hint of a barnyard smell behind, wet hay. Lots of grain.

The taste is ocmpletely coloured by the carbonation. The bubbles roll out the flavours pretty quickly and it's difficult to nail everything down. Raw barley jumps out first, complemented by grassy hops. Light apples, slightly vegetal. Dusty yeast. Slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Strong alcohol.

High carbonation, but not fizzy.

Drinkable for the abv. Right on style.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a good yeasty and bread like aroma it was very complex with lots of earthy grain and grass tones. It was very crisp. The taste is about the same but a little bitterer. There is a great use of hops. It is a very refreshing beer with an almost medium body and moderate bite. Brilliant body clean yellow body with the right amount of head and lace.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber corked bottle on 08/22/2005.

Poured clear golden color with a large white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Full sweet hop and malt aroma.

Medium to full body.

Complex sweet flavor with a moderate bitter finish and small alcohol bite.

I will try more in this style.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is grainy, and yeasty with some hops. The appearance is yellow gold with a foamy head. The flavor is decent and like the aroma with somewhat of a sharp taste. The palate is smooth but not that thick. The beer is pretty good overall but lacks anything special that stands out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having the Oro De Calabaza, my interest was sparked with this style, so I wanted to go with an authentic example. Pours an interesting clear straw color, with 2 fingers worth of fizzy white heading. Lots of carbonation appears to be in this beer as evidenced by the many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. From smell I get lots of grain and hay, a bit of funky barnyard...yeah that is about it as far as smell is concerned. Very complex flavor, minerally, spicy yet sweet, more essences of funk and bright grain tastes. Mouthfeel is light, and as expected, very carbonated, almost like sipping on funky champaign. Leaves an interesting numb feeling on the teeth as well, which I suspect is the strength of the beer talking. Drinking a glass or two of this is no problem in my book. I can see how some might consider this to be a cousin to Saison in that they share some of the same complexities and farmhouse connotations. 3 Monts is a winner for me, paired nicely with some sea salted pita chips and hummus. Cheers

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Photo of hopdog
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a hazy yellow with a huge sized white head. Aromas where spicy, citrus, and somewhat fruity. Tastes where the same spiciness, lemony, and fruity. Tastes on the sweet side. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.

Notes and tasted on 5/31/04.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant and bright gold with a two finger cap of fluffy white foam that resembles snow covered hills as it slides slowly to a paper thin covering. The nose is slightly sweet and grainy with floral grassy notes,like I just opened the window on a early spring morning,wow this is nice. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive when I purchased this,because my last experience with a Flanders Red was not so enjoyable. I will never let my naivety rule my beer purchasing again,I made a wise decision picking up the 3 Monts! I will try a Flanders Red again,but for now I think Biere de Garde is the top dogg. Upfront it's a bit spicy and complex with light fruits(pear and white grape) and graininess that is earthy and seemingly aged to perfection. Subtle alcohol warms the belly and drys the pallet. The carbonation is something I have never experienced,it's very soothing and soft,a nice contrast to the peppery flavors that bite the tongue. This is one classy azz beer,I feel like I'm drinking something fit for a King.

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Photo of WHROO
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml & corked.
Poured a lighter straw colour with a 1 finger head that held for a while...& was carbonated.
Aroma had some pear, hops & a little egg...this reminded me more of a classic lager in smell.
& same for the taste, I was expecting a real ale flovour but it did come through as a lager (beautiful one at that though)...with only a little hoppy bitterness but did finish dry.
Some spicey sweetness (peppers) in the flavour & mouthfeel.
This felt lighter than an 8.5ABV & it did appeal tremendously as a world class session drink (if one can afford & stay upright)

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

750ml corked, plastic sealed and with a metal strap holding in pressure, you'll definitely need a corkscrew for this one.

Pours a pale golden yellow color, no sediment, slight haze and a big frothy pure white head with some rising carbonation. Classic artisinal farmhouse nose, slightly grassy and hay-like, with a limey bitterness quality about it smoothed out by a layer of biscuits and spicy yeast. Pale malts really do an excellent job of balancing the dry, grassy hop character. Medium bodied with very bright carbonation. Quality beer.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a little bit of a pain to open. It required a pair of pliers and a corkscrew for me.

Pours from a bottle to a tulip.

A - Light straw, golden in color with a fluffy and tall, white head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S - At first this beer hardly smelled at all but after it warmed up a little it smelled pretty nice. It has a sweet alcohol smell and a little bit of a saison thing going on. A little bit fruity as well.

T - A little spicy at first and fruity with a little bit of bitterness at the very end.

M - Medium bodied and fairly carbonated. Pretty dry.

D - Highly drinkable to be a 8.5 abv brew.

This beer changes a lot after it warms up a little bit. Apparently my fridge was far to cold for this beer.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: A great looking beer. A golden blond hue that pours with a thick white head. Visibly effervescence. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong toasty sweet aroma that has a pils like grain character except significantly more pronounced. Some floral hop aroma provides balance to all this toastiness.

T: This is a very delicately balanced beer. Prominent toasted malt is the primary flavor characteristic here. The balance to the malt flavor is balanced by a very subtle musty horse blanket flavor - very nice. Also some floral hop character.

MF: Medium body with high carbonation that adds to mouthfeel.

D, notes: This is a good beer that is very sessionable. I liked the subtle funk as a balancing point.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FYI: an unconventional cage & cork configuration; needed a corkscrew to open it.

A - Light gold with vigorous carbonation giving life to a white, cloudy head that eventually subsides with a touch of lacing.

S - Honey and some of that barnyard aroma, which I enjoy.

T/M - Pear, mineral, green apple and a touch of sourness and hops; complex. The carbonation is still very much alive 25-minutes after opening which is a bit more than I prefer - more than a Duvel, for example. Tingles the palate.

D - Yup. This is ideal warm weather ale to swirl down. Probably food friendly, too. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A decent beer, but the head is way to vigours. It filled my glass up with thick white foam. Otherwise, a nice light amber colour.

Slightly sweet, mildly alcoholic scent with traces of bread, spice and hops. Tangy, spicy flavour with a good malt profile. A little bit low on the hops. Alright carbonation, not to overpowering. Nice to drink, but fairly strong...the alcohol is reasonably noticeable and this hampers the drinkability quite a bit.

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Photo of daryk77
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml caged bottle, no date indicating when it was brewed.

Appearance: Deep golden color, very clear with minimal lacing. About a half inch to an inch of head stays for a minute then dissipates to 1/8 inch that clings to the sides.

Smell: Fruity esters are present but not overwhelming. Can also notice some alcohol smell and a slight hint of spiciness from the hops. Overall, smells like a biere de garde though not too earthy.

Taste: Very smooth, carbonation is present like most Belgain beers. Not very bready, more spicy through the combination of hops and alcohol, but not overbearing, well balanced. Ends with a bit a of bitter/ alcohol tang that I find enjoyable. Does not linger too long in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Great body, this must be where the malt comes in though not super present in the taste. Contributes greatly to the mouthfeel, balances very well with the carbonation.

Drinkability: definitely high up there. Could easily drink several 750ml's in a sitting. Though the alcohol is present in the taste it is very enjoyable and adds to the overall taste/mouthfeel. This one is balanced just right making a great choice.

oh by the way, this is a great value at $5.00 for a 750ml bottle, can't beat the price vs. quality, would gladly pay $8 to $9 for a 750ml.

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