3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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495 Ratings
3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
brasserie-st-sylvestre.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
286
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of TheSarge
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this brew in France as a two bottle set, which came with two tulip glasses.

I poured this into one of the supplied glasses and a brilliant white head, about three inches thick was produced. The body is gold and slightly hazy.

Aromas are very lager-like. Something in the way of freshly bailed straw and metallic hops aroma. The aroma is overall easily perceptible.

The brew itself is a bit on the complex side. I detect white wine like sourness, but not overwhelming. There is also subtle sweetness of maybe watermelon/bubble gum. Finally, there is a slight cooked vegetable flavor here too. I had to get some gouda cheese to pair with this brew, it is great!

This feels smooth once you get past the carbonation. There is a bitter kick in the end, as well as a slight alcoholic kick.

This is about as smooth as a lager can be. Even with the high ABV, this can be enjoyed on a nice warm summer day.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of 3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale. A darker golden color with a big white head that left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is herbal and earthy, bready, slightly musky, and also clove. Smooth and round with a medium body. Malt up front followed by an influence of hops. Dry with a mineral twang. Spicy, earthy and sweet malt characteristics all meld together to produce a complex flavor profile. The finish is pepper hops and alcohol leaving a pleasant warmness. Definitely worth seeking if you haven't had the pleasure.

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Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have found a new favorite Biere de Garde, for sure!

Appearance: yellow with a white head. When I say yellow, I mean Miller-Lite-yellow. Mountain Dew yellow. Chamomile beer, really.

Aroma: Grass, hay, yeast (Flemish yeast! ahhhh), hops. Wonderful without overpowering

Taste: Spring water, clover, hay, candi sugar-sweetness, pears, boxwoods. Delectably intoxicating to the tastebuds.

Palate: Spritzy with a sour finish, leaving you craving for more.

Overall: A truly excellent craft farmhouse ale. I've about decided to stop trying American craft "Farmhouse ales" because they simply can't compete with the real thing (exception: Hennepin and anything out of Quebec). This would be amazing with French cooking -- rabbit, quail, coq au vin, anything you'd serve with Champagne. I can't wait to buy a case and stick it in my cellar!

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

Nearly bought a Brooklyn 1 tonight but, being ~220 miles from Brooklyn and ~3000 miles from France, I figured I'd have more opportunities to try the Brooklyn than the French zymurgological product.

No date on bottle. Strange piece of metal smushing the cork onto the bottle. That cork wasn't getting out of there without help.

Clean, crisp, alcoholic nose. I could mistake it for a pilsner. Thick, semi-persistent head. Goes from two fingers to a quarter inch quickly but then keeps a nice white layer on top of the brew.

In the mouth: biscuits and a little banana. Hints of a weise bier. That pilsner-like quality comes through in the taste but it's not a hoppy beer. Some sweetness, which I was craving and so happy to taste. Nice amount of carbonation.

This beer gets my enthusiastic approval. I will seek it out.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had cork held in place with a piece of metal that's not swing-top (odd, that), wrapped in yellow paper, poured into tulip glass:

Pours golden with a two-finger white foamy/ pillowy head that descends very slowly to half the original size. After sipping, it falls to a thin, lasting cover. Patches of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of sour/vinegar soon replaced by sweet grain and a grassy undertone. A whiff of fruity alcohol passes. by.

The taste is of sweet grain, a bit musty. There's an herbal/grassy bitterish twang. Alcohol is there, but in a fruity way. As it progresses, a honey sweetness dominates and an apple, melon, orange peel fruitiness mixes in. There are some sourish notes, but under the sweetness. A touch of bitter mixes in in the sweetish finish. Very complex, and changes with each sip.

The feel is champagne-like, yet not too fizzy or bubbly.

Changing complexities make this one a very interesting brew. Despite a touch of alcohol coming through, there is a honey sweet smoothness (without approaching cloying) and an intriguing taste that keeps this one moving along. Easy to drink despite abv and complexities.

It brought to mind a variety of possible food pairings. I'll have to get a few bottles more of this to try with different combinations at a food and beer experiment with my friends. By chance, I had the second half with kielbasa and pierogies for dinner, and it went very well together (though I could think of other good possibilities as well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Flavor has a sweet tang to it. This immediately reminds me of the Obolon Krepkoe. Grain attributes and a sweet tone. And high alcohol as well. It's smooth for the most part with just a wee bit of bite on it. Feel is nice. Very drinkable, yes. But this reminds me of so many other beers I have had. It doesn't really stand out. And who is the moron who did the whole cork thing with the metal bar? Really. Dumb.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, i think this is my first french beer, while they did cave in to the nazis, i suppose i can forget about that for just a bit while i review this beer. btw i thought i told the bros to update so we can see what countries we've had beers from. ANYWAY... has a beautiful color to it, a VERY busy beer, lots of carbonation, a big white head is also prominent. smell alot like your belgian sparkling ales and such. taste is very very good, its a smooth drinking beer that dances in the mouth from the carbonation.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured two fingers of frothy white head with good retention. Golden peachy in colour with good clarity.

Smell - 4.0
Persistent but not overpowering alcohol, sweet pale biscuity malt, subtle pear, fruity, yeasty smells and a bit of spice.

Taste - 4.0
Not exactly bursting with flavour, plenty of alcohol warmth, quite spicy. Slight hop presence in the dry finish, aftertaste is bitter and clean.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Lovely champagne-like carbonation, fine but lively. Quite light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
I would never want more than one glass of this at a time, but I would definitely buy it again.

OVERALL - 4.1
The champagne of the beer world! Not in the sense that it is the best, I have certainly had better beers, but I could definitely see this as a good substitute for champers. May not appeal to lovers of dark, rich beers, but is undoubtedly classy, clean and very good. I found this 750mL bottle for $15, but it can be seen for over $22 in some bottle shops, so be sure you don't get ripped off!

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Photo of smitty2717
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer was unavailable for a while. Had a distirbution problem? Seems to be somewhat flat and lacking some flavor. I remember there being some floaties, or it being unfermented. Does anybody know if they changed the recipe? If so, I was unimpressed!!!!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville for $7.99...
Recently seen this beer starting to be available in NJ markets, so I decided to give this one a shot...
After a steady pour, the result is a sunny, golden-colored, amber hue with extreme rising carbonation, but with a minimal head that left no lacing at all...
Very sweet, honey aroma with candied sugars and yeast apparent both in the nose and mouth...
Taste strongly complements the aroma, with a strong suggestion of honey and candied sugars and yeast... Flavorful ripe fruits and fresh florals dominate this one... Sugars are the order of the day, very sweet without being too overbearing or cloying...
Slight vanilla also apparent... Sweet mouthfeel, clean and rich with a good level of drinkability, the 8.5% ABV level of alcohol isn't too noticeable...
Not bad - recommended...

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of, if not the strangest corking methods that I have ever seen. Brown 750ml bottle with a cork 3/4 inserted, then strap a strip of metal over the top.

Pours out a beautiful golden yellow with a small head. Tons of streams of bubbles work their way up. Smell is big and yeasty with hints of malt and nuts. Some chalky lemon as well.

Taste is very lively in the mouth. Taste starts out mild and well balanced then sort of explodes. Lemon cake and yeast are there. As well as some honey and wax. The ending is all grass and metallic hoppy notes. Ending goes at least 15 - 20 seconds. Very complex overall and one that I am impressed with. So light on it's feet but packed with tons of flavors.

I realize this beer has been around for some time but I am more and more impressed with French beers lately. A true pleasure and well priced at $7.

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Photo of weeare138
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent, light gold with vivacious co2 rising up towards the small, white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is skunky, earthy weeds, honey, apricot, golden raisins, and sunflowers.
Taste is of the same aromas with some funky skunk and dandelion with sweet honey up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, funky, earthy, with a mineral and spice finish.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gold and slightly cloudy, 1 finger of head in a goblet.

Smell - Sweet, grainy, and a bit fruity.

Taste - A little bit sweet and spicy. The alcohol is quite evident due to the lack of a strong taste.

Mouthfeel - A bit too sticky, but otherwise good.

Drinkability - A bit challenging.

Overall - I felt a bit disappointed by this, my first Biere de Garde. Quite interesting, but nothing too special.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very unusual corking method - watch out!

golden straw that's only mildly hazy, despite the sediment rising up in the bottle with only a few tilts. strangely the flakes of yeast we saw in the bottle dissolved during the pour. decent head that gradually fades to thin layer, some lacing.

fruity, spicy aroma with notes of yeast and noble hops. almost herbal, with some apple. maybe some must.

on the tongue, the fruitiness is not quite apple, not quite pear, not quite peach, and not exactly a blend of those either. there is some butterscotch if you look for it (i had no problem with it, but according to the category description here, there shouldn't be any diacetyl). bitterness peaks up front and is mild throughout, barely lingering into the aftertaste, which is fruity and even a little malty.

prettly smooth, with an active carbonation that lifts things away pretty quickly.

not too shabby. would drink again.

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Photo of AlexF
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format de 750 ml, avec un bouchon ayant nécessité un ouvre-bouteille de vin...

Bonne carbonatation avec un "lacing" intense. Couleur dorée pâle.

Nez complexe, mais pas particulièrement plaisant. Forts arômes de houblon ainsi qu'une touche métallique oxydée.

En bouche, la 3 Monts est réservée mais très agréable. Elle offre un goût complexe mélangeant terre, amertume et une pointe de sucré.

C'est une bière moelleuse qui accompagnerait à merveille un repas.

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Photo of Lukie
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing looking beer. Pours golden with the carbonation continuing up the glass into a beautiful 1 inch high fluffy head that sits like crystal atop the glass.

Fresh grass, beautiful lemon citrus from the hops. Touch of alcohol comes through in the back of the aroma.

Lot's of spice with an earthy quality. Grassy taste with some cloves and cinammon. The back of the palate is quite bready with the yeast qualities.

Moderate body, with lively active carbonation, which tingles down your throat with each mouthful. It is so incredibly refreshing on a hot day, and is easy to drink. I could get through a couple of bottles of this with ease.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful clear rich golden colour, with a great big head of frosty solid foam. Fine carbonation around the edges. A beautiful looking beer, very regal and aristocratic.

Rather musty, almost metallic coppery nose. Light bread yeast overtones, but the mustiness, which takes on nuances of organic or grainy characters, wins out.

Malt and yeast on the palate, almost overpowering, before there's more grainy characters. Earthy malt and a noticeable wash of alcohol heat. There's a slightly metallic, solvent-like quality coming from the alcohol, and a tingle of hops bitterness, but not a lot.

Weird one this. I don't know if it's a stylistic difference that I find so challenging, but there's bits to this that make it rather difficult to drink. Whether it's the intensity of the yeast character, the heat of the alcohol which isn't quite covered up, or something else - something rankles with me here. When I've tried more Bières de garde, I'll probably know more, but for now I'll say good, but not great.

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Photo of blakesell
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle with the most difficult cork and caging I have ever seen into a Belgian goblet (gulden draak).

Appearance- Bottle is caged with a thick nail like piece of metal that had to be removed with a flathead screwdriver, the cork still didn't come out easily after removal and needed a corkscrew. When the top finally came off there was a resounding pop like it would have come out on it own. Lying beer. Pours highly carbonated with a 3 finger head. Beer is a perfectly clear golden with tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head is eggshell white with minor lacing. Carbonation doesn't die down for 20 minutes.

Smell- A musty funky fruit with a nice light pilsner style malt. A yeasty mustiness, a bit of saaz hop, and some other hops, there is actually more hops than I would expect in a French/Belgian style.

Taste- MMmmmm, a musty, fruity, malty sweetness that is like nothing else I have ever tasted. A bit of yeasty phenolics that taste slightly alcoholic. Finish is quite dry and leaves me scrambling to taste some more. A bit of spicy hoppiness as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, highly carbonated, with a certain creamy smoothness. Lightly astringent from the yeasty and hoppy esters. Not warming.

Drinkability- This is one interesting beer and I hope our paths will cross again. This is meant to be cellared and likely has been at the store I bought it from as I have not seen another since. But I would like to keep another to cellar back as well. A really smooth pleasurable bier de garde.

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

Glass becomes gilded as it is filled, slightly cloudy, it appears with a crown of tight white head, stable and unyielding to time. Slight farmhouse undercurrent in the nose, soft and mellow, refined and relaxed, sour earthy apple with a touch of floral hop. Active carbonation in a light body, a nice spice ahead of sour, bready grains imbued with a delicate, sweet apple note, just underbalanced with an earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Refreshing and relaxing, though not as complex as other examples of the style, but satisfying.

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

Beer bottle 75cl, tasted in 2000.
Appearance : golden beer, clear, white foam tight fairly stable, fine saturation.
Smell : Nose sweet malt and hops aroma, quite classic.
Taste & Mouthfeel : Mouth well "charpentée", sweet taste , bitterness properly balanced and sustainable, sweet tones.
Drinkability : Good Flanders beer, typed heady.

Review dated 10-19-2007, translated 1-5-2008

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden color. Champagne-like carbonation. Thick white head.

Smell: Apple, flowery, and sour bread.

Taste: Spices hit the tongue first followed by a nice apple sweetness and then followed by sour bread and yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, straw color with decent clarity and two fingers of thick, white head.

S - Sour, herbal earthiness backed by a delicate hop aroma.

T - Spicy and citrusy flavors with a little bit of white pepper, followed by earthy acidity and a bit of malt/ grain. Finishes with hop bitterness and drawn out earthy flavors.

M - Light body, with high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. The funkiness keeps it interesting and the hops and yeasty, spicy character make for a refreshing beer that is hard to put down.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a biggun' with my friend trep.

Pours a clear, straw-golden body with lots of carbonation & a tall white head. Decent lacing etches around the wine glass. Aroma is lacking the pizzaz and complexity of 3 monts' bigger brother (the grand reserve), but it's still fairly good, with notes of vanilla, wheat, and some light citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Taste has the same lightness as the aroma, with vanilla and wheat combining with just a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and bubbly with a fantastic smoothness to it. This is a deceptively strong beer, as there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere to be noticed. Definately easy to drink.

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Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Bordeaux glass. No date visible, but there was an "order #3038". The body was cloudy and yellow gold in color. The crisp white head did not hold up for long.

Smell was faint. There was a yeasty musty smell but not much else (even as it warmed further).

Taste was Belgian yeast-like. Not as sweet as I had expected. There was a powdery bitterness and the flavor of damp concrete. Light fruitiness. Not as complex as I would have guessed. Not bad, but not especially flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a medium to light body.

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

Reminding me instantly of Canadian brewed "Blanche De Chambly," it poured a cloudy yellow body with white foamy head that managed to lace esspecially well.

The aroma was yeasty with some incredible mild spice and citrus, and a hint of nutty sweetness. Quite complex, although not bold enough to get a really clear image of the individual scents.

The high carbonation also makes it quite hard to get a firm grip on the tastes, but some light fruits and a soapy dry aftertaste was most noticable to me. Far from outstanding, I must say.

Overrated, but I'm glad I experienced it regardless.

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
3.94 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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