3 Monts Amber Ale On Lees | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by frank4sail on 08-22-2002

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Avg:
4.03
pDev:
20.35%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to SFLpunk for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. At the time of consumption, the #3 Biere de Garde. Reviewed from my tasting sheet.

Pours a clear golden color with an average, fizzy white head and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose is light and smells mostly like pilsener malt. Light cardboard and bread. Very grainy. The flavor is quite grainy as well. Light body and no contribution from yeast or hops. Fizzy carbonation and a dry finish. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 07/07/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for opening this one up. Poured into a Fantome tulip.

a - Pours a transparent yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sulfur, a bit skunky, bread malts, and grain. Not very good at all here.

t - Taste is definitely a bit better, but still not great. A lot of bready malts, grain, and earthy notes. Just pretty average.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Didn't hate it as much as most, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with 1/2" or so of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma brings grain, wet cardboard, apples, alcohol. In general, it just seems a bit off. The taste brings some odd funk, apples soaked in booze, and grain. Mouthfeel is decent, assuming you can get past the odd flavors and imbalanced nature of this unusual beer. Overall, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Past its prime, but there are some things working here, would love to get this beer fresh.

Nice straw golden body with a fluffy dense head, well carbonated.

Aroma gives some herbs and honey, the latter is from age, still a touch of some floral hops that leads me to believe when fresh this beer has some really outstanding attributes. A touch sour, which I was unsure of whether this beer would be more wild, but this was clearly not the intent here.

The taste has some white pepper, green apple, very almond and honey like malt oxidation dominates though. Unfortunate, still there is enough perceptible character there.

Good mouthfeel, effervescent, light body.

There is something here, need fresh.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do believe that MasterSki brought this to our get together on the 4th.

A - Golden color with some amber highlights. Decent white head that left some spots and a solid ring behind.

S - Some spice and light malts. There's some fruity belgian yeast with a little bit of a champagne feel. Interesting earth tones.

T - Bit of yeast with a dose of sweetness. I pick out honey, a little bit of stone fruit, grass, and hay.

M - Active carbonation, dry, medium bodied.

O - It's a French tick, so that's something. The beer is not bad, and the alcohol is well hidden. Not something I'd go after again though with better options always available.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tough time opening this bottle with a plastic covered metal staple protecting a deeply embedded cork. Had this one with Hyland and Moxley. Poured into a tulip glass a golden straw color with white bubbly inch of head that reduces to a solid sheen with heavy lacing. Had an orange, grass and spicy nose. Light fruit spice and Belgian yeast flavor, light and dry without a strong alcohol taste considering the 8.5%. Very, very drinkable with a crisp clean dry feel.

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Photo of Pahn
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on date. Fairly nerve-wracking to open considering the depth of the cork.

Appearance: Careful pour down the side of the glass yields a two inch, pillowy off-white head that dissipates slowly without leaving any lacing. Pours a clear golden amber, with lots of bubbly carbonation rising from the bottom. Spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: White wine and pepper. Then zesty, citrusy witbier. Then prune and plum esters as from a quad. Then skunky macro malt. Then big sugary raisin. This beer is winning points before it even makes it to the glass!

In the glass, i get sugar, apple, and some bready malt. Some odd funky notes pop up now and then, and the aroma gets breadier. Very interesting.

Taste: First sip follows the nose but less complex; sugary with apple notes... tastes like a mild Belgian golden ale with an apple juice-like finish. Some harsh but not unpleasant alcohol cuts through the middle and finish in subsequent sips. There's a faint earthy, banana note.

The taste quickly develops an irritating tartness without much flavor to back it up. There's very little hop flavor, but a decent bite up front. At times tastes like bitter fruit... like learning that you're eating a part of the fruit that you're neither supposed to nor want to. No funk at all. The flavor is confusingly distinct from the aroma, which is a shame. There's a somewhat stale flavor, like a warm American macro.

Deeper into the bottle, both the flavor and aroma kind of settle into a sugary, earthy breadiness. It's not very interesting, but it's an improvement on some of what was going on earlier. This is a confusing beer.

Mouthfeel: Just about medium-bodied. Occasional chalkiness. Usually juicy. Not bad.

Drinkability: I guess I don't understand this beer. It changes quite a bit, but the different notes it's offering are often unpleasant, and (with the exception of some of the aroma) rarely interesting and never anything I haven't gotten before somewhere else (done better). I don't really know why I would buy this again, which is another way of saying that I'm not going to buy this again.

As I said before, this beer is confusing, but for all the wrong reasons. The flavor just doesn't make any sense... it's not like it's exotic, or "challenging". It's not challenging; I've tasted apple juice before. I've had loads of sugary, bready beer before. But the notes that pop up just don't amount to anything even resembling a harmony. The flavor isn't terrible, but as a whole the beer is less than the sum of its parts (and its parts aren't particularly interesting in the first place).

The experience of drinking this beer was: inhale some amazingly diverse and good aromas, get flavor that goes from bland to bad to okay, settle into an unremarkable, somewhat too sugary but decent beer. High to lower, to lower, to blah. Not what I want from a moderately expensive bottle of beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 at his place the other night. Liking this beer more than the rest of the people there apparently makes me retarded. I never knew. At the time of this review, this is the #4 Biere de Garde on the best of beeradvocate lists.

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles. Some carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

The aroma is not very good however. It is sulfury and has a lagerish bite to it, mildly grainy, a little off putting.

Beer is medium bodied and has a grassiness to it that seems like an off-flavor but I don't mind it much. There is a mildly dry finish with some partially sweet beginnings. The overall experience is nice but I don't think I'd have it again, especially not in front of anyone else due to overwhelming amounts of shame.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

High maintenance bottle...a staple over the cork that's slightly annoying, then it needed a corkscrew. 12-18 printed on the cork, and "order 3043" lasered on the back label. Who knows how old this is...it's been at my favorite shop for awhile.

Pours with a finger of foam, maintains a thin skim. Retention is pretty good, despite the limpness of the head without lace. Reddish orange with strong carbonation. Looks more like an Oktoberfest than a BdG. Light banana or green pear aroma, it's fairly muted, nothing remotely farmhouse about it really. Strong carb and astringency is the first thing I notice, with nice pear/banana notes and nuttiness at the end. Some dry cider characteristics, without any apple sweetness. Alcohol is too apparent. The more I drink it seems more like a bastard Duvel clone, coupled with the heartiness of a Märzen.

At $10 a bottle, i'd choose Jolly Pumpkin over this every time.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Apparently this is the same as Bière Nouvelle. Served in a Russian River tulip. Order 3043, whatever that means.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy apricot body - apparently i was supposed to decant this carefully. Whoops...

S - Sweet pale malts and toasted grains, a bit of spicy yeast, hay and grass, light oxidation, honey, and stone fruits. Alcohol is very well-hidden - I'd never guess 8%. Somewhat understated actually.

T - Taste has a bit more spicy yeast character, but otherwise is fairly malt-forward with mid-palate honey, sugar, and fruit sweetness, as well as some grass and hay. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

M - Zesty carbonation, super dry, medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - It's not the most interesting beer, but it's quite easy to drink considering the ABV. Probably better for pairing with a spring feast than for consumption on its own. Nothing something I'd bother with again, but a pretty painless way to knock of France if you're into collecting countries on here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real farmhouse. Horseblanket aroma with beige head. Tasty and drinkable biere de garde. Grassy, grainy, sweet start and bitter but balanced finish. Understated carbonation, and grainyness with some creaminess. Not the best but still a good example of the style, and a superior French effort.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light copper amber with a thin, white head. Smells of caramel malts, light booze, slight biere de garde mustiness, and not much else. Pretty subdued. Flavor is fairly faint as well. The simple character of the malts, caramel and toasty, is not what bothers me, rather the lightness of flavor. A bit boozy. I get a touch of fruit in the yeast. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Flavor is a bit sticky with some lightly prickly carbonation. Overall, I'm enjoying the beer, but it lacks in presence like other stuff from this brewery.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang chalice a dull medium golden with a nicely formed white one finger crown that held well atop.Aromas are lightly spiced with a big dose of pilsner malt,a bit of drunken fruit as well.Flavors are again lightly spiced with the pilsner malt being the backbone of the flavors,a bit of drunken fruit lingers.Not overly complex but it's food friendlyo the hilt.I liked the "basic" 3 Monts a little better I think.
8.3% ABV. per bottle label.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful clear golden color with a very faint haze. The head is very fluffy and settles within two minutes.

There is a pungent fruity smell arising from the yeast as well as some alcohol.

Tastes very yeasty, specifically the almost nuttyness and alcohol. The sweetness from the malt is a bit overpowered by the yeast but it is still a decent flavor. Hops are very week, which is good for me.

Feels like an average beer, very wet. But the yeast and alcohol create an interesting effect; if you rub your tongue againt the roof of your mouth it feels like wet paper.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the regular 3 Monts, I eagerly awaited the purchase of this bottle. It pours a dull, glowing amber color with a mighty dome of fluffy, white head. Lacing is slight as the dome recedes into my chalice.

The aroma is bright and loaded with soft citrus tones etched by herbal grassy highlights. I expected the sweetish, bubblegum nose I get off the regular 3 Monts. Instead, this is more sour and astringent. I'm picking up a bit of pear, green apple, and pinapple in there too.

Aromas carry over to the tasting. Initially slightly sweet with it's green apple Jolly Rancher and pear notes. Subdued lemony citrus and grassy, green herbs round out the middle. The finish is dry, alcoholic, and somewhat peppery. I detect a earthy, musty, Belgian yeast flavor throughout.

Medium bodied, amply carbonated, and dryly satisfying. Would make an excellent pairing with chesses, crisp fruit, and figs.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body with a huge frothy head of chunky white foam. Sweet malty aroma, fruity and light. Flavor is strongly hopped and dry. Peppery, spicy taste over an earthy base. Aftertaste is a bit musty, a bit unpleasant. The beer is fairly light in body with plenty of carbonation. I think the original is better.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed, copper-amber color, that sits beneath a frothy light tan head that creates a wispy Belgian Lace as it subsides. The aroma is spicy, fruity and malty with notes of apples, ginger, pear, caramel, vanilla, and toasted malt. This has quite the classic Bier De Garde nose, predominantly malty with nice complimentary notes of fruit and spice. This beer is well carbonated, it foams effervescently as it hits my tongue for the first time. The taste is sweet up front with nice fruity notes of apples, but then moves to a sharp prickly mix of carbonation, ginger and alcohol. This beer is quite good, though because of its strength, it does have tell tale notes of alcohol in the finish, which detracts a little bit.

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Photo of impending
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear wonderful amber copper, towering dense yellowish cream colored head retains nicely, excellent lacing.

The aroma is a complex triptych of fruits, floral notes and spices atop a yeasty base. No low notes. Clean, upbeat.

The taste, while all the scent promised is delivered, is muted. No personality. Fails to be of strong character, all edges are rounded. Slightly dry finish, tiny bitter, the aftertaste disappears quickly. Light to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6%

Large format bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden amber hue with some fizzy off-white head that starts off billowing but quickly settles into a more manageable two fingers or so. Smells like rock candy, floral perfume, lemon rind, vinous fruit like champagne perhaps, straw-like musty hops. Palate is similarly light and floral, with some orchard fruit skin (apricot and nectarine), sour white grapes, sweet corn flakes, and more lemon discernible. The malts, yeast, and hops present in a simple, no frills fashion and I was expecting more complexity. Had to check the label to ensure I was indeed drinking and reviewing this brewer's "amber" offering. Yep. Not getting much in the way of caramel malt flavor. Light to moderate body and moderate carbonation. Finishes vinous and dry. Bit of an enigma ... Maybe my bottle was old. Would investigate further should an opportunity present.

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Photo of sammartin68
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very good beer. This one have a blond color. This is rare for the % in alcohol. The smeel is good, it's like a tropical frout and a touch of acoohol. In mouth that the same. A touch of tropical frouts + caramel and alcohol. A good drinkability. So, this one is a good choise but not the better.

Ps the bottle is very hard to open...

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Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian bomber w/o freshness info. Plastic covering a cork, kept in place by a metal bar, interesting task to get this baby open. Pours clouded light orangy amber, under a lovely, airy, long lasting off white head. Leaves thick blobs of nice looking lace. Nice looking beer. Faint nose, I got just a wee whiff of some musty and some light flowery fruitiness. Delicate Biere de garde, notes of light pepper, honey, leafy hops. Quite drying finish. Love the style. Enjoyed this one, but it seemed a bit on the tame side. I'd prefer more of a flavor punch, maybe I have been drinking too much San Diego style DIPA lately...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jaspers.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge white head that persists forever leaving copious amounts of lace on the way down my glass. Pear and plum with pepper and sweet sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. A light mineral and yeastiness rounds out the nose. The flavor is sweeter than I thought with the honey like and bready pilsner malt shining through. Light pitted fruits a touch of warming and a hint of pepper round it all out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, if it weren't a country tick I never would have picked it up, but I'm glad I did, I rather enjoyed it.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2011 (Price tag is dated 08/19/11)

A - It is amber colored with golden highlights. It is topped with several inches of rocky, eggshell head that clings to the side of the glass.

S - I get some faint spices, toffee, and bread. I get a little alcohol, too.

T - The taste is mildly spiced. There is a little funk.

M - It is highly carbonated leaving a prickly feeling on my tongue. Medium bodied.

O - I fear I may have had this one too long. I expected more spiciness in the smell and taste. It is still enjoyable and actually refreshing. I will have to revisit this one with a fresher sample to see if I screwed up.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold. Thick creamy white head. Nice retention and lacing. The lacing is thick hanging curtains-- absolutely gorgeous.

Smells spicy. A little Belgian yeast and spicy hops. Some light sweetness.

The flavor is slightly sweet, followed by a dry funky hay note, light booze, and bananas on the finish. The aftertaste is quite dry.

Body is hugely carbonated... Light and airy.

This has improved immensely as it warmed up-- at first I was thinking it would be a C- or so... This is tasty enough and complex enough to enjoy-- although this is probably not a beer I will be buying.

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Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange.

Moderately aromatic, with scents of coriander, orange, toasted malt, flowers, grass and caramel.

Tastes very much like a Biere De Garde with a little bit of a tripel aspect as well. An elaborate fruitiness is present providing notes of orange and pear along with a light hoppiness and notes of toasted malt and caramel. The yeast reminds of Dupont. Tasty.

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