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Brewed by St. Sylvestre
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Sylvestre-Cappel, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The 3MONTS beer : A wonderful return to nature, with its flavour of yesteryear, this is a beer that was drawn from the wooden metal-circled barrels to fill so many mugs in our Flanders bars! Its bitterness comes from our hop fields scattered throughout the region. Brewed by infusions, it is an old-fashioned rising beer made with strong and hearty Flemish hops. Fermented using top yeasts, like the barrel brewers of yore and clamped like bonderised barrels.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
750 ml. brown bottle with a strange clip holding down a curved cork, which once again goes to prove that the French don’t copy anybody, and nobody copies the French.

When poured into a tulip, the beer looked exceptionally clear and sparkly, with an inch thick foamy head. The aroma was pleasing and yeasty, with tinges of banana and spices.

The taste was rustic, and I assume true to style. Dry, yeasty, spicy, and wheat laden, this was definitely like a country bread coming off the oven. Slight lemony sourness also showed up towards the point of swallowing. Carbonation was very active, and aided the mouthfeel by lightening up the malty body. The alcohol was extremely well hidden.

May be there are some things where it is worth copying the French.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7970) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Bottle. Strong hops aroma - lighter malt and cooked vegetables. Light yellow with large head - very effervescent for the style. Initially a sweet malt with tannins hitting full-force soon after. Nice full body. A very interesting beer - dry like a red wine but with nice malt characteristics.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
Musty, lightly sweet, grainy aroma has some citrus notes and a touch of creamy corn. Very pale, lightly hazy golden colour with low but lasting white head. Light mustiness in the generally sweet, malty flavour that offers light citrus and marzipan notes. Dry and somewhat bitter in the finish. Medium-light body with low carbonation. Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8947) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Mondiale 2005. Light yellow colour, with Significant foamy head, easy drinkability, yeasty composition, hops, bit too much carbonation leading to drying. Apple juice,

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
This one of my first biere de garde style. Aroma:Citrus hops..... Appearance:clear gold,light head... Flavor:citrus hops,alcohol. This beer look like a stong pilsener.....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2005
This pours quite a pale yellow for a biere de garde. The carbonation is slow & lazy and the thick, tightly beaded head lingers only briefly. The aroma is grassy and yeasty with a light fruitiness - apples and grapes - and a hit of alcohol. Quite vinuous in the mouth, it has a ligfht, sweet malt flavor with yeast and a spritz of lemon. The finish is long, warm, and dry. Nice drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Bottle from france. Creamy tight head and golden colour. Not fantastic nose or amazing flavours, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts to deliver a wonderful refreshing strong golden ale. It is one of my favourite fridge beers

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2005
(on bottle) Light sent of grass and hay; the real biere de garde-aroma. Perlyfresh, a bit stngdy, with a good alcoholfeel the palate. A tad bitter/metallic finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
Sample courtesy of Pailhead. Pours copper with fluffy white head. Aroma is very yeasty with hints of fruit. Flavor just about the same, but very astringent. Highly carbonated. Agree with Pailhead in, not a fan of the style so far.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5093) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle: Fruity and vinuous with some watered down kriekbier aromas in there too. Pours a hazy orange with a white head that has good retention. Light up front with light fruit, yeast, and a little acidity in the finish. Not bad, but I’m just not that big a fan of the style.


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