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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: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Orange Coloring with White Head. Sweet and Grassy Aroma. Little Alcohol Detectable...Dry and Wheaty...Very Nice Biere de Garde..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2004
Clear golden body with a large frothy white head. Sweet, yeasty aroma with hints of lemon and spice. Taste is lovely, from the malty sweet start, then the pleasant alcohol, on to the robust dry finish. I get light grains, lemon, oilly texture, thin to medium body with a fairly long finish. The only thing that I wasn’t wrapped in was the cork but it was worth the wait. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7976) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2004
Clear and golden. Aromas are lemon, grain and spices -- pretty mellow. Flavours are lemon sherbert with extra sugar. A touch of whisky and grain follows. The alcohol isn’t especially warming for its abv. Still, after 75cl it grows on you!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Clear yellowy appearance, lots of foam, lively streams of carbonation. Soft malty, lightly spiced aroma, mild fruit. Fruity, winey flavor, mild apricot. Astringent dryness towards the end, fair woody spice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle in France. Found this in the supermarket when on holiday, a pleasant surprise. Golden yellow with white head. Unusual cork. Crystal clear. Very gassy on pouring. A well crafted beer with lots of subtle flavours, would probably benefit from conditioning for a few years in a cool cellar. Too highly carbonated for my taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
75cl bottle 12/12 written on cork?? Bronzen copper color, super bubbly, incredible resilient head that rose above the rim of the glass and held, like whipped cream. Malty sweet aroma, slight farmhouse funk hiding behind the spicy hop perfume. Not massively aromatice, but it is there and I’m a bit stuffed up right now. Wildflower honey drenched malts meet some sassy hops in the grass near an old hay barn for a picinic beer and walnuts. The malt is nice, not carmelly or grainy, just malty. Not sweet or dry, it finishes with some bitterness, but the emphasis is mostly on the malt and farmhouse meeting. They melt together like butter on warm mashed potatoes. Awesome. Lace coated glass remains. Did seem to thin a bit as I finished it, but not much to complain about here. Wish I had done a side by side with the La Bavaisienne, because I’m rating this one higher, although I think I like the Bavaisienne better! Thanks hey_kevin! Very nice indeed.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2004
The head on top of this crystal-clear yellow brew does not last long, nor is it very thick. But the taste is fantastic, and the aroma reminds of nuts. The drinking experience is far milder than a usual beer, in fact it’s sweet in its own way, and the natural bitterness of a beer is almost gone. It feels quite fizzy in a good way, and is an altogether highly enjoyable experience. It was once recommended to me by a bar in Antwerp, and when I said it was French, they proudly replied "no Sir, it’s Flemish, just on the French side of the border!".

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at Le Sois Bock in Paris, France. Light Golden. Mildly aromatic, quite herbal and flowery with notes of lemon, grass and clove. An odd, enjoyable yeastiness as well. Mysterious at first but as it warmed it became very complex. Light grain providing a caramel sweetness throughout but for this one, the hops dominate. Dry, herbal and very fruity with notes of lemon especially but also pears and honey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
tiny carbonation in the hazy, soft golden amber body. loose, off white head. nose is dominated by alcohol. plenty of esters& phenols. A tart, potent citrus note. Sweet pale malts, and a great warmth. Yeasty, spicy finish. nothing too special here

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2004
Piss yellow w/thick white head. Pilsner like nose w/faint sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel w/dry finish. Hops, malt, light citrus, skunky?, bready and the alcohol makes it’s presence known on the finish.


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