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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: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Difficult to get through the strange set up with the cork. I ended up using a corkscrew. Pours a dark cloudy orange with a huge white head. The aroma is oranges with some bananas and grass. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. The taste is slightly sweet with some peaches and nutmeg. A full bready taste and some hints of apples. This is a fascinating version of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with sweet and crisp finish is sweet and sour. I thought it might be like a a Belgian golden ale but it isn’t even close. $5.99 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Pours gold and bubbly with a huge white head. Aroma is yeasty and bready--very nice. Malty flavor with a slight alcohol burn at the end and earthy notes all over. The taste fades away fairly quickly. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2046) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Rating reflects aged sample. Re-rate: Bottled, 0.75 L BB 2005, sampled in 2008. Surprisingly fresh flavour of this aged brew after all these years. The flavour has developed, but not in the way many other brews do with the substantial port-notes. Instead the flavour is now floral and spicy, hops are still present. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I was already impressed by a fresh one, but when aged this a true gem. Original rating: Bright golden coloured, white head. Malty and fruity aroma with some spices. Malty and sweet flavour, quite well balanced. Very easy to drink despite the 8.5% ABV. Not super-special, but well brewed. Rating 3.8

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Hazy golden coloured. Some malts and fruits in the aroma. Sweet and slightly malty flavour. Rather thin and boring.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours bright yellow colorwith a frothing, foamy white head. The aroma was of leathery and corky. Flavor reminiscent of wood, alcohol, and was very maltily sweet. Finishes slightly bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Crystal-clear light golden color; white frothy head. Unexceptional nose. Somewhat corny, though I doubt any corn is used in this brew. Some floral, spicy hops. Light, spicy flavor, but nothing exceptional. Also some floral hop and grassy flavors. Despite the lacluster nose & flavor, I really enjoy the dry mouthfeel and refreshing feeling after a drink.I was expecting more from this. I enjoyed the other biéres de gardes much more than this, though it was still decent. Additionally, this is very little to no indication of this beer’s alcoholic strength.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2005
Corked Bottle: Poured a hazy glowing gold with a large white head. The aroma was full of complex spicey notes (cloves, coriander, maybe allspice??), some banana, and lots of hoppy mustiness. The flavour had a noticable alcohol component but was also quite spicey. Below this was some very restrained wheaty malts and, again, the prominent mustiness. I found this surprisingly bitter, and this combined with an initial heavy carbonation took some points away from the final score. As it warmed it took on a much more elegant and restrained character. Quite nice and probably best served at higher cellar temperatures.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2005
The head on this beer was huge, took 5 minutes to calm. Nice dark gold color. Flavor was grassy and crisp. This beer has 8.5% alcohol, but it doesn´t seem like it. Not very sweet at all, A plus for me. I will drink this beer again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
750 ml bottle, Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. Pours a brilliant golden with a long lasting pillowy white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is slightly sour with a heavy Saaz hops accent and a bit of underlying alcohol (not too unlike American Malt Liquor hate to say). Flavor has grassy notes to it with a little bit of corn and a coating of alcohol to wash it all down. Mouthfeel is decent and thick. All in all, looks good, feels good but a bit dissapointing in the aroma and flavor department. If my eyes were closed I could have sworn this was a Malt Liquor.


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