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

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RATINGS: 745   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.


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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Gotta say,looked like I scooped this from the toilet.Piss colored with a monster head.Light nose of spices,aromatic spices.Floral notes also.Flavor is more complex.I let this warm a little and wasn’t dissappointed.The spice/floral malt combo was very pleasant.Just a little light for my tastes

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 Bottle (2003 – drank in 2004): Poured a golden colour ale with a huge white bubbly head with great retention. Aroma is quite particular with a mix of spices and strong sweet floral malt. Taste is quite reminiscent of a Belgian ale (might be the spice and the sweet malt) without all the yeast. Overall, this is probably one of the top 5 beer from France but not as great as the Bičre Nouvelle from the same brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Big bottle. Clear, golden ale with good carbonation (just like the picture to the left). A super-heineken: spicier, richer, hoppier, tastier: some grassy notes, a hint of fennel? Probably a great ale on a hot summer afternoon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle. Orangy golden color with white head. Poured with floating yeast. Aroma is alcohol with floral fruit. Dry finish. Very nice golden ale from a style I’m just starting to get into.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2004
(7 Aug 04) Bright and golden sparkling body with a fizzy white head that forms an island when swirled but refuses to lace. The flavour is dominated by unripe grapes (these appear liberally in the flavour too) and also features light resiny hop notes, a doughy yeast, and a cookie-like, caramel malt. Body-wise it is oily, creamy, alcoholic and a little syrupy. The unripe grape flavours mask the sweetness but it is still slightly apparent, and there is a moderate bitterness that grows into the long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. It is well carbonated, which holds up a fluffy, thick, white head. This has a wonderful sharp, herbal, grassy aroma, with noes of lemon, hay, and vanilla. The taste is lightly tart with a lemon zing to it. It is just so light and refreshing. With all of the carbonation this beer dances across my tongue. The finish is sharp and herbal, with a peppery bite from both the carbonation and the yeast by-products. In fact, this beer is quite floral in some ways, quite dry as well. Contradictorilly, this has some the nice clean notes of a pilsner (crisp malt notes up front), which compliments the other flavors quite well. This is very akin to a dry white wine, perhaps a Savignon Blanc, though it is not as acidic. It does have the sharp, spicy, dry fruit that a S-Blanc has. This is quite good, and quite enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
750ml bottle. The appearance is a golden yellow with a quantity of fine effervescence, a nice creamy white head and smooth/sticky lacing. Quite an active initial encounter. The aroma is fruity, bubble gum with undertones of apples (somewhat tart). The flavor is slightly sweet with a tart middle and progresses to a more bitter finish. The MF is smooth (almost watery) with a dry finish. As the beer warms the body and mouthfeel deteriorate. IMHO: Normally, higher alcohol beers improve with a lowering temperature. This one however, begins to show all of its weaker characteristics. Not a flattering contrast of what are usually a good combination of flavors and textures. It is what some American breweries have done to pale ale?taken away all subtlety.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Hazy orange color, lovely, nice & bright, with a big, snowy white head. This beauty’s in it for the long run! Aroma: BOOM! Perfection, right from the start! Sorry, you skeptics, but when you smell it, you know it! Sugary-sweet, yet light, and fruity, and still utterly profound. Deep and dazzling. Taste: huge hoppiness dominates the palate, dances and drizzles the senses....mmmm! That’s all I’m reduced to, just...mmmm! Very tasty! Bold, spicy, flavorful, warm, and wonderful....yum.... And this point my grasp on objectivity in discernment loosened and my spirit was let slip and surrendered itself into the very glass, creating a time when man and beer are truly one.... It was that kind of beer...you kinda had to be there...


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