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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: 777   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
   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...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 24, 2004
750 ml brown, big ’ole Belgian bottle. Weird gold plastic overwrap, and an even weirder looking big steel staple holding the cork in the bottle. This is the first beer I ever had to use a screwdriver to open. If there was a freshness date, I didn’t see it anywhere. Opened with a loud pop. Very effervescent, almost champagne like. Poured out a pale golden color, with a huge white head at first. It slowly slid back to a thick matting on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of a damp basement, week old boiled eggs, stinking refridgerator, fresh cut hay, malts, cheesy hops, and yeast. This is definitely an aquired taste, for these Flanders Ales. No aromas of alcohol, despite it being 8.5% ABV. Strange, huh? Slight Brett to it as well. Tastes are of Brett, damp earth, funky old farmhouse, wet hay, some toffee, strangely enough, tobacco, and a strange nuttiness to it as well. Walnuts or Brazil nuts come to mind. Slight caramel in the finish, along with a spicy hops bite, which in itself was rather surprizing. Medium mouthfeel, nothing special here. Very drinkable, once you get past the smell and the inital tastes. Paired well with my last chunk of Maytag Blue cheese.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2004
Nice lively beer with warm golden color and good airy head. This beer has a full fruity aroma with hints of sweet apple and crumblecakes. It also has a rich and full taste with a round mouthfeeling ( Is it the alcohol?). The afthertaste is ending dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
Darker golden beer; off-white head, dwindling. Sweet nose, as sweet pastry (patisserie), bit of lemon and faint spicey. Dry liqueurish taste, as a sweet, strong liquour, very alcoholic in character; alcoholic, spicey finish. White candi sugar. Very dry, well bodied, well attenuated. In the aftertaste, some nutty flavour detectable - maybe some madeirisation (no BBDate)? A good beer, sweet but the alcohol/liqueur taste is just a tad too sharp for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1451) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Yeasty and doughy aroma with a mostly lasting near-white head. Easy on the palate. Dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4689) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2004
Aroma is hoppy, bit sweetish, some alcohol and floral. Pale, golden coloured with a lasting white head. Taste is hoppy, grainy, some floral and fruity notes and malt. Bitter and smooth. Quite good, but it gets boring. Finish is alcoholic, bit sharp and slightly metallic. Overrated beer, however certainly well-brewed.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2004
Golden coloured beer with a slighly bitter taste. It’s got a nice taste if you like it. I don’t like it too much, but it’s enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2004
toffee and vanilla with floral aromas. golden with nice creamy head. toffee and vanilla, very grainy flavoured, biscuity malt and floral hops. fairly creamy with well complimented bitterness. very nice beer, excellent with a meal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2004
07.02.04 Big ol’bottle. Pretty honey gold pour; even creamy head. Suspended floaties like sea-monkeys all over the place. This beer’s aroma seems more complex than I’m capable of figuring - vinous, toffee, ripe summer fruits, yum! The flavors continue the aromas, plus the introduction of some sour notes, musty barn, some aged cheese in the front. Apples at the finish. Really a great beer, IMO, and underrated here.


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