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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
Great appearance, clear as beer gets, light gold colour, great head retention. Aroma was surprisingly clean (perhaps from long-term storage in the fridge at the bottle shop from which I bought it). Slight phenolics and spicy hop but none of the fruity or musty things I was expecting at all. Amazing decocted malt flavour. Just beautifully clean, sweet malt. Reminded me a lot of a Bavarian Helles fermented with an ale yeast. Quite lean body, not sweet and a nice drying bitter finish. Very drinkable. No perceptible alcohol, drank like a 5% beer. Really grows on you as you get through the bottle. Completely not what I was expecting but really good nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Had a bit of a musty odor - but that may have just been the bottle we had to sample. Mildly sweet - very much like wine. Notes of grapes & citrus. Very bubbly and clear. Would like to try again sometime to compare.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours a deep golden with a puffy white head and some finely suspended sediment. Grapy sweetness on top of a pilsener-like aroma. Starts semi- sweet and bitter with a light fruitiness. Finishes more bitter and dry with a decent semi-sweet complexity. Not a bad Biere de Garde, but it just doesn't have the complexity I prefer. Light, crisp, and clean flavor makes this enjoyable nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Tasted like a good Heineken. Poured a nice golden color, with a thick white head. Citrusy and fruity. Not bad. Not great. I swear this was just Heineken, but good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
a clear golden color with a big ass mountain of head. Kinda tastes like a lager but with a big pepper feel to it and even a slight burn as it warms.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Golden colour. No sediment. Top fermented beer with Flemish hops. Alcohol content is not intrusive. Crisp & clean. Quite pleasant, but nothing exceptional. Bottled, France, December 2003.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
o.k. My sample was brought back directly from belgium...am i missing something..i must be..because well......it poured a clear yellow color with dancing bubbles abound..a big fluffy white head sat above and slowly phazed to sticky lace and thin sheets of suds..light flowery aroma with a faint lemon atmosphere and lagery tones...a bit grassy in flavor but...am i missing something..has my palate gone on vacation...it seriously tastes like nothing more than a high quality malt liquor..some peppery alcohol..but 4.7's...dude, give me a fuckin' break..this shit..is shit!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Mild malt aroma. Bitter floral hops, bit metallic. Sweet. Fine foamy white lacing head over dark golden clear. Heavy watery body with medium-high carb. Starts moderately sweet with light malts. Alcohol, some sugar. Finishes with good bitterness, floral hoppiness. After is medium dry bitter with some fruitiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
This beer formed a large sized creamy and smooth white head with fine sized bubbles. The body was slightly hazy and with fast rising lively carbonation. This beer had a pale yellow hue to it. The nose was lightly malty, sweet, citrus notes and wine notes. The flavor was sweet, spicy and some fruit notes. The palate was tingly and this was a medium bodied beer with very, very sparse lacing.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 This bottled brew with a cork labelled 19-12-?? 8 or a, poured a large foamy white head of finely sized bubbles that left behind a carbonated lightly hazy transparnet yellow colored body and afair lace. The aroma was mild with malty and doughy notes while the mouthfeel was smooth slightly tingly and a bit chewey. The flavor was a nice crisp well balanced mix of malt fruity notes wheaty and dough. Some vinuous notes come out later after a few drinks from its magnificent portal.


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