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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Malty and lightly sweet aroma, with some doughy and farmy yeast, spicy, herbal and grassy hop, very faint pear, white grape and apple fruitiness and a slight hint of vanilla. Brilliant golden color, with a voluminous white, frothy head and lacing to match. Malty, grainy, fruity and lightly sweet start, very faint touches of honey, becoming more herbal and hoppy, with a peppery, spicy, dry, moderately bitter, acidic and gently alcoholic finish. Full bodied with a very effervescent palate and winey mouthfeel. A classic example of the style.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 I've gotta say, this is a pretty crap beer. Get some Duvel and mix it 50/50 with Fosters or Crown Lager, add some lemonade and metho to get it up to 8.5 and have a swig. Swanky packaging though...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Bright golden color, tight bubbles in the head. Light on the palate, spicy apple, yeasty. Finishes dry and earthy, musty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Light, creamy, citrus, alcohol, white wine nose; effervescent, cloudy, lemon yellow hue with fine white foam. Exquisite! Hints of butter, sugar, cake in the flavor, but all VERY light and fresh (a hint of shortbread, but not that heavy). It melts in your mouth...I can't wait to sip another glass. Wonderful!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2003
golden color with large sticky head. yeaty aroma with hints of apple, pepper, caramel malt, with a little mustiness thrown in for good measure. Taste is of toffee with hints of apple, citrus,pepper and other spices. nice mouthfeel,and the alcohol slowly creeps in toward the end of the bottle. Excellent

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Crystal clear light golden in color with a very dry, spicy and floral nose. Loads of noble hops in here maybe???? Very full bodied with toffee, grassy and spicy (pepper and maybe even cumin) complimented by a wisp of lemon towards the intensely dry finish. Very nice, and it grows on you as you sip and the beer warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
Deceiving in its looks like a Duvel. High alcohol that doesn't assert itself initially. I note quite vinous character in its citric finish and aftertaste. This is an example of why beer is better than wine, as the latter can never emmulate beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Effervescent light golden liquid with a glistening off white foamy head. Initial sharp CO2 nose. Very refined aromas. Dry malt, mild lemon, hint of cobweb yeast, and light fine white wine. In the first two seconds of the taste I thought it nothing more than a heavy czech pils, then the palate, synapse and neurotransmitters get pushed into overdrive. The oaken chardonnay, the light yeast, the firm, yet hidden malt. Every sip makes me want more. The aromas become more pronounced as this warms as do the flavors. The alcohol starts to hit and becomes a touch more evident. One of only a few good things to come out of France. the malt continues to come out more as this one sets. A true Biere de Malt Liquor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a thin rim of foam. Aroma is yeasty and slightly spicy. Very dry. Almost tastes like a white wine in some ways.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Tastes pretty alcoholic, but very smooth. Yeast notes in there too. Very pale and light taste. Melting whipped cream-like head.


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