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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: 754   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5849) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Some bitterhop aroma, some sulphury notes as well, later some alcohol aroma. Deep golden, champagne carbonation, big rocky head. Warming medium body. Quite nice balance between fruity malt and hops, but i wish a particular flavor would stand out a bit more, this way the beer is more like a strong Helles. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol aftertaste comes when the beer warms up.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Pale golden color with a substantial, solid white rocky head. Aroma was strong - lots of coriander and cloves, along with some citrus orange and sugars. Flavor was spicy and warming - not overly sweet or syrupy - crisp. Slighly nutty - good malt body. Nice hops at the finish. I really enjoyed this beer - very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 A crystal clear yellow body with a thin, white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is balanced with equal parts sweet malt and alcohol. The aroma didn't really capture me much at all, and neither did the flavor. I don't think this is bad, but I certainly don't think it's all that good either. Obviously the malt is most important part of this beer, but even that seems rather one dimensional. Sweet and delicate and subtle, but the no real discernable flavors or aromas, just sweet malt. It may be my lack of appreciate for this beer and this style, but I was not overly impressed, even after my third bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Poured a clear golden color with a large rocky white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, and yeast. Slight nutty flavor, also lighter fruits such as grapes, some banana and a little lemon. Carbonated mouthfeel. As it warmed, it lost the carbonation and developed a sort of slightly stronger witbeer characteristic.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2003
Special palate, foaming, sparkling mouthfeel. Light-yellow, low head. Has something like nuts in the aroma and flavor, a bit to bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 Golden coloured and very carbonated. From the appearance only, I could almost believe it's a macrobrewery's beer if it wasn't of the nicely laced white head with small regular bubbles that stick to the glass greatly. It's as golden as it gets too, not so macroish finally:) This head, while diminishing stays until the glass is empty. It's also showing intense carbonation. The aroma is very herbal, hoppy with light notes of lemon, bread and flowers. Mouth entrance is sweet, but hops rapidly take over, it gets grassy, nice bitterness. Light sourness surrounds the fresh floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. I guess I should try to age one, because it didn't quite leave that much of the expected impression on me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Light yellow with a thick lasting head. . . Straw, light hops, lemon grass, and sour grapes make up an interesting, but sort of unpleastant aroma. Wet sour malt flavour, that has some wet cardboard, bitter honey, sour white grape, bitter white wine and hay. Like I said, interesting, but really not a beer for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Whispy white head over a golden straw body. Aroma starts malty sweet w/ a lightly spicy & floral hop, fruity esters and alcohol show as it warms. A little earthiness also appears when warm. Flavor starts malty sweet, but quickly turns pleasantly bitter and well balanced; fruity w/a light alcohol flavor; also slightly yeasty w/ a white grape and hop aftertaste. Medium body w/ higher carbonation; light warming alcohol. Not a favorite style of mine but not offensive either. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered to me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
beautiful clear gold with rocky white head. Sweetish aroma with grassy hop and yeast notes. Flavour is well balanced sweet and malty with a hoppy dryness. Hints of cloves and coriander. clean finish. a bit too clean somehow leaving the alcohol presence to assert itself.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This ale is bright, cloudless and straw yellow in appearance. (I was surprised by the clarity given its bottle conditioning.) It pours with a massive rocky, pure white head that left some superb lacing. The aroma is pleasantly mild, a bit hoppy and hinting of alcohol. The initial palate is malty sweet, grainy and just a bit fruity with hints of banana and pear. The flavor builds to a more herbal and hop dryness with the expected and suitable alcohol finish. This is a medium-bodied ale with a champagne like effervescence. It is best enjoyed at moderate, not-too-cold temperatures. I sampled the 750ML bottle variety, which—like others in its style—benefits enormously from the ritualistic uncorking and lively decanting ceremony. I understand from some passing comments elsewhere that this ale improves with cellaring. Since I enjoyed this beer in its present form, I will definitely put some away for future experimentation.


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