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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: 784   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 golden, clear, fuffy, but lasting head. great floral/citrus hoppy aroma (hersbrucker?) with a bit of a fruity yeast and spicy alcohol. taste is a little grainy sweet, with a good hop flavour, a bit spicy and citrusy, the yeastyness seems to become a little astringent(maybe an old beer?) overall pretty good Second tasting: Grain was a little nutty, slightly vanilla and flowery hops. sweet buiscuity malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
750 ml corked bottle. pours out a pale golden lager like color. has a large white head that lasts throughout most of the beer. the alcohol is masked very well. i detect some kind of sweet flavor to this. a good beer, that is not a disappointment. i am really fond of the way the beer looks in the glass

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5555) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
(750 ml corked bottle). Pale golden pilsener-like colour, . Large lasting head. Spicy aroma. Flavour is spicy white wine-like, a bit alcoholic. Well balanced, nice aftertaste. A good beer, but I don't find it quite as complex as some other raters do.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2004
"Perfect" head over seemingly average, pale, gold ale. Held to light the continually rising bubbles and clean simplicity of this beer shine through. Nose is of yeast and hops, with very little alcohol. Taste follows suit. But the palate is very complex with cereal and other similarities I can't put a finger on. I want to rerate a "kept" bottle. The alcohol is *very* well hidden, which make big gulps great. (Slight alcohol tingle on tounge, but 8.5%?). Clean and easy, good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Some spicyness in the nose and some hops. Very clear golden color, small white head. Some sweetness, and a bitter finish. Brings some warmth in the mouth. Very drinkable.

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.


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