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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: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Amber beer (8 % alc. / vol.) refermented in the bottle. A speciality beer brewed over lees in winter using the first malt and hops from the last harvest. Roasted malts give it its characteristic amber hue. Obtained by top fermentation, the "Biere Nouvelle" is characterised by fruity flavours and a good bite. Biere Nouvelle must be served with care (leaving behind the fine yeast sediment) at about 10°C. Available from February while stocks last in 750 ml bottles corked and stamped

2011 vintage - 10% abv 2012 vintage - 9% abv


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2003
Good deal of carbonation with a thick white head and a slightly orange-yellow appearance. Yeasty, musty nose. Slightly metallic and a light sour, tart component as well. This beer improved much as the carbonation settled and the complex subtleties of the beer shone through.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Parket (562) - Bruges, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2011
75cl bottle, bought in grocery in Cassel, France. Unfiltered yellow coloured with unstable white head. Smell: some alcohol. taste: yeasty, malty, much alcohol, some industrial taste. Not bad for a french beer, but some overrated ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (554) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
This bottle is a few years old now. Likely from 2010. Aroma is full of esters, both fruity and floral. Lots of overripe apples and pears with light tropical fruit. Some rose and other floral notes. Light caramel graininess and a hint of honey. Pours a very clear, amber with some copper notes. Large, moderately thick, light tan head that has average retention. Medium light lacing and small legs. Flavor is fairly sweet, but the malt notes are muted with caramel and honey being most prevalent; the flavor is showing the beer’s age. Moderate fruit notes, mostly ripe red apples and some lighter pear. Medium light floral esters, slightly phenolic. Low bitterness without any hop character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied With medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty average beer without much character, though I doubt she helped what character it had. Oddly it had very little yeast for being sur lie. Muted make character with a lot of esters, that’s about it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (552) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Amber pour, thick fluffy white head. Nose is malt, yeast and spices. Bittersweet. Middle is light Belgian funk and bready grain. Finish is dry and inviting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (535) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Light amber peach colour with creamy white head. Aroma of fruit, bananas, peaches, yeast. Taste is sweet and a bit hot/boozy. Nice lively bitey palate. Overall an enjoyable drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ljunkan (530) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a golden-orange color with a nice white foamy head. Aroma is spicy, lightly malty, caramel, and some light banana. Flavour is quite sweet, malty and caramely yet fruity. Yeasty. Medium bodied, with average carbonation. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Hopefully this is the right beer. Had some trouble figuring out if it was the regular 3 monts or this one. Anyway. Fluffy white head that floated atop a copper body. Good lacing too. Sour lemon aroma mixed with some cheese, cobweb, and alcohol. Interesting for sure. Dry alcohol, sourness, spicey, musty tatste. But all very subtle. Rather tasty and interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (512) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2013
Klar, guld färgad med jätte stort och lätt färgat skum. Doft: Fresh belgisk jäst, färskt trä, källare, mineraler, gräs, äpplen. Smak: Honung, persika, banan, röda äpplen, päron, håriga lätt övermogna krusbär, apelsin godis. Belgiska dofter och smaker i övrigt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml. Nos yeux observent une bière de couleur cuivrée-dorée surmontée d’une belle et imposante mousse blanche qui persiste en force. Notre nez respire des arômes de sucre, d’alcool, de pommes, de céréales fraîches avec des effluves fruitées. Notre langue rencontre un corps moyen avec une effervescence moyenne-élevée. On goute des saveurs de sucre, d’alcool, de houblon franc et de céréales.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
750ml $8.99 Sam’s Marcey 3 Monts Grande Reserve pours a surprisingly clear deep golden with stream after stream of moderate sized carbonation bubble rising to the surface. A standard pour brought about a hefty, three fingers worth of microbubbled bright white head. The head eventually settled at a finger and left incredible puffy drink lines on its way down the glass. This beer looks appetizing to say the least. Although the aroma is light it has an incredible depth. A hint of freshly husked grains is the first thing to greet my nose, this combines with a pale malty sweetness that’s very candy like. The yeast brings about an incredible complexity laden with peaches, green apple, chardonnay and a slight earthy mustiness. The aroma of this beer just draws me right in, making me want a drink immediately. The flavor follows the aroma closely. Very vinous with the mustiness coming through faintly throughout the entire drink. Mild fresh graininess mixes it up with the sweet pale maltiness. The grape character leads the way in the fruit department but the green apple and peach make solid appearances. This is a very well put together beer with a great depth of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent! The carbonation makes the body light and airy all the while being refreshing. There’s a nice crispness and slight drying on the finish. The light, airy body makes this beer incredibly easy to put away. I could see myself drinking this until the alcohol caught up with me. An incredible drinkability when the abv is taken into consideration. I loved 3 Monts when I had it and couldn’t find 3 Monts Grande Reserve for a long time now. Luckily I came across a few bottles and it’s just as good as the original which is really saying something. The two beers I’ve had from this brewery leave me wanting more. 6/22/08


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