mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange in color. Well balanced beer. Hoppy and malty. Very rich in texture and flavor . High in alcohol. Very interesting.
marioadam (10) - CANADA - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
De son manteau blanc, et de sa couleur doré, elle a su égaillé mon palais et raffiner ma soirée.
superspak (1475) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 11 20 printed on the back label (best before date?). Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pear, grape, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, grass, hay, light funk, bread, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, hay, earth, bread, light funk, light honey, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, floral, earth and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; nice spicy/malt flavor balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Biere De Garde! Great flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on for 8.3%. This is extremely crisp and delicious stuff.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Golden, clear, large white head. Multi-layered aroma evinces notes of sweet apples, bready yeast, caramel, honey. Biscuity malt flavor, with honey, black pepper, grapes and apples. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, overly effervescent.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep orange amber with a wonderfully creamy, vanilla coloured head. A fresh apple orchard aroma - leaves, grass, hay, green apples . . . Fantastic. Soft and light on the tongue, fruity flavours up front with bitter pears, ornages and fresh green apples throughout. Light and a bit winey on the palate, clean finish is a bit chewy with some bitter pine notes and moss.
Boutip (3971) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2000 – drank in 2004 – The bottle opened with a big swish and poured a light brownish beer with a huge bubbly head with excellent retention. Aroma of alcohol with a mix of spice. Carbonation is perfect with lots of bubbles coming back on top of my glass. Taste is a mix between a strong Belgian ale with a mix of a good well aged port. The alcohol is mostly sensible in the aroma but undetectable form the taste. Overall, this is a beer that aged well and is true to the name “bière de garde”.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled as Grande Reserve. Slightly cloudy orange color with a beautiful large white head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, hops and spice. Very soft body. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, however the hop/spice finish is more pronounced. A complex beer but exceedingly drinkable. Tres bien!
Schroppfy (2350) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 A delicious biere de garde; slightly more hefty than the "regular" 3 monts; definitely breadier, biscuity - but has a really strong iron type slightly bittersweet steissspalt (sp?) presence. Delicious. Beautiful coppery color with a meringuey head. This is what Southampton was attempting to duplicate with great success (and also two brothers, close to this bar). MarkR says "metal" with respect to the Southampton, and it is here in spades. Yummy.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
PalCabral (94) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Bottle bought at Systembolaget 17/5-13. This is the 2013 version. The beer pours clear golden with a bubbly frothy head that settles to nice foam layer over the beer! Compared to previous years, the beer is clearer and resembles more a golden lager - has there been filtering? The aroma is sweet and yeasty that entice the palates and boosts the thirst. Perhaps slightly more discrete than previous years? In the taste, this is still such a malty sweet beer, but this year I sense more bitterness. The hops are more dominant now and it gives the beer a much more peppery taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and the carbonation elevated. This is a great example of Biére de Garde but compared to the 2012 and the 2010, it is a tad too hoppy and peppery to reach the same high scores. I also wonder if the change is not caused by filtering? The quote "Sur lie" on the label maybe should be removed? Pourquoi non faites la biere plus robuste?
But, rest assured, this beer is a heck lot better than the disasterous 2011. Bon!