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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: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

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4.3
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - JUL 8, 2007
I believe this is my first Flemish beer. I tried this at the Mondial. Cloudy, white head, complex flavors. A heavier beer, more like a wine or some beers brewed with spices. Had a great hop/yeast/malt flavor balance. It may be hard for me to be objective, since I do love a good Biere de Garde!

2.7
malrubius (2985) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2007
750ml bottle in small wide glass. Pours clear golden with fizzy white hide that surprisingly lasts. Faint sweet malt aroma with slight yeastiness and spice. Mild sweet honeyish flavor with slightly sharp bitter clean dry finish almost like a pilsner. Medium-light body. Seems like all the elements for a good beer, but it’s pretty non-descript. Some problem might lie with the sketchy retailer, who doesn’t know what he’s doing and has bottles thrown everywhere. Not bad, but not excellent either.

3.3
robinvboyer (4738) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2007
750ml bottle. very lager/pils looking, bright golden color, but a huge head with really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite hoppy, with a good maltiness to it. Flavour is very much like a pils, good malt, good hops, nice balance, but kinda boring. But the fact that this is 8.5% and there isnt a hint of it anywhere, is impressive.

3.1
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
While I know Biere de Garde is a mile wide style-wise, I found this to be a very unusual Bier de Garde compared to othes I’ve had...in appearance, aroma, and flavor it was light and lemon-y, which really struck me as characteristics that would be more suited to say a witbier than to this style. It was a very light yellow and highly effervescent. Aroma was very faint and smelled like lemon zest with a bit of maltiness. Flavor was a bit sour (that lemon zest again) with a lot of maltiness for such a light smelling and tasting beer. I would recommend this beer as I found it very interesting. However, I didn’t find drinking it to be particulary pleasant. This is a curiousity, not a great beer.

2.2
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Sampled at Mondial de la Biere. Light, estery. All my notes say other than that is "not too good."

3.7
joe19612 (3021) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2007
750ml. Bottle. Found this right at the back of a cupboard under the stairs. The best before date was 1/5/2006. Poured a superb golden colour with a nice frothy white head. Plenty of aromas of citrus, honey,crisp, dry and a creamy mouthfeel. One of the France’s better effort.

3.6
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Bottle from Uto. On opening the amusing 75cl bottle, I was a little put off. The aroma is very lager-ish. The colour very lager-ish. But the taste is something much more. It’s a lot like champagne - quite dry and fizzy. Loads of vanilla in the taste. Some apricot and peach hints. Very well rounded and smoooooooooth. Full bodied. Like honey in the mouth. Delicious.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
750mL, no date. Pours a clear orange with a three finger frothy off-white head. Sweet dust, a hint of lemon tang, caramel, sugar cookies, and a fair amount of fruity yeast consist of the aroma. Flavor is pretty caramelly with some stale dust, sugar cookies again, and a fair amount of alcohol--I didn’t realize this fool was 8.5%. Semidry finish. Moderate prickly carbonation with a medium body. Surprisingly refreshing for the strength of this beer. Pretty good brew.

3.8
DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2007
Eccentrically corked 750ml bottle. Work that one out. Pours pale gold with a rocky head of froth shrinking to a persistent creamy collar. Metallic, grassy snout with a sherbety edge of lemon, apple peel earthiness and creamy vanilla maltiness that completely sets it apart. Smooth and almost custard-like malty sweetness with a dusting of nutmeg and parting hop balance. Grassy hop finish with a vanilla-accented aftertaste and a big glug of glowing booze. Best Biere de Garde I’ve tasted by a mile.

3.5
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Clear golden poor with a nice frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, honey, hint of caramel, earth and notes of a litely perfumed flower. Crisp, dry and creamy mouthfeel. Very vinous like, green grapes lightly carbonated. Dry lightly bitter aftertaste that’s realy refreshing.


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