rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2006
Pours a hazy copper orange, with a small white head.
Dry, fruity aroma with a musty apple character.
The apples return in the dry, somewhat alcoholic flavor. Very much like calvados, in fact!
Unfortunately, it’s a wee bit watery, and has an annoyingly bubbly, carbonated mouthfeel. Quite original nevertheless. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
Fine light haze, medium carbonation with very large creamy top. (3+)
Light, continental hop aroma, saaz like hops, gentle green bitters followed by sweet malt.
Strong font, slightly sour in character, creamy, butter like middle. Light semi0dry alcoholic finish. Nose was cleaner than flavours. (6+)
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. Hazy golden colour with a white frothy head. Grainy aroma with a light tone of citrus. Soft grainy flavour with a taste of yeast. A clear bitterness. Average carbonation & body. larsniclas (7294) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
Deep golden. Frothy, white head.
Fruity aroma with warm alco-notes.
Fresh and spicy flavour; pepperish.
Lively and rather salty finish. 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.
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750mL bottle as 3 Monts Grande Reserve, probably a year or 2 old. Poured medium golden with light yeasty chunkage and a short cap of white head. The aroma opened with sour lighter fruits and vinegar, opening into a corn and bready core.. light, dusty spice accents.. warmth brought out a little lemon and dry floral notes that grew on me. The flavor had rather strong corn and pale malts at the core, giving faint whispers of malt likka.. tangy on the edges with lemon zest and dusty funk.. finished dry and a little sharp with light fruits and aged toffee. Medium-bodied, sweeter, and sharper than expected on the palate.. too strong to be refreshing.. OK overall. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 2007 version. Had a small helping of this during an informal beer tasting. Pours a blonde color with an abnormally large cream head. Aroma is faint of soap, unscented flowers, and other rather indescript scents. Flavor was also subdued, featuring unripe fruit, biscuit, and some sour/bitterness. Finish dominated by alcohol and metal. I don’t understand this beer, and it probably didn’t help that I am not familiar with Biere de Gardes. 2.8.
update: "3 Monts Grande Reserve" sampled 7/10/10: bottle. Looks like my palate has changed slightly since last rating, though I still don’t think this is an easy beer to understand nor appreciate. Subtle notes of peat, white pepper, and dried peach are perceived, though not immediately apparent. I got a rather creamy note of coconut in the finish. As always, flavors are musty and all seemingly veiled by a layer of age. 3.2. imdownthepub (15524) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2009
Bottled, 750ml, at The Clichy Tavern, Paris as 3 Monts Grande reserve. Gold with white head. Quite a light beer for the strength, but with a really hoppy, lemony flavour, long and refreshing, but perhaps over carbonated. Some spicing and a little sweetness, a good interesting beer. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle marked "3 Monts Grande Reserve Special Ale" thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a golden body and a small white head. Aroma of skunk, grass, candi sugar, pear and apple. Taste is bitter with buttered toast, brown sugar and apple. Dry finish. olsvammel (7312) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
750 ml bottle. It poured a clear golden liquid with a nice big bubbly foam, which left big chunks of foam on the side of the glass. The smell was very weak. The taste was maly with a dry bitterness and a warm alcoholic finnish. At the end it had a hint of sour apples which tickled the top of my mouth.