Saturday, February 11, 2012

3 Monts - Classic Golden Ale; Grande Reserve Amber Ale Sur Lie

The 3 Monts beers are brewed by the Brasserie De Saint Sylvestre of Cappel, France.  This is in the Flanders region where northern France and Belgium meet.  This region was the scene of years of fierce fighting between the British and Germans in World War One.  These beers are corked, with the cork crimped tightly in place by a metal bar.  Not sure a beer should require tools to open.

3 Monts Classic Golden Ale - This 8.5% ABV beer pours a dark yellow golden in color with a tall half-inch of sparkling white foamy head.  The aroma is malty grain, slightly sweet, slightly tart, citrus fruits, herbal, earthy and leather notes.  The taste is follows the aroma with ample malt followed by the various other notes in the aroma.  There is enough hops to provide a crisply dry and moderately bitter finish.  There is a lot going on in this golden ale and it is very good.

3 Monts Grande Reserve Amber Ale Sur Lie - This 8.3% ABV beer pours amber in color, crystal clear, with a half-inch of white to off-white foamy head.  The aroma is malty, sweet caramel, herbal, light root beer note.  The taste is a deep, rich, caramel maltiness, slightly sweet, but balanced by the bitter herbal notes, with the light root beer also showing up in the taste.  There is a touch of leather.  This is a very nice beer.

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