Tuesday, January 3, 2012

St. Sylvestre 3 Monts

Today's beer has been sitting my basement for some time.  It comes in a 750mL light brown bottle, with a corked top.  The label is probably one of the worst I've ever seen on a beer.  The only information readily available is that it is a French beer and has 8.5% alcohol/vol.

It took some work, but I eventually got the cork off.  It was significantly harder to work out than anything by Unibroue or Chimay.  I had to haul out the corkscrew.  When opened, there were some floral and fruity hops in the aroma.  The beer poured an absolutely clear pale gold colour.  There was a one-finger white head that lasted a long time, supported by a ridiculous amount of large bubbles.  After pouring, the beer's aroma had subsided to that of a domestic: unimpressive.

The first sip was pretty good.  The beer tasted like a very good domestic beer.  There was only a slight malty dry flavour.  The feel in the mouth was very bubbly, but not sharp.  There was a very slight bitter aftertaste.  Overall, the beer was fairly good.  I would consider it a good introduction to craft beers.

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