Posted in things we like by hemmant jha on February 26, 2011

3 Monts.

It’s the best beer we’ve had. There are many fantastic beers – some have graced these pages, and will be joined by a few more. But in much the same way that every espresso I’ve had has been compared to the dark goddess within that unassuming little cup back in Milan, every beer since 3 Monts has been compared to this seductive brew.

To be sure, these are inexact comparisons. There are many kinds of beer and superlative examples lie within each category. The craft, the water, the barley, the hops, the technique, the season, the environment of consumption, one’s state of mind during consumption, the label, even – they all matter. As with everything else in life – design, a fragrance or a coat, a car or a pair of socks, writing paper, ink or knife, it is possible to tell when something is beyond good. This one is superb, and sets the standard against which others are judged.

Nothing will be gained by having me dissect this lovely creature into the sum of her parts [the usual prattle about body, aroma, provenance of ingredients, a triggered remembrance], and the futile attempt to recreate the experience through assembly. To save us all a bit of time and angst, below is the description by the brewer. Try it – you’ll know.

A wonderful return to nature, with a flavour of yesteryear, this is a beer that is drawn from wooden barrels to fill so many mugs in our Flemish bars !

Brewed by infusion with strong and hearty Flemish hops, then fermented using top yeasts, 3 Monts is perfectly balanced between malt aroma, fruity flavours and bitterness. The head is generous, dense and long-lasting.

The best way to taste the 3 Monts beer is in a cool cellar (like the ones in our Flemish houses, which are between 8 and 12°C) ! Light golden beer (8.5 % alc./vol.)”


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