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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: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.
Gavroche was a generous and rebellious Paris urchin and a character in the Victor Hugo (1802-1885) novel “Les Misérables.” It is also a strong, amber beer, where the flavour of its top-fermentation yeast combines perfectly with the taste of the special malts. Fermented again in the bottle, the Gavroche beer should be served with care between 10 and 12°C.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark/rich orange. Decent head with nice long lasting lacing. Dry yeast on the nose. Bread. Dirt and earth. Lively carbonation. Quite dry on the palate. Very yeasty. Earth. Just a hint of fruit turning slightly metallic. Zero fro two from this brewery for me. Just not a huge fan of the house style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
[Tasted with Troels in Tvolm.] Vintage 2004, 3 years old. Lots of notes of port and oak. Nice dark look and ingredients in top. Thanks to Herman for this bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
From a pretty distinctively shaped, embossed, narrow neck 11.2 oz. bottle with "ORDER 4273’ " on the back label, not sure how to decode this, if you do, please send me a message with the info, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a cloudy reddish amber with a foamy, creamy pale tan/beige head, decent retention, minimal amount of lacing. A light earthy, musty aroma with a honey graininess, a little clove and spice, small whiffs of medicinal alcohol. Good bubbly carbonation and a crisp, dry, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Different, slightly unique tasting, medicinal herbs and spice along with the alcohol warmth in the first sip, honey, ginger and toasted grains follow, a little caramel sweetness, a quick herbal hop bite towards the end, and a dry yeasty, toasted grainy finish. Very flavorful, a nice easy sipper, I love 3 Monts and now this, so that means I need to find more ales from this French brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
[bottle] Reddish amber in color, almost clear. Spicy, alcoholic malt aroma. Sweet fruit flavors balance well with alcohol and some slight acidic complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Clear amber color with minimal white head. Sweet bready, malty, aroma with hints of dried fruits (dates, raisins, cherries). Strong acidic fruit flavors with malt and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Decently carbonated, fairly soft mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabjork (674) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2007
Bottled. Thanks oh6gdx. Hazy brown in colour, minor white head. The aroma is sweet with rasins and yeast. The flavour is alcohol like with rasins and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Deep Amber with a big, frothy tan head. Fairly faint aroma, but malt predominates with a bit of yeast. Sweet malty flavor, with a bit of wood, cork, spice, fruit and yeast. Very tasty. Finishes dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2007
A charming French biere de garde. Not the most complex beer on the planet but a very tight, well-constructed package. It’s a fine-looking translucent bronze with a generous inch of shaving-cream foam and good retention. The aroma is sugary-sweet and not especially complex or aggressive. It’s yeasty with a solid base of school-dinner Jello, caramel pudding and a pinch of white pepper. It’s not one of those aromas that really draws you in - unless you’re running a sugar deficit. The mouthfeel is initially full and creamy but there’s a slight but irritating late spritz that detracts from this style. Might just be this bottle, so I’ll re-rate if the other two in the stash are better. Thankfully, it’s not as sweet as it smells. It’s very clean and dominated by malts. There’s bubblegum and raisiny esters before a late herbal note. Quite dry. The 8.5% abv is well contained and reveals itself mainly in a delicious warmth down in the stomach lining. There are superficial parallels with Duvel, in that there doesn’t seem to be a great deal going on but what is going on is brilliant. If that makes sense. [Scratches head but fails to come up with a more articulate explanation.] (33cl bottle from Liquor on Parade, Kingsford. BB 6/7/09)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2007
A nice looking beer with a pillowy beige head on a hazy copper brown base. Musky aroma with some caramel malt beneath. Some sourness is also evident in the early whiff, but not on tasting. Quite bitter with a touch of funkiness lurking in the background, and a warming alcohol level that is well contained. A very interesting beer that is quite unique from anything I’ve had so far.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
Amber, hazy with a nice head and lace. Aroma of toasted toffee like malts, some funky yeast, hint of hops, raisons and others. Medium bodied, lively carbonation makes it seem lighter, slides down the throat with velvet like ease. Malty flavor with alot of yeast elements, an earthy/rustic brew, balanced and clean, no sign of 8.5%, would not call it terribly complex but a well made brew for sure.


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