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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: 652   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabjork (673) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear orange with slight red highlights and a one finger+ light yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention. It should be noted that this gushed and foamed all over while I ran to the sink--overall loss was probably only a couple ounces. Aroma is yeast, cinnamon, sugar cookies, some cherries and light cough syrup. Flavor has strong alcoholic notes, stale bread dough, some light cherry tang, spices (cinnamon being predominant), Semidry finish with a little stale bitterness. Light to moderate carbonation, medium body. This beer seems past its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5512) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2007
This is a good looking beer, a crystal clear amber body with a thick & creamy, well sustained egg shell head. The aroma is cookie dough with soft stoned fruits, soft caramel, and powdered sugar. The malt is more pronounced in the flavor and a splash of vanilla is added. The finish is quietly sweet and somewhat dry. Very nice.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2007
bb end 2009. Beautiful clear amber without much sediment at all. Big fluffy head settles down to permanent 2cm icecap with a bulge in the middle. Lovely aroma mixing doughy, peachy yeasty esters, bready malt, caramel, vanilla. warm malt fills all the corners of your mouth, long finish with some faint bubblegum phenols and a trace of sourness. finish of malt and fruit together gradually dried out with a mellow saazy flavour. This is more stereotypically biere de gardy than 3 monts that’s for sure, all about rich melanoidins. bocky malt without bocky fattiness. should do well in winter with a hunk of roquefort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
A decnet beer that mimics many others. Smells standard and tastes like the bastard child of better beers.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 8, 2007
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours a dark gold/light amber with a glorious dense off-white head that remains significant until the last gulp of foam from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of mild fruitiness, raisins perhaps, but not a pronounced aroma by any means. In fact, this beer was nothing like I expected. I thought that there would at least be something special about it. Or at least something remarkable. Flavor an odd quinine perhaps, but not so much that you could tell. Fairly middle of the road beer. Not bad at all, just nothing that stands out. Slight mid palate saltiness. Perhaps a subtle sour cherry taste, but you’ve got to want to find it.


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