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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: 641   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Lightly sour cherry aroma with hints of yeast come from the medium brown body with a light head and low carbonation. The palate is thin to medium and lies under light caramel malt flavors that have a slightly sour tough to them.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours all head before condensing into a nice amber color with frothy head. A little caramel sweetness, bready, warm full mouthfeel. The alcohol is well masked. Surprisingly not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium-hued red-amber. Head is initially large, off-white, creamy-frothy, diminishes into a thick, creamy ring.<P> The aroma is malty with with light notes of toasted grain, cookie and brulee; Hoppy with a light floral and herbal notes; Yeasty with a light note of cellar; Miscellaneous light vinous note, garden soil (something reminds me of escargot), oak, pepper.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately acidic with a long, lightly sweet, trace acidic finish.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P> Subtle, beautiful, earthy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle. Big white head. Strong aroma. Scipy but still sweet aroma, a good signs of whats to come. Taste is similar, spicy with hints of citrus and yeast. Nice smooth finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable. A good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
My bottle had aged approximately 12 months. This is s fine sweet aroma floral scented brew. Strawberry aroma with a delicate hint of cherries and vanilla. The berr has a densely bronze cloudy hue with a heavy bubble tannin float. The float is quick to dissapate with moderate lacing. The flavor have a minor suble sweet kriek flavor with a profound bubbly champagne finish. There is also a hint of plums hidden. An excellent full-bodied full-spirited and robustly flavored carbonated brew in the French champagne flavor. Very Good.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Clear reddish pour with large frothy off white head. Musty, rather unpleasant aroma. Metallic, milky aroma. Funk, must, Kind of sweet, hard to describe. Some booze, kind of astringent. Very hard to describe. Earthy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Medium Gold Coloring wtih White Head. Dark Malt...Chocolaty with a Belgian Yeast Aroma. Belgian Yeast, Dark Malts..Syrapy Caramel and Chocolate.. Light Spices. An Overall Note of Cardboard. Dry Yeasty and Spicy Ending. Perhaps Requiring Aging Before More Palatable...Currently I Find it a Bit Challenging to Have a Good Understanding With.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 28, 2007
A highly surprising beer -- a nice dark-ish Biere de Garde. Well balanced. Reminiscent of a nice belgian single.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2007
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. Fine mouse carbonation, like a Belgian beer - insistent and tingly and irritating. Needs conditioning and settling before it gets to a level I find palatable. Quite sweet with some chocolate notes from dark malts - possibly crystal and chocolate. Yeasty, alcohol aroma and taste. Nothing hangs together well. - there’s stale flavours which I tend to pick up from crystal malt. Cardboard notes - even though this is live and 7 months within best before date. Vague warm, bitter spices without definition - slightly dry. Gets better, and has some interest, but on the whole I haven’t enjoyed this very much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
330 mL bottle from Montreal (Joanette).
App.: cloudy bright orange-copper with a substantial orange-tan head. Aroma: lovely, spicey molasses, caramel and dried fruits, smells sweet and rich, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove, fruity esters, and a bit of yeast. Liquid spice cake. Palate: medium-full body, effervescent carbonation. Flav.: sweet and malty, spicy, very much like the nose. A Scotch-like smokey background and throw in a bit of licorice as well. Coats the mouth slightly with a mildly alcoholic finish.
I firmly believe that most countries do either beer or wine well, and seldom both. This was an unexpected pleasure. Bravo!


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