Brewed by St. Sylvestre
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Sylvestre-Cappel, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a dark reddish brown with thin off-white head that lingered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Nose was a pleasant, though subdued, malty dark fruit, mixed with carmel. Mouthfeel was sweet and slightly tingly, and the flavor followed the nose. Initial palate was stale and metallic, but this improved dramatically as the beer warmed. If I have this again, I’ll make sure to let it warm before drinking. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Dark amber/brown pour with small tan head. Dusty, yeast aroma. Dry and big. Very complex, roasted malt, carmal, and some unexpected sweet/woody flavor. Some bite in the body. Interestingly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Subtle blend of caramel, tart cherries, and some spices, this is far too easy to drink. That 8.5% is completely hidden, making it even more dangerous. Not the most intricate beer in the world, but well crafted and extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (739) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Dark translucent orange color with large off-white head and some lacing. Aroma was very weak with light malts. Flavor had light fruit and malt flavors, some caramel and spices. It did taste a little oxidized, I’m not sure how old the bottle was, but I think it would have been more flavorful if fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11590) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. [thank you for bringing this from France, sysadm]
Pours a deep orange with a big, bubbly off white head with a slight yellow hue. Aroma is mild, some caramel, some roasted, some herbs and spices. Medium carbonation. Flavour is spicy peppery at first, then caramel sweetness and a spicy and oaky dryness at the end. Not really vinious despite the high ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle @ Quinns. Brandy coloured with a malty off white head. Roasted malt nose. Taste of malt, nuts and caramel. Simple, but pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Pours a clouded ruby brown with minimal tan head. Nose is sugary, cherry, with a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a tuch of wood somewhere in there and a slight bit of caramelized sugar. Feel is great. Nice effervescence and bubbly on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. Quite good and worth going to...maybe worth going to again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle. Pous a clear amber with a large long lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, and biscuit malt. Taste is the same as aroma with a hint of pepper. Medium mouthfeel that finishes dry with a high amount of carbonation and mild biterness. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (1042) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Faint toasted malt aroma. Dryish, bittersweet malt flavor with a moderate dry, peppery finish. Noticeable alcohol prescence. Average for it’s style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Amber brown pour, with a ton of head (overflowed out of my Unibroue tulip, actually). Fruity aromas: raisin, apple, pear. Flavor is sweet, with some caramel notes and malts. Smooth and velvet-like on the palate. Recommended.

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