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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: 672   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
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2007
I really liked this beer. Rocky white head early and thne thins sown to a modest foamy residue. Tan / dull copper in colour. Powerful aromas of dark fruits, sweet cakey malts and hints of scotch whiskey. The flavours are Belgian-like with respect to big heavy malts and traces of alcohol heat. It drinks every bit its 8.5% although it lightens a fraction on the finish with an excellent sweet oak finish. Some alcohol derived bitterness comes in very late, as do some pongy / stinky notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle purchased from the TRC Hotel in Launceston Tasmania. Hazy iced-tea amber colour with a very thick white head that displays excellent retention. Aroma is all butter toffee and bready yeast (smells yummy!). Caramel malt and chewy breadiness dominate the palate, along with mild spiciness. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle from JCW. Clear amber body with a small beige head. The aroma is breade, golden raisins and pears. The flavor is fairly dry, dough, light toffee, grapes and light spice. Medium body has a high level of tight carbonation with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Well done.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Guzzled a little bit upon opening. Color is amber with a very big off white head. Aroma is mildly sweet, with caramel, slightly earthy. Taste has a nice sweetness to it, followed by light alcohol, caramel, hay character, with a light bitterness at the end. Body is a little fizzy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5316) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
12 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber body under a large fizzy and foamy beige head. Lots of very fine visible carbonation. The aroma is quite similar to a Flemish Sour, showing some fruity malt and some light tart apple notes. A little alcohol, farmhouse funk, and sweet malt. The flavor shows dry farmhouse funk with some light malt and yeastiness. Some apparent alcohol showing on the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with too much fizzy carbonation. You can actually hear the carbonation as the beer hits the front of the tongue with every sip. Overall, this was OK, but not a stand-out for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Ochre orange body, huge fluffy white head that lasts forever. Aroma and flavor of toasted bread crusts, and slightly boozy. Very lively body. 8 4 9 4 17 orig.rat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, reddish-yellow color; off-white head with good lacing. Medium, sugary and bready notes in the aroma; some coffee as well. Lively carbonation at the tip of the tongue; dense, chewy Belgian sugar and esters, with a toasted vanilla / doughy character; tasty stuff. Medium, sugary and estery and dried fruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of artusory. Somewhat hazy copper with a high white head. Rich caramel, cherry and a little pear in the nose. Malty and flavorful with notes of caramel, toffee, light sherry, apple/pear, cherry and grassy/herbal hops. Ends with a nice, dusty aged malt character. Pleasantly sweet with balanced bitterness. The alcohol is very well-hidden. The body is full to medium with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(33cl bottle, thanks artusory) Medium beige head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, caramel, some peach. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, chocolate/caramel, light orange peel sourness. Medium-full body, somewhat creamy. Alcohol well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle via trade with HogTownHarry. Reddish-golden colour with a small white head. Aroma of overripe peaches, honey, oak, yeast - very interesting. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour is fairly sweet off the top, with some malt and honey notes, developing a slightly boozy warmth in the middle, with a moderate bitterness and notes of yeast and wood in the finish. Definitely improves a great deal as it warms.


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