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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: 645   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.


3.1
   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 (1094) - 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 (5218) - 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 (2924) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10712) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle. Poured clear copper with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus spice aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft caebonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, totally cloudy auburn pour yields a firm, sticky head. Aroma is slightly tart at first pour, though quickly transforms into a spicy autumn type brew... cinnamon, green apple pie, roasty malts, nutmeg, plump plums. Very nice. Flavor is dissappointing, considering the great aroma... malty, and very harsh, overwhelming minerals and a chunky, bad almond kind of aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Warm rusty gold body with a mild yeast load, moderate visible carbonation, and a thick, foamy, and persistent beige head. Sweet toffee aroma with cherry highlights and some breadiness. Some toasty sweet malt and mild esters, but the flavor is surprisingly dry overall. Sparkling mouthfeel with a light-bodied, dry palate. Doesn’t even remotely suggest 8.5% ABV. Fair, but unexceptional.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
bottle pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of yeast, caramel malts and soft floral hops. Flavor is caramel, some toasted malts, and some floral hops on the finish. Smooth malty palate makes this quite drinkable and a little better than I would have guessed it..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snoro (297) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 D’une odeur forte et d’apparence brumeuse avec une belle robe et dentelle. d’un bonne saveur et sans arrière-goût. Dans son ensemble, elle est une bonne bière forte avec un bon goùt épicé.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle: Red with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, light malts, some floral hops, and some spice. Flavor, fruity, some yeasty/bready notes, floral hops. On the sweet side, with a little bitterness. Surprisingly enjoyable.


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