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


on tap

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5757) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1573) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12924) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3095) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9281) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, 30-07-07. Poured murky warm gold colour, with large erupting white head of foam. Having had two other Biere de garde’s in recent day’s I’m getting to notice the style now and this seemed quite typical of the style although the alcohol did become a little invasive at times. Some toffeeiness in the mouth, bit malty and sweet but fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13730) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Aroma of stone fruit and yeast, almost berry or cherry. Deep reddish amber color with a beige head that was vigorous and laced a minim. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, something of a tart cherry flavor. The malt is something yeasty or musty or earthy, and the finish is kind of balanced between the malt flavors and some fruit bitter, like sucking on seeds or pits. This real ale needs to be slowly sipped. Fantastically rewarding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2004) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2007
I’ve opened Gavroche at cellar temp, lightly-chilled and chilled-near-freezing, and each time I’m confronted with an impossible, eruptive, large bubbled, ecru head which takes forever to settle over a mid-hazed, vermillion-tinted amber body. Fine silt pours in late. Tart, cherry-tinged aroma showcases wild yeast through a non-threatening funkiness. Above an obvious malt presence, the yeasts devolve to candy. Overwhelming metallica in the initial flavor complements a spongy mouth of foam, even after the head has dissipated. High astringence pinches the cheeks like a neophyte convict. Metallics give way to dry, earthen cherry-pit sourness and an eye-squint of grain alcohol. Beneath all lies the faint sweetness of baked goods... like an egg-basted raisin bread twist, done a little too brown. Fast gulps prove daunting but provide greater results than slow sips. Remnants are few until gaseous belches return unripened pitted fruits coated in a haze of dust.

<font size=-4>Purchased several months ago from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL 60618</font>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madquacker (1099) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2007
Deep colour and smooth aroma. A robust warming beer. One of the best in this style. Think I made the mistake of drinking it too cold though.

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