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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: 637   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Very aromatic, floral/hops mainly, but some skunkiness/alcohol at the end. Cloudy amber body with a nice big head. I generally agree with other raters’ comments, nice mouthfeel, but too much bite on the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Aroma is musty and stale with a sort of macro-like pale lager funk. Body is a rich amber and supports a massive, three fingers thick, fluffy off white head. Sweet white fruit and caramel malt make up the fore. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant with medium carbonation. finish is plump with fruit flavors but dry and abrupt. It’s kind of interesting and I think some of its negatives are salvaged by its nice mouthfeel, decent flavor and pleasant sipability.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (2936) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2006
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before 02/01/08, purchased on Juiy 1 2006; eye: amber with golden reflections, long-lasting pale beige head made up of rather large bubbles, lacing, good effervescence, clear; nose: caramel, alcohol, pepper, toffee, small dark berries, spices; mouth: in that order, unpleasant aggressiveness, malt, caramel, alcohol, hops, pepper, long sweet finale with a little sting on the tip of the tongue, mildly sweet, mildly bitter, full body, creamy and sticky texture, quite carbonated, filling; overall: not too often FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, meilleure avant 02/01/08, acheté le 1er juillet 2006; oeil : ambrée avec des reflets dorés, mousse persistante beige pâle formée de bulles assez grosses, bonne effervescence, claire, dentelle; nez : caramel, alcool, poivre, toffee, petits fruits foncés, épices; bouche : agressante, malt, caramel, alcool, houblon, poivre, finale longue sucrée avec un peu de piquant sur le bout de la langue, moyennement sucrée, moyennement amère, corsée, texture crémeuse et collante, très carbonatée, toquante; en résumé : pas trop souvent

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 24, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a extremely large sized head of all foam finely sized tan colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind a hazy strongly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was hoppy malty musty cinnamon and Irish Red malty. The vinous mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor contained notes of vinegar malt and hops. Not one that I would buy again. It was just off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (2957) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark amber body topped with a huge beige frothy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with spicy, oaky, and plummy notes. Taste is very well balanced. It carries some subtle yeasty and toffee notes, and ends with a bittersweet, warming finish. Very good example of Bière de Garde.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Nose has caramel, some herbal hops, sweet fruit, light ruby body, light tan head. Flavor is sweet caramel, a tinge of sour. Nice enough body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Poured a clear pinkish red with high carbonation that built up a huge and lasting off-white head. Aroma is quite pleasant with menthol, cherries, oak, nuts, and toffee. The flavors are enjoyable though lighter than what the aromas would indicate. Sweet yet dry. A hoppy bitterness and high levels of carbonation really help to make this a refreshing beer. I could definately drink many more of these.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Well, time to give this one another shot, I suppose. Gorgeous, just as before, a frothy off-white head slowly comes down over a medium amber body, bottle conditioning refracts the light and creates broad colour transitions. The aroma is much more distinct this time around. Sherry notes marry with hints of mild tobacco; bright oak and perfume once again present. Thick, dark, bready malt profile is slathered with raspberry and cherry confitures. Caramel comes late to the party, but shows with some warmth. Freshly snapped mint and a pinch of lime juice tops it all off. Big, spicy bread during the initial flavour with soft cherry acidity leads into a long, drying oak and tobacco finish with retronasals of perfume and citrus. Caramel and sherry drift in and out the entire time. The finish has just enough bite to show off the big alcohol. The mouthfeel is silky, with soft yet plentiful carbonation. The body starts slightly larger than most, but dries out in the finish. This bottle, unlike my last, has a lot of life and serious character. It’s like a dark 3 Monts. New rating is strictly for this bottle. 33cl bottle, Leffe goblet, bbe 06.03.10.

33cL bottle, snifter. Crackling bubbles within the large off-white, foamy head allow it to slowly descend over a brassy amber body until only a thin froth remains. The aroma is restrained, at best, and even at room temperature I have trouble acquiring the volume of aroma a beer of this gravity should possess. Sherry-like oxidation notes are quickly detected, flowing smoothly into a sanguine/iron mineral profile all with a gentler still lactic element underneath. As the beer warms a bright oak/perfume aroma presents itself along with a soft cilantro note. A hint of raspberry and blackberry jams peers out eventually and has trouble finding a foothold with everything else going on. Fruity, cherry-like, sweetness and acidity takes shape at the front of the tongue, underscored by an elusive earthiness—tobacco, perhaps. During the swallow, the tongue becomes engulfed in peppery acidity and a pickled sourness, which eventually fade out to realize a soft, herbal finish and a dry sherry aftertaste. Slippery and bubbly, the mouthfeel does little to enhance the experience. A word I use very rarely in describing any attempt at any Belgian style is appropriate here: reserved. Worse yet, the complexity simply isn’t that stunning, not to mention the fall-off from aroma to flavor. (6/4/5/3/11 = 2.9)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours a transparent amber copper with a large, spotty-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of toasty biscuity malt and some sweet grain along with a touch of green noble hops. Body starts with a sweet earthy caramel maltiness and good authentic bitter balance. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable, but could hide it’s alcohol a little better.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2006
Brown colour. Unclear. A large tanned head that almost disappeared completely. The "champagne" sensation is a bit exaggerated so the flavour almost drowns, but there are qualities to be explored. Malt and caramel shines through.


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