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

bottled
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RATINGS: 666   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Overwhelming head... Reminds me of a Duvel head. Very hoppy aromas... floral... grassy... woods like... a few spices... very lite pepper ... This is a somewhat flat beer even though it looks like its very carbonated... coriander... After a few minutes and room temperature, it has a realy creamy caramel taste and aromas of a little more alcohol... Anywho... this beer is overall ok !

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle poured into a snifter. Cloudy, even murky orange with a big, mostly lasting off-white head. Initially a skunky aroma, which mellowed out a bit becoming a meaty or woody yeastiness. Aroma otherwise hard to pinpoint beyond the yeast characteristics. Sweet malt flavor with some citrus, spice and tingling alcohol on the finish. OK to try once, but not all that impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
This Biere de Garde pours a medium amber color from a 330ml bottle. Large sized white foamy, long lasting head. Aroma is lightly malty, some fruitiness and some hops. A medium-bodied Biere de Garde Malts are caramel and fruity. Lots of dark fruit and raisin flavors as well. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Some rye bread flavors. Very smooth taste. Lively carbonation. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry, with some spiciness. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2006
Amber colored beer with beige foam. Complex araoma of sweet nuts and caramel, also soft fruity hints. Very tastefull and lovely taste, gateau, pain perdu, and dry raisins with brandy accent. This is a beer I really love. Afthertaste is delicious and ends with a little herbyness. Echt lekker.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9193) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
The yeast taste predominates and it is more of a decent Blegium produced outside of France. Reminded me more of a Unibroue than a beer de garde, that flavour being understated. Quite drinkable, some grain and creaminess in mouthfeel.. Nice yeasty head and pleasant aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1433) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2006
Sublte notes of cider and malt. Huge thick head. Wonderful white wine port tones, citrus, raisins and a wonderfully fresh hoppy thing at the end. Long finish with alcohol burning slowly. Soft and foamy like no other I’ve tried so far. Truly a positive suprise!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a huge foamy off-white head. Aroma of yeast, grain, dark fruit, a faint sourness and alcohol. Flavour is yeasty with lightly sweet malt, some spices and alcohol. Medium bodied. Not bad but it doesn’t do much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle Best before 2009. Pours fine haze of amber hue, large frothy lightly tanned crown. Gentle smooth nose of yeast and medium dark malts accented with aromatic hops. Like a dark rye bread with caramel topping sprinkled by dry hopped powder. Medium bodied with light earthy character up front, medium is more malty and as suspected finish mildly bitter. All this is very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol has shown good warming qualities, none of the dry stuff here. Very nice all around ale. Remind me of a blend of bit strong British ale and saison.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Hazy umber color with a tall, fluffy ecru head. Toasty malt, with a slightly must basement scent. Hints of raisins, light balsamic vinegar, grapes and wild honey. Light airy and refreshing on the palate. After a few sips this is one acidic brew. Fresh wine characteristics are evident. Mild pale malt is just a mild thought in this this one. Dry, slightly nutty and interesting. Things get slightly warming as I near the end of the glass. Again interesting, but not sure if I would have this on any regular basis.

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.


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