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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
Deep amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had notes of orange zest, caramel, coriander, some alcohol. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. The flavor held some sweetness tinged with alcohol. Nothing remarkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 The pour reveals a clear orangey copper color with a thick bubbly offwhite head that leaves fair lacing on the glass. Good aroma of spicy and toasty malt with some mustyness. Very good flavor of spicy and biscuity malt with fruits, the hops are detectable only because of the bitterness in the finish and the alcohol is well hidden by the ample, generous body. The palate is spectacular with a thick and ample body and a soft and comfy texture, the carbonation though is a bit too strong, it kind of ruins the perfection of body and texture. A very interesting and well made bière de garde.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2898) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Cloudy amber-orangeish hue, with a frothy white head, with caramelized malt, toffeeish note, hint of fruitiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasty malt character, a faint floral hops note, with a warming accent, leading towards a nice warmth and hop bittering finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2006
Medium copper body with a slightly off white head. The aroma is The aroma is rich with pears and some earthy grass. There is also a hint oftropical fruit like kiwi, but it is hidden behind the nice earth. The taste is slightly sweet with carmel and some sweet light milk chocolate. There is also some light brandy along with some dry dried apricots in the finish. A nice sticky body with some cobwebs in the finish. A pretty damn good biere de garde! Glad to see a quality one in a small bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2006
03.26.06 11.2 oz bottle, ’order #1001’ Dark honey golden color beneath a massive, rustic, golden straw colored head that persists to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is yeasty with hints of sweet-tart candy, tangerine, caramel, and mossy earth. The impression I get is spring-like and fresh. No evidence of the high alcohol other than my rosy cheeks. Big and malty flavors are lifted airily across the palate on electric effervescence that will not quit. Lightly sweet, touches of herb adorn spicy yeast and mild malts. Mineral notes emerge and mix nicely with the garden of subtle dried fruits and flowers. A very nice beer, this, and perhaps wasted on me tonight as I just can’t seem to focus on the beer. One of the more pleasant examples of BdG I’ve come across without any of the oxidation that I seem to run into all too often. I like it, and I’ll buy it again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
Aroma:butter,caramel... Appearance:Clear golden-orange,huge head... Flavor:alcohol,spicy,caramel......

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
This recipe seems to have been tweaked around a bit as it pours a hazy golden, nowhere close to amber and fully carbonated, raising a big frothy white head of ridiculous rockiness. Soft and perfumey malt aromas show clovey phenols and honeyed biscuity roundness. The carbonation remains very high, giving a vaporous feel to the beer, while typical noble hops procure a grassy, mildly bitter kick in the otherwise warming, liquorous and vinous finish. As it warms, it gains a certain woodiness that brings its vinous leanings further, like the toasted oak we associate to many american whites. Spicy, comfortable mouth presence, quite foamy and medium bodied, supple maltiness, fruity (apples, earthy oranges). If initially sweet, it develops nicely, with good bittering power. A very fresh sample I believe. Long and pleasant, with a firmness in the mouthfeel that most of the other St-Sylvestre don’t carry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2006
interesting bulge at the top of the bottle, causing a nice glug into the glass creating a nice foamy head. an attractive amber, and a mild aroma of earth and wood and hops. a very dry 8.5%, which is nearly undetectable. pretty good, really, but it’s too much to have for a session, and not enough to want to linger on.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle has "order # 1001" stamped on the side, not sure if that’s botlling code or not. Amber with huge off white head, tiny carbonation bubbles, eventually fades to film, and a ring of bubbles. Quick swirl brings it back. Very yeasty bread and malty aroma, lots of caramel and toffee. Also getting some fruit, leaning towards raisin, hard to pinpoint. Flavor is sweet caramel malt up front with quick dose of fruit through the middle. Towards the finish alcohol shows up, alot more alcohol than I expected at 8.5% (maybe because it’s 9am). Finishes very mettalic with grassy/slightly skunky hop bitterness. Just my opinion, butnot the best beer to start with on Sunday morning.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2006
fairly rich with a little butterscotch, clean and complex flavor of pear and golden plum with moderate thyme and oregano. I think. Sage. Bog Myrtle??? Oh I dunno, sorta spicy. Very nice beer, am definitely gonna get more...


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