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


on tap

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RATINGS: 660   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Orange peel, coriander, doughy yeast, and toffee in the musty aroma with occasional notes of alcohol. Clear amber-brown with pillowy off-white head that recedes to cover with some lacing. Spices are apparent along with bitter orange in the round, malty flavour with tea-like tannins and notes of alcohol. Medium-full body with strong carbonation that awakens the taste buds. Bottle. Entered from notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fine lasting head. The aroma is dominated by alcohol in a quite unpleasant way. Some maltiness as well. On the palate the beer is highly carbonated. The flavor is malty and toffelike but again too dominated by alcohol. A disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1924) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2005
Slightly hazy, amber coloured with a very large off-white head. Aroma has fruit, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel with some nice light bitterness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Full bodied and dry. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2005
From A Bottle.Amber red in colour with a huge scary head, aroma is of alcohol and fruit,taste is quite sweet with malt and alcohol,dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2005
’biere de garde’ is french meaning a beer that you like a lot and don’t want to share and so you hide it in the back of the fridge lest any thirsty retards come over and find it. if they do, and attempt to drink it, you "garde" it aggressively, jabbing them with a barbeque fork if necessary-- hence the term in fencing "en garde!" a beautiful head rides on this cedar-russet pour, like a mat of pussy willow fluff-- but it doesn’t last long, so you may want to have your camera ready to capture the moment. the flotsam awaiting in the bottle is as dense as an astronomical "globular cluster", though it brings only a slight mustiness to the aroma and flavor. otherwise, the aroma is a strong waft of stove-top warmly fragrant caramel, plus some straw, dough, and peach slices drizzled with alcohol and ready to flambe´. likewise with the flavor, it’s sweet in a fruity whole-grain muffin kind of way-- with lively carbonation; it’s certainly deliciously full-bodied, and-- lest you drift in forever into that blissful (albiet two-demensional) 8.5% abv. and sweet toffee dreamland, it nudges you with a gentle wake-up call of orange rind bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4120) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2005
Massive head upon pouring.Plenty of alcohol presence as you would expect from a beer of this strength.Lovely mouthfeel although a bit sour for my taste.Nevertheless a very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3499) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2005
Winey aroma, notes of port and alcohol. Amber color, small head. Port wine flavor, light sharpness, medium body. Quite alcoholic. Astringent, sourly and hopbitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
Pours cloudy red with some head. Aroma is tart but not in a good way. Aromas first of apples and toffee with some hay. Taste is bitter and not at all what I was expecting. High alcohol is right up front with flavors of dirt and funk and some roasted grains. I dunno if the beer is supposed to be this way but I didnt like it at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21155) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Bottled. Orange coloured, huge white foamy, very lasting head and leaves nice lacing. Malty and fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet malty taste with hints of caramel. Alcohol is pretty wellhidden but shows a bit in the finish. Taste is a bit unbalanced, but still this is a very fine beer. 7 5 7 3 14

Re-rate: Bottled. Amber colour, huge beigeish bubbly head. Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruits and lots of caramellish malts. Also a bit white chocolate. Flavour is fruity, caramellish malty, creamy and spicy. Pleasant carbonation. Some roast in aftertaste, along with caramellish malts. Was even better than I remembered. Pleasant "session"beer. 8 5 7 4 15.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (6031) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled(330ml). -dark copper colored with nice foamy head, aroma is sweet and malty, light fruity with some licorice notes, sharp alcohol finish

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