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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
I guess the label threw me. I was expecting a Flanders Red to be on the sour side and I didn't realize this was a biere de garde. Anyway, here it goes. Orangey/red amber w/ a lasting off white head. Malty and lightly toasty w/ hints of caramel and very light fruitiness in the aroma. The flavor starts out malty but turns lightly bitter and hop flavored. Well balanced, but to bitter; caramel malt becomes stronger as it warms and has a very light fruitiness. Medium bodied w/ higher level of carbonation and alcohol warmth w/ a smooth m/f. The biere de garde style is definitly growing on me. Fairly straight forward and not terribly complex, but very good in it's own way. Seems to be a good biere de garde though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
Brilliant dark red with a thick, eggshell head. An interesting malty aroma that is huge on the mint and cough syrup, not unlike a Hall's Cough Drop. However, underneath the initial liquid smelling-salts is a bunch of cereal and sweet caramel. Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel that isn't exactly thin but is certainly not thick. Interesting flavors that fit very well into the Bière de Garde style. I've never really known how to articulate them, but they are sort of like buttery malt. There is more mint and alcohol in the flavor as well. Also, light fruitiness, not too unlike some diet cherry cola. Heavy malts with bright hops and tons of alcohol make for an interesting beer. Despite decent the aroma and flavors, something seems to be a bit off here. The mint is so strong and unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I'm glad I bought it, but I doubt I would venture back to this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2004
Pours with a five-finger light tan pillowy head leaving a good lace pour slowly. Slightly cloudy reddish amber. Nose is alcohol. Smooth and warm going down, the alcohol is noticeable, and the after taste is alcohol; still a good balance of malts and hops. A 330ml bottle was $2.99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2004
2003 (I presume) bottle. Muddy dark brown with some lighter auburns mixed in. Light beige tinges around the edges. Bottle conditioned. Big malty aroma, caramel to the max with some ripe brown/red fruits. Big fizzy off-white head. Begins with a huge burst of caramel sweetness with an equally big bitter hops kick. Interesting. . .this much bitter hops in a biere de garde. Body is medium to medium full. Alcohol is quite apparent on the finish, which has some lightly smokey flavors as well as some rich caramel and dry, dry yeast flavors. Typical barley/grain flavors for the style, with that sweet malt, but this is more aggressive, rich, almost roasty, and as I said, has a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, but settles down somewhat. Finish is way too acidic for my liking, but the flavor is bold and I like that. I could see this aging well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Hazy reddish orange color with a good sized, stable off-white head. Plum aroma with hints of spices. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy. Musty ending that sticks around for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 22, 2004
White large and strong head. Dark amber color. Aroma is fruity with spicy, walnut and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too, with raisins, apricots and light caramel tones, ending in a moderately sweet, fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 I’m going to call this a beer "d’grass’. Ruby colored and slightly hazy, with a moderated white head. The aroma reminds me of a European pils, and a good one at that! Very grassy. Flavor is a nice balance between the grassy flavor and the munich malts. Don’t think of it as indicative of the style, but I liked it alot anyway! Thanks Per.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (10721) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Copper coloured with white carboated head. Toffee caramel sweetbeer, highly carbonated. Boiled malt with some finishing dryness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2003
Quite alcoholic and one dimensional. Slightly yeasty and metallic as well. Bland and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3792) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Toffee, bit sweet, musty, bit of hops. Copper brown clear with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium silky-watery body and medium carb. Musty malt at start, not sweet. Good dryness, bitterness in finish. Light bitter after.

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