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


on tap

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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. 11/12/14. Pours translucent amber with a fluffy, fast-fading off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, dark berries, cherries, some grapes, earth, farmyard, salt, leather. Taste is fruity, berries, leather, vanilla, earthy, bubblegum, fruit esther qualities reminiscent of Belgian yeast strains; finish is fruit and earthy with an unfortunate hint of oxidation. Lacing is full and dense throughout. Medium carbonation with small but active bubbles. Mouth feel is medium-full bodied, a bit oily. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5174) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Rich ruby tinted brown coloured body with a small, half centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, light apples, earth, sour grapes, caramel, toffee and a hint of peaches - nice, complex and all over the place. Medium-bodied; Assertive alcohol and pungent medicinal flavours at first with a large bitterness from alcohol and earth, some light sweet notes at the end, but are relatively subdued, and a hint of fruits. Aftertaste shows mostly bitterness and medicinal/pungent flavours with alcohol, permanent marker and dry oak the strongest tastes. Overall, an interesting beer - this one smells a lot different than it taste, but unfortunately it only gets worse with time spent with this.Not really worth trying and not really a biere de garde. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from the Phoenicia Market in Houston, Texas on 10-August-2013 for US$3.49 sampled at home in Washington on 02-March-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (4787) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2014
33cl bottle. BB 11.06.16. Poured copper color with a huge, frothy, lacing white head. Sweet, honey-like aroma, yeast and some malt and dark fruits. Mellow, pleasant. Flavor is sweetish, malt, caramel, some warming alcohol towards finish, along with some hoppy notes. mild bready notes in the long finish along with sweet fruits. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
txitxi40230 (79) - - FEB 12, 2014
Belle présentation, belle petite mousse, jolie couleur, un goût léger, assez sucré. Bonne bière...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (702) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma is complex and enticing. The presentation is a knockout: deep and cloudy ruddiness with a frothy foamy head. Nice sticky lacing. Gives the appearance of an old-world classic, as it demands respect. Taste is yeasty and fruity. There is considerable depth, and the beer plays well to a hearty sloshing in the mouth as it reveals creaminess, something toasted, and some boozy alcohol. Reminds me of a fine Trappist trippel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Renobob (1274) - Besançon, FRANCE - FEB 8, 2014
Trop amère, peu de complexité. Presque désagréable à boire. Rien d'intéressant d'après moi, passez votre chemin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madnorwegian (99) - FRANCE - JAN 31, 2014
Pours a nice copper color with nice white head that lasts. Malty, little sweet nicelt balanced with bitterness. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Alcohol a bit too high, makes it a little heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dandeman (690) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Évaluation no. 104 - Juillet 2011. Au nez, de légers houblons et de subtils caramels. La couleur est cuivrée et floue. La mousse est abondante et très persistante. L’attaque est assez houblonnée avec des notes légères de caramel. Combinaison alcool et acidité très défini. Rappelle les lambics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (1556) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle at home. Bought it at the St Albans Beer festival four months ago and couldn’t wait any longer. Reddish gold, plentiful carbs and a big off-white head. A hint of strawberries adds to an earthy, yeasty, malty aroma. A pleasant metallic adage also identifiable in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet, doughy and alcoholic (but not too much so). Full creamy texture with the carbonation adds to the palette. Long complex finish. A proper treat. I’m surprised at how nice this is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (1379) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 16, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL. Look: clear amber with a peach-colored big creamy head with average retention. Aroma: very malty and sweet, fruity, herbal/grassy, has a slight fruity acidic bite too. Taste: sweet but not cloying, some phenolic and possibly hoppy bitterness, just a touch of alcohol, some acetaldehydes and light peppery spiciness. Well into the doppelbock territory, but still drinkable and with a spicy bite.

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