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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: 642   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Orange, cloudy, bubbly, small light tan head. Aroma hay, caramel, yeast. Medium body, carbonated, hardly any alcohol. Flavor is sweet. Malty caramel, candy-like, esters. Hint of citrus. Syrupy. Not bad, but not great balance, needed either a little more bitterness or acidity.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Clear reddish pour with large frothy off white head. Musty, rather unpleasant aroma. Metallic, milky aroma. Funk, must, Kind of sweet, hard to describe. Some booze, kind of astringent. Very hard to describe. Earthy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Ochre orange body, huge fluffy white head that lasts forever. Aroma and flavor of toasted bread crusts, and slightly boozy. Very lively body. 8 4 9 4 17 orig.rat.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (575) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
This had a very lively head, foamy and active. I couldn’t smell very much, but this was not an aged bottle. Taste was pleasant but not very strong and maybe lacked depth. I enjoyed it, though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours a hazy copper-red with a thick off-white head. Smells of basement, hay, caramel. Taste is mildly sweet and mildly bitter - high carbonation.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (558) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2013
Une bière de St Sylvestre Cappel en Flandre française. Une brasserie qui fait la très jolie bière des 3 Monts (de Flandre). Ici on a été cherché le gamin des faubourgs de Paris, donc on ne pourra pas revendiquer quelque chose de typiquement flamand... Bon l’essentiel n’est pas là... Bière sur lie (entendez refermentée en bouteille) de 8,5 % abv. Bien. Couleur ambre moyen. Clarté nette, pure, limpide. (Donc on se pose la question de la lie … qui était d’ailleurs très très mince en fond de bouteille … CQFD). Bulles moyennes partout dans le verre, nombreuses et vives. Bien. Mousse blanche épaisse, bien constituée, en flocons en bas et crémeuse en haut. Bien. Arômes très bien sur le houblon, les céréales, avec des fruits blancs et quelques fruits secs. Superbe. Texture soyeuse. 1ère bouche très agréable sur la céréale et le houblon. A l’équilibre d’emblée. Arrière-bouche très pleine avec du fruit. 2ème plutôt sur la céréale, avec une pointe de pelure de pomme de terre et une légère touche fumée. 3ème sur le malt caramel bien trempé, mais l’arrière-bouche est un peu en retrait. Un côté un peu eau de cuisson de pomme de terre... (?). Longueur un peu sur le roussi (c’est normal pour une rousse!!!). Non je plaisante, agréable, mais sans élan... Attention, on va en diminuant. La levure confirme ceci, elle est très très (trop) molle, légère. Confirmation comme je dis souvent : la lie c’est bien, mais une bonne refermentation à la belge, c’est mieux... Alcool pourtant efficace dans le soutien des saveurs, et qui tient la route. Mais le pauvre, il ne peut faire de miracle !!! La finale, comme on s’y attendait, ne relève rien. Elle est trop linéaire. Bière qui commence fort, mais va en diminuant, ce qui est (entre nous soit dit) une des grandes erreurs dans l’art du brassage.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
Chestnut brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of over-ripe fruit, toffee, ginger. Sweet flavor - caramel, plum, bitter and floral hops. Quite a big dose of alcohol in the flavor as well. Full bodied, smooth carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 11.2oz bottle: pours a hazy chestnut brown with a HUGE HEAD. aroma was almost not even there maybe a hint of hops and alcohol. flavor has a taste of alcohol with an added nut taste. overall i wouldnt buy again but wouldnt turn it down if offered would rate higher if i couldnt taste the alcohol so much. but its no so strong that it should keep you from trying this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Another exploder. Poured a dark/deep amber red with a large tanned off-white head which was average lasting. Aroma was of toffee, malts orange peel, golden syrup, alcohol and some prunes. Alcohol content was present on this one (which was to my liking) with some toffee and malts to back it up as swell as dried apricots and other mixed dried fruits, warming finish. Full bodied with lively carbonation, slight watery texture yet a syrupy mouthfeel and a good finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (542) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
750ml bottle. Clear orange body, big yellow head with good retention, but almost no lacing. Aroma of grains, yeast, toffee, dried fruits. Taste is sweet and boozy: caramel, apricot and apple jam, yeast, floral hops. Medium oily body.


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