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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: 650   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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (636) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a murky brown with large off-white head. Somewhat unusual aroma, raisins, citrus, dark malts. Flavor takes quite a bit of getting used to, and was extremely intense for the first few sips, with a sharp (think cheese) bitterness. Sour at times, lingering brown bread, black tea, and malt finish, lively carbonation. On the dark end of the biere de garde scale, not unlike a thin bodied dubbel as well. Certainly got better as it warmed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle, Moderate malts, some darker fruits, no hops, nice fluffy tan head, alcohol. Spicy yeast flavors, nice dry finish, not a quaffer but nice and enjoyable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (606) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2009
The bottle poured tawny red with fluffy tan head, into a snifter. Fair retention and good lacing, the aroma has nice caramel and yeasty, bread crusty notes. I like the balance between alcohol, intense caramel and hoppy acidity. And it opens up nicely with a bit of warmth. One of my favorite French brews to date.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (606) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
My bottle had aged approximately 12 months. This is s fine sweet aroma floral scented brew. Strawberry aroma with a delicate hint of cherries and vanilla. The berr has a densely bronze cloudy hue with a heavy bubble tannin float. The float is quick to dissapate with moderate lacing. The flavor have a minor suble sweet kriek flavor with a profound bubbly champagne finish. There is also a hint of plums hidden. An excellent full-bodied full-spirited and robustly flavored carbonated brew in the French champagne flavor. Very Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbierlover (596) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2011
Amber beer with a big white head. Sweet and dry with a strong taste of yeast and malt with too much alcohol aftertaste. Quite fruity smell

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (592) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2011
aroma is bright with yeast, citrus, and grain. slightly cloying and somewhat lager-y, but also lots of apples. pours an almost clear light amber with thick fluffy beige head. flavor is fruity and sweet but not overly so, with an apple-y crispness. medium body, quite dry but fluffy with carbonation, nice sweet finish. this is quite good, and doesn’t have too much of the characteristic french sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (584) - 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.

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.


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