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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 657   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (532) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2013
Complex medicinal aroma, some peat?!? some wood... finish has hints of candy... simple sweet taste, quite bland... it lacks body though, pretty watery...

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (529) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Hazy amber with a big frothy brown head. Good head retention and some thin lacing. Aroma of malt, alcohol, caramel and some hints of apple. Taste of chocolate, caramel, fruit, sourness and some dark fruits. Fairly dry, very warming. Light carbonation. A wonderful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle - Contents exploded upon opening. Slightly cloudy copper colour. Huge beige head. Fruity aroma. Malty, caramel, dark fruits, treacle , spicy, earthy. Slightly frothy mouth feel. Medium to full bodied. Medium to high carbonation. A very nice drop. Pleasant and lasting bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (513) - ROMANIA - NOV 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is malty, olives can be felt. Flavor is somewhat sweet with notes of olives in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2006
Great amber color not like most biere de Garde. Light but strong. Honey sweet but the alchol hangs out a bit to much.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bedainedebiere (503) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 2,79, I think, for a 33cl bottle. Bought today, the best before date is 07.03.10 but I don’t know when it was bottled... Not 300 ratings yet; I thought it was a more widely available beer since it is pretty easy to find in Quebec imaginary country. I’m not familiar with the "biere de garde" concept as it could just be a belgian strong ale to me, even though it is french. The aroma is discreet, with notes of caramelised malt. The taste is much more to my liking than what I remembered. Dominant sweet notes, caramel alike, bitter, sour and spicy notes, pretty complex, lasting aftertaste. Very carbonated (it made a mess when I opened it; be careful). Very enjoyable. 7-3-8-4-16. Added: Bought one with the date 05/07/09 on it today (I don’t know if it means it has just expired or if it is for july) and this one was really sweeter, smoother, thicker, well really better. It even deserves a higher rating to me... Close to amazing

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Huge tan head over a clear red-amber body. Excellent lacing. Aroma-taste of brown sugar, dried fruit, leather, a hint of spices balanced, with a slightly metallic-minerally finish. Light to medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (482) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2014
One of the better Biere de Garde’s that I’ve had. The flavor is a little muted, but pleasant. It blends caramel sweetness with hints of Flemish Red/Brown character. Just sour enough to keep it interesting. Full mouthfeel. Yeasty, astringent. Smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Clear amber color with minimal white head. Sweet bready, malty, aroma with hints of dried fruits (dates, raisins, cherries). Strong acidic fruit flavors with malt and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Decently carbonated, fairly soft mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eManu (460) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2009
Pours a clear orange red color with and off white head. Aroma is hoppy and some caramel. Falvors is again hoppy and caramel, with a hint of dry fruits and of yeast. Good carbonation, with a light bitter finish.


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