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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: 637   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Delicious beer. Aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes; long and warm alcoholic finish. Creamy palate, medium-to-full body. Brown, with a creamy white head.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - APR 11, 2013
Znakomite pieknie pachnace piwo farmerskie, czerwonego ciemnego koloru, piekna i stabilna puszysta piana, smak przypominal dobre belgijskie podwojne klasztorne. Zapach fig, troche melasy i kory drzewnej. Smak troche slodki finisz wytrawny, lekko rozgrzewalo i mimo mocnego stezenia alkoholu nie czulo sie go. Polecam.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Packman (6) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007 does not count
Really awsome beer. I would say a pure taste beer. No food, no exageration, just degustation. I really liked that one. Fall beer (as in the season not the action lol)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bedainedebiere (501) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2009
330mL brown glass pry-top. Back label dated BB 07.03.10. Bought at Super Marché Rahman in Montreal. Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass leading to 2 fingers or off-white creamy head atop a cloudy brown brew. Nose: Rather muted with some slightly sour stone fruit notes, some light caramel and milk chocolate notes. Almost like chocolate covered cherries. Palate: Medium bodied and with crisp/sharp carbonation. Lots going on here. The chocolate covered cherry thing continues and is met with strawberry and light toffee/butteriness. The palate is really sharp at first, but as the carbonation releases the taste buds, they are overwhelmed with fruit and dark candies. Notes: Had no earthly idea what to expect from this beer. I bought it simply because it was from French Flanders. Stunning beer. Wish we could get it here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 7, 2010
11.2-oz bottle Phillipes, Lafayette, LA - Aroma: sweet, earthy, musty (no cork), fruity, spicy; Appearance: clear, reddish-amber color with a fluffy off-white head, lots of laces; Flavor: caramel sweetness, salty, bitter, smokey, dried fruit, cheery, peppery; Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, bitter-dry finish; Overall: a wonderful farmhouse beer with a malty backbone balanced with estery and phenol fermentation complexity with a refreshingly smokey-dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scott_Snyder (27) - USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tons of creamy head sit atop this beautifully aromatic French Red Ale. Thick lacing. Some warming in the throat from the alcohol, but overall it plays well and doesn’t overwhelm the beer’s amazing flavors. Malty, yeasty, sweet, full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3554) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
A very rich complex ale deep amber in color with a nice dirty head that taste like chocolate malt and alcohol biscuit. Its weak and droopy lacing on the glass shows the high abv. The nose OS rich malted narky and cocoa. The taste is the same with more milky cocoa. It has a medium heavy, velvety texture. Its quite good and best enjoyed late at night after a light dinner, but on that has substance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2002
very yeasty and good. moderate sourness doesn’t become chunderous. very full in the mouth. hint of garam masala and cinnamon. some olive juice. impressive

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2006
fairly rich with a little butterscotch, clean and complex flavor of pear and golden plum with moderate thyme and oregano. I think. Sage. Bog Myrtle??? Oh I dunno, sorta spicy. Very nice beer, am definitely gonna get more...


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