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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: 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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2002
Definitly not a biere de garde.Kind of like a oud bruin/scotch ale hybrid.Huge aromas of scotch,caramel and some kirsch.Big fluffy head to go with a beautiful medium-brownish red color.Smooth mouthfeel with notes of caramel,aniseed,burnt malt to go with a moderate clean and bitter orangy finish.The one I had was past its best-before date so that might explain why it developed scotch and spirits aromas which i dont remember getting with the ones i had before.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1898) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2005
Slightly hazy, amber coloured with a very large off-white head. Aroma has fruit, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel with some nice light bitterness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Full bodied and dry. Very good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Very large light orange head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation keeps a thick head on this brew. Fruity, spicy, grapes and malts. Color is a medium orange copper. Light and fizzy in the mouth. Light malts for balance, with more spices and a hint of fruit. Good alcohol presence and warming. Little dry and tart but only minimal. Clean and dry finish. Little bitterness/tartness which makes the mouth pucker. Quite a good brew. Can’t really find anything wrong with this one. I really like this and am surprised that it is not a little higher.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Well, time to give this one another shot, I suppose. Gorgeous, just as before, a frothy off-white head slowly comes down over a medium amber body, bottle conditioning refracts the light and creates broad colour transitions. The aroma is much more distinct this time around. Sherry notes marry with hints of mild tobacco; bright oak and perfume once again present. Thick, dark, bready malt profile is slathered with raspberry and cherry confitures. Caramel comes late to the party, but shows with some warmth. Freshly snapped mint and a pinch of lime juice tops it all off. Big, spicy bread during the initial flavour with soft cherry acidity leads into a long, drying oak and tobacco finish with retronasals of perfume and citrus. Caramel and sherry drift in and out the entire time. The finish has just enough bite to show off the big alcohol. The mouthfeel is silky, with soft yet plentiful carbonation. The body starts slightly larger than most, but dries out in the finish. This bottle, unlike my last, has a lot of life and serious character. It’s like a dark 3 Monts. New rating is strictly for this bottle. 33cl bottle, Leffe goblet, bbe 06.03.10.

33cL bottle, snifter. Crackling bubbles within the large off-white, foamy head allow it to slowly descend over a brassy amber body until only a thin froth remains. The aroma is restrained, at best, and even at room temperature I have trouble acquiring the volume of aroma a beer of this gravity should possess. Sherry-like oxidation notes are quickly detected, flowing smoothly into a sanguine/iron mineral profile all with a gentler still lactic element underneath. As the beer warms a bright oak/perfume aroma presents itself along with a soft cilantro note. A hint of raspberry and blackberry jams peers out eventually and has trouble finding a foothold with everything else going on. Fruity, cherry-like, sweetness and acidity takes shape at the front of the tongue, underscored by an elusive earthiness—tobacco, perhaps. During the swallow, the tongue becomes engulfed in peppery acidity and a pickled sourness, which eventually fade out to realize a soft, herbal finish and a dry sherry aftertaste. Slippery and bubbly, the mouthfeel does little to enhance the experience. A word I use very rarely in describing any attempt at any Belgian style is appropriate here: reserved. Worse yet, the complexity simply isn’t that stunning, not to mention the fall-off from aroma to flavor. (6/4/5/3/11 = 2.9)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2006
33cL bottle. Golden amber color with nice, lasting head. The aroma is incredible with pear and strawberry and a touch of sweetness. The flavor is crisp and the yeast provides a very fresh and dry sensation. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that is an interesting balance to the profile. Similar to a Belgian blonde ale. Great beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Subtle blend of caramel, tart cherries, and some spices, this is far too easy to drink. That 8.5% is completely hidden, making it even more dangerous. Not the most intricate beer in the world, but well crafted and extremely enjoyable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Sensual beer. Commercial description fits it to a T. Complex, good head and lace. Very slightly hazy amber. Mouth filling good body. Lots of malt. Long finish. Good beer. Had this at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, WI.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emayer4322 (7) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2011 does not count
Amber color with off-white frothy head. Malty and fruity aroma with hints of alcohol. Up front caramel malt sweetness followed by a quick bitterness. Long sweet fruit finish. Well balanced, creamy, full bodied beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2013
Slightly hazy. Powerful flavor,lots of malt. Sugar and hops and alcohol in a very harmonic balance. Dried fruit in the aroma, flavor of christmass bread and toasted nuts. Refreshing and tempting.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (917) - 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.


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