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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: 635   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1563) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2011
I got a very nasty shoc when I opened this bottle. The hiss of the cap being opened preempted a rush of amber beer cascading over the shoulders of the bottle and all over the table, my computer keyboard and nearly all over my new cellphone. What was left in the bottle turned out a gorgeous brown-amber with aromas of gum, spicy stewed apricots with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Full aromas and sweet malt. The flavour is spicy again and there’s definite stonefruit, flan and biscuits. But it’s much more complex than that. There’s tang to it and a gentle warming bitterness that lingers long after the fluid has gone down the neck. This is full and very tasty. Memorable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1582) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Pours deep amber with a gorgeous foamy cream head. Aroma of caramel and orange. Taste is caramel malt, lightly sweet with a bit of spice. Not sure where I picked this up but will have to keep an eye out for more.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2302) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2012
Flaske på Cardinal: tett, fint skum. Frisk syrlighet med litt sødme. Tørr, lang friskhet i avslutningen. Deilig karbonering. % godt skjult. VELDIG god!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tricker (271) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bière rouge de 8.5 % d’alcool. Beau col mousseux au versement. Bonne amertume en bouche. Légère touche sucre. Gout sucre en bouche, à la limite caramélisé. Goût céréalier. Un peu de torréfaction, mais minime. Très bonne !

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2008) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Nice deep, rich brown/amber color, capped with airy thick head. Very malty in aroma and taste. Dry finish with hint of sourness. Nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (510) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Pours clear dark amber with moderate lacing. Aroma is malty and spicy. Flavor is deep rich malts and a moderate amount of spice. Notable fruit presence with a moderate alcohol bite as well. Pretty good medium bodied biere de garde.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (523) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (788) - 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 (652) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, 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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