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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: 634   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
Brilliant dark red with a thick, eggshell head. An interesting malty aroma that is huge on the mint and cough syrup, not unlike a Hall's Cough Drop. However, underneath the initial liquid smelling-salts is a bunch of cereal and sweet caramel. Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel that isn't exactly thin but is certainly not thick. Interesting flavors that fit very well into the Bière de Garde style. I've never really known how to articulate them, but they are sort of like buttery malt. There is more mint and alcohol in the flavor as well. Also, light fruitiness, not too unlike some diet cherry cola. Heavy malts with bright hops and tons of alcohol make for an interesting beer. Despite decent the aroma and flavors, something seems to be a bit off here. The mint is so strong and unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I'm glad I bought it, but I doubt I would venture back to this one again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Amber color with large fluffy head. Malty, caramelly, toffeish and lightly fruity aroma with some tart alcohol and vanilla. Sweetish and tart flavor with toffee, caramel and restrained fruitiness. Strongly carbonated. The combination of caramel and tartness is somewhat repulsive.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (2918) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2006
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before 02/01/08, purchased on Juiy 1 2006; eye: amber with golden reflections, long-lasting pale beige head made up of rather large bubbles, lacing, good effervescence, clear; nose: caramel, alcohol, pepper, toffee, small dark berries, spices; mouth: in that order, unpleasant aggressiveness, malt, caramel, alcohol, hops, pepper, long sweet finale with a little sting on the tip of the tongue, mildly sweet, mildly bitter, full body, creamy and sticky texture, quite carbonated, filling; overall: not too often FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, meilleure avant 02/01/08, acheté le 1er juillet 2006; oeil : ambrée avec des reflets dorés, mousse persistante beige pâle formée de bulles assez grosses, bonne effervescence, claire, dentelle; nez : caramel, alcool, poivre, toffee, petits fruits foncés, épices; bouche : agressante, malt, caramel, alcool, houblon, poivre, finale longue sucrée avec un peu de piquant sur le bout de la langue, moyennement sucrée, moyennement amère, corsée, texture crémeuse et collante, très carbonatée, toquante; en résumé : pas trop souvent

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Very aromatic, floral/hops mainly, but some skunkiness/alcohol at the end. Cloudy amber body with a nice big head. I generally agree with other raters’ comments, nice mouthfeel, but too much bite on the aftertaste.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, totally cloudy auburn pour yields a firm, sticky head. Aroma is slightly tart at first pour, though quickly transforms into a spicy autumn type brew... cinnamon, green apple pie, roasty malts, nutmeg, plump plums. Very nice. Flavor is dissappointing, considering the great aroma... malty, and very harsh, overwhelming minerals and a chunky, bad almond kind of aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Medium Gold Coloring wtih White Head. Dark Malt...Chocolaty with a Belgian Yeast Aroma. Belgian Yeast, Dark Malts..Syrapy Caramel and Chocolate.. Light Spices. An Overall Note of Cardboard. Dry Yeasty and Spicy Ending. Perhaps Requiring Aging Before More Palatable...Currently I Find it a Bit Challenging to Have a Good Understanding With.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear orange with slight red highlights and a one finger+ light yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention. It should be noted that this gushed and foamed all over while I ran to the sink--overall loss was probably only a couple ounces. Aroma is yeast, cinnamon, sugar cookies, some cherries and light cough syrup. Flavor has strong alcoholic notes, stale bread dough, some light cherry tang, spices (cinnamon being predominant), Semidry finish with a little stale bitterness. Light to moderate carbonation, medium body. This beer seems past its prime.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, 30-07-07. Poured murky warm gold colour, with large erupting white head of foam. Having had two other Biere de garde’s in recent day’s I’m getting to notice the style now and this seemed quite typical of the style although the alcohol did become a little invasive at times. Some toffeeiness in the mouth, bit malty and sweet but fine.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 21, 2008
Brown-red colour, white head. Alcohol present in aroma, along with some maltiness and fruits. Flavour is malty and fruity. Warma finish. Don’t know exactly what to think about it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
Chestnut brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of over-ripe fruit, toffee, ginger. Sweet flavor - caramel, plum, bitter and floral hops. Quite a big dose of alcohol in the flavor as well. Full bodied, smooth carbonation.


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