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


on tap

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RATINGS: 678   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber almost brown color - not what I was expecting. Aroma is heavily laden with wild honey, some grain, light grassy hops, but it is really the honey character that comes through. Taste is sweet honey, some cereal and very light hoppiness, especially sweet though. Palate is not sticky despite the very sweet flavor, pretty dry although not really relatively to other examples of this style. Not bad but a bit too heavy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4067) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Hazy, orange with a large off-white head leaving quite some lacework. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted, fruity). Flavor medium sweet, light bitter and acidic. Quite a full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle, thanks to scott via chris, interesting stuff, it was quite dry, off brown pour, the flavour had a light funk a bit of herb flavour, this one was all over the place

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (7879) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle from Superbest, Rødovre. Amber oclour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, yeast, caramel and grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
750 ml corked bottle with that nifty french BdG metal clasp; clear, dark amber with thick light tan head; aroma mix of sweet honey and lemons mixed with an almost light cherry syrup and stale malt; first sip has an off-putting bitterness and astringency; crisp mouthfeel with some mild fruity and stale hay flavors; stale raspberry honey with sole husky grain notes; not digging this BdG interpretation too much

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2774) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Amber colour with white head. I had this quite young, so maybe it needs to age. Flavour is bready, yeasty, some fruit, kind of metallic, though. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of head, a hazy red/amber color body. It has a rich malty smell. Not much else though. Tastes of sweet malt, wet barley, mild bitterness. Tasty and hardy. Lots of carbonation, medium body. An enjoyable beer. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2012
From Thorkilds, Vejen, DK. Bottled, 031112. Amber with off-white head. Aroma of malt and red fruit. Flavour with alcohol and caramel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Notes of caramel, raisin and ambiguous fruit. Warming booziness, but not too harsh. The flavor is relatively weak during the gulp, but the aftertaste is nice. My first French beer tastes like a mediocre Belgian beer. Mild bitterness. It had a thick metal bar crimped on the cork instead of a basket which increased the rating by 0.1.

   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.

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