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St. Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle / Grande Réserve

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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber beer (8 % alc. / vol.) refermented in the bottle. A speciality beer brewed over lees in winter using the first malt and hops from the last harvest. Roasted malts give it its characteristic amber hue. Obtained by top fermentation, the "Biere Nouvelle" is characterised by fruity flavours and a good bite. Biere Nouvelle must be served with care (leaving behind the fine yeast sediment) at about 10°C. Available from February while stocks last in 750 ml bottles corked and stamped

2011 vintage - 10% abv 2012 vintage - 9% abv


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2778) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2015
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Clear medium amber with lots of rising bubbles, generous two-finger ivory head, strips of lace. Aroma of malt and burnt caramel. Taste is full-bodied malt that moves through the swallow adding fizz and edgy toffee and hay, perhaps light dried fruit. The finish adds slight bittering, but this is mostly a malt brew. Big, some alcohol in the finish, lots of caramel, solid Biere de Garde.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (3371) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle with cork and metal thingy 0,75: Clear dark golden colored brew with an dry bitter taste, hints of caramel, citrus, pear and honey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Spicy and sweet brew, full mouthfeel

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malin_aiisa (154) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. golden off white head. caramel and mild coffee aroma. sweet taste, bitter. darker and more heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senap (445) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2015 Från år 2015. Lättsam och drickvänlig i linje med klassen. Ska jag säga något kritiskt så slår alkoholen igenom lite för mycket inledningsvis.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (171) - - APR 19, 2015
Bottle came with a cork and a metal type strap to hold it in?! Weird! But, poured a very large foamy, off-white head. Pale amber colour in appearance. Lot of lacing, top to finish. Light roasted malts and grains in aroma. Flavours of malts, barley, sour type fruits (lemon), pretty sweet as well. A bit bitter on the aftertaste, taste of alcohol is apparent. Pretty strong beer (10%!) but doesn’t show it much. Ok stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (5044) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2013 vintage sampled in 2015. More than less clear, golden body with a fine, foamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is malty with cain sugar and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, sugar, hint of caramel and honey and almost boozy but not unpleasant alcohol, quite hot. Fine body and long sweet aftertaste with sweet malt and honey by the end. Rather close to a triple this one. Not very complex really, but drinking more than just a small glass make it very pleasant. It was a good match to my chilly crab pancakes.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (395) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. 2011 vintage. Pours an almost clear amber liquid. The head is white and quite fizzy, with medium to large bubbles that diminishes the head within a minute. Balanced sweet and malty aroma with caramel, toffee, roasted almonds, apricots, red apples, subtle vinous raisins, licorice, honey and biscuits. Highly carbonated, medium body. Taste is sweet with a drier finish. Flavor is moderately malty with toffee, honey, gooseberries, wood, leather, raisins and hints of herbs. Some unclothed cardboard lingering in the aftertaste. Although overall good, I had expected more, especially the flavor doesn’t live up to my expectations after smelling. The high carbonation level, i believe, masks some of the malt complexity in the flavor, it does get better if left resting for a while.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dEnk (4193) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is champagne yeast, some fruits and caramel. Flavour is quite sweet, some metallic notes,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6492) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Clear golden pour. Very nice.


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