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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: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (633) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Light amber peach colour with creamy white head. Aroma of fruit, bananas, peaches, yeast. Taste is sweet and a bit hot/boozy. Nice lively bitey palate. Overall an enjoyable drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (630) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
This bottle is a few years old now. Likely from 2010. Aroma is full of esters, both fruity and floral. Lots of overripe apples and pears with light tropical fruit. Some rose and other floral notes. Light caramel graininess and a hint of honey. Pours a very clear, amber with some copper notes. Large, moderately thick, light tan head that has average retention. Medium light lacing and small legs. Flavor is fairly sweet, but the malt notes are muted with caramel and honey being most prevalent; the flavor is showing the beer’s age. Moderate fruit notes, mostly ripe red apples and some lighter pear. Medium light floral esters, slightly phenolic. Low bitterness without any hop character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied With medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty average beer without much character, though I doubt she helped what character it had. Oddly it had very little yeast for being sur lie. Muted make character with a lot of esters, that’s about it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (610) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Amber pour, thick fluffy white head. Nose is malt, yeast and spices. Bittersweet. Middle is light Belgian funk and bready grain. Finish is dry and inviting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (3198) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Big bottle, vintage 2013. Deep golden with white head. Aroma is discreet and complex; sweet malt, wheat, hay, grass, bisquit and spice. Taste is very pleasant, wheat, hay, grass, spice and smooth malt notes.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (786) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Labeled as 3 Monts with 8.3% ABV in corked 25.4oz bottle. Nice aroma of fresh fruits and yeast with golden complexion and persistent thick white head. The flavor is less interesting. Metallic qualities with malt and some alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Beer with 3 aliases, mine says 3 Monts Grand Reserve and is listed 8.3%. Tricky Flemish...Meaty tree fruit aroma and sugary yeast. Clear orange with a deep glow, still well carbonated after 8 months. Sweet game and metal taste I find on this type of beer often. Has a prickly start and a champagne like finish. Sweet overall, almost tart but not really, but also very hearty. Serious stuff, and like Jean Reno, should be the pride of France.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1183) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget, 2013 vintage. A very light haze, golden in color and a white head. Aroma is quite subtle with a light sweet, wheat, hay and spicy aroma. Light bitter with wheat and spice notes, the alcohol contributes with a nice smoothness and a light warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2049) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2013
From the 750 ml. corked bottle stamped 11-20. The color is medium amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is vibrantly malty and sweet with even a a vague pear of meaty fruit like quality. The body is full. The taste is also very sweet with a low but pleasing dry bitterness on the tail end. Reminds me of a British bitter like Newcastle.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2013
750ml bottle, vintage 2013, 8 % abv, from Systembolaget, Luleå, via Gaute. Champagne cork that gave a good shot followed by smoke when opened. Close to clear golden body. Dense, white head blanketing the glass. Sweet fruit and malts on the nose added by vapour of alcohol. Sweet wheat, honey, and sweet, fruity caramel to the taste buds. Soft and sweet fruity ending. Notable alcohol. Rather easy to drink. Far from great, gives a bland impression (session in Tromsø, 30.07.2013).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
Brassin 2012. Très pétillante, mais cette mousse à grosses bulles qui se forme disparaît rapidement. Couleur à mi-chemin entre le cuivré et l'ambré. Odeurs de sucre cuit et de pommes acidulées. En bouche, sucre d'orge, qui est vite dominé par des saveurs fruitées oscillant entre les pommes vertes (défaut ?) et les cerises au marasquin. L'alcool n'est pas très loin derrière, lui aussi. Encore une fois, pas impressionné par cette brasserie, qui semble imiter à tâtons avec plus ou moins de chance. Pas mauvaise pour autant, mais rien qui incite à la recommander.


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