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


on tap

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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3394) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Re-rated years later...

750 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, shared with Billy, served cool in a tulip glass. 02DE12.

App.: Clear deep amber with a rocky white head. Aroma: Sweet, fruity, boozy, metallic, caramel/toast, solvent, messy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate, loose effervescence. Flav.: Plenty boozy, estery, sweet, sickly sweet, caramel/toffee, hot; somewhat sweet with a little bitterness and a long, solvent, sweet finish.



750 mL bottle from Jovi, served cool in a tulip.

App.: Deep golden with orange hues, clear (yeast undisturbed), with a huge frothy white head. Aroma: Light funk and organic acids, yeast and bread dough, some biscuity malts, light pepper spiciness, alcohol (no kidding), Palate: Medium body, slightly syrupy, very soft carbonation. Flav.: Caramel and pepper, much maltier than the nose would suggest, some toffee and corn/grain/cereal; more alcohol than I’d like; very little of the funk, yeast, dough, etc.; bready and biscuity to finish with a firm helping of alcohol and like a dirty, nutty, fruitiness.

I dig the closure. It was a pain to open and I wouldn’t want to do it drunk! The beer was so-so. Not experienced enough to know a good Biere de Garde or to know if I’d like it!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (2800) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
Pale amber with a very thick white foam. Hoppy with some fruit tones. Alcohol sweetness with a short, sweet finish. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20419) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a longlasting white head. Malty grainy aroma with some spicy hints. Sweet malty grainy and slightly hoppy flavor with some spicy hints. Fruity malty finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2677) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2011 [75 cl corked bottle] Hazy orange colour. Big frothy head. Grainy aroma. Sweet, spicy (anise/fennel) flavour. Dry finish with notes of alcohol.

2011 bottle, 10% abv:
Clear, deep golden colour. Frothy head. Sweet, wheaty aroma with notes of smoke, caramel and marshmallows. Sweet, wheaty flavour with notes of marzipan, anise and alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
A real farmhouse. Horseblanket aroma with beige head. Tasty and drinkable biere de garde. Grassy, grainy, sweet start and bitter but balanced finish. Understated carbonation. Not the best but still a good example of the style, and a superior French effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Clear golden. Effervescent. Was expecting more body, harsh and metallic. I did not enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marioadam (10) - CANADA - JUN 18, 2007
De son manteau blanc, et de sa couleur doré, elle a su égaillé mon palais et raffiner ma soirée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snoro (302) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2007
Belle apparence, belle couleur dorée, belle broue qui dure. Une senteur discrète. Aucun arrière-goût. On perd rapidement le goût après les premières gorgées.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3696) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
bright golden color, huge frothy head, really nice lacing, and carbonation. grassy grainy aroma. flavour is malty, grainy, and there is a booziness in the finish, along with quite a bit of bitterness. meh, i’m not loving this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2007
This I like. Golden with big white head. Aroma like is with wine, a fenomenon that also goes for the taste. There is sweetness, spices, lemon and a mild -yet firm - hoppy bitterness (especially in the finnish), along with plenty fruit. The mouthfeel is fiery and boubley. Now as I enter the last drops of the bottle I even think I feel some cinemon, but it might just be the alcohol talking. Horray!

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