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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2007
(Bottle from Systembolaget) Clear straw yellow color, fluffy white head. Faint grainy and sweet scent. WAtery mouthfeel. Alcohol, perfume and grainy taste. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget, tools required to open it. Deep golden, slightly hazy, large creamy white head. Earthy malt aroma, with yeasty and spicy notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a light prickling sensation from the somewhat overpowering carbonation. Much drier than other Bière de Garde’s I’ve tried, which makes this my favourite sample of this beer style so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6243) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
Bottled. Deep golden. Frothy, white head. Fruity aroma with warm alco-notes. Fresh and spicy flavour; pepperish. Lively and rather salty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2007
Hazy yellow color, huge white head. Malty bready aroma, yeast notes and some citric hops. Malty, somewhat spicy flavor. Quite mild finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2007
Golden hazy. White head. Fruits and aple in aroma. Fruit and littel spicy in flavor. Thin and watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Colour is a hazy golden hue. Very nice rocky head. Aroma is very yeasty, much more so than would be expected from the still relatively clear appearance. Fruity and somewhat sugery/cidery flavor. Yeast is a bit too apparent in the aftertaste. (I know it says "Bière Nouvelle sur lie" on the label.) A Bière Nouvelle as a Bière de Garde is a contradiction in terms...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
Bottled. Clear amber colour, with huge head. Dusty, fruity aroma with minerals and herbs. Good old Biere de Garde aroma if you ask me. Pretty lively, chewy mouthfeel, with good malt character, on the edge of being almondy but not quite. Fruity, balanced and very well balanced. A not very tasty beer, but gains from subtle finesse and is a winner of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. Hazy golden colour with a white frothy head. Grainy aroma with a light tone of citrus. Soft grainy flavour with a taste of yeast. A clear bitterness. Average carbonation & body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GRM (3423) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
Bottle, best before 02/01/08, savoured on January 27 2007; eye: golden, nice effervescence, fizzy white head; nose: malt, alcohol; mouth: malt, creamy and grainy texture, medium body, average carbonation, mildly acrid, lightly hoppy FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 750 ml, 8meilleure avant le 02/01/08, savourée le 27 janvier 2007; oeil : dorée, belle effervescence, mousse blanche pétillante; nez : malt, alcool; bouche : malt, texture crémeuse et granuleuse, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement âcre, légèrement houblonnée

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[123-20061209] 750mL. Baby powder aroma with beery wheat. Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles throughout and a very large bubbly off-white head. Initially sweet complexity with gravelly hints of licorice. Light-medium body. Nice finish but... veggie burpies.

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