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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: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2007
750ml, bottled as 3 Monts Grande Reserve. Pours a pretty, cloudy amber with a rocky white cap, like snowy mountains. Aroma is intoxicating with rich red fruits, yeast, toasted malts, herbs, soft but mildly spicy hops, hay and cookie dough. Flavor is more of the same, focusing on the yeasty and fruity components. Palate is medium bodied and silky smooth. The alcohol is very well masked. Finishes slightly astringent(hops), but full of lively flavor long after the last quaff. Very good beer.I would like to note that I have never had such trouble opening a beer. The metal bracket on top of the cork is a ridiculous contraption, not only does it keep the cork in, it kept me out for a solid ten minutes. I resorted to a screwdriver and heavy duty pliers to get it off. Sillyness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to whoever provided this. Orangey/gold, thick white head. Nose is quite hoppy, some yeasty plasticy fusels. Slightly buttery malt and that odd plastic spice. A bit of yeast and a bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest. Fine light haze, medium carbonation with very large creamy top. (3+) Light, continental hop aroma, saaz like hops, gentle green bitters followed by sweet malt. Strong font, slightly sour in character, creamy, butter like middle. Light semi0dry alcoholic finish. Nose was cleaner than flavours. (6+)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Cloudy orange, big rocky white head. Very yeasty, bubble gummy aroma. Surprisingly hoppy at first, the a sweet, yeasty flavor. Note of fruit - pineapple, I guess - and a woodsy finish. Called 3 Monts Grande Reserve, 2006 edition.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Huge diamond infused head. Dark amber beer. Grassy aroma, slightly cheesy and slightly light struck Heineken. Dry, very drinkable. Flavours of apples and pears with a hint of soft cheese.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- my bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours a hazy light orange with a large fluffy white head. Dissapointing, dry, grainy and yeasty aroma -- doesn’t do much for me at all. Flavour is sweet and grainy with some hint of spices and fruit -- pretty boring really. Medium bodied, quite carbonated. It’s not bad, it’s just too bland and generic to stand out or to want to have again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Shaded amber-orange body with a large frothy white head. The aroma is mostly of bread and yeast. Prickly carbonation with bready malt accents and little interesting flavour. Mostly sweet and modest.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle shared with the regular crew plus MDS at Greg’s, Blankboy’s bottle. Dark yellow, foamy medium white head. Weird yeasty aroma, dry. Taste: light malt, kind of flavourful actually, well carbonated. I liked the malt taste, but the odd dry sourness really detracted. Not bad - refreshing and simple and just a little off.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Light orange with a large white head. Aroma is dry, yeasty, a bit funky. Flavour is - well, kind of boring. A bit of spice, a bit of yeast, a bit of fruit - it’s nice enough, but very subdued. At least it hides that 8% very well...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3395) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle - 750ml (2006). Wonderful hazy golden body with light carbonation and a huge off-white foamy head. Sharp hoppy aroma that hides the alcohol very well. Its dry and robust hoppy taste leaves a long and strongly bitter finish. Unlike too many Bières de Garde, that one is not oversweetened. Despite its lack of complexity, this is a highly recommendable Bière de Garde.


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