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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: 287   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours out a nice golden amber color, very clear for the amount of yeast in the bottle. Billowy white head forms and never leaves. Great fluffy white lacing is left behind. Aroma is a little musty, some cork and a bit of hay. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Refreshing flavors of fruit, grass and a bit of tart/sourness that never fully develops but lingers. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar.Clear golden brew with an inch of the white stuff.This baby smells a little like sour apple candy.Highly carbonated with a sour fruit flavor.Has a good sparkling feel in the mouth.It is a style that I am growing fond of.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
...a.k.a., 3 Monts Grande Réserve Spécial Ale... Hazy dark amber with a frothy white head, this has a tart aroma but with strong sweet malt clearly present. Perhaps it’s Verkade Mariakaakjes that I’m smelling... (And yes, I took that from another’s rating. I thought it was great that bierkoning could get so specific!) Has a bitter, tart malty flavor as well with an almost face-puckering sour finish. I find this biere de garde to be more interesting than enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2005
This is a great Biere de Garde. Thanks Phil. Yeasty and malty flavors. Aroma is musty like its been aged forever. Finishes very clean, smooth, and chewy. Recommened.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10157) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2004
2004 vintage. Dark amber color, steady frothy head. Malty biscuit aroma. Slightly bitter flavor. Malt and cookies (Verkade Mariakaakjes, for the experts). Refreshing, a bit on the sweet side maybe. Medium bodied. Good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Pours a hazed, copper-amber color, that sits beneath a frothy light tan head that creates a wispy Belgian Lace as it subsides. The aroma is spicy, fruity and malty with notes of apples, ginger, pear, caramel, vanilla, and toasted malt. This has quite the classic Bier De Garde nose, predominantly malty with nice complimentary notes of fruit and spice. This beer is well carbonated, it foams effervescently as it hits my tongue for the first time. The taste is sweet up front with nice fruity notes of apples, but then moves to a sharp prickly mix of carbonation, ginger and alcohol. This beer is quite good, though because of its strength, it does have tell tale notes of alcohol in the finish, which detracts a little bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
Minty, almost candy-like yet herbal aroma. Dark orange and hazy body is topped by a small off-white head that recedes to ring with some patchy lacing. Orangey citrus character to the sweet malty flavour with some herbal hop flavour and a decent balancing bitterness. Medium body and strong carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #10, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Medium cloudy amber, smallish head. Very fresh, wonderfully vegetal/herbal nose: mint, freshly cut grass and a touch of caramel. Heavy carbonation (perhaps a touch too much), fairly strong herbal qualities at the front, little sweetness. A rather rough and agressive BDG; though I liked it a lot, it doesn’t quite fit what I want most of the time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Orange. Moderately aromatic, with scents of coriander, orange, toasted malt, flowers, grass and caramel. Tastes very much like a Biere De Garde with a little bit of a tripel aspect as well. An elaborate fruitiness is present providing notes of orange and pear along with a light hoppiness and notes of toasted malt and caramel. The yeast reminds of Dupont. Tasty.


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