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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Golden colored, massive light-tan rocky head that is long lasting. Very bubbly: bubbles stream from the center long after the pour. Excellent aroma: malty, cobwebs, thick gingerbread, fruitcake. Mmmm mmm. Flavor is amazingly complex, again with ripened fruit, mildly roasted malt, oak. A certain underlying sweet, airy, almost coppery feel. Silky with good carbonation balance. Aftertaste turns slightly sour, but that is the only flaw that I could detect. This stuff is truly phenomenal by my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Deep cpper with billowing head. Caramelly sweet aroma and a goregous hop aroma carried to the nose by by peppery carbonation. Goregously smoooth caramel malt flavor. Deeply bitter with good aromatic hop caracter as well, hallertau and/or styrian goldings??? It has an amazing lingering finish. This is a fantastic biere de garde--utterly world class. Beautifully smooth caramelly maltiness balanced by a profound and deep hoppiness. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Lightly hazed golden color with a initially large white head that settles to a fluffy inch of suds. Aroma of dry grain, grass and hay. Quite Sec to use a wine term. Very effervescent. Dry grain, with hints of chardonnay. Dry cleansing type finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
While it says winter seasonal, I fing this more enjoyable on a warm slightly humid July evening. Clear yellow color with golden reflected highlights. Generous head and small bubbles throughout. Clean pasture smell, much like dusk in the country, with a faint sound of bagpipes cascading through the setting sun. Refreshingly clean and crisp with grass, cider, a touch of alcohol, and sour grapes. After the first glass and the sun has the set, the warming alcohol rises through the chest tasting sweet with the cool night air. An enjoyable, relaxing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pours a beautiful light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and just a touch spicy. Hay, sweet apples, and light, bitter hops really dominate throughout. Just a touch metallic, but not very distracting. A quality, topnotch brew, but not quite as complex as I anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours a fizzy golden with a huge head. Sweet malty aroma and body to suit. Balanced with a light hoppiness and a little alcoholic burn. Well rounded, but over-carbonated in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2003
Good deal of carbonation with a thick white head and a slightly orange-yellow appearance. Yeasty, musty nose. Slightly metallic and a light sour, tart component as well. This beer improved much as the carbonation settled and the complex subtleties of the beer shone through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
Bottled (2003 version with 8.0% alcohol). Pale reddish amber with rich head. Fruity nose with a hint of cherry. Cloves and other spices like oregano are there, as is toffee and yeast. The mouthfeel is light and lively. The lingering finish is full of toffee, salt and grass. Complex and really pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Pours a clear amber color with a big, lingering white head. The aroma is funky and somewhat musty, with touches of hops, fruit, and malts. Medium body with high carbonation, the flavor malty and peppery with a touch of apples. Highly drinkable and very delicious, this is probably the best French beer I have had.

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