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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


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2013
750 ml. corked and uniquely clamped bottle- Pours slightly hazy golden with a one finger head that reduces, nice lace. Aroma is malt, dirty malt, very European aroma. The taste is better than the aroma, yeasty, but very European again, kind of basic. This is their grande reserve? Not horrible, but basic.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (493) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Tasted in February 2012. Aroma: Strong banana accents. That’s it Appearance: Gold amber, very clear, average rocky head, average lasting. Taste: Attack is warm and round, leaving a strong acidity like a lambic or a Gueuse. Very unpleasant cardboard aftertaste. Might be a bad bottle. But still I’m not a great fan of that type of beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
La dégustation de la «3 Monts Grande Réserve» à 10% qui est meilleure avant le 18 octobre 2013 est offerte par Ben. Une robe ambrée/orangée qui bouge devant nos yeux. Une tête mousseuse qui monte bien mais qui ne s’accroche pas. Un nez essentiellement malté, fruité et alcoolisé. Des céréales sucrées qui ne tombent pas dans la démesure du caramel et dans l’excès du miel. Des parfums mélangés de petites baies et des fruits du verger. Des notes plutôt poivrées qui proviennent de l’alcool. Sur les papilles, un travail considérable des céréales. Une présence florale et épicée. Ce mouvement est-il attribuable aux houblons et/ou à l’alcool? Un corps bien rond avec un pétillement modéré et une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale maltée et amèrement modelé par l’alcool et la levure//Une bouteille qui porte le nom de «Bière Nouvelle 2012» qui tire 8%. Meilleure avant le 19 avril 2015. Une robe dorée foncée avec un col mousseux plus ou moins tenace. Des parfums d’agrumes et de pêches qui s’engouffrent dans des malts capiteux. Un caractère campagnard ressenti mais indescriptible. Des saveurs fruitées et maltées sur un fond de houblons et de levure. Un alcool bien intégré et pratiquement docile. Une bouche de bonne dimension qui me semble bien aérée. Une texture passablement huileuse. Une finale en équilibre et plutôt accommodante sur les malts, les houblons et la levure. Vraisemblablement, «3 Monts Grande Réserve» et «Bière Nouvelle» portent quelques signes distinctifs. Est-ce véritablement le même produit?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1223) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a lasting and some lacing big frothy white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, bread, hay, toffee,ripe fruit, apple, spices,flowers, pepper. Taste is medium+ sweet and bitter with little a sour note. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is lively. Finishes dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours clear light amber with a huge white head. Nose of red apple, white peach, almond paste, shortbread. Taste adds toffee and caramel, hops, and a touch of booze. Prickly palate at first but also rich and chewy.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
clear amber color with a thick off white head. Extremely high carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. The nose shows white grape and apples. Pears and brioche on the palate

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2481) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 11 20 printed on the back label (best before date?). Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pear, grape, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, grass, hay, light funk, bread, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, hay, earth, bread, light funk, light honey, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, floral, earth and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; nice spicy/malt flavor balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Biere De Garde! Great flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on for 8.3%. This is extremely crisp and delicious stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1271) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2012
Aroma: Smelling sweet fruity, ripe apples, pears, earthy aromas, stable.
Appearance: The beer is clear orange with medium bubbles, a high nearly white meringue-like head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing. Some curtains.
Taste: The taste is complex, initially sweet, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, orange zest, ripe cheese.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, foamy bubbles, medium body soft texture and a smooth dry finish.
Overall: The 2011 version. Much better than 2010, well balanced, complex and really rewarding.
Note: Bottle 750 ml. (Vintage 2011) Reviewed 2011-06-25.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
10%. Very similar to a Golden Belgian Strong, with less esters and more roastiness. Similarly to a barleywine it took me a few sips to really get used to this, the alcohol overpowers at first. Golden blonde colour, fluffy head even many hours after I opened it (drank it slowly throughout the day), very high carbonation. Some spicy wood in there. Yerp.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sparf (106) - Östersund, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Härligt syrlig doft. inslag av källare och övermogna äpplen. Drar aning åt spontanjäst. Mycket kolsyra som skapar ett stort ljust skum. Färgen är särdeles trist brunaktig. Smaken har renodlade malt- och fruktsmaker. Dock stör en oblanserad sötma intrycket. Det hela blir brygd där smakerna inte gifter sig på ett bra sätt. Eftersmaken har en träig beska och en lätt örtig, pepprig ton, allt inslaget i kartong. Kroppen är tämligen tunn dock utan att vara vattnig.


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