Brewed by St. Sylvestre
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Sylvestre-Cappel, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1835) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1319) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sparf (175) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1506) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cuvée 2012 Ambrée et limpide, une énorme mousse persistante tient mordicus à être là, alors qu’elle dessine une dentelle écumeuse. Des arômes maltées et légèrement houblonnées semblent être l’essentiel de la palette olfactive. Par moment, des effluves sucrées et fruitées, par le raisins vert ou encore la prune jaune, viennent me contredire. Plutôt coriace en bouche, un goût caractérisé par le caramel et les épices. L’alcool quant à lui, occupe une grande place, tout en étant empreint d’une politesse appréciable, car il ne s’impose pas à outrance. (Lot 108-00158 Meilleure avant 18-014-15) (370-240912)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Pours a nice amber with a big 3 finger-thick head. Aroma is apples, a bit of white wine (?!?), "cherries", it gets a bit more vinous as it warms. Alcohol definitely has some presence here. Taste is medium-heavy sweet and becomes only slightly sour as it warms up. Body is medium, texture is thin-slick, carbonation pretty high (that brew made me burp like crazy...!!! o_O). Overall an interesting brew. I find Saint-Sylvestre to be the only French brewer of interest I know. But still, the "biere de garde" style is not one of my favorites. This one had something special to it though, and although it would not become a regular brew for me, I wouldn’t hesitate buying it again once in a while. It was good with a blue cheese burger I had tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 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. Medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2802) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
750 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits (Halifax). Pours a clear golden amber with large slightly off-white head and steady stream of bubbles. Aroma is quite fruity, grains and light spiciness. Flavour is apple, pear, light lemon zest, grains, and a gentle spiciness. Fine, active carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Huhzubendah (2999) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with 1/2" or so of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma brings grain, wet cardboard, apples, alcohol. In general, it just seems a bit off. The taste brings some odd funk, apples soaked in booze, and grain. Mouthfeel is decent, assuming you can get past the odd flavors and imbalanced nature of this unusual beer. Overall, not a repeat for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-15-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at Belgian Beer Fest Boston. Cloudy yellow color, large white head. Aroma of peppery straw. Taste is citrus and hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2775) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
Labelled as Grand Reserve. Light amber peach colour with creamy white head. Aroma of fruit, bananas, peaches, yeast. Taste is sweet and a bit hot/boozy. Nice lively bitey palate. Overall an enjoyable drink.

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