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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: 293   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


superspak's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3137) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4921) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2013 vintage sampled in 2015. More than less clear, golden body with a fine, foamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is malty with cain sugar and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, sugar, hint of caramel and honey and almost boozy but not unpleasant alcohol, quite hot. Fine body and long sweet aftertaste with sweet malt and honey by the end. Rather close to a triple this one. Not very complex really, but drinking more than just a small glass make it very pleasant. It was a good match to my chilly crab pancakes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (276) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2014
Clear golden color with a lot of sparkling bubbles seaking the sky. Three finger high, white, foamy head that leaves lacing on the glass. Nose: belgian ale, yeast, honey, sugar, green apples, pears, lemon and a bit of orange. Taste: Complex taste of marzipan, citrus, lemon curd, orange, sweet caramel malt, pears and banana. Medium body with high carbonation, almoust like Champagne. Soft texture. Feels luxury and classic! I like this!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (117) - - APR 19, 2015
Bottle came with a cork and a metal type strap to hold it in?! Weird! But, poured a very large foamy, off-white head. Pale amber colour in appearance. Lot of lacing, top to finish. Light roasted malts and grains in aroma. Flavours of malts, barley, sour type fruits (lemon), pretty sweet as well. A bit bitter on the aftertaste, taste of alcohol is apparent. Pretty strong beer (10%!) but doesn’t show it much. Ok stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (355) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. 2011 vintage. Pours an almost clear amber liquid. The head is white and quite fizzy, with medium to large bubbles that diminishes the head within a minute. Balanced sweet and malty aroma with caramel, toffee, roasted almonds, apricots, red apples, subtle vinous raisins, licorice, honey and biscuits. Highly carbonated, medium body. Taste is sweet with a drier finish. Flavor is moderately malty with toffee, honey, gooseberries, wood, leather, raisins and hints of herbs. Some unclothed cardboard lingering in the aftertaste. Although overall good, I had expected more, especially the flavor doesn’t live up to my expectations after smelling. The high carbonation level, i believe, masks some of the malt complexity in the flavor, it does get better if left resting for a while.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1448) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget (74:-). Fruity and yeasty with spicy and light acidic notes, citrus, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and fruity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2888) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
9.5% bottle from Cora supermarket, Saint Malo, Brittany, France. Bright amber coloured with a very strong rich fruit, toffee and almond flavour, a powerful warming alcoholic and peppery hop flavour followed by a slight sugary, vanilla and fruity finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is champagne yeast, some fruits and caramel. Flavour is quite sweet, some metallic notes,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Clear golden pour. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (733) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 9/7-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Fruity, yeasty. Taste: Fruity, yeasty, fresh, acidic. The finish is dry, fruity and bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2014
750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage in Toulouse. Pours a fairly murky, burnt orange with some ringing, creamy, slightly off white head. Nose has quite a bit of spice to it, clove, fruit cake, heavy raisin, a little booze, candy sugar, some banana. Flavor follows, heavy raisin and heavy candy, clove, banana, some caramelized pear. Fairly heavy finish, both boozy and a bit harsh from the carbonation.


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