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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a golden-orange color with a nice white foamy head. Aroma is spicy, lightly malty, caramel, and some light banana. Flavour is quite sweet, malty and caramely yet fruity. Yeasty. Medium bodied, with average carbonation. Quite good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml. Nos yeux observent une bière de couleur cuivrée-dorée surmontée d’une belle et imposante mousse blanche qui persiste en force. Notre nez respire des arômes de sucre, d’alcool, de pommes, de céréales fraîches avec des effluves fruitées. Notre langue rencontre un corps moyen avec une effervescence moyenne-élevée. On goute des saveurs de sucre, d’alcool, de houblon franc et de céréales.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
750ml $8.99 Sam’s Marcey 3 Monts Grande Reserve pours a surprisingly clear deep golden with stream after stream of moderate sized carbonation bubble rising to the surface. A standard pour brought about a hefty, three fingers worth of microbubbled bright white head. The head eventually settled at a finger and left incredible puffy drink lines on its way down the glass. This beer looks appetizing to say the least. Although the aroma is light it has an incredible depth. A hint of freshly husked grains is the first thing to greet my nose, this combines with a pale malty sweetness that’s very candy like. The yeast brings about an incredible complexity laden with peaches, green apple, chardonnay and a slight earthy mustiness. The aroma of this beer just draws me right in, making me want a drink immediately. The flavor follows the aroma closely. Very vinous with the mustiness coming through faintly throughout the entire drink. Mild fresh graininess mixes it up with the sweet pale maltiness. The grape character leads the way in the fruit department but the green apple and peach make solid appearances. This is a very well put together beer with a great depth of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent! The carbonation makes the body light and airy all the while being refreshing. There’s a nice crispness and slight drying on the finish. The light, airy body makes this beer incredibly easy to put away. I could see myself drinking this until the alcohol caught up with me. An incredible drinkability when the abv is taken into consideration. I loved 3 Monts when I had it and couldn’t find 3 Monts Grande Reserve for a long time now. Luckily I came across a few bottles and it’s just as good as the original which is really saying something. The two beers I’ve had from this brewery leave me wanting more. 6/22/08

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (491) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Bottled. This beer is reminiscent of red wine or champagne. Pours a light orange color with a snow white head. It finishes like wine, but perhaps not as bitter. This 750mL bottle was well worth the $7.00 I paid for it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2009
Golden yellow with a big white head that stays around for quite a while. Aromas of wheat, malts, some hay, yeast, spices, bubblegum. Some alcohol. Not a very powerful smell. The taste is of sweet malts, some caramel, spices, perhaps some honey, faint grassy hops, plenty of yeast and a sweet taste of bubblegum. The finish is quite short with a minimal bitterness to it, faint mineral notes and some hops. Not very powerful. Interesting rather than good. The sweetish alcohol is very noticeable. Medium body, plenty of carbonation. The texture is quite sticky which becomes irritating after a while. At some levels, this one’s rather interesting, but it doesn’t taste that great. The sweet candy-like taste of bubblegum I noticed and the rather prominent note of alcohol became disturbing after a while. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Clear golden. Effervescent. Was expecting more body, harsh and metallic. I did not enjoy this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Yeasty sweet grassy fruity pear aroma.Clear blond appearance with full head.Dry fruity apple pear flavors balanced by Duvel like hoppiness.Touch of mint towards the dry apple finish.By far the best Biere de Garde or French beer I have tasted.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (404) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2014
Flasche (Jahrgang 2012) von einem Hofladen in Godewaersfelde, Französisch-Flandern. - Goldgelb. - Nase: Kandis, Hefe, mild-fruchtiger Hopfen. - Antrunk: sehr hefig-süß; sämig. Weiche, in Kandissüße gebettete Frucht (Birne, Aprikose, Pfirsich). Leicht fruchtig-hopfenherber Abgang. Etwas dumpf-bitterer, nicht besonders angenehmer Nachtrunk. - Dies Bier ist weder ein Saison (wofür ich es in meiner Ahnungslosigkeit zunächst gehalten habe) noch ein Tripel, sondern ein Bière de garde, hätte also wohl noch etwas liegen müssen. So früh genossen war es etwas zu süß und unharmonisch, um zu überzeugen. (Verkostung: Febr. 2013)

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


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