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


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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2002
Light-bodied, slightly champagne-like. Overpriced!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2010
750mL bottle, courtesy of ryan. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber. Aroma has citrus and a lot of herbal hops - mint, honey, candy. A bit of grass in there as well. Flavor has yeast, fruity citrus hops, and a pleasantly sweet herbal quality. Decent amount of carbonation, light body and somewhat bitter grapefruit peel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper orange, with a small white head. Dry, fruity aroma with a musty apple character. The apples return in the dry, somewhat alcoholic flavor. Very much like calvados, in fact! Unfortunately, it’s a wee bit watery, and has an annoyingly bubbly, carbonated mouthfeel. Quite original nevertheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal; Bière Nouvelle Edition 2006; Super foamy head genre Mousseux, clear color and a heavy taste...that the turn off, the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Pours very clear pale yellow with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is light, but pronounced barnyard, with hints of grainy malt. Medium body with nice carbonation. Flavor is sweet, and dessert-like apple with spices, and a little hot alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 11, 2002
Very unique flavor. Strong beer, can taste the alcohol. Has a great champagne like bubble to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Pour.Musty smell with a little fruitiness and hop hints.Was a nice golden color with a big white head.Tasted of hops and fruit with spicey notes.My first Bière de Garde and I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PalCabral (111) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Bottle bought at Systembolaget 17/5-13. This is the 2013 version. The beer pours clear golden with a bubbly frothy head that settles to nice foam layer over the beer! Compared to previous years, the beer is clearer and resembles more a golden lager - has there been filtering? The aroma is sweet and yeasty that entice the palates and boosts the thirst. Perhaps slightly more discrete than previous years? In the taste, this is still such a malty sweet beer, but this year I sense more bitterness. The hops are more dominant now and it gives the beer a much more peppery taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and the carbonation elevated. This is a great example of Biére de Garde but compared to the 2012 and the 2010, it is a tad too hoppy and peppery to reach the same high scores. I also wonder if the change is not caused by filtering? The quote "Sur lie" on the label maybe should be removed? Pourquoi non faites la biere plus robuste? But, rest assured, this beer is a heck lot better than the disasterous 2011. Bon!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2002
like champagne, but else I don’t find it ’Speciale’

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sparf (101) - 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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