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


on tap

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RATINGS: 302   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10930) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle received via trade with Glouglouburp. Pours clear and sparkling orange with an average, frothy, white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, meal), average hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of light alcohol and cask. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Rather bland beer; very effervescent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 4, 2004
I had this beer many years ago at one time when I was only giving ratings to the beers but was too lazy and stupid to write down my thoughts. I will update this as soon as I get my hands on this beer again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Botella. Malty fruity toasty aramel pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel. Fruity malty bitter alco spicey like flavour. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10169) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle @ home. Slightly hazy red-orange appearance with a pretty big orangish white head. Sweet, yeasty, and slightly wild Belgian ale aroma. Slightly yeasty, golden, yeasty Belgian ale flavor. A bit of sourness and some yeast on the Belgian ale finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (10105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a clear golden / copper with a small white head. Aroma of corn, wheat, other artificial sweet flavours and hay. Flavour is sort of a mix between corn syrup and a yeasty wheat beer, starting with the former and finishing with the latter. The aftertaste is quite nice, but the initial adjunct-like flavours aren’t pleasing at all. Decent at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (9856) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle 750ml vintage 2011 @ TFODRBSG11, Ulfborg
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, wheat and banana. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
A real farmhouse. Horseblanket aroma with beige head. Tasty and drinkable biere de garde. Grassy, grainy, sweet start and bitter but balanced finish. Understated carbonation. Not the best but still a good example of the style, and a superior French effort.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rune (9535) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2013
750ml bottle, vintage 2013, 8 % abv, from Systembolaget, Luleå, via Gaute. Champagne cork that gave a good shot followed by smoke when opened. Close to clear golden body. Dense, white head blanketing the glass. Sweet fruit and malts on the nose added by vapour of alcohol. Sweet wheat, honey, and sweet, fruity caramel to the taste buds. Soft and sweet fruity ending. Notable alcohol. Rather easy to drink. Far from great, gives a bland impression (session in Tromsø, 30.07.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
2009 bottle. Very highly carbonated, golden beer. A massive, thick, sticky white head. The aroma is really great. Big slightly musty, spicy nose. Fairly herbal with a light zestiness and a touch of black pepper. Softly sweet, but generally well-balanced. It’s a simple, but tasty biere de garde.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (8937) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2007
(Bottle from Systembolaget) Clear straw yellow color, fluffy white head. Faint grainy and sweet scent. WAtery mouthfeel. Alcohol, perfume and grainy taste. Low bitterness.

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