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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: 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


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rune (7346) - 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).

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Amber body with a moderate creamy head. (3+). Aroma of alcohol, light yeast and malt, dry. Very dry flavour with noticeable alcohol and a touch of pale malt, light bitterness. Average palate is quite effervescent. Average at best. 5/3+/6/3/12

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours a fizzy golden with a huge head. Sweet malty aroma and body to suit. Balanced with a light hoppiness and a little alcoholic burn. Well rounded, but over-carbonated in my opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750mL bottle as 3 Monts Grande Reserve, probably a year or 2 old. Poured medium golden with light yeasty chunkage and a short cap of white head. The aroma opened with sour lighter fruits and vinegar, opening into a corn and bready core.. light, dusty spice accents.. warmth brought out a little lemon and dry floral notes that grew on me. The flavor had rather strong corn and pale malts at the core, giving faint whispers of malt likka.. tangy on the edges with lemon zest and dusty funk.. finished dry and a little sharp with light fruits and aged toffee. Medium-bodied, sweeter, and sharper than expected on the palate.. too strong to be refreshing.. OK overall.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (6380) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2010
2010 version. Bottle high creamy white lasting head. Clear golden body. Mild and sweet fruity aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6345) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest. Fine light haze, medium carbonation with very large creamy top. (3+) Light, continental hop aroma, saaz like hops, gentle green bitters followed by sweet malt. Strong font, slightly sour in character, creamy, butter like middle. Light semi0dry alcoholic finish. Nose was cleaner than flavours. (6+)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (husks, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement/cement), with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Yeah, you know, I’m just not that fond of this one anymore. The reality is that it’s very husky in the malt department, and the wet cement and DMS notes are unattractive. Total honesty? It’s not too dissimilar to a ho-hum Euro strong lager. Meh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty biere de garde classic flavor, a little bitter and very satisfying.


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