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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: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
(Bottle, 2009 vintage) Golden colour with foamy, off-white head. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Fruity, malty nose with apricots, orange, honey, flowers (jasmine, carnation) and a touch of yeast. Fruity, malty taste with notes of bread, honey, orange, apricots and a gentle spicy/floral bitterness in the finish. Medium body, mainly dry, but with some sweetness coming through towards the end. Well balanced and tasty. Excellent example of the style. Very nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6729) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - 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+)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6619) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Clear golden pour. Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- my bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours a hazy light orange with a large fluffy white head. Dissapointing, dry, grainy and yeasty aroma -- doesn’t do much for me at all. Flavour is sweet and grainy with some hint of spices and fruit -- pretty boring really. Medium bodied, quite carbonated. It’s not bad, it’s just too bland and generic to stand out or to want to have again.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6582) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle@TFODRBSG11.Pours golden with a small white head.Aroma malt, yellow apples, spicy and herbal hops with some fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness and caramel.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté au festival Bières et Saveurs 2008 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’houblons avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de caramel et de clou de Girofle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #1922)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Slightly hazy amber with a huge fluffy white head. Dry aroma, sharply spicy/yeasty, some generic sweetish grain - interesting, not as subtle as I’d expect from a BdG, but perhaps that’s the "sur lees." Taste is sweet, only slightly spicy, mildly fruity - I know this is supposed to be subtle and elegant, but all I wrote was "ehh". Average everything - body, carbonation, maybe a bit of floral character, it finishes incredibly quickly - just didn’t do too much for me - give me more yeast, or spice, or something - this isn’t too far off a generic Québec golden ale.


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