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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
Partly cloudy dark blonde body with a large slowly diminishing white head. Aroma of cotton candy. Very sweet beer with bready malts and bland yeast. Somewhat saved by some crisp kind-of-noble hops. Drinkable but very simple sweet-fix like so many others. Bière SameOld SameOld.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (5845) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (5798) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5741) - 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 (5545) - Montréal-Nord, 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle, pours a hazy copper orange with a large white head. Cork y notes, yeast y bread, with some light floral earth y tones. A bit grain y and sweet with a mild warming. Decent Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[123-20061209] 750mL. Baby powder aroma with beery wheat. Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles throughout and a very large bubbly off-white head. Initially sweet complexity with gravelly hints of licorice. Light-medium body. Nice finish but... veggie burpies.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
...a.k.a., 3 Monts Grande Réserve Spécial Ale... Hazy dark amber with a frothy white head, this has a tart aroma but with strong sweet malt clearly present. Perhaps it’s Verkade Mariakaakjes that I’m smelling... (And yes, I took that from another’s rating. I thought it was great that bierkoning could get so specific!) Has a bitter, tart malty flavor as well with an almost face-puckering sour finish. I find this biere de garde to be more interesting than enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5358) - 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.


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