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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5561) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
Bottled. Deep golden. Frothy, white head. Fruity aroma with warm alco-notes. Fresh and spicy flavour; pepperish. Lively and rather salty finish.

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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5460) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5414) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5356) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget, tools required to open it. Deep golden, slightly hazy, large creamy white head. Earthy malt aroma, with yeasty and spicy notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a light prickling sensation from the somewhat overpowering carbonation. Much drier than other Bière de Garde’s I’ve tried, which makes this my favourite sample of this beer style so far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5110) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
750ml Bottle - Golden with a small head. Yeast, lemon, banana and spice in the aroma. Sultanas, peach, banana, yeast and spice all feature in the taste. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Cloudy orange, big rocky white head. Very yeasty, bubble gummy aroma. Surprisingly hoppy at first, the a sweet, yeasty flavor. Note of fruit - pineapple, I guess - and a woodsy finish. Called 3 Monts Grande Reserve, 2006 edition.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Big thanks to SFLpunk for sending this bottle my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. At the time of consumption, the #3 Biere de Garde. Reviewed from my tasting sheet. Pours a clear golden color with an average, fizzy white head and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose is light and smells mostly like pilsener malt. Light cardboard and bread. Very grainy. The flavor is quite grainy as well. Light body and no contribution from yeast or hops. Fizzy carbonation and a dry finish. Not my cup of tea. Serving type: bottle

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (4957) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2005
Slightly hazy amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hops. Taste is quite bitter, bit fruity, some malt and grain. Alcohol is well hidden. However, nothing special about this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Lightly hazed golden color with a initially large white head that settles to a fluffy inch of suds. Aroma of dry grain, grass and hay. Quite Sec to use a wine term. Very effervescent. Dry grain, with hints of chardonnay. Dry cleansing type finish.


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