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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: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Golden colored, massive light-tan rocky head that is long lasting. Very bubbly: bubbles stream from the center long after the pour. Excellent aroma: malty, cobwebs, thick gingerbread, fruitcake. Mmmm mmm. Flavor is amazingly complex, again with ripened fruit, mildly roasted malt, oak. A certain underlying sweet, airy, almost coppery feel. Silky with good carbonation balance. Aftertaste turns slightly sour, but that is the only flaw that I could detect. This stuff is truly phenomenal by my book.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Hazy deep orange body with a lovely sticky white head and moderate lace. An almost champagne like aroma with hints of mustiness and anise(?). Wonderfully full bodied, much in the manner of a fine Belgian Trappist Ale. Very peppery, malty and a slight warm alcohol feel on the back of the throat. Amazing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The first thing you know about this ale, once freeing the cork and letting the beer flow free, is the enormous, volcanic, titanic, utterly brobdignagian head of foam that gushes forth and overwhelms the glass, spills unto the floor, and before you know it, you’re licking the linoleum! Aroma: Sweetness supreme! I’m sorry, if you’re not an angel in human form, you probably have no right to know this sublimity...oh, wait, it’s YOU! Okay, go ahead...sparkly, yeasty, fruity, heady, ..oooh, I’m on cloud 10! It’s one more, you understand... Appearance: a murky, cloudy, amber hue, closer to a pale orange, actually... Taste: lightness, sweetness, fruit, divinity, transendence, uplifting goodness, unparalleled happiness resulting from, goodness, this is that rare kind of beer that makes me swoon, do you hear, swooon! Each further sip cause me to reel back again, and further settle into this luscious enveloping of beauty...yes, every once in a while, you find beauty in a beer, and this is then...oh, Lordy.. Body, if we MUST get technical, is rather light, but don’t tell that to FLAVOR, oh, no, for the finish don’t know the meaning of that word, brother! Rings and chimes in the caverns of the senses for what seems like forever! And long may it, indeed! I can see no further pleasure to be found of a beer of this caliber, if there is any other...I’m going to have a fine time emptying this bottle, oh, yes, sir! I take back my previous comments about France and beer ...if there’s more like this, France, I’ll forgive you for Fischer, but, PLEASE, more of THIS!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2005
This is a great Biere de Garde. Thanks Phil. Yeasty and malty flavors. Aroma is musty like its been aged forever. Finishes very clean, smooth, and chewy. Recommened.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zekada (174) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. The aroma is very nice, dry fruits with apricots, apples and pears being the most noticeable and a lighfulness to the aroma. It pours a darker orange with a slight haziness and a porous white head. The taste is nice, sweet and fruity. Oranges and tropical fruits in a nice mixture. A light body and easy on the palate with a slight sourness. This is, in my opinion, a solid and very enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Deep cpper with billowing head. Caramelly sweet aroma and a goregous hop aroma carried to the nose by by peppery carbonation. Goregously smoooth caramel malt flavor. Deeply bitter with good aromatic hop caracter as well, hallertau and/or styrian goldings??? It has an amazing lingering finish. This is a fantastic biere de garde--utterly world class. Beautifully smooth caramelly maltiness balanced by a profound and deep hoppiness. Fantastic!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2004
New shipment in 2004 though it may still be a 2003 bottling. Pours a lovely light orange-amber/yellow, lightly hazy, bottle conditioned with a big slightly creamy wheat colored head. Aroma is big and fruity, golden delicious apples, lightly spicy hops, raw barley, dusty cobwebs, and grassy herbs. Flavor is equally impressive; vanilla liqueur, spicy yeast, yellow candied fruits, touch of sweet caramel and maybe some orange blossoms. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, but has a nice sour/bitter hops bite on the finish. Wonderfully complex and balanced. Full to medium-full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Nose is rather light, just a touch of sweet malts, some light leather notes and a decent amount of grassy hops. The flavor is right on however, perfect attenuation, lightly bitter, herbal hops, light lemon, hay, golden raisins, honey and cotton candy. Medium body is extremely well conditioned, highly carbonated, yet extremely gentle. Finish is dry and lightly bitter with a lingering earthy hop note. Extremely refreshing, insanely drinkable (I polished off the bottle in no time). I can’t believe this stuff is 8%... I also can’t believe I had never tried this before.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biglouis (3) - Cranbury, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2011 does not count
-Drank Grande Reserve version with white and blue label -Highly carbonated -Dry, well-balanced -slight bready flavor -Somewhat reminiscent of a sourdough pretzel -One of my favorites (definately my favorite beer-for-keeping although I like to drink it rather than keep it.)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Wonderful fruity, malty, sweet and lightly spicy aroma, with notes of pear, apple, powdered sugar, toffee, vanilla, dry leaves, herbal, grassy hop and faint mustiness. Attractive dark copper in color, with a massive, frothy, persistent head and thick sheets of lacing. Flavor profile is fruity and sweet, with hints of old leather, caramel, flowers, faint pepper and herbal, spicy hop, with some grass, cake and white grape in the finish. Medium-full bodied with a lusciously smooth, creamy and gently effervescent mouthfeel. Outstanding.


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