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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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at Belgian Beer Fest Boston. Cloudy yellow color, large white head. Aroma of peppery straw. Taste is citrus and hay.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (451) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Tasted in February 2012. Aroma: Strong banana accents. That’s it Appearance: Gold amber, very clear, average rocky head, average lasting. Taste: Attack is warm and round, leaving a strong acidity like a lambic or a Gueuse. Very unpleasant cardboard aftertaste. Might be a bad bottle. But still I’m not a great fan of that type of beer.

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.

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.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal; Bière Nouvelle Edition 2006; Super foamy head genre Mousseux, clear color and a heavy taste...that the turn off, the taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Mild malty nose, golden, pours a large long lasting white head. Strong taste of alcohol, with some malt and yeast. Medium bodied, alcohol is obvious, good, but I hoped for better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hirigalzkar (2111) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle. Tastes like a slightly darker and less drinkable Leffe Blond. Sweet, yeasty, fruity, spicy. Nothing exciting here.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle, sampled @ Pint Meibockfestival. Amber/blond colour, very sweet nose, malts, some alcohol. Taste is malty, alcohol sweetness, melon, a bit cloying. Definitely not my style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle from Skjold Burne. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, alcohol, fruits and malt. Not very balanced and way too one dimensional with alcohol. The bottle I had was 10% abv.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5360) - 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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