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


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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2002
Very yeasty in appearance, nose and palate. Light brown colour, dark malts and nuttiness hide underneath the yeast on the palate. Finishes long and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2014 Well this has certainly fallen off! Rampant DMS and other flaws like flabby, husky malt and zero character renders this one unenjoyable for me. Used to love it, but then again that was almost eight years ago.

Unfiltered ambered peach. Huge fluffy, sticky white foam. Fresh peppery nose crammed with grassy hops and straw. Buttery pale malts, coconut oil, phenols, and white grape undertones. Somewhat tangy and woody. Fluffy, expansive on the tongue. Starts rather tangy trailed by candied pale malts and light pepper. Subtle dried apricot twang is held up by long doughy, powdery malts and a delicate spicy hop kiss. Very grainily malty throughout. Finishes with a table grape tingle amid a honeyed pale malt and spicy hop composition. Lingering honey and earth notes. Wine geeks would be flabbergasted by this earthy, musty, vinous, malty farmhouse ale. (previous score in 2003: 8, 5, 9, 4, 17 = 4.3)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14615) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Bottled vintage 2005, 75cl bottle, alc. 8 %
Clear amber colorm decent white head. Woody, a bit earthy nose. Very earthy, mould flavor. Crisp, carbonated, grassy hops in the background. Some apple, maybe from calvados barrels? (4/3/6/3/11 2.7)
Bottled vintage 2007
Clear orange color, small white head. Earthy, apple-like aroma. Cellary flavor, fruity, woody hops and alcohol. Similar to 2005 vintage. (6/2/6/3/12 2.9)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (16925) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (691) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (891) - Beijing, CHINA - MAR 11, 2014
Flasche (Jahrgang 2012) von einem Hofladen in Godewaersfelde, Französisch-Flandern. - Goldgelb. - Nase: Kandis, Hefe, mild-fruchtiger Hopfen. - Antrunk: sehr hefig-süß; sämig. Weiche, in Kandissüße gebettete Frucht (Birne, Aprikose, Pfirsich). Leicht fruchtig-hopfenherber Abgang. Etwas dumpf-bitterer, nicht besonders angenehmer Nachtrunk. - Dies Bier ist weder ein Saison (wofür ich es in meiner Ahnungslosigkeit zunächst gehalten habe) noch ein Tripel, sondern ein Bière de garde, hätte also wohl noch etwas liegen müssen. So früh genossen war es etwas zu süß und unharmonisch, um zu überzeugen. (Verkostung: Febr. 2013)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6839) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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