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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with jsprime. his bottle. pours slightly hazed golden with a huge fluffy white head. aroma of pale malt and belgian yeast. the flavour is decently complex, rotating between pale malt and yeast. the roasted malt adds some complexity but doesnt really show. very good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1853) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2012
Aroma: Smelling sweet fruity, ripe apples, pears, earthy aromas, stable.
Appearance: The beer is clear orange with medium bubbles, a high nearly white meringue-like head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing. Some curtains.
Taste: The taste is complex, initially sweet, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, orange zest, ripe cheese.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, foamy bubbles, medium body soft texture and a smooth dry finish.
Overall: The 2011 version. Much better than 2010, well balanced, complex and really rewarding.
Note: Bottle 750 ml. (Vintage 2011) Reviewed 2011-06-25.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1266) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2010
Bronze body with a massive cap at time of pour sharp yeast, lots of smooth spice and only some funk in the aroma, this farm house is smelling yummy. Taste is more of the same , reminds of a better quality La Fin. Is easy to drink yet the flavor is intense. Some much malty goodness with a big yeast taste, brew somehow actually comes across crisp but mellow. Good brew thanks Jeff. Ouch Frank Mier just got knocked the fawk out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2186) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
2009. Clear orange brew with a big white bubbly skull, good sticky lacing as well. The aroma is very good! Nice spice, solid yeast, stiff sharp fruit (light apple, some tropical notes), Very nice - not complicated but that is fine. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the aroma. Well spiced, some pepper, allspice, apples and tropical, dank dark yeasty qualities - reminds me of a Unibroue. Solid spice finish, medium body, no oily finish or anything bad. This is a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2011
Pours beautiful deep orange copper with huge beige longlived head leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is malty, fruity, spicy, yeasty, raisins, hops and alcohol. nose with a hint of cherry. Very nice malty sweet mouthfeel. Flavor is malty, hoppy bitter, slightly pungeant, spicy, fruity sweet, perry and grassy. Finishes with a nice warming alcohol touch and pleasant malty bitter aftertaste. Really enjoyable beer over today’s BBQ dinner, great carbonation, colour ... delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PalCabral (145) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015 Bottle from Systembolaget - 2015 edition: Compared to last two years, this year the beer is much darker, a lovely golden amber color with a thick white head. The aroma is distinctly maltier than last year with notes of grains. The taste is malty, like it was few years back. Wonderful classic Bière de Garde, soft malty velvety taste. Very smooth. Compared to last year’s poor edition, 2015 is a return to the original good stuff. I have reviewed this beer since 2010 and this year is about as good as it has ever been, like 2010 and 2012. Very far from 2014’s sour ale and the terrible 2011 failure of 10% abc. Welcome back, Bière Nouvelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
750 ml bottle.Pours a copper-pale orange clear amber with a very thick, very persistent white head. Smells herbal and fruity. Tastes like fruit, raisin, pear, bread, fruity cake, sweet caramel. Very complex, yet quite sweet beer. Strong alcohol finish, with a bit of bitterness. Warming. Body is medium. Excellent amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Clear amber color with a thick off white head. Extremely high carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. The nose shows white grape and apples. Pears and brioche on the palate. Medium finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plaguebringer (8) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014 does not count
A: funky, yeasty, acidic, grain. A: golden cloudy with a large white head. T: vinegar, raisins, slightly bitter, funky, hay. P: high carbonation, bitter sour finish, light body. O: nice balance between sweet, sour, bitter. Overall a nice biere de garde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franzen (400) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
Funky, tart aroma with banana and stable elements. Clear golden white head. Malty sweet taste with lots of bread in combination with a fair bit of tartiness. Light body, lively carbonation dry. A really light and refreshing beer despite its alcohol content

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