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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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PalCabral (111) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Bottle bought at Systembolaget 17/5-13. This is the 2013 version. The beer pours clear golden with a bubbly frothy head that settles to nice foam layer over the beer! Compared to previous years, the beer is clearer and resembles more a golden lager - has there been filtering? The aroma is sweet and yeasty that entice the palates and boosts the thirst. Perhaps slightly more discrete than previous years? In the taste, this is still such a malty sweet beer, but this year I sense more bitterness. The hops are more dominant now and it gives the beer a much more peppery taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and the carbonation elevated. This is a great example of Biére de Garde but compared to the 2012 and the 2010, it is a tad too hoppy and peppery to reach the same high scores. I also wonder if the change is not caused by filtering? The quote "Sur lie" on the label maybe should be removed? Pourquoi non faites la biere plus robuste? But, rest assured, this beer is a heck lot better than the disasterous 2011. Bon!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1085) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Pours a clear amber color with a big, lingering white head. The aroma is funky and somewhat musty, with touches of hops, fruit, and malts. Medium body with high carbonation, the flavor malty and peppery with a touch of apples. Highly drinkable and very delicious, this is probably the best French beer I have had.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pours a beautiful light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and just a touch spicy. Hay, sweet apples, and light, bitter hops really dominate throughout. Just a touch metallic, but not very distracting. A quality, topnotch brew, but not quite as complex as I anticipated.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Frothy white head with a clear golden body, this brew is quite tasty. The nose is fruity & musty, the flavors are of complex fruit. Great fruity flavor. This is a good beer to have w/ food.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1174) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2021) - Assat, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (3895) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1298) - 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.

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   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.


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