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


on tap

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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle; Unfiltered.
Gavroche was a generous and rebellious Paris urchin and a character in the Victor Hugo (1802-1885) novel “Les Misérables.” It is also a strong, amber beer, where the flavour of its top-fermentation yeast combines perfectly with the taste of the special malts. Fermented again in the bottle, the Gavroche beer should be served with care between 10 and 12°C.

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Fin (10538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, 30-07-07. Poured murky warm gold colour, with large erupting white head of foam. Having had two other Biere de garde’s in recent day’s I’m getting to notice the style now and this seemed quite typical of the style although the alcohol did become a little invasive at times. Some toffeeiness in the mouth, bit malty and sweet but fine.

bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Aroma of stone fruit and yeast, almost berry or cherry. Deep reddish amber color with a beige head that was vigorous and laced a minim. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, something of a tart cherry flavor. The malt is something yeasty or musty or earthy, and the finish is kind of balanced between the malt flavors and some fruit bitter, like sucking on seeds or pits. This real ale needs to be slowly sipped. Fantastically rewarding.

frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2007
I’ve opened Gavroche at cellar temp, lightly-chilled and chilled-near-freezing, and each time I’m confronted with an impossible, eruptive, large bubbled, ecru head which takes forever to settle over a mid-hazed, vermillion-tinted amber body. Fine silt pours in late. Tart, cherry-tinged aroma showcases wild yeast through a non-threatening funkiness. Above an obvious malt presence, the yeasts devolve to candy. Overwhelming metallica in the initial flavor complements a spongy mouth of foam, even after the head has dissipated. High astringence pinches the cheeks like a neophyte convict. Metallics give way to dry, earthen cherry-pit sourness and an eye-squint of grain alcohol. Beneath all lies the faint sweetness of baked goods... like an egg-basted raisin bread twist, done a little too brown. Fast gulps prove daunting but provide greater results than slow sips. Remnants are few until gaseous belches return unripened pitted fruits coated in a haze of dust.

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madquacker (1143) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2007
Deep colour and smooth aroma. A robust warming beer. One of the best in this style. Think I made the mistake of drinking it too cold though.

rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2007
Bottled. Cloudy copper with a tint of orange. Sweet almond-paste like aroma with pleasant sweetness. Probably at least 1 year old bottle. Weird flavour, dirt meets cognac with laid back sweetness and a stingy finish of alcohol and chocolate. Cognac diluted with water? Silky(watery) mouthfeel.

tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark/rich orange. Decent head with nice long lasting lacing. Dry yeast on the nose. Bread. Dirt and earth. Lively carbonation. Quite dry on the palate. Very yeasty. Earth. Just a hint of fruit turning slightly metallic. Zero fro two from this brewery for me. Just not a huge fan of the house style.

BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
[Tasted with Troels in Tvolm.] Vintage 2004, 3 years old. Lots of notes of port and oak. Nice dark look and ingredients in top. Thanks to Herman for this bottle.

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
From a pretty distinctively shaped, embossed, narrow neck 11.2 oz. bottle with "ORDER 4273’ " on the back label, not sure how to decode this, if you do, please send me a message with the info, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a cloudy reddish amber with a foamy, creamy pale tan/beige head, decent retention, minimal amount of lacing. A light earthy, musty aroma with a honey graininess, a little clove and spice, small whiffs of medicinal alcohol. Good bubbly carbonation and a crisp, dry, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Different, slightly unique tasting, medicinal herbs and spice along with the alcohol warmth in the first sip, honey, ginger and toasted grains follow, a little caramel sweetness, a quick herbal hop bite towards the end, and a dry yeasty, toasted grainy finish. Very flavorful, a nice easy sipper, I love 3 Monts and now this, so that means I need to find more ales from this French brewery.

BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
[bottle] Reddish amber in color, almost clear. Spicy, alcoholic malt aroma. Sweet fruit flavors balance well with alcohol and some slight acidic complexity.

DarkMagus (537) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Clear amber color with minimal white head. Sweet bready, malty, aroma with hints of dried fruits (dates, raisins, cherries). Strong acidic fruit flavors with malt and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Decently carbonated, fairly soft mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

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