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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probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
330 mL bottle from Montreal (Joanette).
App.: cloudy bright orange-copper with a substantial orange-tan head. Aroma: lovely, spicey molasses, caramel and dried fruits, smells sweet and rich, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove, fruity esters, and a bit of yeast. Liquid spice cake. Palate: medium-full body, effervescent carbonation. Flav.: sweet and malty, spicy, very much like the nose. A Scotch-like smokey background and throw in a bit of licorice as well. Coats the mouth slightly with a mildly alcoholic finish.
I firmly believe that most countries do either beer or wine well, and seldom both. This was an unexpected pleasure. Bravo!

Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle. Poured clear copper with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus spice aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft caebonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, totally cloudy auburn pour yields a firm, sticky head. Aroma is slightly tart at first pour, though quickly transforms into a spicy autumn type brew... cinnamon, green apple pie, roasty malts, nutmeg, plump plums. Very nice. Flavor is dissappointing, considering the great aroma... malty, and very harsh, overwhelming minerals and a chunky, bad almond kind of aftertaste.

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Warm rusty gold body with a mild yeast load, moderate visible carbonation, and a thick, foamy, and persistent beige head. Sweet toffee aroma with cherry highlights and some breadiness. Some toasty sweet malt and mild esters, but the flavor is surprisingly dry overall. Sparkling mouthfeel with a light-bodied, dry palate. Doesn’t even remotely suggest 8.5% ABV. Fair, but unexceptional.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
bottle pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of yeast, caramel malts and soft floral hops. Flavor is caramel, some toasted malts, and some floral hops on the finish. Smooth malty palate makes this quite drinkable and a little better than I would have guessed it..

Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 D’une odeur forte et d’apparence brumeuse avec une belle robe et dentelle. d’un bonne saveur et sans arrière-goût. Dans son ensemble, elle est une bonne bière forte avec un bon goùt épicé.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle: Red with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, light malts, some floral hops, and some spice. Flavor, fruity, some yeasty/bready notes, floral hops. On the sweet side, with a little bitterness. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 33 cl bottle. Cloudy amber colour and quite fizzy. The head is big and beige. Malty and spicy aroma, with also yeast and some alcohol and roasted notes. The flavour is overall sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. medium body, average carbonation, medium finish. Surely lacks something to be called a classic, but is a very nice beer.

Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 750mL bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, cookie, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (basement, dough), with notes of peach/apple skin and wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. This sampling is reminding me of old Blaugies La Moneuse...it’s got that cellar/mold funk and a wild sourness undercurrent. Not that great, but not bad.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2006
[Bottle from BeersofEurope] Hazy brown with a moderate head. Aroma of yeast, figs, caramel. full body with a fair bit of alcohol in the finish. Not the finest beer ever made, but I was pretty hammered by this point and it did the job.

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