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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joergen (28949) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, caramel and alcohol. Flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.

JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
330 ml bottle. Hazy orange-amber beer with a thick creamy off-white head. Sweet toasty malt, some peppery notes and a pronounced dusty character as well. Sweet, slightly fruity (apple/peach) and a distinctly earthy, UK-type of maltiness. Flavour is also quite fruity, soft but persistent earthy/herbal bitterness. Okay beer, but not great.

JK (6249) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2006
A lot of alcohol in the aroma of this beer. It reminds me of a Scotch ale. It lacks any weirdness that is present in some beers of this style, and instead has a straightforward flavor of sweet malt and very light spices. Cloudy and light red, but no visible sediment. Also a very large cream colored head, and this sticks around until the end of the beer.

Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Very large light orange head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation keeps a thick head on this brew. Fruity, spicy, grapes and malts. Color is a medium orange copper. Light and fizzy in the mouth. Light malts for balance, with more spices and a hint of fruit. Good alcohol presence and warming. Little dry and tart but only minimal. Clean and dry finish. Little bitterness/tartness which makes the mouth pucker. Quite a good brew. Can’t really find anything wrong with this one. I really like this and am surprised that it is not a little higher.

Dorqui (2260) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 18, 2006
Adherent and bulky head, a lot foamy and of good persistence. Dark maroon and fraught color; medium and light fizz. Alcoholic, winy and much flowery scent; sweet notes of malt, flowers, wine cellar, caramel and must. Medium fizzy taste, much round and dense at mouth. Structured and alcoholic body but altogether balanced and sweet.

beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a massive bubbly head. A bit excessive with the effervescence in my opinion. Light yeasty aroma. Flavor is also a bit yeasty. Also a touch of malt sweetness. Little, if any influence from the hops. I didn’t dislike this beer, but I wasn’t crazy about it either.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
Nice orangey appearance, nice medium bubbly head. Aroma is fresh, spicey and yeasty lees. Flavour is quite citric and malty with a bubbly palate. A nice beer but just does nothing to stand out.

apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Huge., big-bubbled head - very foamy indeed. Fresh, yeasty nose with hints of spices, citrus (especially oranges) and seems slighlty cellared. The flavor is pleasant and refreshing. LIghtly hopped. Very bright. The excess carbonation takes away some of my enjoyment. Thin - the flavor just kind of fizzles out and leaves me wanting more. True to its style, but it just doens’t add up to the farmhouse ales by Southampton, for example.

Oakes (18467) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
Hazy amber colour. Yeasty aroma with firm malts, light spiciness. Hazy yeastiness, light maltiness. Not bad, but rather nondescript and overly yeasty.

muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2006
341 ml bottle, best before Jan 2008, from Metro Joanette in Verdun, Quebec (May 2006), served at cellar termperature in a Maudite snifter. A big fizzy pop goes the cap, and a huge stream of foam fills, the glass, off-white and frothy/large-bubbled, subsiding slowly and leaving generous snowflake lacing atop the oily whisky-colored liquid.....there is a light whiff of skunk from the bottle, but it’s quickly subdued by a hugely yeast, lightly caramelized-malty aroma with lots of fresh grasses and a bit of orangepeel....the flavor is quite delicious, lightly smoky and thick with caramel, a perfectly realized balancing act between sweet malts, sour yeast, and mineralic undertones that become fairly strong later in the game....strong yet supple mouthfeel also provides plenty of spice as you let the scintillating liquid pleasure your tongue, anise and oregano, orangepeel and coriander and a touch of pepper and seaweed....marvellous and transporting.

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