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

bottling
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on tap
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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
leaparsons (10546) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2002
Beautiful ruby beer. Light put pleasnt aroma. One to savour, although it is a little thin. Better than the sum of its parts. Oh, and it’s woozy woo!

3.1
Fin (10540) - 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.

3.6
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle - thanks Lou! Murky amber pour with a big foamy head. Malty, dark fruit, and some yeast. Almost a little like a dubbel. Good stuff!

3.5
DuffMan (10429) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle purchased from the TRC Hotel in Launceston Tasmania. Hazy iced-tea amber colour with a very thick white head that displays excellent retention. Aroma is all butter toffee and bready yeast (smells yummy!). Caramel malt and chewy breadiness dominate the palate, along with mild spiciness. Really nice.

3.4
alexsdad06 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at home. Pours a hazy copper amber color with a large, rocky off white head. The aroma and flavor have bready malts, caramel, some citrus, light funk, mild peppery spice, a hint of metallic character, ok to try but I wouldn’t seek this out.

2.9
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber, good sized creamy head. (3+) Alcoholic aroma, light malt notes. Dry alcoholic flavour with occasional moment of sweet yeast malt, light spice notes. Needs more flavour to round out the rough alcohol edges in my opinion.

3.7
gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
33 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt. Sampled on October 28, 2011
BB 22.09.13
Clear copper color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, cream, faint estery scent. Sweet, malty, some alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.7
olio (10269) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090219.
Pours golden color with a medium head. Aroma of spices, grass, floral and herbal notes and yeast. Flavor of hay, toffee, herbs and some mild fruits. Decent.

3.9
KyotoLefty (10263) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from La Bon Marche, Paris. Very earthy, dry, dirty aroma with a bit of caramel malt, some wood, dust, cocoa . Pale amber with a low fine head. Flavor of dry cocoa, dust, some light orange, zest, alcohol apparent, dry and austere with a nice sweet underpinning. Very complex, challenging, and interesting. Strong farmyard charcter. Interesting as hell, and a step above the others we have tried on this stay in Paris.

3.3
phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2010
330 ml bottle from Belmont Party Supply. All head on the pour, a big rocky beige mess that leaves plenty of lacing. Underneath is a slightly cloudy amber-colored beer. Aroma of sour yeast, caramel malts, berry fruits, and toast. Flavor is also sour and malty, a little funky, with notes of berries, caramel, bread, paper, and metallic notes. Dry, bitter, and alcoholic on the finish. Medium bodied, with average carbonation and a metallic and malty mouthfeel. Decent beer. Nose: Rather muted with some slightly sour stone fruit notes, some light caramel and milk chocolate notes. Almost like chocolate covered cherries. Palate: Medium bodied and with crisp/sharp carbonation. Lots going on here. The chocolate covered cherry thing continues and is met with strawberry and light toffee/butteriness. The palate is really sharp at first, but as the carbonation releases the taste buds, they are overwhelmed with fruit and dark candies. Notes: Had no earthly idea what to expect from this beer. I bought it simply because it was from French Flanders. Stunning beer. Wish we could get it here.


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