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


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RATINGS: 721   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Subtle blend of caramel, tart cherries, and some spices, this is far too easy to drink. That 8.5% is completely hidden, making it even more dangerous. Not the most intricate beer in the world, but well crafted and extremely enjoyable.

Porcellini (45) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 11, 2017
Muy poco aroma, color dorado. Tiene cuerpo, y notas de sabor a metal y con el alcohol algo presente. Final un poco amargo. Muy similar a las Belgian Strong Ale.

NZJoe (35) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2017
Poured from a 330ml bottle. Head disappears immediately, leaving a slightly fizzy, amber liquid in the glass, looking a bit like black tea. Very minimal aroma, mainly Im just getting a bit of Belgian yeastiness. Tastes straight away like a Belgian strong ale, with all that musty. oaky yeast flavours going on, but as she goes on you start to notice another level to this beer, where there is a bit of an acidic bite and some bitterness. The alcohol is there, but not too prominent. Its a bit lighter and easier to drink than a Dubbel or a Tripel. Quite interesting, worth trying.

gyhallmanti (589) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2017
33cl bottle split with SimonBlok. Courtesy of SimonBlok. Pours a clear copper amber colour with a small off white head. Aroma of metal, caramel, grains, dust, slight orange. Taste is medium sweet, soft bitter with a moderate dry finish. Notes of caramel, malt, grain, metallic. Texture is oily, medium bodied woth moderate carbonation

SimonBlok (671) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2017
33cl bottle split with Gyhallmanti. Appearance: clear amber with medium off-white head. Aroma: caramel, grains, dusty and metal. Taste: fairly high sweetness and fairly low bitterness. Notes of caramel, malts, raisins and metal. Palate: medium bodied, watery to sticky texture and lively carbonation.

MarcoBasile (448) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2017
Pours amber with a slightly off white head. Aroma of malt, bread, oak, hops. Taste is sweet with little grapefruit. Decent carbonation, Watery texture, medium body

tightslice (1380) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Mountain View, CA. Aroma is caramel, oak, fruity malts, sweet floral. Taste is soft carbonation, sweet, oaky, herbal, some herbal liqueur qualities. Great flavors and mouthfeel, reminded me of some solid Belgians in that way, but a bit too sweet.

Evilman (267) - Taverny, FRANCE - APR 30, 2017
Tasty, a positive surprise! I wasn’t expecting much from this one, it turned out to be a pretty satisfying drink. Rather strong but smooth in the same time, nice aroma with hints of oak, butter, and various hops. A bit short on the aftertaste, but beside that, it’s really cool. APPROVED BY TAVERNY’S BLACK METAL CREW!

BeardedAvenger (949) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Floral, hay aroma. Amber. Thick creamy head,no surprise it’s very bubbly. Bitter - this gradually gains in strength. A hint of sweetness. Malty. Some grapefruit and caramel. Edit: after a gap I returned to the beer and found that the sweetness grew more and more prominent, wiping out the bitterness. Medium bodied. Slick. Lively carbonation. Long dry finish. Was suspicious when I noticed the Les Miserables tie-in, however a good refreshing beer.

Zarrach76 (295) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 22, 2017
Bière transparente, rousse comme une belle Irlandaise, avec des reflets de feu et une mousse ivoire tirant sur le jaune pâle. Appétissant ! Nez qui joue clairement sur deux tableaux : des malts légèrement caramélisés (on aime les bières ambrées dans le Nord...) et un houblonnage plutôt direct, sans fioriture. Il en résulte un assemblage assez simpliste comme toutes les Bières de Garde qui sont initialement des bières de paysans. On a donc des arômes de grain, de foin, de paille fraiche, des notes de citron et d’orange, de caramel, de miel, de gelée de coin. En bouche, texture très souple, avec mal de corps, le tout bien soutenu par un alcool puissant qui titre (tout de même) à 8.5% abv. L’amertume est légère, elle s’exprime plutôt en arrière bouche, sournoisement, et laisse une grande place en première intention aux touches maltées et aux sucres résiduels, relativement nombreux. La carbonatation est vive et donne du peps à l’ensemble, tandis que les levures sont nettes, fines, tout en ayant beaucoup d’expressivité. On retrouve un côté résineux et boisé sur la longueur qui s’associe très bien à l’amertume et aux flaveurs de caramel et de grain. Le final est relativement long, sur l’alcool, une pointe d’acidité pas franchement désagréable, les saveurs de céréales et un côté huileux voir beurré qui donne de la souplesse au palet et qui tire le tout sur des notes de bon croissant au beurre bien chaud. Peu ou pas de touches fruitées hélas, mais c’est plus l’apanage des bières encore plus au Nord, à savoir issues de ce beau pays qu’est la Belgique. Une bonne bière de garde, très buvable avec du cœur et du corps qui honore ce personnage emblématique de la littérature Française qu’est Gavroche : simplicité, jeunesse et malice à la fois. Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

cervmagpt (866) - PORTUGAL - APR 4, 2017
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 24C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L222 13:38. AROMA: moderate malt aroma with a sweet component and grainy and slight toasty-bready/toffee notes. slight alcohol note (peppery). APPEARANCE: ambar color and clear. medium ivory head with good retention. TASTE: malty flavor with medium presence of toasty-bready notes. faint earthy hop presence. medium-low bitterness with a dry finish. slight malt balance, slight alcohol notes (peppery) and faint diacetyl (butterscotch). PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. slight alcohol warth. OVERALL: an interesting biere-de-garde.

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