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

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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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4.3
alrick (149) - FRANCE - FEB 9, 2017
Un must ! Forte mais pourtant légère et agréable au palet. Une vraie bonne surprise

4.2
motelpogo (7703) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2002
very yeasty and good. moderate sourness doesn't become chunderous. very full in the mouth. hint of garam masala and cinnamon. some olive juice. impressive

4.2
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2006
fairly rich with a little butterscotch, clean and complex flavor of pear and golden plum with moderate thyme and oregano. I think. Sage. Bog Myrtle??? Oh I dunno, sorta spicy. Very nice beer, am definitely gonna get more...

4.2
muzzlehatch (4969) - 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.

4.2
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2006
Amber colored beer with beige foam. Complex araoma of sweet nuts and caramel, also soft fruity hints. Very tastefull and lovely taste, gateau, pain perdu, and dry raisins with brandy accent. This is a beer I really love. Afthertaste is delicious and ends with a little herbyness. Echt lekker.

4.2
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2008
Beautiful amber pour. White, sustaining head. Toasty, rye bread aroma. Balanced, with very subtle hints of raspberry. A long, sweet malty finish. Very good - better than a 78 percentile rating. Now I just need a cellar to age it and see how complex those live yeast can make it over time!

4.2
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 330mL bottle my parents brought back for me on a recent trip to Quebec that I couldn’t go on. This one pours a deep dark burgundy, slightly hazy with a HUGE beige head. Aroma is really different, booze, mild caramel malt, and major barnyard funkyness. I kind of dig it actually, despite it being totally bizarre to me. Complex funk. Like George Brown! Flavour is really neat, great malty sweetness the whole way through, lots of the sour funk upfront, mixed up with boozy notes, all making way for sweet and sour malt notes. Big mouth-feeI, with some very apparent alcohol warming. All about the malts, but as it warms some hops do make an appearance in this finish to add some bite along with the alcohol. I really do dig it, and I’m happy I do because I was afraid that I might not like it. Nothing at all like the only other Biere de Garde I’ve had, nor really like anything I’ve ever had. This one is a pretty funky beer in every sense of the word. Cool.

4.2
vidmidia (286) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - MAY 10, 2015
Vermelha escura, límpida. Espuma abundante e duradoura. Aroma de ameixas e uvas. Sabor equilibrado de ameixas, bem frutada. Álcool perceptível. Retrogosto de longa duração com final levemente amargo e salgado.

4.2
KGJdk (1) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016 does not count
33 cl bottle. A nice beer that holds 8.5 % vol. but it don’t taste alcoholic like some beers does.

4.2
Zarrach76 (303) - 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.


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