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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: 721   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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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.

4.1
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2004
Great beer with an intens amber color and a fine beige creamy head. Good complex malty nose with outspoken malty aroma’s. In the nose you can notice hints of nuts, wood, rice crispy’s faint touch of apricot and honey. All the aroma’s are well in balance with a clear hoppyness and a faint touch of mint. The taste is very fine, complex and medium boddied. The mouthfeel is refreshing and malty, it brings some mintyness in the taste and the afthertaste is fine and elegant. The alcohol is outstandingly integrated is this top brew. It is Frensh, and it is damn good.

4.1
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2005
’biere de garde’ is french meaning a beer that you like a lot and don’t want to share and so you hide it in the back of the fridge lest any thirsty retards come over and find it. if they do, and attempt to drink it, you "garde" it aggressively, jabbing them with a barbeque fork if necessary-- hence the term in fencing "en garde!" a beautiful head rides on this cedar-russet pour, like a mat of pussy willow fluff-- but it doesn’t last long, so you may want to have your camera ready to capture the moment. the flotsam awaiting in the bottle is as dense as an astronomical "globular cluster", though it brings only a slight mustiness to the aroma and flavor. otherwise, the aroma is a strong waft of stove-top warmly fragrant caramel, plus some straw, dough, and peach slices drizzled with alcohol and ready to flambe´. likewise with the flavor, it’s sweet in a fruity whole-grain muffin kind of way-- with lively carbonation; it’s certainly deliciously full-bodied, and-- lest you drift in forever into that blissful (albiet two-demensional) 8.5% abv. and sweet toffee dreamland, it nudges you with a gentle wake-up call of orange rind bitterness.

4.1
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 29, 2006
orange-copper with a large, creamy, lasting, cream colored head. malty toasted aroma (similar to an octoberfest) but with a hint of hops and spices. very toasty flavor with notes of wood, caramel, butterscotch, peanuts, ALMONDS and hops. very malty and buttery. excellent beer.

4.1
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2008
11.2oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Pours a hazy golden almost red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smell is not overwhelming, but consists of spice, caramel, and fruit. Tastes fruity - like citrus, apple, pear... Some roast, yeast, and slight alcohol is apparent. Very dry, one of the driest beers I’ve had in some time. Fairly clean on the finish Medium in body with vigorous carbonation. A fairly easy drinker considering the abv. Not bad at all, but not necessarily something I’ll be seeking out again very soon. Well worth the try though, very unique.

4.1
nearbeer (5516) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
33 cl. No date. WTF, if this is a "beer for keeping" then put a date stamp on it! Opaque dark copper with some red tints. Gushing head settles to a lasting thick cream with nice lace. Nice aroma of raisin, candi sugar and funky yeast. Similar flavors plus touches of acidic berry, vanilla, caramel, oak and some drying/warming alcohol on the finish.

4.1
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle labeled "Gavroche -- French Red Ale." Can’t quite tell if this is the same. Pours orangey amber with a huge foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is quite nice: lots of caramel and toffee, with a good dose of dried fruit (cherry, prune, maybe fig). Very vinous. Some grassy hops. A slight yeastiness. Smells like the midpoint of a strong English pub ale, a German bock, and a Belgian. Flavor follows the aroma, but there’s both more bitterness and sweetness. Thick mouthfeel but well carbonated. Haven’t had too many of this style, but I really like it.

4.1
rejtable (2809) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
Pours amber with initial big foamy head and good lacing. Nose is yeasty with some cereal and candy. In the mouth I get an initial fruity hit, backed by a good malt balance and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body with some creamy-ness and lots of carbonation.

4.1
VincentDamon (514) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
La Gavroche n’est pas mauvaise du tout, quoi qu’elle ne vole pas la vedette non plus. Belle couleur ambrée et translucide. Belle mousse et belles bulles qui plus est. Nonobstant, l’arôme ainsi que le goût demeurent assez banals : au nez, le malt prend toute la place. Une petite touche de miel peut-être. En bouche c’est plus intéressant déjà : le liquide offre une belle rondeur, l’effervescence est fort agréable et l’amertume est bien équilibrée. Très beau verre tulipe qui fut donné dans l’emballage. Cheers!

4.1
Jado (803) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear bronze with a fluffy beige head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. Lively carbonation. Aromas of peach, caramel, stewed apple and cinnamon. The taste starts out with some deep fruit before a hit of hop bitterness in the mid-palate. That slips away leaving some caramel sweetness. Finishes quite cleanly with some citrus and spice in the aftertaste. Excellent.


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