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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: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber beer (8 % alc. / vol.) refermented in the bottle. A speciality beer brewed over lees in winter using the first malt and hops from the last harvest. Roasted malts give it its characteristic amber hue. Obtained by top fermentation, the "Biere Nouvelle" is characterised by fruity flavours and a good bite. Biere Nouvelle must be served with care (leaving behind the fine yeast sediment) at about 10°C. Available from February while stocks last in 750 ml bottles corked and stamped

2011 vintage - 10% abv 2012 vintage - 9% abv

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 2007 version. Had a small helping of this during an informal beer tasting. Pours a blonde color with an abnormally large cream head. Aroma is faint of soap, unscented flowers, and other rather indescript scents. Flavor was also subdued, featuring unripe fruit, biscuit, and some sour/bitterness. Finish dominated by alcohol and metal. I don’t understand this beer, and it probably didn’t help that I am not familiar with Biere de Gardes. 2.8. update: "3 Monts Grande Reserve" sampled 7/10/10: bottle. Looks like my palate has changed slightly since last rating, though I still don’t think this is an easy beer to understand nor appreciate. Subtle notes of peat, white pepper, and dried peach are perceived, though not immediately apparent. I got a rather creamy note of coconut in the finish. As always, flavors are musty and all seemingly veiled by a layer of age. 3.2.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750mL bottle as 3 Monts Grande Reserve, probably a year or 2 old. Poured medium golden with light yeasty chunkage and a short cap of white head. The aroma opened with sour lighter fruits and vinegar, opening into a corn and bready core.. light, dusty spice accents.. warmth brought out a little lemon and dry floral notes that grew on me. The flavor had rather strong corn and pale malts at the core, giving faint whispers of malt likka.. tangy on the edges with lemon zest and dusty funk.. finished dry and a little sharp with light fruits and aged toffee. Medium-bodied, sweeter, and sharper than expected on the palate.. too strong to be refreshing.. OK overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7563) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté au festival Bières et Saveurs 2008 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’houblons avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de caramel et de clou de Girofle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #1922)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml. Nos yeux observent une bière de couleur cuivrée-dorée surmontée d’une belle et imposante mousse blanche qui persiste en force. Notre nez respire des arômes de sucre, d’alcool, de pommes, de céréales fraîches avec des effluves fruitées. Notre langue rencontre un corps moyen avec une effervescence moyenne-élevée. On goute des saveurs de sucre, d’alcool, de houblon franc et de céréales.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle, sampled @ Pint Meibockfestival. Amber/blond colour, very sweet nose, malts, some alcohol. Taste is malty, alcohol sweetness, melon, a bit cloying. Definitely not my style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2008
Aroma: hoppy, yeasty, pears, fresh hops. Musty but refreshing. Fresh.
Appearance: typical orange yellow lager but fluffy foam. Nice lacings.
Flavour: refreshing, hoppy, chemical, special, pears... Galia melon aftertaste.
Palate: delightful, even though it’s bubbly and acrid it is charming...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange color, rather cloudy. Nice thick head helps the beer maintain a smooth creamy effervescence. Lots of yeasty characteristics, from a peppery herbs to candi sweetness. This is a great beer, though perhaps a little pungent and out there for the non connoisseur.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2008
Huge, lightly yellow head, quite stable over bright orange-foxy beer. Volatile spices in the nose with cinnamon and clove, as well as sweet cake. Ginger too and orange rind, certainly warming up. Sweet and very spicy with more cinnamon, clove, ginger, and a very faint sourish edge (oranges?), but mainly sweet. Scorched caramel flavour, but not bitter. Bit aggressive, burning MF, not very well-bodied, very slick. Not exactly my favourite, a bit too... too driven... Danke, S!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) De couleur Or, la biere nouvelle garde un tres beau et épais collet. Forte odeur de houblon, zest d’orange et une sorte de fleur. La premiere chose qui vient en bouche estle coté sucré. Sirop d’érable et caramel. Tres tres agréable en bouche.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12835) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle received via trade with Glouglouburp. Pours clear and sparkling orange with an average, frothy, white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, meal), average hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of light alcohol and cask. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Rather bland beer; very effervescent.


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