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


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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2007
Hazy yellow color, huge white head. Malty bready aroma, yeast notes and some citric hops. Malty, somewhat spicy flavor. Quite mild finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2007
Golden hazy. White head. Fruits and aple in aroma. Fruit and littel spicy in flavor. Thin and watery.

seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Colour is a hazy golden hue. Very nice rocky head. Aroma is very yeasty, much more so than would be expected from the still relatively clear appearance. Fruity and somewhat sugery/cidery flavor. Yeast is a bit too apparent in the aftertaste. (I know it says "Bière Nouvelle sur lie" on the label.) A Bière Nouvelle as a Bière de Garde is a contradiction in terms...

rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
Bottled. Clear amber colour, with huge head. Dusty, fruity aroma with minerals and herbs. Good old Biere de Garde aroma if you ask me. Pretty lively, chewy mouthfeel, with good malt character, on the edge of being almondy but not quite. Fruity, balanced and very well balanced. A not very tasty beer, but gains from subtle finesse and is a winner of the style.

Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. Hazy golden colour with a white frothy head. Grainy aroma with a light tone of citrus. Soft grainy flavour with a taste of yeast. A clear bitterness. Average carbonation & body.

GRM (4140) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
Bottle, best before 02/01/08, savoured on January 27 2007; eye: golden, nice effervescence, fizzy white head; nose: malt, alcohol; mouth: malt, creamy and grainy texture, medium body, average carbonation, mildly acrid, lightly hoppy FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 750 ml, 8meilleure avant le 02/01/08, savourée le 27 janvier 2007; oeil : dorée, belle effervescence, mousse blanche pétillante; nez : malt, alcool; bouche : malt, texture crémeuse et granuleuse, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement âcre, légèrement houblonnée

mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[123-20061209] 750mL. Baby powder aroma with beery wheat. Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles throughout and a very large bubbly off-white head. Initially sweet complexity with gravelly hints of licorice. Light-medium body. Nice finish but... veggie burpies.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
Partly cloudy dark blonde body with a large slowly diminishing white head. Aroma of cotton candy. Very sweet beer with bready malts and bland yeast. Somewhat saved by some crisp kind-of-noble hops. Drinkable but very simple sweet-fix like so many others. Bière SameOld SameOld.

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2007
750ml, bottled as 3 Monts Grande Reserve. Pours a pretty, cloudy amber with a rocky white cap, like snowy mountains. Aroma is intoxicating with rich red fruits, yeast, toasted malts, herbs, soft but mildly spicy hops, hay and cookie dough. Flavor is more of the same, focusing on the yeasty and fruity components. Palate is medium bodied and silky smooth. The alcohol is very well masked. Finishes slightly astringent(hops), but full of lively flavor long after the last quaff. Very good beer.I would like to note that I have never had such trouble opening a beer. The metal bracket on top of the cork is a ridiculous contraption, not only does it keep the cork in, it kept me out for a solid ten minutes. I resorted to a screwdriver and heavy duty pliers to get it off. Sillyness.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to whoever provided this. Orangey/gold, thick white head. Nose is quite hoppy, some yeasty plasticy fusels. Slightly buttery malt and that odd plastic spice. A bit of yeast and a bitter finish.

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