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

bottled
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RATINGS: 315   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1763) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
Brassin 2012. Très pétillante, mais cette mousse à grosses bulles qui se forme disparaît rapidement. Couleur à mi-chemin entre le cuivré et l'ambré. Odeurs de sucre cuit et de pommes acidulées. En bouche, sucre d'orge, qui est vite dominé par des saveurs fruitées oscillant entre les pommes vertes (défaut ?) et les cerises au marasquin. L'alcool n'est pas très loin derrière, lui aussi. Encore une fois, pas impressionné par cette brasserie, qui semble imiter à tâtons avec plus ou moins de chance. Pas mauvaise pour autant, mais rien qui incite à la recommander.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (5987) - FINLAND - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle .75, 2013. Golden, clear when poured carefully. Pale malts, yeasty tones, hay. Very malty. Body is full, smooth, some oilyness. Spiced malts, a bit of alcohol. Meadowy flowers, grass. Goes down pretty easy, I guess that means it’s ok/good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by Jay. Labeled "Amber Ale Sur Lie", 8.3% ABV. Code on back is "17 20". Mostly clear orange amber color. Many fine particles in the body make it appear slightly hazy. Thin white head. Only a couple loose bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Softer carbonation. More dry finish. Kind of a nice belgian type yeast profile, more so than in the Gavroche biere de garde I just sampled before this. Light spice, some bready malt. Lightly spicy taste, light bitter. Alcohol is a tiny bit noticeable in the finish, a little heat here... I didn’t notice any at all in the Gavroche. Another solid biere de garde, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (1236) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2013
Klar, guld färgad med jätte stort och lätt färgat skum. Doft: Fresh belgisk jäst, färskt trä, källare, mineraler, gräs, äpplen. Smak: Honung, persika, banan, röda äpplen, päron, håriga lätt övermogna krusbär, apelsin godis. Belgiska dofter och smaker i övrigt.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
berntholer (1612) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2013
light white head that disappears quickly. dark yellow clear colour. sweet smell, esters and solvent, pear. sweet taste, malty, pear and solvent. bottle 75 cl / notes from backlog

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3083) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Clear amber with a white lacing head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The flavor is also sweet and fruity but nicely balanced with peppery hops. The finish is crisp.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (7121) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
750ml Bottle - Golden with a small head. Yeast, lemon, banana and spice in the aroma. Sultanas, peach, banana, yeast and spice all feature in the taste. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2992) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
En trevlig välbalanserad Biére De garde. Sticker inte ut men är i mitt tycke lagom söt, lagom besk med en trevlig eftersmak. Smörkola och frukt.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdrinker79 (2134) - Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2013
750 ml. corked and uniquely clamped bottle- Pours slightly hazy golden with a one finger head that reduces, nice lace. Aroma is malt, dirty malt, very European aroma. The taste is better than the aroma, yeasty, but very European again, kind of basic. This is their grande reserve? Not horrible, but basic.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dandeman (900) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Tasted in February 2012. Aroma: Strong banana accents. That’s it Appearance: Gold amber, very clear, average rocky head, average lasting. Taste: Attack is warm and round, leaving a strong acidity like a lambic or a Gueuse. Very unpleasant cardboard aftertaste. Might be a bad bottle. But still I’m not a great fan of that type of beer.


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