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


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RATINGS: 314   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3561) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
750 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits (Halifax). Pours a clear golden amber with large slightly off-white head and steady stream of bubbles. Aroma is quite fruity, grains and light spiciness. Flavour is apple, pear, light lemon zest, grains, and a gentle spiciness. Fine, active carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Huhzubendah (3625) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with 1/2" or so of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma brings grain, wet cardboard, apples, alcohol. In general, it just seems a bit off. The taste brings some odd funk, apples soaked in booze, and grain. Mouthfeel is decent, assuming you can get past the odd flavors and imbalanced nature of this unusual beer. Overall, not a repeat for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-15-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (22479) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at Belgian Beer Fest Boston. Cloudy yellow color, large white head. Aroma of peppery straw. Taste is citrus and hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3360) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
Labelled as Grand Reserve. Light amber peach colour with creamy white head. Aroma of fruit, bananas, peaches, yeast. Taste is sweet and a bit hot/boozy. Nice lively bitey palate. Overall an enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Bouteille 750ml portant le nom "3 Monts Grande Réserve" et titrant 10%. De couleur ambrée-orange et claire. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, notes d’abricots) aux notes épicées (coriandre, traces de muscade), de grains de malt pâle légèrement sucrés, léger de pain et de houblon herbeux ainsi que des notes de miel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses et aux faibles traces sirupeuses. Moyen goût de levures fruitées (agrumes, faibles notes d’abricots et traces de poires) aux nots épicées (notes de muscades, traces de poivre et de coriandre) accompagné d’un léger goût de grains de malt lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un moyen goût de pain avec des notes de miel et quelques traces de biscuits. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant jusqu’en fin de gorgée et auquel s’y rajoute progressivement une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux petites notes florales. Post-goût moyen et aux petites notes asséchantes, légert-moyen amer d’alcool, léger de houblon herbeux et avec un léger goût fruité (zeste d’agrumes).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (813) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
2011 vintage. Bottle 750 ml. Bought at grocery store. Served in Tulip. Pours clear amber with very thick frothy white head, long lasting. Aroma: fruits, malt, yeast. Taste is very fruity and malty. Lacks of balance as it is a little too much on sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Some warming alcohol, as we expect from a 10 % abv. Overall, a good strong beer, a bit heavy but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (7082) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with a large head. Fruity herb aroma. Malty flavour with some spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeKeller (933) - Kemi, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2012
Vintage 2011. Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear orangeish beer with white head. Sweet / dry fruity aroma. Fruity / malty taste has apricots and licourice among many other. This winter seasonal beer is very enjoyable during summer also. ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: lovely straw and sunshine under a voluptuous white head. Slow stream of bubbles keep the head rocking and rumbling. Lacey collar, lingering thin head. Swirls bready and thick.
Nose: sun-kissed and rustic husked grains. Lemon pith. Freshly sliced white breads. Barn dust, bales of hay, burlap sacks. Whispers of funk. Pollen in the breeze. Soft brushed golden leather.
Palate: light, funky, barny, and lemony. Honeyed freshly sliced breads. Honey and lemon, fields of flowers, baled hay in the background, and a slow bitter pithy finish. Of the barn – dust, straw, hay, leather, burlap sacks. Love the overall rusticity and harvest quality of this beer – screams Belgium and golden fields of grain ripe for harvest while random flowers sway gently in a mild spring breeze. Dry grass joins the lemon pith finish. White pepper in the breath.
Final Thoughts: I went into this beer expecting far less than what I got which was uber harvested awesomeness. Lovely. I felt like I had traveled back in time as I savored every last sip. Harvest-tastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
750 ml bottle.Pours a copper-pale orange clear amber with a very thick, very persistent white head. Smells herbal and fruity. Tastes like fruit, raisin, pear, bread, fruity cake, sweet caramel. Very complex, yet quite sweet beer. Strong alcohol finish, with a bit of bitterness. Warming. Body is medium. Excellent amber ale.

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