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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 316   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (7289) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with a large head. Fruity herb aroma. Malty flavour with some spiciness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7274) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest. Fine light haze, medium carbonation with very large creamy top. (3+) Light, continental hop aroma, saaz like hops, gentle green bitters followed by sweet malt. Strong font, slightly sour in character, creamy, butter like middle. Light semi0dry alcoholic finish. Nose was cleaner than flavours. (6+)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (7170) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours a fizzy golden with a huge head. Sweet malty aroma and body to suit. Balanced with a light hoppiness and a little alcoholic burn. Well rounded, but over-carbonated in my opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6940) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2005
Slightly hazy amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hops. Taste is quite bitter, bit fruity, some malt and grain. Alcohol is well hidden. However, nothing special about this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6918) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
Bottled. Deep golden. Frothy, white head. Fruity aroma with warm alco-notes. Fresh and spicy flavour; pepperish. Lively and rather salty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6871) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 Bottle, 2010-05-29, Göteborg same but some salinity to it, 3,1 = new average 3,5 points The yolk has a hint of ginger + 0,2 ie 3,65 Flaska 10 till 15 grader (vinner på högre temp, blir rundare och mera "trevlig"), 2009-06-30, Göteborg, 2009 editon UTS: Härlig hög kona av benvit skum (enl Heather fantastisk smak) D: Jäst S: Jäst, humle, citrus, aprikos, lite små pepprig smak. En öl som vinner i längden. De 8% känns inte alls (alkoholsmakmässigt). ES: Lång se ovan.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (6791) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
750 ml bottle. It poured a clear golden liquid with a nice big bubbly foam, which left big chunks of foam on the side of the glass. The smell was very weak. The taste was maly with a dry bitterness and a warm alcoholic finnish. At the end it had a hint of sour apples which tickled the top of my mouth.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borresteijn (6713) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6627) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget, tools required to open it. Deep golden, slightly hazy, large creamy white head. Earthy malt aroma, with yeasty and spicy notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a light prickling sensation from the somewhat overpowering carbonation. Much drier than other Bière de Garde’s I’ve tried, which makes this my favourite sample of this beer style so far.


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