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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 313   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 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...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15846) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2002
Very yeasty in appearance, nose and palate. Light brown colour, dark malts and nuttiness hide underneath the yeast on the palate. Finishes long and dry.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2014 Well this has certainly fallen off! Rampant DMS and other flaws like flabby, husky malt and zero character renders this one unenjoyable for me. Used to love it, but then again that was almost eight years ago.

Unfiltered ambered peach. Huge fluffy, sticky white foam. Fresh peppery nose crammed with grassy hops and straw. Buttery pale malts, coconut oil, phenols, and white grape undertones. Somewhat tangy and woody. Fluffy, expansive on the tongue. Starts rather tangy trailed by candied pale malts and light pepper. Subtle dried apricot twang is held up by long doughy, powdery malts and a delicate spicy hop kiss. Very grainily malty throughout. Finishes with a table grape tingle amid a honeyed pale malt and spicy hop composition. Lingering honey and earth notes. Wine geeks would be flabbergasted by this earthy, musty, vinous, malty farmhouse ale. (previous score in 2003: 8, 5, 9, 4, 17 = 4.3)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16267) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Bottled vintage 2005, 75cl bottle, alc. 8 %
Clear amber colorm decent white head. Woody, a bit earthy nose. Very earthy, mould flavor. Crisp, carbonated, grassy hops in the background. Some apple, maybe from calvados barrels? (4/3/6/3/11 2.7)
Bottled vintage 2007
Clear orange color, small white head. Earthy, apple-like aroma. Cellary flavor, fruity, woody hops and alcohol. Similar to 2005 vintage. (6/2/6/3/12 2.9)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diogène (1172) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 750 ml Bottle 2006 purchased at Marché Jovi in Hull.. Clear golden colour with a thick frothy head. Aroma is corn, metal, apple, malt and hops m Medium body. Taste is sweet malt, metal, alcohol, honey, and hops..

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2006
The pour reveals a clear golden color with a thick frothy white head. Aroma and flavor of spicy malt with a sweet finish. The palate is light and the carbonation is lively. It isn’t bad but I feel this beer doesn’t have much too offer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- my bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours a hazy light orange with a large fluffy white head. Dissapointing, dry, grainy and yeasty aroma -- doesn’t do much for me at all. Flavour is sweet and grainy with some hint of spices and fruit -- pretty boring really. Medium bodied, quite carbonated. It’s not bad, it’s just too bland and generic to stand out or to want to have again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2358) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3760) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Re-rated years later...

750 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, shared with Billy, served cool in a tulip glass. 02DE12.

App.: Clear deep amber with a rocky white head. Aroma: Sweet, fruity, boozy, metallic, caramel/toast, solvent, messy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate, loose effervescence. Flav.: Plenty boozy, estery, sweet, sickly sweet, caramel/toffee, hot; somewhat sweet with a little bitterness and a long, solvent, sweet finish.

Bad.

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750 mL bottle from Jovi, served cool in a tulip.

App.: Deep golden with orange hues, clear (yeast undisturbed), with a huge frothy white head. Aroma: Light funk and organic acids, yeast and bread dough, some biscuity malts, light pepper spiciness, alcohol (no kidding), Palate: Medium body, slightly syrupy, very soft carbonation. Flav.: Caramel and pepper, much maltier than the nose would suggest, some toffee and corn/grain/cereal; more alcohol than I’d like; very little of the funk, yeast, dough, etc.; bready and biscuity to finish with a firm helping of alcohol and like a dirty, nutty, fruitiness.

I dig the closure. It was a pain to open and I wouldn’t want to do it drunk! The beer was so-so. Not experienced enough to know a good Biere de Garde or to know if I’d like it!!


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