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

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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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4.2
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottled as Grande Reserve. Slightly cloudy orange color with a beautiful large white head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, hops and spice. Very soft body. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, however the hop/spice finish is more pronounced. A complex beer but exceedingly drinkable. Tres bien!

4.2
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
750ml $8.99 Sam’s Marcey 3 Monts Grande Reserve pours a surprisingly clear deep golden with stream after stream of moderate sized carbonation bubble rising to the surface. A standard pour brought about a hefty, three fingers worth of microbubbled bright white head. The head eventually settled at a finger and left incredible puffy drink lines on its way down the glass. This beer looks appetizing to say the least. Although the aroma is light it has an incredible depth. A hint of freshly husked grains is the first thing to greet my nose, this combines with a pale malty sweetness that’s very candy like. The yeast brings about an incredible complexity laden with peaches, green apple, chardonnay and a slight earthy mustiness. The aroma of this beer just draws me right in, making me want a drink immediately. The flavor follows the aroma closely. Very vinous with the mustiness coming through faintly throughout the entire drink. Mild fresh graininess mixes it up with the sweet pale maltiness. The grape character leads the way in the fruit department but the green apple and peach make solid appearances. This is a very well put together beer with a great depth of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent! The carbonation makes the body light and airy all the while being refreshing. There’s a nice crispness and slight drying on the finish. The light, airy body makes this beer incredibly easy to put away. I could see myself drinking this until the alcohol caught up with me. An incredible drinkability when the abv is taken into consideration. I loved 3 Monts when I had it and couldn’t find 3 Monts Grande Reserve for a long time now. Luckily I came across a few bottles and it’s just as good as the original which is really saying something. The two beers I’ve had from this brewery leave me wanting more. 6/22/08

4.2
craftbeersweden (700) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2014
Clear golden color with a lot of sparkling bubbles seaking the sky. Three finger high, white, foamy head that leaves lacing on the glass. Nose: belgian ale, yeast, honey, sugar, green apples, pears, lemon and a bit of orange. Taste: Complex taste of marzipan, citrus, lemon curd, orange, sweet caramel malt, pears and banana. Medium body with high carbonation, almoust like Champagne. Soft texture. Feels luxury and classic! I like this!

4.2
gripweed57 (2863) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2017
From old tasting notes. Brilliant orange gold color topped by a huge rocky beige head. Sharp, assertive malt nose. Sweet, winey malt flavor has a complex fruity character. Dryish champagne-like finish is long and tasty. Very nice indeed.

4.1
omhper (25742) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
Bottled (2003 version with 8.0% alcohol). Pale reddish amber with rich head. Fruity nose with a hint of cherry. Cloves and other spices like oregano are there, as is toffee and yeast. The mouthfeel is light and lively. The lingering finish is full of toffee, salt and grass. Complex and really pleasant.

4.1
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
While it says winter seasonal, I fing this more enjoyable on a warm slightly humid July evening. Clear yellow color with golden reflected highlights. Generous head and small bubbles throughout. Clean pasture smell, much like dusk in the country, with a faint sound of bagpipes cascading through the setting sun. Refreshingly clean and crisp with grass, cider, a touch of alcohol, and sour grapes. After the first glass and the sun has the set, the warming alcohol rises through the chest tasting sweet with the cool night air. An enjoyable, relaxing beer.

4.1
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew.

4.1
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Yeasty sweet grassy fruity pear aroma.Clear blond appearance with full head.Dry fruity apple pear flavors balanced by Duvel like hoppiness.Touch of mint towards the dry apple finish.By far the best Biere de Garde or French beer I have tasted.

4.1
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange color, rather cloudy. Nice thick head helps the beer maintain a smooth creamy effervescence. Lots of yeasty characteristics, from a peppery herbs to candi sweetness. This is a great beer, though perhaps a little pungent and out there for the non connoisseur.

4.1
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
750mL bottle I got in Gatineau, shared at our KW group tasting. 2009 vintage. Pours a nice deep gold with a huge white head. The aroma on this one was great, apple, tums, wet hops, yeasty, crisp like a Pils, seemed somewhat Abbey Tripel like actually. Flavour was quite nice and refined, sweet pale malt aspects upfront met fast by yeasty dryness and minor alcohol. Crisp and drinkable for something 8%. Caramalt in their too as well as citrus rind and the finish is fizzy with some astringency. A very enjoyable Biere de Garde if not very complex. Like a hybrid of a Pilsner and an Abbey Tripel. Another solid beer from this brewer!


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