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Gavroche - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
86
very good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Ratings: 406 | Reviews: 233
Photo of brogger00
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of reds but I can definitely where this one holds its ground. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange tinged dark red, two fingers thick of cream colored and very dense creamy head. Settles slowly to a half inch, thick sheet of lace to the end of the glass. Smell: lots of caramel, notes of cherry, dates and peach; toasted honey wheat bread, sourish bread note, subdued spicy hopping. Taste: date bread, caramel, stale grain... then a weird tonic water flavor...then herbal, caramel and toast in the finish. Aggressive, too high carbonation, sticky finish. Mid-sip the carb ruins it, but otherwise it would be quite good.

Photo of doktorhops
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well this was certainly an odd find in a quiet little small Canberran suburb bottleshop. I’ve never heard of Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre, but I do quite enjoy a good Bière de Garde (3 Monts and Jenlain spring instantly to mind) and in my quest to catalogue and review every awesome beer this world has to offer it of course made its way onto the TBB (To Be Bruviewed) shelf in my fridge, santé!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: As per my standard beer opening policy since the HaandBryggeriet Kreklingøl destroyed my last keyboard: I open all beer bottles within the immediate proximity of a sink - lucky for me, as this one is a gusher. Aside from this it presents a hazy reddish amber body with a dense foamy 1cm beige head. 6/10.

S: Overripe pear and apple esters with a truckload of brown sugar, hints of earth and dark fruits. Another Christmassy brew after the excellent Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale (2014), will Gavroche measure up to that fine Ale? 8/10.

T: All of the above (overripe pear/apple, brown sugar, a lot of earth, dark fruits) with a bit of a metallic twang. There is some graininess that presents mid-palate as well that shows Gavroche as no competition for 3 Monts or Jenlain Bière de Garde’s, a shame as the aroma was quite promising. The finish is both dry and lightly herbal hop bittered. There is an aftertaste of burnt sugar that sticks around far too long. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied (surprising given the 8.5% ABV) with an almost heavy-handed carbonation. 4/10.

D: Overall it feels like a lot less care has gone into this brew than both the 3 Monts and Jenlain Bière de Garde’s, although some of what I’ve said above could possibly be attributed to poor handling of the beer at the small (mostly Bogan-beer) bottleshop I purchased it from. Otherwise this tastes like a cheap French/Belgian Tripel that I normally avoid (as there are some brilliant French/Belgian beers out there already). 6/10.

Food match: Fillet au poivre with cognac sauce, eshallot and green beans.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gavroche has a very thick, fizzy, quickly-dissipating, cream-colored head, an opaque, red-orange, bubbly appearance, with considerable lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, sweet, sour, yeasty, and even nutty. Taste is of sweet, yeasty, sour bread, bread crust, grain husk, alcohol, light fruits, and somewhat harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy,and Gavroche finishes wet, heavy, and cloying. This is a "big boy beer", and it won’t be for everyone.

RJT

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, fruit, earth, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with bread, caramel, candied fruit, and cherry juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice fruit and caramel qualities that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 1320 bottle coding. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apricot, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance an complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apricot, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. A fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma weak and fruity
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor begins slightly sour, some fruity hints; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.375

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Apple wine and grassy malt ideas. Not my favorite concoction but clearly a quality brew if you like these flavors.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance - dark ruby colour with plenty of beige head

Smell - cherry, toffee, berries

Taste - cherry, toffee, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront, bit of tartness on the finish, finish is dry as well

Overall - nice beer that resembles an amber ale

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

Photo of wattoclone
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark unfiltered amber with white head. Delectable fruity aroma of apricot, pear and apple. The taste is slightly sweet, yeasty with a tart cherry finish. Very easy, smooth drinking. Sort of like a cross between a saison and a Belgian pale ale, it was very enjoyable. Thankfully, on draft at Capone's so I didn't have to travel to France.

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A lovely and deep reddish brown topped with a creamy off-white head. Active carbonation and a heavy head.

Smell: Honey scents, maltiness, a bit earthy, but rather clean and simple.

Taste: Earthy and musty yet crisp and fresh at the same time. Some sweet undernotes, but rather dry with a nice, balanced bitterness. A hint of a muted, barely there fruitiness, like dried berries. Toasted/roasted notes throughout. A bit of malty and yeasts flavours bouncing around. Alcohol flavours are prominent, lingering on the tongue along with a pleasant herbal spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, really quite good.

Overall: Very very good, quite complex and interesting. My first Bière de Garde (or any French beer for that matter), and if this beer is in any way representative of the style, it's going to quickly become one of my favourite varieties.

Photo of illpass78
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a huge white-ish head. Wasn't expecting all this carbonation or foam.

Aroma: Smells of toffee, booze, some dark fruit and toast.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. Maltier than I expected. Not particularly sour or tart. Pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium depth of body. Pretty well balanced.

Overall: I expected to be wowed by this, but it's pretty decent as opposed to transcendent. I'm not super familiar with the style, but this seems like a workmanlike example of it.

Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, light caramel, hint of fruit and yeast

T-light tropical fruit, bready malt, slight caramel, slight yeast-like funk, slight bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting beer, enjoyed drinking it, but don't feel I would seek it out

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: spicy, apple

A: deep orange color with finger hear that quickly dissolves

T: spicy, hay, fruity, some oak notes with mild bitterness

O:though it is a little on the sweet side the bier has a nice medium body for a farmhouse style ale. leaves a nice spice/bitterness on finish.

Photo of Donis
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For December, my beer club decided to have us try a bottle of Gavroche French Red Ale. I usually have some idea of how a beer will taste prior to opening the bottle but I usually try to avoid having a preconceived notion and go in with an open mind. I'm glad I avoided thinking about what this beer was supposed to taste like because if I had it would have been off by plenty.

The bottle came looking different than in its BA picture with a cork and metal stay. The first pour was fairly carbonated as the bottle condition I'm sure had a lot to do with that. Overall it got better as I got further into the beer and ended very nicely.

A - Amber, 2 finger head

S - Floral

T - Caramel and fruit notes

M - Pleasant and sudsy

O - Good brew!

Photo of scottford
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle at a Cora in Strasbourg. Best by date: 12.11.15

Pours a hazy copper - almost hazelnut - shade of brown with 2-3 fingers of an off white head.

Smells similar to that of a Belgian tripel, just toned down. Those spices do tend to stick out though.

There's barely any taste on the front of the tongue. The most predominant taste in this beer is a slight "twang" in the back of your mouth. It's not unpleasant... just different. It's more malt-forward, with those spice notes being downplayed significantly.

Feels very smooth on the palate.

Overall, this is a very good beer and at 8.5% alcohol I really have no idea where they're putting it. This is a good and filling beer.

Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a two finger fluffy beige head with decent retention.
Grainy and malty aroma with notes of caramel.
Malty flavor with predominant spicy and caramel notes. Hints of earthy hops, wood, and dark fruits. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is well hidden, giving gentle warmth at the end.
Bold and assertive beer. Although a malty brew it did not neglected hops, still they are the supporting actor here. Good beer for temperature decreases.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber body; full, frothy head

Aroma: Malty; sweet; vinous notes

Taste: Spicy; complex, well-balanced flavor; tangy start, with a semi-sweet finish; excellent flavor

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks like a classic right from the settled appearance...cloudy copper red, hazy bubbly body. Orange to white head is a little erratic with a gentle rising to about two finger's length and some.

Smell: light yeast and bread not bad at all but a little light.

Taste: True fact this brew comes off sour. Like rye with a sweet finish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy ultra sticky. Not the greatest bread after taste...you feel sourdough coming off a little dry.

Overall: A little on the pricey side but when factoring what you are getting but I personally am not disappointed. A little bit of everything here, enjoy and drink up. Salud!

Photo of TheDoctor
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a nice golden orange with beautiful carbonation and a thick head that looks like sea foam or the foamy scum that you get sometimes on rivers; but in a good way. Thick and airy at once rally sticks to the glass heavily.

S:
Strong, musky hops odor on opening the bottle, a little sweet and some hints of over-ripe fruit.

T:
Nice crisp taste right off the bat. There is some obvious pungent hoppiness, but it is really well-balanced with more malty, bread flavors and some soft sweetness.

M:
Nice, creamy sensation throughout. The carbonation really lightens it up and is ever-present. Nice grassy, earth notes in the middle and a slow smooth finish that I swear tasted almost exactly like over-ripe cherries.

O:
This was a really enjoyable beer. It is pretty light-feeling despite the fact that it is pretty stout. The beautiful head is the best part in my opinion, but on the whole it is quite delicious. Would definitely drink it again.

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2013.

The corking system on this needs some work. What other beer requires me to use a screwdriver and a corkscrew to open the darn thing?

The pour is a medium to dark amber with reddish hues and a long lasting tan head. It is a nice looking beer.

The aroma is of malts and yeast mainly with a vague hop element playing up the rear along with a sort of fruitiness.

The body is about medium with a slight astringency.

The taste did remind me of a red because if the unique bitter malty/hop character and there was a kind of butterscotch feel to it. It wasn't a bad beer but it is not something I would go for regularly.

Photo of MCain04
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at purple pig. tulip glass.

a: amber body, white head, decent lacing and moderate retention.

smell: a little bready with some hops.

taste: very malty, some hops, a little sourness, mild bitterness.

mouthfeel: smooth, moderate carbonation, dry.

overall: not a bad beer. I'd drink it again, but not for $12 a pour.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange, amber, clear after first pour. 3 inch beige head with long retention. Constant stream of carbonation keeps the head up. Thick lace.

Sharp, slight acetic. Phenolic. Fruity.

Earthy malt. Almost peaty. Spicy. Can't pick out a typical hop flavor but definitely enough to balance and dry out the finish.

Fine carbonation. Full bodied from the bottle conditioning - coats the mouth. Nice.

Overall this is a very nice beer. Complex but very drinkable. Worth finding.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with one of the strangest, yet eventually simplest (thanks, honey!) cork enclosures that I have ever seen. A beer that apparently celebrates the lowly newsboy, and is also part of a seasonal gift pack available in Alberta, with one glass per bottle, which is two glasses too may, IMHO.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silky, finely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random swaths of splattered fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, soused apple and pear puree, a bit of oily nuttiness, and some floral, earthy hops. The taste is somewhat sour bready caramel malt, middling earthy yeast, some well proffered orchard fruitiness, earthy, leafy, and somewhat spicy hops, and a rather subtle booze warming.

The bubbles are quite frothy, and a bit fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally pretty smooth, nothing else taking further issue with the status quo. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt putting down roots, the yeast planning for their late spring vacation, the fruit aping in a somewhat garish manner, and the sole efforts of the drying alcohol almost appreciated by this point.

A beer redolent of the French countryside? You bet, unequivocally. The best part, however, is the relative lack of yeasty offsets, which usually seem to bleed over for this style, yet do us the favour of forgoing that altogether here, leaving us with a pale malty, kind of obscured boozy beau of a bevy, if you'll excuse my French.

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out with a huge head that never gives up; the liquid underneath is a cloudy amber color; plenty of lacing action

Smell: Malty as a Marzen, though there is something vaguely vinous underneath

Taste: Very malty, up front, with a ton of caramel flavor; by mid-palate, there is a hint of wood, vinous flavor and yeast and those flavors add another dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was really expecting something different from this brewery; this is not a bad beer, but it is very sweet and that aspect overwhelms the other things that could otherwise make this a more interesting beer

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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
86 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.