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Gavroche - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

donunrue, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Bubbles, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of EdTheEdge
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a ruby tinged brown from an 11.2oz bottle into an ordinary pint glass. A wonderful thick, creamy light tan head builds up rather quickly when pouring which requires multiple pours to fill the glass.

The color in the glass is striking as the tan head contrasts rather nicely with the reddish ale making this an aesthetically appetizing beer.

Smell is grassy, fruity, malty and not very hoppy. But there is a freshness in the aroma blend that I really enjoyed.

Taste. Well that's what this beer is all about. I really enjoy a well thought out non complicated beer from time to time. Gavroche is one of my favorite all time beers. It is refreshing and not overbearing in taste. The ingredients are well balanced and I can not detect much alcohol at all. Many of the reviews emphasize fruity flavors. I don't get that I do get a perfect balance of fruit ,grapefruit and strawberries, and malt and a slight hoppiness.

I enjoy the dryness of this beer and carbonation is perfect. This beer hardly leaves an aftertaste if it does it‘s a bit of hops. Gavroche is a very clean tasting and refreshing beer.

Overall I'd have to give this beer near perfect scores. I've had it several times over the past year and each time I have enjoyed it more each time. When I don’t want a Hop Bomb like and IPA a Gavroche usually comes to mind…

EdTheEdge, Feb 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

tbryan5, Jan 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

justiceavocado, Apr 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

rxmk, Apr 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Geiseman, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of MattU
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App- into an oversized red wine glass pours a deep ruddy copper with straw colored highlights. 2 finger head sticks around for a couple minutes then falls to a small layer of bubbles and leaves great lacing tO the end.

Aroma- notes of sherry vinegar and cherry followed by a light note of black pepper. Vague notes of malty sweetness and vanilla - gorgeous.

Taste- delicate malty sweetness with notes of toffee and caramel that quickly fades to a smooth dry finish. Tart cherries and sherry vinegar flash across the middle of the pallet. A vague sense of black pepper on the finish. Not even the slightest taste of alcohol, this beer hides the 8.5% very well.

Mouthfeel- smooth and delicate with spritsy carbonation. While the mouthfeel isn't heavy it's still full and lively.

Overall- exceptional beer. There's so many things going on with this beer but it's all in such tight and controlled harmonious balance that nothing overwhelms anything else. So deceptively smooth and refreshing. Outstanding brew.

MattU, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Lukie
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a very cloudy, strong marmalade, oak like colour with a massive, massive, massive head. The head slowly fades away into about 2 inches on the top, which clings to everything in it's path. Insane.

Hard to pick out an aroma through the thick head. Slight spiciness, and peppery with hints of malt and caramel. Sour orange.

A very complex and strong bodied beer. There is a big malt sweetness, with some incredibly complex spices. Lot's of caramel with some green apple, sour fruits, aniseed, and pear. It actually changes from mouthful to mouthful, it is just that complex and indepth. Just insanely great.

A wonderful lively mouthfeel, with a lot of active carbonation, but not too heavy in the body. Moderate, with a slightly watery finish making this amazingly refreshing. Another huge hit with me from the Sylvestre clan in France.

Lukie, Nov 15, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%

B967ierhunter177, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazed amber marmalade with a thick, rocky head that looks like nutmeg-tinged whipped egg whites. Lots of champagne-like carbonation races to the head. Smell is loaded with caramel and toffee with a lightly toasted malt presence. Hops are earthy and almost woodsy. Flavor is a mix of toasted malts, big caramel, and loads of fruity esters. I get lots of apple and pear. A sweetness is present on into the finish, but never feels overpowering nor does it stand out all that much while intermingling with the other flavors. Finishes with a great balancing bitterness and a leafy, herbal, earthy hop presence. The aftertaste reveals an almost roasted malt quality. Mouthfeel is on the verge of chewy yet has a very active carbonation (which never gets so overbearing that it stings). I'm highly impressed by this. Tastes rather "English" to me. One of the better Biere de Gardes that I've had, for sure.

goochpunch, Sep 17, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Rbroccoli, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Vylo, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

mikepcarney, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jlink52, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

RazorX67, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

sunshinethewolf, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

CaptainHate, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

MDM, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

wattoclone, May 30, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre's Gavroche is a classic of the biere de garde style that starts with a high original gravity of 17.5-18º Plato, and is given 4 to 5 weeks aging.

The name Gavroche refers to a character from Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables", a playful, idealistic, and free-spirited child (or "street urchin") who's shot down by the National Guards in the Saint Jean market. This quote from the book may explain his reference in relation to the naming of the beer... "Gavroche was a whirlwind. They saw him incessantly, they heard him constantly. He filled the air, being everywhere at once....He vexed the loungers, he excited the idle, he reanimated the weary, provoked the thoughtful, kept some in cheerfulness, others in breath, others in anger, all in motion!"

The beer pours a mostly clear, deep amber body beneath a creamy head of light tan that holds remarkably well and leaves some nice splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is malty, toasty, spicy, mildly fruity, and just slightly musty or woody. 80% of the grist is made up of Munich malt and you can smell it.

The carbonation is lively, but it's more zesty than prickly on the tongue as it's bottle-conditioned bubbles are quite fine. Medium bodied.

The flavor is malty but not sweet, with a combination of spice and sublime alcohol and herbal hops that balance its caramelish and toasty side. Part of it's malty 'sweetness' may be due to the addition of brown sugar to the kettle. It finishes mainly dry with some lingering toasty and nutty malt, and a smear of grassy, herbal, and almost licorice-like hops.

Quite enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, May 14, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber with red-orange tint; fat head of wonderful foam

S: herbal hops, some earthy/woodsy notes

T: woodsy, some sharp spices; tangy yeast, muted sweetness, bittering hoppiness but also some very wine-like characteristics

M: chalky, dry, medium-bodied but very crisp and fresh

O: this is almost like the red ale of farmhouse ales - a delight for a summer's day on the farm, but with some depth and heart

Greywulfken, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know that I trust the French, and I am even more unsure if I trust a French beer ... based on past experience, but here goes with the Gavroche. Pours a sparkling, dark amber red color with a really thick, dense light tan head that lasts and lasts. So fa, so good. Nose is quite malty, but flirts with a strong hop presence. Carries a nice fruity scent as well. Smells quite rich and earthy. Palate is slightly biting with a malt assertiveness up front. Rich and fruity without being too sweet. Make no mistake, there is substantial hop flavors here, balancing out the maltiness quite well. Alcohol is present and detectable. This beer is medium-bodied and finishes quite dry, thanks to the hops. I'm really quite impressed with this beer in every regard. A very good Biere De Garde ... almost a Belgian Saison bred with a German Bock if I were to describe it in comparisons. I like it, I say! My beret off to the French for this one.

beerphilosopher, May 26, 2006
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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.