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Gavroche - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre


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very good

334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%

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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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 16:25:54 | More by MDDMD
Photo of bierdeflanders


3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:42:34 | More by bierdeflanders
Photo of Donis


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:08:41 | More by Donis
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4.31/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 15:32:53 | More by scottford
Photo of FLima


3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 18:41:43 | More by FLima
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:26:41 | More by IchLiebeBier
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:33:00 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:27:05 | More by TheDoctor
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:41:28 | More by puboflyons
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 00:56:53 | More by MCain04


4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:45:35 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:06:40 | More by biboergosum
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:06:03 | More by brentk56
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very heavy, durable glass bottle (12oz?), pours a hazy reddish orange with creamy foam topping. looks different but i can appreciate the
smells like a higher powered malty ale, a little sweet....
sweet and fruity at the front, an over-ripe fruitiness midway and a little bitter at the end. tastes a little wine-y too- the over-ripe fruitiness is a product of that wine-y taste. it even sems to have a little 'kriek" in it.
overall, not bad. i understand the pride that goes into making (most) a product and i enjoy all the different styles for what they are. this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:36:18 | More by pkalix
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2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice amber color with a fizzy head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Pretty light in color for a red ale, but I've never had a French Red Ale. Looks a little more like a dark IPA.

S - Very malty and grainy. With my eyes closed it almost reminds me of a lager, and not a good one. Reminds me of a PBR that someone threw a little bit of apricot into.

T - Full flavor with lots of malts. Slightly sour flavor that is mixed with caramel and toffee. Not really pleasing to the palette.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

O - Not really sure what this is supposed to taste like. Kind of skunky and weird.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 19:22:14 | More by ThePaleRider
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle (funny shaped thing) best before 17 Mar 2014: poured into a Duvel glass on 28th Sep 2012.

Huge, huge head on this pour: good job I was prepared and used the Duvel glass: looked good actually, the snowy white mountain of foam filled the glass before I could get all the beer out the bottle. I had the sediment laden remains later. The colour of the body was a copper/orange/deep amber and clear.

Mixed bag in the aromas: once the smells could get through the head I found some malty molasses and spicy hop notes, add floral and nut esters with maybe a cherry/almond tart floating in the middle.

The taste seemed more 'yeasty' than the smell would indicate: again it was a mixture of flavours (like the nose), the alcohol playing its part too. Originally on the sweet side, but the hops kicked in mid-sip and the finish was boardering on bitter. Interesting and well worth finding, yet another French beer I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 10:24:20 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even the gentlest of pours gives rise to a head that greedily occupies 3/4 of my glass and refuses to budge. A bit of patience and the most gingerly of pours allow a sparkling red amber to assert itself in the glass. A swarm of delicate bubbles rises from all directions, supporting the tenacious head. Streams are not visible here. This beer has come alive. Other BeerAdvocate reviewers have described this beer as "hazy" and "cloudy." Neither adjective accurately describes the brew in my glass. Held up to a gentle ceiling light, this beer lets through clear rays of red. So why only a an appearance score of 4.0? Can a head be too frothy, too sticky (i.e., leave to much lace), and be too assertive? If so, this is it...

The aroma of dried cherries dominates the nose, but is supported by a welcome cast of herbs and floral aromas. Do I smell Chrysanthemum? Also present are some earthy yeast characteristics. Alcohol moves to the fore as the beer warms and becomes dominate by the bottle's end. If the purpose of a beer's initial aroma is to intrigue and excite the palate, this beer has done so perfectly. But, as we shall soon see, even the best laid foundations do fracture.

The taste is almost perfect at first: The tastes of dried cherries, unsulphered apricots, and currants are tossed about by appreciable yet indistinct floral notes. But as the beer warms, its alcohol content rears its head and throws all flavors out of balance. What was an intriguing floral character turns sharp and bitter. This beer falls apart towards the end. The malt, whose sweetness at first supported the beer's floral notes, is overpowered by the sharp, bitter taste of alcohol. Darn. How shall I judge this beer?

The mouthfeel is appealing, though too much froth gets in the way at times. Towards the end of the bottle, however, the aforementioned alcohol-derived flavors impede the appealing qualities of the frothy mouthfeel.

Dark golden raisins, chocolate, almonds, and roasted meat are all delicious pairings. This is a complex and intriguing brew. I intend to pick up another bottle of it in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:35:58 | More by GMB
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, orange/copper color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, hint of wheat, hint of yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight pale malt, sweet malt, hop, alcohol, hint of yeast, and a slight hint of metallic flavors. Overall, except for the metallic notes, a good appearance, body, and blend. Also, this was a more malty Biere de Garde than I've become accustomed to, but still good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 13:33:24 | More by Tone
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber colour, head is creamy, white and about 2 fingers thick, good head retention, leaves little lacing;

S: Malty, slightly fruity (apple-ish) and little caramel, some spicy aromas and a underlying scent of alcohol;

T: Spicy, very little fruit, leaves with a tartness, the alcohol is rather present, mild hops, malty sweetness stays for a long time ;

M: Medium bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation, good mouthfeel;

O: Decent Bière de Garde, not the best in my opinion though.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:56:06 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Builds a fluffy off-white head four fingers tall and seemingly lasts forever as it slowly turns rocky leaving a thick coating of lace on a Unibroue tulip glass. Gavroche is translucent dark amber with clouds of carbonation within.

The aroma is surprisingly subdued, mostly that of lemon and dried straw with a spicy background of pepper and a nice malt balance.

Earthy, fluctuating between sweet and bitter, ultimately settling on the bitter side. The finish is long, bitter and super dry. Specific flavors include apple and pear with oak and a hint of rye bread. There is a lightly acidic touch, similar to very dry champagne.

A vigorous carbonation gives way to a woolly texture and full body. The alcohol is as expected in this very dry and slightly astringent beer.

This is a fine, relaxing beer that warms well while reading. A nice tribute to exuberant youth and freedom lost.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:40:49 | More by SLeffler27
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark burgundy body, a nice finger and a half of dense head with excellent retention and spotty lace.

S - Strawberry, raspberry, red wine, herbs, garden bed.

T - Vinuous with sugar and lolly sweetness, red berries and alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate carbonation, full lively body.

O - Quite boozy but an enjoyable biere de garde nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 07:52:49 | More by dansmcd
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (code 13 20) into a saison glass. Pours a clear amber w/ a 2-finger beige head, thin lace.

Aroma is caramel malt, fruit, apples, pears, spice.

Taste is sweet bready caramel/crystal malt, fruity, balanced by bitter hops. Malt profile reminds me of a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is light & crisp w/ a nice dry finish. Rich malt backbone leaves a lingering aftertaste.

Overall, a tasty, flavorful Bière de Garde. A little heavy and malty for my taste but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:41:54 | More by draheim
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this on a visit to Chicago. Haven't seen this one on my side of the country thus far.

Deep reddish color and a sticky beige head. Notes of berry and malt on the nose. Alcohol was easy to detect, slowing down my intake. The fruitiness was tastefully injected in the flavor along with those malts and a little yeast. It felt a little too sticky in my mouth.

Being my first Biere de Garde, I was quite surprised at the flavor profile and am definitely interested in having another.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:24:15 | More by TheRealBigC
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3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter glass. No bottling info that I could see. Was a clear amber color with a some carb streams. It had a good sized tan head that stuck around for quite a bit before settling into a good collar and some wisps. Good quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was grainy malt, light spicy yeast and a tiny bit of funk. Pretty mellow aroma and really had to sniff to get much. Wish it had more spice to it. The taste was sweet and malty but not too sweet. The funk really didn't show in the taste. Again, it needed something more to stand out. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall, I was a little disappointed as this one was a bit pricey and almost didn't get it. Not bad tasting but rather very lacking in taste especially compared to other recent Biere de Garde's I've had. New to Texas. Rotation - one and done due to high price and not much flavor [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 00:55:17 | More by TexIndy
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of head, a hazy red/amber color body.

It has a rich malty smell. Not much else though.

Tastes of sweet malt, wet barley, mild bitterness. Tasty and hardy.

Lots of carbonation, medium body.

An enjoyable beer. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:47:19 | More by Fatehunter
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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
85 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.