Gavroche - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
85
very good

385 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

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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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head (more than six fingers thick) that fades slowly and rockily. Amber color with a slight chill haze.

Malty aroma with classic Biere de Garde smells. Some mild perfume in the background.

Spicy and warming. The higher alcohol level is evident, but the puckering (slightly astringent) Italian-like spices balance this well. Overall, this is a malty beer with little notable hop. Solid body with a lower carbonation level than the head would indicate.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really pretty in the glass. Nice, deep gold (not so much of the red hue I've heard others mention) with a tall, frothy head that you have to drink through with the first few sips. Malty with a nice, subtle hops in the nose. Decent mouthfeel, with delicate carbonation. Unfortunately, the taste was disappointing--and a result of the higher ABV. As similar ales go, this is a good one; but the alcohol hits you immediately, then lingers as an astringent aftertaste. Definitely not a session beer. I prefer something where the alcohol sneaks up on you. This one hits you in the face.

Photo of BDTyre
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit heavy on the red colour, but the head on this is a slightly off-white and settles down quickly. Very faint smell, really nothing distinct. A bit of spice, but not much else.

Decent raisin, plum and malt character. Low hops, faint alcohol character. Slightly sweet, buttery character to it. Subdued flavour - it doesn't leap out at me- but very full and rich.

Smooth drinking, not too harsh despite the ABV. A nice sipper.

Photo of thepassingofdays
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a- half inch of fluffy head, nice looking brownish red color.

s- not a lot to say here! Didn't smell much and what I did smell was rather plain.

t- surprisingly bitter, with a woody finish. Unlike all the other red ales I've tried. Much more complex taste.

m- the bitterness lingers a bit too long. It's very smooth and heavy for a red ales as well.

d- Went excellently with a cheesesteak, heh. Refreshing, and the constrast between the beer and pretty much everything a normal person would eat is enjoyable. Good variety.

Photo of EPICAC
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at dba in New York.

Pours a hazy, reddish copper, topped by a frothy, beige head. The aroma is fairly light. There's a bit of an acidic bite with a grassy hop aroma.

Pretty balanced. There's a light bready sweetness with some toasty elements. There's a light acidic tartness in the finish with a bit of hop bitterness. Light-bodied with vigorous carbonation and a husky dryness.

Balanced, subdued and drinkable.

Photo of AlexF
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review in french. Thanks.

La Gavroche possède une robe ambrée/rougeâtre opaque. Sa mousse est très abondante et persistante. De nombreux lacets de bulles sont présents.

Au nez, caramel et herbe sont présents. Un petit quelque chose annonce un goût sucré.

En bouche, la Gavroche est définitivement caramélisée, avec même quelques touches me faisant penser à l'érable. Une belle rondeur malgré le pétillant. La mousse est d'ailleurs TRÈS persistante. Un peu moins riches que ses congénères, mais très agréable. À laisser vieillir.

Photo of Slynger
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gavroche French Red Ale. Hmmm, don't think if I have ever had one of this style before.

The color is a deep orange turning to deep gold in the bottom of my glass. A big, fuzzy, off-white,orangey head sets atop.

Smells of biscuity malts and earthy, grassy, hops are joined with light, tart, fruit and Belgian yeastiness.

Medium bodied with full, fuzzy, Belgian sized carbonation. Flavors of toasted biscuits with thin slices of tart peaches and apricots. Grassy hops and black pepper spicy yeast take over in a lightly dry and crisp finish.

Nice one here. Really enjoyed it. Kind of a Belgian Red-Irish Red combo. Wouldn't have guessed it was 8.5%. Very drinkable.

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves a big, crazy, foamy, three-plus finger tan head that, almost immediately drops down to one finger, and has excellent retention, and it leaves very good lacing. Body is a slightly hazy coppery amber. Appearance is going to be this ale's high point.

Smell - herbal, grassy Euro hops, and sort Euro skunky at that. As for malt, there are the weak and sour aromas of figs, apricots, and malt biscuits.

Taste - like the smell. There is a flood of herbally, skunky Euro hops on the tongue, and a weak and sour wash of figs and apricots. Not very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slight sourness puckering, and slighly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is not very good, and so it is not sessionable, and I certainly would not have it very often, if ever. Finishing the 4-pack was a chore.

Photo of shertz
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic Pint Glass. Got this at a local bottle shop for $4.

Looks-Popped the cap and foam roared out. Poured about 3-4 finger head...Nice. Caramel in color with lots going on inside. Very nice appearance.

Smell-Very fruity. Cherries and plums dominate. Just a delight to smell.

Taste-Got that fruity taste in first sip, with some cherries prominent. Some bready malts balance this out. Very nice taste.

Mouth-Pretty carbonated. Alcohol is hard to find.

Drinkability-Very nice. I realize it is 8.5%, but I wouldn't know it if they hadn't said so. Very nice.

Final Thoughts-This is a great beer that I really can't compare to anything I've had before. Seek this one out and enjoy something that comes from France.

Photo of stulowitz
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange hued deep copper. Big thick head.

Sm: Sweet toasty malt, freshly cut grass, peache, burnt toffie and fennel.

T: Deep malt character, roasted malt, warming alcohol, tart fruit, cardamom.

M: Medium-full bodied. Well carbonated which makes for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Quej
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear light brown with lots of fluffy tan head.
S - Sour fruit smells are quite strong.
T - Fruity and sweet, mostly cranberries and cherries. A rather yeasty beer, with a quick finish and little aftertaste.
M - Very drying and really quite fizzy. Pleasant.
D - Pretty drinkable beer. It is light and simple enough to enjoy a few.

Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish and slightly burnt copper with a huge tan head into a snifter. Retention is extraordinary. Has an aroma of dry malts, pears, oranges and grapes, all wrapped up in some pleasant alcohol whiffs. Tastes a bit fruity with some breadiness and a slight earthy feel, before it goes down smooth. There is a very slight alcohol burn at the end. Medium to full-bodied and fairly active. My first thought upon the pour was that it was almost "bubbly", which is fitting, since it's from France. Haven't had many beers of this style, but am liking what I'm getting out of this one.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Pours a hazy golden almost red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smell is not overwhelming, but consists of spice, caramel, and fruit. Tastes fruity - like citrus, apple, pear... Some roast, yeast, and slight alcohol is apparent. Very dry, one of the driest beers I've had in some time. Fairly clean on the finish Medium in body with vigorous carbonation. A fairly easy drinker considering the abv. Not bad at all, but not necessarily something I'll be seeking out again very soon. Well worth the try though, very unique.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, capped. One of my favorite styles so I am excited to try. I pop the cap and it explodes! Second time in as many weeks. Pours out a dark orange, honey color with a huge head that lasts and is tan in color. Slightly cloudy as I am sure the yeast was mixed in after that explosion.

Smell is dead on BdGarde. Dusty yeast with some hints of earth and orange peel. Maybe a little lemon and honey mixed in with a dash of mushroom. Very lively in the mouth. Dry yeast and some tangy sour notes mix. Pretty long and complex which takes me by suprise. Medium to medium heavy in terms of body. Sponge cake, clove and other spices are present as well. Although the flavors are great, it could be a bit more complex. I say that but as it warms and settles, the flavors to gain complexity. I love the dry ending. Aftertaste has some great grassy hop notes. My favorite part.

I am really enjoying this beer. One of the reviews that I read stated to drink this at cellar temp and I agree 100%. A lovely beer.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Into a Corsendonk Tulip...

A - Lots of attractive head with nice staying power. Attractive amber body.

S - Not a very strong aroma here. Some mild tart and spicy cider like aroma barely works it way out of the glass, even after swirling intensely. Did note some grassiness. What is there is nice, but it's just too "eh" for me...

T - Starts out mildly spicy, then allows for a mild/bland apple cider like tartness to take over. This is all balanced out by spicy and grassy hops, almost dubble like. Not much of a finish, or much of any flavor at any point....

M - Not bad, full and slightly crisp.

D - This beer is not the worst thing ever, and I would venture to say that many people would enjoy this lightweight. I respect subtlety in beer, but this was just seemed weak... Won't look for again...

Photo of acrawf6
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy reddish copper with a large foamy tan head.

Smell. Is sweet and fruity with an earthy and yeasty character to it.

Taste. Is malty and sweet, but the lighter body and carbonation gives it a lighter flavor and crispness. I get more fruitiness in it, as well as the yeast flavor. But i also get just a touch of a tartness that all i can come up with is a lactic tartness...not a bad flavor though. Aftertaste has a little spice to it.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium. The carbonation gives it a nice light feeling in the mouth, certainly hides the alcohol very well.

Overall, a very nice beer. I think i would be at my limit with two of these, but I am very surprised on how much alcohol this one has in relation to not detecting any of it. Certainly a good one to try.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a very good head that sticks around as a cap for the life of the pour. Sweet/sour aromas of brown sugar and a touch of cider vinegar. More sweet than sour, and rather simple. Taste is similar but with a touch of herbal bitterness running throughout. More brown sugar to start followed by the slightest acetic touch and then the long, soft bitterness. Relatively soft and finely carbonated in the mouth. Simple, but pleasant.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded ruby brown with minimal tan head. Nose is sugary, cherry, with a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a touch of wood somewhere in there and a slight bit of caramelized sugar. Feel is great. Nice effervescence and bubbly on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. Quite good and worth going to...maybe worth going to again.

Photo of rec
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a strong copper colour, and the head is foam and off-white. The head explodes in the glass, and while it dissipates relatively quickly, leaves a gorgeous lacing.

Spice and sweet malt are the clearest of what the aroma delivers, but there's a very earthy, yeasty undertone as well.

The flavour aligns pretty closely with the aroma - the sweet maltiness and spice are apparent immediately. Yeast, dark fruit and bitter hops are also noticed towards and during the aftertaste, which is rather dry.

It's a nice beer - not one I'd hunt down specifically, but one I'd happily buy where availale.

Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33ml bottle poured into a Gavroche tulip, the brew is a clear ruddy bronze with a massive, pillowy off-white head that pushes to the lip of the glass, settling slowly, leaving lots of rocky lace. Almost on par with St. Bernadus, although not quite as long lasting and rocky.

Smell is thick - earthy, spicy and sweet. Caramel, honey, dates, and a little wet grass - quite nice.

Taste is carmelized malt, nutty, with a distinct, sweet tang that I immediately recognize as biere de garde (and is sometimes over done IMHO). Classic for the style, although stronger then most, which comes through in the rubbery phenols and clean fusels, which linger on the bitter finish. A fine example.

Mouthfeel is chewy with a medium body.

Drinkability is good, this is a big, full-flavored farmhouse, and with a little garding , could be great!
Served at cellar temp.

Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Hazed copper-amber ale with a great cap that laces.

Aromas are malty, sweet, yeasty...wisp of alcohol.

Sweet caramel maltiness, some wood, smoke, tobacco, earthy dried fruit tones...nice subtle complexity...finishes wet and with a lash of licorice from the alcohol.

Nice little strong ale for a French brewer.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a two finger head. Some nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, earthiness, and some fruit sweetness leaps from the glass.

Taste: yeast is quite prominent here. Some earthy and a hint of roasted tones come through. Apple and red grape sweetness provides some balancing. Bitterness is mild, and there is a hint of spiciness towards the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: very crisp with some finishing dryness. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast and earthiness seem to linger on the tongue longer than the fruity sweetness.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping beer where one bottle is enough in a session, but I could see having a bottle several nights in row. Give this one a try.

Photo of JOaikido
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 07-03-10. My wife got this for me at the dépanneur at the Longueil bus station while on a business trip, I was very thankful.

A- Huge orange-tinged head. Deap amber colour. Very bubbly.

S- Yeast, sour notes, caramel malt, Alcohol.

T- Good. Yeast prominent in this bottle-conditioned beer. Well babalnced hops bitterness level. Noticeable alcohol, but not really a bad thing in this case.

MF- Good full-bodied ale. A little alcohol harshness. Too much "bite" overall, but still decent.

D- Good yeasty strong beer. Alcohol a little too prominent for my taste.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden ale big white head and wonderful lacing. Aroma of thick heavy malt, a bit of sulfur, a bit of smoke a hint of caramel candy there to. Huge malty taste, much like a scotish ale. Bitterness is quite mild, almost feels a bit lacking, but as the glass empties I think its quite alright.

Tasty brew, recommended.

Photo of GbVDave
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Caracole snifter.

A: Slightly cloudy, dark honey color with reddish tint. Thick 1 1/2 finger, off-white, and creamy head.

S: Malty aromas mixed with fresh tart green apples.

T: Some sweet and toasted malt flavors. Apples, pears, and bitter earthy hops.

M: Bubbly and prickly at first. Calms considerably as it warms up.

D: Surprisingly refreshing.

Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
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