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Gavroche - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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400 Ratings

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Ratings: 400 | Reviews: 233
Photo of Quej
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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
3.78/5  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
3.78/5  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
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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


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
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Very complex; a lot going on. Poured with a nice head and some lace. Most left after a while. Aromatic. Slightly hazy amber. Quite malty, with some zesty spicyness with some sweetness in the background. Good body. Finishes extra long. no indication of alcohol.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark brown with medium thick tan head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was a very pleasant sweet chocolate-caramel and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel was thick and sweet, with just a slight tingle from the hops. Flavor followed the chocolate-toffee nose very well, and this all rounded to a nice, long finish that was sweet, without overdoing it.

Another good beer from Anchor.

Photo of klewis
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light copper color with a massive head that comes to rest as a thick blanket of foam.

S: Big smell of caramel, raisins andother dark fruits, and a touch of cabernet.

T: Bready taste with fruity undertones. Mostly on the sweeter side, but with a subtle hop presence to balance things out. A bit musty.

M: Light-bodied for a beer of its ABV. Somewhat high level of carbonation, yet still creamy and soft. The flavor quickly fades leaving a bit of bitterness behind.

D: Only my second biere de garde, but it seems spot on for the description. Easy drinking and worth a try.

Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't remember where I got this, but it may be the first example of this style that I've reviewed.

Had this sitting on the patio on a warm late summer afternoon, which I guess is a bit strange, but it worked out. Poured into a wine glass, medium brown with a two-finger fluffy head. Spicy, peppery smell, not too heavy, but with hints of some mildly toasted malts. Very solid mouthfeel, with lots of yeasty and bready notes. The spice and pepper carries through, with some mild hints of fruit and smoke. Some sweetness as it warms up, and the mouthfeel seems to get heavier. Surprisingly drinkable for a high-ABV beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : Great autumn color slightly glowing, with white foamy head. Good effervescence, made up of small bubbles, supports a generous cloud.
Smell : sweet aromas (caramel) and spicy (anise).
Taste and mouthfeel : mouth open and lively, soft shades of malt and orange. The alcohol dominates in the mouth and just hide aromas relegating them to second place.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style bière de garde.

Beer translated from french 5-6-2008.

Photo of tpd975
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting in the fridge for awhile, and I finally decided I wanted something different from my typical IPA/DIP/RIS while watching football. So in honor of the greatest American sport I popped open a French beer, what has become of me?

A: Pours a nice deep nutty reddish brown color. To call the head thunderous would be an understatement. It puffs up real big and airy. Kind of reminds me of whipped egg whites or meringue. It does die down but a half finger of head remained for the duration of enjoyment with sparse lacing left behind.

S: Nice aromas. The nose could be described as a perfect combination of dark fruits, brown sugar, buscuity malt, and bready yeast. It is a nice smelling beer that is very inviting.

T: It is a very malty brew. Nice toasty nutty taste with a hint of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is some hardy spice in there as well. Pie spices are the best way to describe it ginger or nutmeg maybe?

M: Very lively. Sparkling and bubbly on the tongue and throat.

D: Very enjoyable brew. For just over $2 a bottle this is one I will buy some more of to be enjoyed at a later date.

Overall: Very nice brew. I enjoyed the unique looking bottle and this beer looks nice in the glass. It has an inviting aroma and nice mild taste. It would be a great beer to have along side a nice dinner and may pull it out next time we have guests over for a nice dinner. It's a nice beer and if you can find it I say give it a try. When it comes to this one Viva La France.

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours clouded orange/amber with a thick, towering, fluffy head that descends to a well-retained thin cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass with only a bit of stickage.

The smell is of coriander, black pepper, a whiff of ginger. Bready yeast and orange peel soon come to dominate the aroma.

The taste is of carmelized bready graininess with coriander and ginger. It has a sprinkling of black pepper, presumably from the alcohol, which is present, but in an enhancing way. Slightly nutty in the background, it has a candy sweetness that is balanced by a subtle hop spiciness. Dry, somewhat aniseedy finish. Very complex.

Light-to-medium bodied, with the flavor clinging to (dancing on?) the palate.

A complex, delicious bottle-conditioned brew to sip on!

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

Thanks to Buckspin for the recommendation. Pours a dark golden color with a a large foamy head. Smells a bit on the yeasty side. Tastes quite yeasty too, a nice sharp somewhat citrusy flavor, bit of a bready aftertaste, pretty neat combo. A bit way carbonated for me, but overall a really good beer and worth seeking out.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle (Order #1003, whatever that means) in a tulip glass

Poured with energy, crackle, snap, full of life. Soft floral nose, initially delicate, faint fruit sweetness, a little musty, cork (but not corked in the bottle), slight caramel aspect. With some time to bloom the aroma grows sweeter (but not sugary) with a slight grapefruit rind tartness, yeasty, even some artisan breadlike qualities. The head was easily 3 fat fingers of snug, semi-sculpted latte/dull cream stained foam that faded slowly & steadily to a pinky's worth of the same with barely any lacing. Clouded & hazy, its a beautiful blood/burnt orange hue, warm, tealike, a strong parade of bubbles rising thru it.

Mmm...rich on the tongue, just a wonderful taste explosion. Subtly spicy, faint caramelized malts for sweetness, but with a pleasing, semi-sharp bitter aspect keeping it all in check & well balanced, a most flavorful & subtly complex brew. Its quite light in mouthfeel but very robust in taste, a wonderful dichotomy and most enjoyable.

It continues to stay the course with spiciness, bittersweetness, faint dark caramel...all still held in check with that bittering aspect, the bread getting more like toast with a faint burnt quality as it sits longer on my palate. The alcohol, very well hidden, starts to show itself as my mouth warms, teeth softly tingle (I can see where this would be a fantastic autumn beer!) with a cool heat as it finishes bittersweet, yet also clean, leaving a pleasing, warm, chewy with a kinda woodsy feeling.

That was excellent, a fantastic beer. I can now see how this would be a great cooler weather beer, but I also enjoyed its simplistic complexity. This would pair fabulously with just about any cheese that comes to mind, and would also be great with spiced meats, rustic loaves, stews, wild game. A most pleasing personal discover, and easily one of my most enjoyable autumn beer experiences of late. Highly recommended, a very versatile, simple yet sophisticated beer that is sure to please. Check this out if you can, you will not be disappointed!

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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
85 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.