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Bière Nouvelle - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-09-2002)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2000 – drank in 2004 – The bottle opened with a big swish and poured a light brownish beer with a huge bubbly head with excellent retention. Aroma of alcohol with a mix of spice. Carbonation is perfect with lots of bubbles coming back on top of my glass. Taste is a mix between a strong Belgian ale with a mix of a good well aged port. The alcohol is mostly sensible in the aroma but undetectable form the taste. Overall, this is a beer that aged well and is true to the name “bière de garde”.

Phyl21ca, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the most perfect head I've seen for a non-nitro: Thick, creamy and rocky head, awesome sticky lace. It never completely died, remaining at least one-finger thick throughout the taste. The color is golden with a slight cloudiness.

Very true to the farm house ale aroma; some mustiness, mostly malty.

Fair more hoppy spiciness than the smell indicates. Strong alcohol warmth. Creamy and malty aftertaste. Flavorful. Decent body and very high carbonations.

smcolw, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl exclusive-looking brown bottle. Label in beige and blue with a pic of a wind-mill. Steel cage and natrual cork.

A: Slight hazy and light copper pour with a fluffy, enormous white head. Slow dissipation leaves lots of lace.

S: Yeast, green apples, malt and faint citric notes. Spices.

T: Yeast, fruit, malt and spices.

M: Body is creamy, smooth and light. The carbonation is smooth as well. Rather short aftertaste.

D: A little to discrete to get a higher grade, but a refreshing beer never the less.

Evil_Pidde, May 15, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Stamped bottle.

A - Blonde colour, bright, medium carbonation that produces a rocky 3 finger white head.

S - Yeasty, lot's of orange and a mild alochol note. There's also a lager element there, possibly noble hop. Smells very fresh and farm like.

T - Odd flavour. I haven't had many beers like this. Sweet. Mild Lot's of yeast and the alcohol comes out again mildly in the finish. I can't pinpoint many of the flavours but it's tasty.

M - Smooth, really carbonated, medium body.

D - Alcohol is masked fairly well. Not overly complex but still interesting and makes me want to work to figure this out. My girlfriend described it as 'chuggable'.

tbeckett, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

aztraz, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear orange with medium bubbles, a high nearly white meringue-like head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing. Some curtains.

Smelling sweet fruity, ripe apples, pears, pomegranates, some earthy aromas and a dash of vinegar.

The taste has a complex picture, and feels "old time", initially sweet, caramelized sugar, some lemon curd , still that dash of vinegar, bitter lemon zest. Mineral water with chalk.

Medium high carbonation, foamy bubbles, medium body soft texture but a rather coarse bitter tang when finishing off.

The 2010 vintage. Has complexity, hides the alcohol well, but a bit to sharp bitter finish.

rarbring, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Orange. Moderately aromatic, with scents of coriander, orange, toasted malt, flowers, grass and caramel. Tastes very much like a Biere De Garde with a little bit of a tripel aspect as well. An elaborate fruitiness is present providing notes of orange and pear along with a light hoppiness and notes of toasted malt and caramel. The yeast reminds of Dupont. Tasty.

Crosling, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Molson2000, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mattias, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden colour to the body, with some haze and a rich foamy white head.

S - Noble hops on the nose. Some fruitiness, some herbal notes, and a bit of toffee.

T - Fairly yeasty, with a moderate hop punch, followed by a bit of sweetness, some apple fruitiness, and quite a pronounced alcohol taste. Some bitterness in the after-taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Quite highly carbonated, and quite boozy too. Not too pleasant.

D - Judging from the one bottle I had the drinkability is pretty low. This beer will surely warm you up and inspire some hearty conversation, though!

NightINgale, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-Pours dark and hazy orange, with a frothy and long lived foamy beige cap. Nose is funky with spices,yeast, barnyard, some orange and grapefruit. Really inviting. Tastes sweet, of spices and malty orange peel, a bit metallic, anise. Sharp and hoppy finish, while creamy at the same time. Good.

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful good. Nice big pillowy head, snow white. Sticky, thick lacings last throughout. Lively carbonation.

Big yeasty aroma. Honey and strong light fruits (apple, pear). Bit of an alcohol punch.

Big taste too. Very yeasty with some nice minerally compliments. Sweet, sticky fruit. Surprising continental hop presence coupled with some welcome barnyard flavors.

Not particularly drinkable, but by no means unpleasant. Only points deducted are based on style really. This could easily pass as a Pale Ale, but lacks the clean drinkability of a bier de garde.

CanuckRover, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Golden yellow with a huge head that seems to last forever.

S: Wheat, Yeast, Spices, Honey, Malt.

T: Caramel, Hay, Bread, Hints of fruit, Spices.

M: Lots of carbonation and a very refreshing feel to it. Goes down very easy.

A very drinkable beer indeed. Because it not being overly sweet like some belgians i think this would do fine with some food. An interesting beer!

baggio, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of ricke
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow with a big white head that stays around for quite a while.

S: Wheat, malts, some hay, yeast, spices, bubblegum. Some alcohol. Not a very powerful smell.

T: Sweet malts, some caramel, spices, perhaps some honey, faint grassy hops, plenty of yeast and a sweet taste of bubblegum. The finish is quite short with a minimal bitterness to it, faint mineral notes and some hops. Not very powerful. Interesting rather than good. The sweetish alcohol is very noticeable.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation. The texture is quite sticky which becomes irritating after a while.

D: At some levels, this one's rather interesting, but it doesn't taste that great. The sweet candy-like taste of bubblegum I noticed and the rather prominent note of alcohol became disturbing after a while.

ricke, May 24, 2009
Photo of Popsinc
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beersignal for the sample!

750ml corked bottle....poured a golden amber, enormous white frothy head, lots of lacing, semi cloudy....big malty nose, hints of fruits and lots of spice, champagne yeast....taste was big and malty, sweetness creeps in mid-sip, some bready & biscuity notes, spice pokes its head out towards the finish....a lovely lingering mild-sweetness that fades ever so slowly to a drying finish....mouthfeel was big and lively, fresh and crisp, turns to a slight cream finish...lovely beer and great drinkability, high alcohol makes it a slow sipper but the quality is there and its very good...i thought it was a great beer

Popsinc, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of bloberglawp
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm amazed I get this localy.

Technicaly more a "biere de mars" than a "biere de garde", quite a good beer. Medium dark golden, good head, hoppy aroma and a little barnyard caracter in the nose.

Rich malt backbone followed by a good stiff dose of biterness, lovely. Although musty at times.. its quite drinkable.

bloberglawp, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of flipper2gv
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange color with the most insane head I've ever seen. Off white and very very creamy head. Lasts a LONG time with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of yeast like smells: funky sourness and tart. Nice sugary malts. Tons of dried fruits: fig, plum, etc. Banana is prominent and some spices : cloves, pepper, cinnamon. A bit faint though.

T: Starts up with nice sugary malts: tons of honey and brown sugar. Some tart there too. Then it's all about fruits: bananas, dried fig, green apple, cranberries. Some spices there too: cloves, cinnamon and a bit of pepper. Very spiced/fruits bread kind of feel to the brew. Ends up nice and dry with some piny hops. The alcohol is there and warms a bit when it goes down. Complex, but it doesn't blew me away too.

M: Very average. Even there seems to be A TON of bubbles, it's not that bad. I find the brew a bit watery for a 8% brew, but it's not that bad too.

D: It's high. I could drink another of this. It's a very balanced brew, making it easy to drink. But since, it's a style that is normally easy to drink, I won't score much higher than a 3,5.

flipper2gv, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Hultkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Hultkrantz, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of JanM
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of the 2007 Bière Nouvelle which, at least traditionally, should be brewed on this year's first crop. Right from the start I have to say that the beer needs at least 20 minutes in the glass before it developes its full taste. Be patient! It poured spritzy and in a golden yellow colour, with at least three fingers of thick, creamy foam, and smelling of detergent and wet dishrags. At this point the taste was sweet, yeasty and alcoholic soap diluted in musty water. But after about 20 minutes, when the carbonation settled, the beer miracously took on a much fuller sweet, flowery taste, and with a nice bitter bite.

JanM, May 20, 2007
Photo of Beersignal
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember their Bière de Mars from a few years back and wonder if this isn't it with a new label? Nevertheless, I was happy to see a new offering from one of France's few heralded breweries.

As I poured this beer into my glass a giant snow white blanket of foam rushed to fill my glass and sat majestically above an amber hued liquid with, at its center, a vortex of lively bubbles rising vigorously to the head. Several minutes later thick remnants of the white cap still lingered in the glass, leaving generous traces of lace.

The aromas are a compact and complex mixture of spices, malt, yeast and hops that develops well. Firm notes of malt/spice in front yield to a complex of earthy hops and some yeast character to round out the nose. Occasionally, hints of vanilla surface with touches of appleskins and add complexity. Not an aroma bomb, very well balanced, interesting, and enticing.

Flavours develop well and open with mild notes of malted barley quickly followed by a bracing pepperiness. The spicy bite morphs into a noble hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt which resurfaces middle and end. The cleaner profile encountered seems to enhance the mouthfeel and gives it a medium to full body that suits the aromas and flavours perfectly.

A bomber of this can easily be consumed by one person as part of a meal, on its own as an after dinner, or even as the closer to a session of cask bitter. A much underrated brewery that delivers solid beer without pretention.

Santé

Beersignal, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jisak74, May 14, 2012
Photo of ipogios
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very strong hoppy character (too excessive actually). Strong aroma and taste which consists of hops. Quite fizzy with good carbonation and average mouthfeel. Average Beer with strong ABV of 8.0%. A French beer worth trying...

ipogios, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of Quej
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a lot of loose, big-bubbled head, which quickly disappears. It has a nice orange colour, but it looks rather clear and filtered for a beer on lees.

S - At first it is sharply metallic and very bitter. The hops is prominent and this beers wears its floral hops as it main attack. The taste of alcohol is apparent but seems a part of the taste and not at all overwhelming. There is the slight sourness typical of flanders yeasts. This beer is better once you get to the bottom and the beer begins to warm and the yeast pours into the glass. The finish is very quick and refreshing.

M - Light and zingy on the palate, leaving a crisp dry finish which is particularly refreshing.

D - It's high alcohol content make it a little low in sessionability. It does a very good job of covering it up, and its crisp refreshing hoppiness make it easy to drink for its high percentage.

I thought this beer was rather straightforward in its flavours and not what I expected from a Biere de Garde. It lacked the musty-basement-storage taste that it perhaps ought to have. It had a few subtle tastes, but relied on its hops almost entirely to deliver the flavour. Very tasty, but perhaps more reminiscent of a tripel-style beer than a Biere de Garde, due to its straightforwardness.

Quej, May 11, 2007
Photo of slaintemhor
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this in spring of 2009. The colour was true gold with a thick ecru head. The aroma was sweet, citrusy and yeasty, in that order. On the palate, this was wonderful stuff from the start! There was plenty of citrus and stone fruits as well as a yeasty character and a clean, fresh finish.

slaintemhor, Nov 18, 2009
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Bière Nouvelle from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.