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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #71
Ranked #26,333
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
Brasserie 3 MONTS
Very Good
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Guardando etiquetas de birra. No es la tipica biere de garde. Es mas tostada, con notas a galletas y el alcohol bastante menos presente de lo habitual. 7 dias pasada de fecha

Jan 30, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a rust colored hue with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with a few inches of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is brown sugar with some date and fig aroma. It get some spiciness from the yeast.

The taste has toast, toffee, brown sugar, dates, figs, with some spiciness from the yeast.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This is a decent beer. I always enjoy a French farmhouse ale. This one is a little sweeter than others that I have tried.

Jul 14, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark brown/reddish with white head. Nose is pine, hops, tree sap. Taste is really smooth. Definitely some piny hops, but also some malty backbone, tree sap, and a touch of toffee. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the alcohol is not easily detectable. Overall, a nice ale but not something I would necessarily seek out again.

Jun 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh this beer is gorgeous! an absolute stunner and a perfect example of the biere de garde style as far as i am concerned. its in a corked bottle with a metal bar across it, warping the cork, looks like it did everything it could to escape, never seen this type of packaging before. the beer is old, but i dont know how old, no date on it other than some code that reads 19 19 that we cannot make sense of. its probably at least five years, i know this hasnt been distributed to colorado in at least that long. wasnt sure what it would be like now, but its amazing, the very definition of "beer for keeping". the pour is amazingly vibrant, shockingly lively even, hard to control a huge tan head from filling the glass instead of the liquid, and all the bubbles are impressive, its like champagne, obviously very mature and perfectly bottle conditioned over time. insane complexity to the aroma and flavor too, not just french ale yeast but something farmy and interesting without being wild at all, not burnt out from time in the least, and even though there is a little oxidation to the malt, the beer somehow seems fresh still. i get all kinds of crazy nuance here from wildflower honey to maple to red apple, baked crystal malt, barley soup, dried herbs, white wine brightness, its incredibly interesting and its almost refreshing when cold, more and more evolved and unique as it warms. soft slate mineral profile, cider, toffee, its not as dark and malt heavy as some of these can be, the yeast has chewed right through that if it ever was the case, and this drinks awfully easy for its strength. a total delight to drink and to share and to contemplate, one of the best in this style i have ever had, probably improved a lot with careful ageing, based on the poor reviews here. id like to try it fresh to compare, but this was an experience. an early beer highlight of 2019 for me!

Mar 15, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Hop Malt Market, Paris (€2.80):
This one was definitely a better beer than anticipated & not quite as strong as I feared either, there was a lot of sweetness straight away that was pleasant with the caramel & toffee working well together alongside some biscuit malts. It was quite an easy going beer too despite the strength, & I definitely enjoyed it so wouldn't mind having it again at some point either.

Jan 31, 2019
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Acquired ages ago from a webshop. Described on the label as a top-fermented beer; named after a character from Les Miserables.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich coppery-reddish hue with good carbonation and some light floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich caramel malt with hints of barley sugar sweetness, grain, fruity yeast esters, subtle earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Perhaps the merest twinge of oxidation, but this doesn't detract from the character. Very nice.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt with notes of grain, barley sugar, fruity yeast, mild leafiness and a hint of earthiness. The booze is extremely well hidden. Little bitterness to speak of, with a lingering grainy sweetness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and great body. Superb texture; creamy with a touch of fizz. Aftertaste of caramel malt, grain and fruity yeast.

O: Excellent - a fantastic biere de garde. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are a delectable blend of grainy caramel malt, fruity yeast and subtle leafiness. Rich, creamy body. Very drinkable; the 8.5% goes virtually unnoticed. A classic - well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Nov 09, 2017
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smbslt from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned but pours a clear, (despite warnings of the yeast layer) deep amber with orange highlights. The coarse head is large but gives way leaving a thin layer attached to a good ring but with little lacing. There is an initial malt aroma that escapes with the pour followed by nut meats and faint mint. Slightly malt forward but really balanced with a clean finish. This is more of a classic, old world type. Not flashy but solid.

Jun 11, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a damn good beer, I wish I had more than one right now. It was well worth the price i paid for it. I drank this one straight from the bottle and the head was overflowing as soon as i opened it and remained throughout the beer until I finished it.

Nov 17, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently had Gavroche French Red Ale with Coq Au Vin at a French restaurant in San Francisco. I thought it was delicious. It was fruity and had elements of a Saison.

(L) It had a clear copper hue with a thick white head.

(A) It has a nice fruity aroma that is a bit yeasty and earthy as well.

(T) The taste is sweet, cherry, apricot, grape, red wine, port wine, and bread. The alcohol comes through but nicely.

(F) About medium body with significant carbonation.

Aug 17, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A rich ale to pair with a rich mushroom soup. I don't remember Gavroche's price, but the experience was a good value.
Looks unusually foamy for a red and while it dissipates, the first few sips do what it is supposed to do: shoot the flavor.
Smells are mostly malt, but not enough clues about what I'm getting into.
Tastes tell me why: this is all about the malt with just enough hops/spicing to keep this beer from being too sweet.
Feel. I tell the truth: the nice bubbles at the start penetrate to the point that I'm thinking this ale is drier than I think.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", this deserves to be on the list because it does so well with pungent cheeses and butter-rich foods that I'm eating right now. How French !

6/29/19 Had again and will return to as long as there are fatty cheeses. Gavroche is so effective that I think I'm actually eating something healthy. On a sober note for one of my favorite styles.... Who imports the biere de garde ? It is becoming very hard to find French renditions on the shelves ? The American renditions, while sometimes good, are rarely as good with food.

12/12/20 A worthy repeat. I've edited the above and really could not think of good reasons to change the rating. But of the three 3 Monts that I've reviewed, I noticed that there is no brewer review and do so now. 3 Monts website is very well done; really beautiful presentation (How French!) 3 Monts does have many more ales that don't get distribution here in the U.S. The only thing that bothered me about the site is that Gavroche is not listed. But that's not stopping me from having Gavroche again. But satisfied with this review, I'm keeping count over at UnTappd.

Apr 26, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours clear Amber with a small tan head that disapates to a small ring. Aroma toffee, malts, dark fruits, earthy. Taste follows the nose. It's ok.

Feb 23, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this one both in France and back her in the States. Nice deep, rich brown/amber color, capped with airy thick head. Very malty in aroma and taste. Dry finish with hint of sourness. Nice.

Jan 12, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Brewer bottles many styles of beer under the name Gavroche. The picture shown is the French Red Ale which is a Biere Sur Lie (wine beer), not Biere de Garde as noted as the style. Poured the French Ale into a snifter.
A - brown caramel color with lots of carbonation; if you pour to fast you will have lots of head
S - very slight smell of cherry
T - a light port wine with slightly tart fizz
F - fizzy

Overall, an okay beer.

Jan 01, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is not the best...not very deep, and too foamy..!

Smell is not the best either, though is promising. Quite citrussy, though also a bit tramp bierry...and similar to bubble bath.

Impressive taste, though the alcohol flavour does not quite unite with the overall experience. Still, from memory, currently my favorite French beer. Not that there is much competition...

Feel, kind of like bubble bath also

Oct 14, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic bière de garde (and not a funky sour version as some most recent foreign examples). Nice estery presence, big toasted barley malts. Enjoyable

Oct 03, 2015
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jellikit from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange. Hazy. Medium, foamy white head. Sticky lacing.

S: it's hard to say for sure as I am sitting in a pub/pizza joint. So, melted cheese and greasy meats? I pick up notes of caramel and butterscotch. Prunes.

T: uh..liquid fantastic ness. Light saison flavors. Apricot. Cherry. Light funkiness.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: yum.

Jul 24, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange tinged dark red, two fingers thick of cream colored and very dense creamy head. Settles slowly to a half inch, thick sheet of lace to the end of the glass. Smell: lots of caramel, notes of cherry, dates and peach; toasted honey wheat bread, sourish bread note, subdued spicy hopping. Taste: date bread, caramel, stale grain... then a weird tonic water flavor...then herbal, caramel and toast in the finish. Aggressive, too high carbonation, sticky finish. Mid-sip the carb ruins it, but otherwise it would be quite good.

Jan 19, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well this was certainly an odd find in a quiet little small Canberran suburb bottleshop. I’ve never heard of Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre, but I do quite enjoy a good Bière de Garde (3 Monts and Jenlain spring instantly to mind) and in my quest to catalogue and review every awesome beer this world has to offer it of course made its way onto the TBB (To Be Bruviewed) shelf in my fridge, santé!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: As per my standard beer opening policy since the HaandBryggeriet Kreklingøl destroyed my last keyboard: I open all beer bottles within the immediate proximity of a sink - lucky for me, as this one is a gusher. Aside from this it presents a hazy reddish amber body with a dense foamy 1cm beige head. 6/10.

S: Overripe pear and apple esters with a truckload of brown sugar, hints of earth and dark fruits. Another Christmassy brew after the excellent Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale (2014), will Gavroche measure up to that fine Ale? 8/10.

T: All of the above (overripe pear/apple, brown sugar, a lot of earth, dark fruits) with a bit of a metallic twang. There is some graininess that presents mid-palate as well that shows Gavroche as no competition for 3 Monts or Jenlain Bière de Garde’s, a shame as the aroma was quite promising. The finish is both dry and lightly herbal hop bittered. There is an aftertaste of burnt sugar that sticks around far too long. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied (surprising given the 8.5% ABV) with an almost heavy-handed carbonation. 4/10.

D: Overall it feels like a lot less care has gone into this brew than both the 3 Monts and Jenlain Bière de Garde’s, although some of what I’ve said above could possibly be attributed to poor handling of the beer at the small (mostly Bogan-beer) bottleshop I purchased it from. Otherwise this tastes like a cheap French/Belgian Tripel that I normally avoid (as there are some brilliant French/Belgian beers out there already). 6/10.

Food match: Fillet au poivre with cognac sauce, eshallot and green beans.

Dec 07, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gavroche has a very thick, fizzy, quickly-dissipating, cream-colored head, an opaque, red-orange, bubbly appearance, with considerable lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, sweet, sour, yeasty, and even nutty. Taste is of sweet, yeasty, sour bread, bread crust, grain husk, alcohol, light fruits, and somewhat harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy,and Gavroche finishes wet, heavy, and cloying. This is a "big boy beer", and it won’t be for everyone.


Oct 16, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, fruit, earth, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with bread, caramel, candied fruit, and cherry juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice fruit and caramel qualities that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 07, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 1320 bottle coding. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apricot, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance an complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apricot, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. A fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 02, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma weak and fruity
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor begins slightly sour, some fruity hints; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.375

Oct 01, 2014
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance - dark ruby colour with plenty of beige head

Smell - cherry, toffee, berries

Taste - cherry, toffee, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront, bit of tartness on the finish, finish is dry as well

Overall - nice beer that resembles an amber ale

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

Aug 17, 2014
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wattoclone from California

4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

May 30, 2014
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Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A lovely and deep reddish brown topped with a creamy off-white head. Active carbonation and a heavy head.

Smell: Honey scents, maltiness, a bit earthy, but rather clean and simple.

Taste: Earthy and musty yet crisp and fresh at the same time. Some sweet undernotes, but rather dry with a nice, balanced bitterness. A hint of a muted, barely there fruitiness, like dried berries. Toasted/roasted notes throughout. A bit of malty and yeasts flavours bouncing around. Alcohol flavours are prominent, lingering on the tongue along with a pleasant herbal spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, really quite good.

Overall: Very very good, quite complex and interesting. My first Bière de Garde (or any French beer for that matter), and if this beer is in any way representative of the style, it's going to quickly become one of my favourite varieties.

May 16, 2014
Gavroche from Brasserie 3 MONTS
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 465 ratings