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Gavroche | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
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Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,348
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
459
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of shelby415
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Twal
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JOBEERFB
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of dandy14
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of goopy
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcbroome
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smbslt
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Griphon
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AntoineTheS
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 459 ratings