Gavroche | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of Mitchster
2.05/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

11.2oz bottle, 4 pack for $10.99 at Merchants. Pours out to a sparkingly clear burgandy, although this is bottle conditioned and there is yeast in the bottom, it somehow evaded the pour. Forms a voluminous soapy head with superior retention and solid sheets of lace. The ose is a letdown. I was expecting a farmhouse ale and this is more like a Eurolager that was brewed in Greece or Spain...i.e-Damm and Ceres. Grassy hoppiness and alcohol and mild fusels sting the nose with odd phenolics indicative of a warm ferment. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth despite the high carbonation and has a medium-dense body and a semi-astringent finish. The taste is less than expected...peppery fusel alcohol, doughy middle, toast, way too much fact, the most of any beer in recent memory. Bitterness is medium strong and chemical in nature, like hop extract. Honestly, there really isn't much more here to describe.

Not a good beer..again reminds me of something Ceres would brew. Chemical, hot, boozy..this beer just sucks and I feel totally ripped off for buying a 4-pack of this.

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Photo of biegaman
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought expecting to be either very pleased or very disapointed. Unfrotunately, it was the latter. Foul smelling. Simply foul, yeast notes gone arye. Plain unattractive appearence, clouded and murky straw yellow. Looks polluted. Head diminished all but immediately. Mouthfeel is thin and flat, like warm soda. Alcohol fairly noticable. Flavour is generally distastful, lacking in any character. No saving grace in the flavour department, an odd blend on the palatte. Over ripened notes but of ... not sure what exactly. Drinking tihs beer was like trying to read fuzzy writting. Difficult and gave me a headache. Generally off balance, drinkability very low.

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Photo of charlesw
2.49/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

(Hey! They've got it at the Charles St! Why haven't more of you tried it?)
Poured a cloudy, muddy brown with a huge head. Of course, the bottle is much of the head problem as it has a long, constricted neck with makes the brew pour in spurts. So, huge, tan head made of thin bubbles that die down quickly enough.
Smells fresh and lively! Citrus and maybe alcohol?
Then there's the taste... Wow. Is this a strong flavored beer, or what? Right in the middle of the back of the tongue... Dark caramel, bitter and then - poof! It's gone! Rapidly the aftertaste comes in and it is ALL about citrus - all over the mouth. Very unpleasant. As others noted, it is quite complex - even hard to pin down all of the different flavors that go through my head as I drink it. It is this very melange, this complexity that makes me give it such a poor note.
It is nice and creamy on the palate and leaves a nice honey-like film in the mouth (if only it didn't have that sour aftertaste!).

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Orange-red body, hazy yet homogenous. Big billowy head, this beer take a little while to pour. The head fades slowly, leaving a little lace. Smell is sweet malt and a little earthy, a touch of honey. Taste is sour with sweet bready malt and a little pepper. Bland, but also touches on cloying. I don't like it, too sweet, annoying. Mouthfeel is sharp but also a little buttery smoothness. I wouldn't consider getting this again.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice amber color with a fizzy head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Pretty light in color for a red ale, but I've never had a French Red Ale. Looks a little more like a dark IPA.

S - Very malty and grainy. With my eyes closed it almost reminds me of a lager, and not a good one. Reminds me of a PBR that someone threw a little bit of apricot into.

T - Full flavor with lots of malts. Slightly sour flavor that is mixed with caramel and toffee. Not really pleasing to the palette.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

O - Not really sure what this is supposed to taste like. Kind of skunky and weird.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first biere de garde ever and so far not impressed. Looks pretty enough dark ruby to light chestnut with bits.

Smell is faint and slightly sour doesn t give away much. The taste is slightly sour with herbal medicinal notes and noticeable alc - not great...

In all not a keeper but wouldnt turn it down

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Photo of revdrjbob
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think this was my first Bière de Garde, and I had to BA search the beer beer before finding that out. Brewed by the same Fenchies that do 3 Monts, which is awesome.
Poured into goblets a rich clear bronze with a huge white rocky head that clung to the glass the whole way down. Very Belgian indeed.
Aroma... well initially, none, then malt and yeast, a bit dank and cellar like funky, then back to the malt again. Very little to no hop aroma, but that expected.
Initially the taste was a bit lacking as well, not very Belgian (or French) for that matter, quite malty and toasty, and not really what I was expecting. But, the description of the style says that hits the mark, so clean cut really. Mouth feel was good, plenty of carbonation, and not too hot for it's 8.5% abv.
Overall a nice introduction to the style, but I think I'll overlook it next time at the bottlo.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The color is almost red/brown with a slight tint in the head that has a little retention with a lacing that stays nicely. Sour wood, apple, cinamin, and plum are flavors making it more complex. This beer is fruity and then earthy with a slightly sour finish. It's woody with some suddle flavors. The mouthfeel is a little off, it's harsh and full of carbonation. Overall I wouldn't have another of these particular beers right away.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very classy presentation, with an unusually shaped bottle. The neck is slim, rising to a bulbed top, reminiscent of very old style bottles.
Pours a hazy reddish brown, topped with a voluminous head. Surprisingly good head retention, better than average for a belgian/french style ale. Sticky lacing clinging to the glass in streaky clumps. The aroma is rather uninspiring, unfortunately. Rather metallic, immediately, approaching something like an ancient, rusty beer can, some relic you'd find in the woods. Dusty, wooden malt lurking beneath, along with petrified fruit, watercolor paper and walnut hulls. Watercolor paper has a unique sort of scent and flavor, probably because it's sized with some sort of glue to improve its relationship with the paint. I can't help but think this has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. The flavor isn't so bad, but the malt is very muddy and tends towards wooden, papery, nutty flavors. I think I was just expecting something different, a little more vivacious. This is very much a wedgewood blue kind of beer. The epitome of muted tone. Really nothing bright about this, kind of like seeing an Edward Hopper painting in person. Angular colors, with an empty sort of feel. Floral hops are well presented in the finish, opening up the flavor a little. Powdery and nutty at the end, with charged carbonation.
Not very impressive. The packaging and price tag led me to expect something much, much better. Not bad, by any means, just unexciting. I'm guessing my bottle wasn't at its peak, so I might revisit this if I were assured of its freshness.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle served into a Gordon tulip in a cafe in France. Cost was 5 euro. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice soft cream, great thickness, and wonderful retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Clean cream, bacteria, wood, maybe some pine, and barley. Mild in strength.

T: Wood (mainly pine I suppose), bacteria, some fringe esters (piney but fruity), and other tree-evocative notes I can't quite place. Complex if strange, but well built and balanced for what its trying to do.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but short of crisp or refreshing. A bit flat and muted. Not complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV is well concealed, drinkability is decent, and flavours are distinct. It isn't to my tastes, but fans of the flavours will enjoy it.

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Photo of LoFiDave
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Reddish body with some orange highlights, an average white head with average retention.
Aroma, unfortunately like the taste, is bland. Some maltiness, faint, caramel, earthiness and possibly breadiness. Not a lot of spices, and anything that is noticeable is fleeting.
It tastes just OK, but it is very disappointing considering the brewery. A forgettable effort.

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Photo of Alexandrecunha
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Not so good. Very fermented and carbonated which damages the overall. I think they gave put too much yeast on that.

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