Gavroche | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

451 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a LaTrappe chalice.

A: Medium-dark amber with a fine head. Slightly cloudy. Looks substantial.

S: Smells malty, woodsy, faintly like a stinky cheese.

T: Belgian yeast character punctuated by a long lingering bitterness. Again, a touch of washed rind cheese.

M: Heavy fine carbonation lends a unique thickness to this beer.

O: Not a total standout but certainly very well done.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious to see this at a local French restaurant with a small but very Franco-centric beer list.

Poured into a stemmed Troubadour tulip: Three fingers of sturdy beige head over a deep amber body with lighter orange highlights, translucent only. Heads to a thick coating & leaves some tall lacing around the edges. Very attractive beer, good color & composition. Lacing slides back down & leaves the glass clean.

Fruity smell up front, like peach, apricot, passion fruit, with a sweetness like hard candy: a little bit honey, a little bit butterscotch. Mild toasty, bready quality.

Taste has some of the fruit & candy character, but more subdued & couple with a sharp leafy bitterness & a dryness like seltzer. Not hot, but dryly boozy & with an aftertaste like slightly unripe berries. Not bad, but a bit more challenging & without all the sweet, pleasurable aspects that the smell promised.

Surprisingly crisp & sparkling, with a flinty, almost sharp finish. Again, not hot, but dry on the palate.

Took an unexpected turn in the taste & texture, not enjoyable but again not quite delivering on some of the sweet promises made in the aroma. Still, given recalibrated expectations, I'd do this one again, as it offered something unusual.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a ruby tinged brown from an 11.2oz bottle into an ordinary pint glass. A wonderful thick, creamy light tan head builds up rather quickly when pouring which requires multiple pours to fill the glass.

The color in the glass is striking as the tan head contrasts rather nicely with the reddish ale making this an aesthetically appetizing beer.

Smell is grassy, fruity, malty and not very hoppy. But there is a freshness in the aroma blend that I really enjoyed.

Taste. Well that's what this beer is all about. I really enjoy a well thought out non complicated beer from time to time. Gavroche is one of my favorite all time beers. It is refreshing and not overbearing in taste. The ingredients are well balanced and I can not detect much alcohol at all. Many of the reviews emphasize fruity flavors. I don't get that I do get a perfect balance of fruit ,grapefruit and strawberries, and malt and a slight hoppiness.

I enjoy the dryness of this beer and carbonation is perfect. This beer hardly leaves an aftertaste if it does it‘s a bit of hops. Gavroche is a very clean tasting and refreshing beer.

Overall I'd have to give this beer near perfect scores. I've had it several times over the past year and each time I have enjoyed it more each time. When I don’t want a Hop Bomb like and IPA a Gavroche usually comes to mind…

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Photo of Philousa
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sits a cloudy tan, faintly red with a thin head. Tart characteristics dominate the nose with fruity esters, mostly cherry and grapefruit. Light and fruity taste, mainly strawberry and cherry, which turns green apple tarty. No evidence of hops in aroma or taste really, except for the mild bitterness at the end. On the watery side of the spectrum with a dry finish.

I had this at the Winter Kraftbrew Beer Fest in San Jose, which featured mainly porters, stouts, and winter warmers. When I tasted the Gavroche, I was reminded of the Sesame Street song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other". Despite my palate being somewhat muddled by the darker beers, I felt this was a bright, light beer that might be a good intro into Lambics. I'm not a fan of Lambics, but this is as close as I've come to one that I liked. Sweet fruit was balanced well with pale malt and the minimal amount of hops necessary to bitter the beer. Definitely open to trying again.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of donunrue
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of equincel
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear amber. Massive tan head necessitates multi-stage pour. Fades slowly to a nice cap.

S- Lightly fruity tartness, a touch of earthy/mineral hopiness, and some bready maltiness.

T- Grape skins and cherries...twinge of tartness, and a moderate sweetness. A bit of an earthy and spicy hops.

M- Well carbonated. Medium feel. "Fine carbonation" creaminess effect. Very nice.

O- Quite good. Enjoyable on all fronts, and the 8.5% ABV is well concealed.

Future outlook: Glad to have tried, and enjoyed it, though I doubt I will be seeking it out again anytime soon.

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

I'd never had this one before, and decided to snag the last bottle on the shelf at my local proprietor.

Pours a hazy, ruddy reddish brown. Head is a light maple cream color. Moderate carbonation, which is faintly visible in this slightly cloudy brew.

Aroma is very woody, smelling of oak and light butterscotch. A slightly sweet, mild fruity scent is present as well.

Taste is more complex than I had expected. There's a butterscotch-like flavor here, which complements the aroma somewhat. The malty sweetness is complemented by a pleasant bitterness and slight tinge of acidity. Body is noticeable, and mouthfeel is reasonable -- not watery at all. Although this beer is relatively high in alcohol, it's hidden well and I wouldn't be able to guess at the ABV if I hadn't seen it already.

Overall, a tasty ale. If I hadn't read the label, I would have thought that this was either a Flemish sour or an Oud Bruin from its appearance. Definitely the most unique French beer I have had in quite some time. I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep red color with a fizzy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty earthy to me I thought. There werre some light roasted notes and caramel on the nose. The taste of the beer was semi-sweet with a pretty strong bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good it had a medium body to it. Overall it's a decent brew from France.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

A - Beautiful dark red that is clear with a lacey/foamy head

S - Bready, Nutty, good

T - Caramel notes dominate with a complementary breadiness that reminds me of great english ale.

M - Very high carbonation, light in body which was surprising for the malt characteristics.

D - Incredibly smooth, booziness in well "hidden". Definitely looking forward to trying brews from this French Brewery

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Sycamore - Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger head of bubbly, off-white foam.

S - Aroma was black cherries, sweet breads and some yeastiness.

T - Mild sour cherry flavor with a malty sweetness. Some toffee and a spicy bitterness added just enough bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This was pretty tasty. Another great bottle find at Sycamore!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, honey, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast, some spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, honey some fruit followed by an odd wild Belgian yeast flavor. The malt character is hearty and there’s a very mild hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, not a beer that I would choose again as there are others that better in the style.

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Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Muddy auburn and cloudy with a thin head, which is surprising considering how much foam gushed out of this bottle when I cracked it open; minimal lacing

S: Cider vinegar, granny smith apples, honey, herbs, and a musty grainy and bready quality dominate; but there sure is an interesting, pungent vinegar and apple tartness that pervades

T: Dry tartness up front; a touch of cider vinegar but mostly lots of dry fruits (pears and apples) mixed with a musty, mineraly, bready base

F: Nicely carbonated and even a bit creamy from the yeast

O: An interesting, tart, tad funky biere de garde; not boozy but still a bit tough to drink a ton of

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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 chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz Pour->Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Sprayed a bit upon opening, without losing more than an oz, this one pours a cloudy strawberry-red with a great cap of puffy head & pretty great lacing.

S ~ Wood, tart grapes, dry grass. . . sweet malts lend honey & molasses. . .touch of red wine vinegar & pear

T ~ Malt lends notes of Red Grapes, vanilla extract, & dried cherries with a touch of prune. There is some proofed dough as well. Yeast is fruity & lends notes of sliced pears. Bit of spice buried in there.

M ~ Really great feel to this one. Smooth, full, creamy, with medium bittering. Clean finish for what someone could call a "sweet" beer. ABV is marginally detectable.

D ~ Would not say world-class, but this is a very well executed beer that stays within its style to a T. Worth the Price tag (about 3.75 a bottle) for those who are a fan of the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impulse purchase on this bottle, a very strange corking system!

Deep, rich amber with a thin, tan head. The head was composed of loose, large bubbles and is easily regenerated upon swirling. This is definitely a decadent looking beer, very clean and lots of yummy lacing.

This beer doesn't have much of a nose, very straight forward sweetness from the malt. There is very little spice or bittering contrast and there is an almost unnoticeable alcohol bite. I would have liked more of the beer's rich character found in the taste and appearance to present itself in the nose.

A very hearty malt bill that coats the palate with deep flavors. There is a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds me of coffee and tobacco. Flavors are clean and well defined, there is almost no uncertainty that you're drinking a beer that prides itself on a classical french beer style.

Very bubbly with a light, bitter aftertaste. This beer is quite sweet, but does pack a small punch with its generous alcohol bite. The aftertaste is not unwanted and easily washed clean by the tremendous amount of carbonation.

I'm glad I bought this beer, it was quite straightforward and generic. However, it did highlight on things that I enjoy in a beer, such as a rich, sweet malt and bubbly carbonation. I would drink this beer again, but would also need to be in a specific mood.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I ALWAYS forget "unfiltered," "unpasturized," "bottle-conditioned," and "farmhouse" is really just a suggestion to open the bottle over a sink. Lost a solid two sips to violent carbonation. What I did manage to get into my Goose Island stem was a nice dark amber soda color with several fingers of egg-white head that laces down to a nice film.

Nose is rich malt and a very subtle barn-like earthy/herbaceous note along with a touch of alcohol.

A sip is creamy with nice medium carbonation. Dark fruits, caramel malt, a hint of earthy funk finishing with more delicate berry flavor. Alcohol was pretty hidden, in my opinion.

Very solid beer, nice malt body that isn't too sweet and just a touch of the earthy funk.

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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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