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 BieresDesMoines
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear reddish orange with a decent enough head. The aroma is fruity and deeply nutty with some root herb. The hoppiness is both bright and earthy. The aroma is rye bread and some mild fruity sweetness. Overall this beer is nicely dry and has some complimentary pear and peppery notes. The carbonation is lively.

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

A: Amber color. Slightly hazy. Fluffy head.
S: Spicy. Caramel maltiness.
T: Toffee/caramel maltiness. Some esters. Warming alcohol.
M: Well carbonated. Smooth. Finishes clean, long. Not too sweet and not too dry.
O: A very drinkable beer. Not super complex, but has some interesting malt-derived flavors.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a slightly hazy copper color and has some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high foamy beige head that has good retention properties. A light amount of carbonation is evident.
S: Earthy aromas dominate the smell; there are notes of toasted malts, fruits and sweetness.
T: The taste is rather well balanced between malty sweetness and mild amounts of hop bitterness. There are notes of apples, caramel, grapes and yeast in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable due to its balanced taste and interesting flavors. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle...

A - Deep amber body, almost clear. Beautiful white pillowy head. Great head retention and some lacing.

S - Smells very malty, with strong caramel and bread notes. Hints of plum and raisins. Some yeast.

T - Tastes malty, with strong caramel, plum and chocolate notes. A bit of earthy hops and some bitterness, which lingers on for a while. Bready in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Some alcohol presence, some warming sensation. Quite smooth, though a little spicy on the tongue.

D - Drinks pretty well for its abv. This beer definitely has enough flavour and body to be enjoyable. Reminds me of other beer styles, like red ale, brown ale and dubbel.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a more indepth review but I lost it to IE's treacherous lack of form saving. Serves me right for not using Firefox.

Appearance: Overwhelming head that overflowed the glass, however as a result the head was abundant, lace filled and well sustaining. The body is a cloud of yeast and carbonation.

Smell: Didn't take much warming, but it helped it's case. Very fruit as grape, citrus and yeast filled caramel malt make their presence known. I'm catching a slight acidic tone though.

Taste: Starts with a abundantly citrus mix of orange, lemon and tangerine backed by the mild malt and large yeast presence that defines the beer. It then turns to a slight kick of fruity hops that have a slight acid and solvent alchohol taste to it.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and transistioning are exceptional, and the alchohol taste seems to cleanse the palet leaving only a fruity yeast aftertaste. Only downside is it is a little bit dry.

Drinkability: I find it very difficult to rate "high class" beers high in this catagory. The yeasty dryness and big carbonation really hamstrings it here. Still, no bloating issue and I had not problems getting it down.

Final Thoughts: This beer, and I suspect this style reminds me very much of trappist beer, specfically Chimay Red and Blue. It's nice, but it's not something I'd regualarly buy. I would recommend it though.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with streaks of blonde. Thick, frothy head that greets the eyes.

Aroma has a bit of spice and a bit of funk as well upfront. Otherwise, very clean.

Taste? Crisp with a slight hint of spice and fruit. Very clean profile. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Not much else beyond the flavors mentioned.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with lingering spice and fruit. Warms the throat.

An interesting take on the biere de garde style. Easy to drink and enjoy but beyond that, nothing really complex to report about.

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

My first Biere de Garde. Best before date of October 1, 2012.

Pouring into a tulip results in a dark honeyish amber color with lots of foamy off-white head. Head evaporates at a decent rate, leaving little sticky bits of lacing sporadically.

Scent consists of an earthy maltiness.

Interesting flavor. Feels light up front, but quickly goes down to some spicy flavor, along with some earthy malt character. Some hop character when it is warmed up, along with a recognizable alcohol taste.

Very interesting beverage. I don't think I would use this for casual drinking, but it would be very good with food.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Body is a splendid rust and oak red with soft tan colored creamy head of 2-3 fingers. Head retention is strong and falls away to an uneven rocky mass with large carbonated aeration. After sitting the head sticks and maps the surface down the glass.

A little thin aromatically. Sticky malt is evident along with sweet fruit notes but nothing dominates or comes in over and above as a stand out.

Earthy malt with dusty dried hops and a bitter edge profiles the taste. The overall dry taste is enhanced by spice and peppered finish.

Actively carbonated with a smooth curvy mouthfeel and alcohol is well hidden when you consider the abv sit at 8.5%. This is like a quite achiever, moderately weighted whilst still generating a mild complexity.

Would have preferred a little more kick in the aroma and a sweeter edge to the malt taste, but then again that would be messing around with what defines it.

Absolutely nothing like a 3 Monts, but still well worth a try.

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Photo of peabody
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear amber to ice tea color with three fingers of off-white suds.
The smell is mellow malty and very bready. A very pungent yeast and some hoppiness that burns the nose a bit.
The taste is a dirty mess of malts and spices with the alcohol coming on top. The bitterness/sour berry flavor is hid by the strong alcohol sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. The aftertaste is strong bitterness and a sugary malt finish.
Drinkability is low here. Should be more flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalice, this beer looks gorgeous. A hazed copper body gives off a warming glow when held close to the light. A two finger, frothy, Belgian-like head tops the beer, with a finger of it still left after five minutes.

The nose is very interesting. It's intricate yet simple, being comprised of fresh toasted malts and a herbal, almost cedar like character. A light, granny smithesque tartness is also detectable along with a soothing but miniscule amount of vanilla. The unique smell it gives off makes it quite inviting.

The taste is much more herbal and tea-like with the notes of cedar also being a bit more pronounced. The finish is pleasantly bitter, herbal, and earthy. The toasty, semi-sweet malt profile is pushed far in the back, making only a brief appearance.

Creamy, smooth, and medium bodied in the mouth. Great balance and drinks like a Belgian with the high ABV being well hidden.

Another great find from Premier. I'm glad I could get my hands on this style. In terms of comparisons, I drew a lot of similarities with a gruit beer, mainly the pronounced herbal, earthy, tea-like characters. Based on this beer alone, I wouldn't say this is my favorite style but it has still left me looking forward to their 3 Monts I have in my fridge.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Reddish copper, with hefty cream colored head that slowly dissipates leaving almost no lace.

S: Cedar, malt, forest floor. Some saddle leather.

T: Interesting combination of woodiness, malt, a light barnyard note, and malt. Some sweetness that is quite well balanced by the yeast and hop notes. Even some leather which was a plus in this beer. The dried fruit is there but well hidden.

M: Jaunty, light but not thin.

D: Having never heard of this beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Well done; this is a daily drinker, not so precious that you have to savor every drop, but keeps rewarding with a complex array of notes. I did not see any yeast residue but the last glass poured definitely had more of a yeasty note than the first.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec Fluted glass. Nice amber color with a huge growing head about 4 fingers high. Sponging lacing with great retention. Smells a bit nutty malty with some nice floral aromatic hops (cascade?). Flavor is definitely bringing the nuts and hops. Almost starts off tasting like a mild sour. This beer changes drastically as it warms. Nice bitter and dry finish. Very drinkable for 8.5 abv. The French are bringin the pain with this one. Great representation of style.

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Photo of Long813
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 01.10.12
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark clear copper body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is good and leaves OK lacing.

S: Earthy hops, some light malt character, yeast funk. Pretty mellow aroma.

T: Light flavours of earthy hops and malt. Nice yeast character and pleasant sour/citrus fruits.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Water-like texture and leaves a nice after taste. The alcohol is well hidden - even at room temperature.

D: This is a stellar beer. I enjoyed every sip and will probably have to buy another one. To me this is analogous to a kristalweizen being clean hefe.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.
Took 5+ minutes to get the cork out, and then it absolutely exploded!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with some visible carbonation. Head is foamy and a bit rocky, off-white. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Mild and earthy malt aroma. Not much here.

Taste: Strong flavor here. Lots of spicy hops, with yeasty barnyard flavors coming in later. After a bit, you notice the semi-sweet malt notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, but with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Generally nice taste and all, but a bit much carbonation.

Another nice biere de garde from St.-Sylvestre, though not my favorite. Nevertheless, it is still a tasty one, and (if you're fine with all the carbonation) a hoppier beer of this style too.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for the sample.

Sour, earthy, funky, horse blanket on the nose. Complex flavors on the palate, but nothing like the aroma. Gingerbread, nutmeg, bready malt, some dark fruit, herbal and musty. Flavors hold through the palate and lead to a long finish.

An interesting, strange beer. Reviews are telling, everyone seems to experience this beer differently. Bottle variance?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Gusher. Pours dark amber, approaching copper with a large off-white head leaving nice lacing.
Nose shows a fair amount of caramel and butterscotch followed by some oxidised port notes with soft grassy hops and spicy alcohol showing later. Very enticing.
Flavours include similar malty notes before being overtaken by a plain, flat, chalky character, merging into a somewhat caustic finish dried out the by the high alcohol.
Carbonation is too high, only further deteriorating that dry finish.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Trappe signature glass.

A - Massive head; the bottle erupted when opened. Good finger or more of actual head on top, retention solid as well. Darkish-golden amber colour.

S - Dark liqueurs. Oak based aromas such as port, red wine and cherry dominate. Very woody. Cherry aroma seems to be more prominent as it's drunk.

T - Cross a dark berry flavour (such as cherry) with a good port and a dash of wood. Carbonation is noticable but not overpowering. You will notice the alcohol content at 8.5% but it's not enough to stop drinking.

M - Nothing special here, nice amount of creamy head but the dark flavours take over.

D - Not great. It's ok but I do feel like I've just drank a glass of carbonated port. Not quite a red lambrusco feel but almost a darker version of that with more port overtones.

The elements of this drink would make a fairly decent red wine or tawny port. As it happens this is a beer and as such is slightly disappointing. Can only say that Trois Monts (also from this brewer) is a much better drop and I will be running out to get that to make sure I'm not imagining things.
Is it a coincidence that the label on the bottle actually looks like a wine label?

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely reddish bronze colour with a slightly off-white head. Decent head retention with a handful of little streams of tiny CO2 bubbles streaming upward.
Smell is sour and fruity with a little bit of barn-yard funk and wet basement nuances, as well. Somewhat Flemish Red-esque.
Taste is nothing like what the smell suggests. Almost tastes as though someone was making a sour red and hopped the hell out of it. This starts out a little sour for a split second and then the earthy hops shop up in force.
Terrific mouthfeel. Very smooth and almost creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is somewhat low and this drinks very, very nicely, especially at 8,5%. Very drinkable. One of the best French beers I have had to date.

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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 oberon
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the biere de garde style,this seemed to be out of that category in its traits.Poured a hazed lighter amber shade with a huge blooming white head that never settled.Aromas of pilsner malt with a faint leafy note,not really a whole lot going on.Flavors are dryish and lightly toasted,a bit of freshly baked bread in the finish.Does not seem that it could be 8.5%abv.,its rather light.Eh I was expecting more,there are many better of the style.

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

Amber with a creamy, white, half-inch head that remains. Lots of bubbles and fine sediment throughout.
Smell is rather unassertive red grapes and light malts.
Taste is acidic red grapes, slight sourness, and faint oak.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a medium body and dry finish.
Good drinkability. A bit bland overall, but easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Photo of belenita
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Off-white lacing with various sizes of bubbles, brownish amber in color.

S - No particular smell but alcohol and a bit of earthiness.

T - Bitter, dry, somewhat alcoholic; Clean and smooth aftertaste.

M - medium-high carbonation, medium-bodied.

D - Yes, would drink again. I think the combination of its taste and mouthfeel makes it a good beer for me. Fresh.

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

Great beer this one, a nice surprise! I was curious to try it after being aquainted with its French stablemate 3 Monts.

Dark red/brown beer which produces lots of carbonation as it pours. Settles with a massive creamy eggwhite head.

Very earthy smell with a tartiness and sweet overtones of malt.

Very big maltiness taste to it which is good because it rounds out the bitter tartiness of the flavour. I can really feel the malty caramel milk overtones which make this drop rather unique!

Very bubbly and the malt lingers on nicely in the mouth well after it's gone. The high ABV is barely noticable to mine (although I know it's there because it is still rather warming) and I find myself reaching for the next one with ease!

This brew should be served at room temperature or if you must, ever so slightly chilled.

Good drop!

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

330 mL bottle in an oversized wine glass

A - hazy amber colour with way too much head, 70-80 mm which dropped slowly to a thin layer.

S - yeasts and bready malts, initial smells were masked by head

T - Bready malts, yeast, some bitter hops

M - medium bodied with carbonation noticable, along with alcohol

D - nice and tasty. very good to drink although alcohol would prevent multiples in a sitting

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, amber color. There was a fairly big ecru head that dropped away rather quickly. The aroma is nice. It is somewhat bready, with some faint caramel malts. Some faint fruits in there also, as well as a light amout of earthy hops. It is a bit "tingly" on the tongue. Some dark fruits, caramel, and a dryness in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
Beer rating: 64.7% out of 100 with 450 ratings
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