Gavroche | Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

BA SCORE
85
very good
444 Ratings
GavrocheGavroche
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
France
brasserie-st-sylvestre.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
444
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brogger00
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of reds but I can definitely where this one holds its ground. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Xose
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crosbyms
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kkmiller76
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Skud
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ThaJokerWild
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

RJT

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of TylerofLA
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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

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Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Gavroche from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
3.78 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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