Total Score: 6.2/10
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.