This French beer along with the Brazilian Cervejaria Sul Brasileira - Xingu Black Beer came in my last shipment from Beer of the Month Club. Both of these beers were excellent and a perfect finish to my experience with the BOMC. Each beer had a very unique but refined quality that made each a rewarding beer to drink.
Gavroche is an unfiltered and unpasteurized and like Xingu seemed like the brewer discovered a lost art. There was a raw quality about both beers that was distinct and welcomed.
Gavroche poured amber with a well-laced beige head that had great retention.
The aroma was lighter with some malt dry grass notes. As the beer warmed I could smell faint dried raspberry and apple.
Before I go further, this beer needs to be warmer when served. I let this sit for 15 minutes after I poured it. The flavors needed the heat to develop.
First off this is a high alcohol beer at 8.5%. I could taste it but it was not unbecoming and it did hit quick.
There were sweet honey flavors balanced by nectarine on top of a malty base. This beer finished with subtle sour milk flavors that added an edge to the experience. I could also taste some bready yeast and the alcohol that was further complimented by an awakening tartness.
This beer at times was so dry is seemed to take the moisture out of the mouth and really needed to be had with a good meal. Each time I tried this beer the flavors and character morphed and more novel and interesting flavors developed. That is a sign of a great beer.
I cannot stress enough what a wonderful beer this is and I will miss my BOMC shipments. And I am also pleased to find another French beer I can really sit back and enjoy.