French-Style Bière de Garde
Ale - France
- Alcohol by Volume: 4.5 - 8%
- IBU: 20 - 30
- Color: 8 - 16 SRM
- Original Gravity: 1.060 - 1.080
- Final Gravity: 1.012 - 1.024
Beers in this category are golden to deep copper or light brown in color. They are light to medium in body. This style of beer is characterized by a toasted malt aroma, slight malt sweetness in flavor , and low to medium hop bitterness. Noble-type hop aromas and flavors should be low to medium. Fruity esters can be light to medium in intensity. Flavor of alcohol is evident. Earthy, cellar-like, musty aromas are okay. Diacetyl should not be perceived but chill haze is okay. Often bottle conditioned with some yeast character. French-Style Biére de Garde may have Brettanomyces characters that are slightly acidity, fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like.
The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.