French-Style Bière de Garde

Ale - France

Style Description

  • 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.