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Style: Bière de Garde
Style Information
Bière de Garde translates to "keeping beer" in French. Similar to Saison in its history, these beers were usually brewed in the winter and spring, and cellared for a time after bottling. They were originally intended for drinking later in the year.

The color ranges widely from golden to copper to brown to almost black. The aroma has notes of toasted malts along with a slight malt sweetness and a slightly "bready or yeasty" smell. It should also have low to medium hop bitterness. The taste should also show similar toasted malts and malt sweetness, along with the "yeasty" taste. Alcohol should also be evident. The feel should be light to medium. ABV should be in the range of 4.5% to 8%. IBUs should be around 25 to 35.

Recommend glassware for this style
Mug Typically very heavy and sturdy. A mug (or stein) is most commonly made of glass or stoneware. Traditionally German, one advantage is clinking glasses together without worrying about breaking th... [more]
Stange A Stange is the preferred glass shape for the serving of Kölsch. Altbier is traditionally served in a Becher, which although slightly shorter and fatter than a Stange is similar in shape. Both u... [more]

Top Consumed Bière de Garde
1. Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales28
2. Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales16
3. Flowers Infusion by Willimantic Brewing Co.13
4. Le Mort Vivant by Southern Star Brewing Co.12
5. Bier De Mars by Brewery Ommegang10
6. Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien by BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes10
7. Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc.8
8. Unchained Series - Biere de Garde by Summit Brewing Company8
9. Avant Garde by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company7
10. Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale by Two Brothers Brewing Company5

Top Reviews Bière de Garde
 BeerAvg Score
1. Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales90
2. 3 Monts Grande Reserve Special Ale by Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre88
3. Bières23 Bière de Mars by Bières2388
4. Scythe & Sickle by Brewery Ommegang86
5. Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales84
6. Oro De Calabaza - Grand Reserve by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales84
7. Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales83
8. Perdition by Russian River Brewing Company83
9. 3 Monts by Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre82
10. Bridal Ale, 2005 by Pelican Pub & Brewery82