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French-Style Bière de Garde

French-Style Bière de Gardes are light amber to chestnut brown/red. Chill haze is acceptable. These beers are often bottle conditioned so slight yeast haze is acceptable. These beers are characterized by a toasted malt aroma. Fruity-ester aromas can be light to medium in intensity. Bière de Garde may have Brettanomyces yeast-derived aromas that are slightly acidic, fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like. Earthy, cellar-like and/or musty aromas are acceptable. Diacetyl aroma should not be perceived. Hop aroma is low to medium, from noble-type hops. These beers are characterized by slight malt sweetness in flavor. Hop flavor is low to medium, from noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is low to medium. Bière de Garde may have Brettanomyces yeast-derived flavors that are slightly acidic, fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like. Flavor of alcohol is evident. Fruity-ester flavors can be light to medium in intensity. Diacetyl flavor should not be perceived. During registration brewers may specify pouring instructions, choosing normal pouring, quiet pouring or intentional rousing of yeast. Entries will be presented during judging as specified by entering brewer. Body is light to medium.

Vitals

  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.060 - 1.080 (14.7 - 19.3)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.012 - 1.024 (3.1 - 6.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.50% - 6.30% (4.40% - 8.00%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (20 - 30)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 7 - 16 (14 - 32)
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