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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Belgian Ale Bière de Garde

BJCP 24C

BJCP 2015 24C Bière de Garde example
24C - Bière de Garde

 

Overall Impression

A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal beer with a range of malt flavors appropriate for the color. All are malty yet dry, with clean flavors and a smooth character.

Comments

Three main variations are included in the style: the brown (brune), the blond (blonde), and the amber (ambrée). The darker versions will have more malt character, while the paler versions can have more hops (but still are malt-focused beers). A related style is Bi ère de Mars, which is brewed in March (Mars) for present use and will not age as well. Attenuation rates are in the 80-85% range. Some fuller-bodied examples exist, but these are somewhat rare. Age and oxidation in imports often increases fruitiness, caramel flavors, and adds corked and musty notes; these are all signs of mishandling, not characteristic elements of the style.

Commercial Examples

Ch'Ti (brown and blond), Jenlain (amber and blond), La Choulette (all 3 versions), St. Amand (brown), Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts (blond), Russian River Perdition

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VITAL

  • OG:  1060 - 1080
  • FG:  1008 - 1016
  • ABV: 6 - 8.5
  • IBU: 18 - 28
  • SRM: 6 - 19
BJCP 2015 24C - Bière de Garde Commercial Example
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