French for beer that has been “kept” or “guarded,” Bière de Garde is a Belgian beer variation of the Farmhouse Ale style that originated in northern France. It was traditionally brewed at winter’s end and kept in cool cellars to be consumed during the warmer months. Sometimes called Bière de Mars, since it was historically brewed in March, Bière de Garde may range in color from golden blond to amber to dark brown, depending on the malts used. It’s generally maltier and richer in character than Saison, with earthy, cellar-like aromas and flavors. The finish is generally dry. Often bottle-conditioned, Bière de Garde is versatile and delicious in beer and cheese pairings.
Characteristics: Balanced, malty, fruity, earthy, medium-bodied ABV range: 5.5-8% IBU: 25-30
Popular Bière de Garde-style beers: 3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale, Gayant la Goudale Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54° to Cellar, 55-57°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Asiago, Brie, Camembert, Colby, Edam, Feta, Munster, mild Cheddar Food Pairing Ideas: Salads, shellfish and other seafood