Brew your best beer EVER. Save 10% on Brewer's Friend Premium today. Use code TAKE10. Sign Up ×

Belgian Ale - Bière de Garde


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.

Flavor Profile: Medium to high malt flavor often with a toasty-rich, biscuity, toffee-like or light caramel-sweet character. Malt flavors and complexity tend to increase with beer color. Low to moderate esters and alcohol flavors. Medium-low hop bitterness provides some

Ingredients: The "cellar" character commonly described in literature is more of a feature of mishandled commercial exports than fresh, authentic products. The somewhat moldy character comes from the corks and/or oxidation in commercial versions, and is incorrectly ide

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Bière de Garde Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Brudgommens gårdsøl
23 L 6.26% 26.25 1.066 1.019
BIAB 4345
farmhouse
22 L 8.16% 18.16 1.069 1.007
All Grain 2971
Bearded Guard 25
5 gal 5.98% 13.29 1.065 1.020
All Grain 2576
Biére da Baixa
60 L 7.87% 20.83 1.071 1.011
All Grain 2339
La petite houblonnée
24 L 5.08% 40.48 1.046 1.007
All Grain 2198
Rustic French Ale
6 gal 5.79% 45.57 1.055 1.010
All Grain 2133
16: Heretic Wort Giveaway
5.5 gal 5.64% 37.77 1.057 1.014
All Grain 2048
Martian Pineapple
1 gal 7.43% 22.27 1.069 1.012
BIAB 1946
Sahara
28 L 6% 27.01 1.056 1.011
All Grain 1823
Peary blonde
2 gal 7.29% 27.14 1.074 1.019
extract 1705

Newest Bière de Garde Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Bier de garde
6 gal 8.95% 25.15 1.081 1.012
All Grain 15
Biere de Garde
25 gal 7.83% 31.72 1.077 1.018
All Grain 44
Bière de Garde Blonde
12 L 7.97% 19.79 1.073 1.012
BIAB 19
Bière de Garde Ambree
12 L 7.02% 23.85 1.069 1.015
BIAB 21
Bière de Garde Brune
12 L 6.95% 21.46 1.074 1.021
BIAB 62
funhouse
25 L 5.94% 26.11 1.056 1.010
All Grain 44
Bier de Garde
5.75 gal 7.46% 33.58 1.074 1.017
All Grain 49
FRENCH ALE
8 L 6.53% 20.82 1.066 1.016
All Grain 159
Farmhouse Ale
20 L 6.01% 24.38 1.053 1.007
All Grain 32
Winter Spiced Saison-ish
1 gal 6.01% 34.15 1.052 1.006
extract 45

Fermentables Used In Bière de Garde Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Belgian - Pilsner 71 Belgian Grain base malt 1.6°L
37 62% 14% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 52 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 18% 2% - 55%
German - Pilsner 43 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 64% 13% - 94%
Belgian - Biscuit 40 Belgian Grain roasted malt 23°L
35 9% 1% - 75%
German - Vienna 39 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 19% 2% - 80%
American - Pilsner 37 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 59% 8% - 97%
Belgian - Special B 35 Belgian Grain roasted malt 115°L
34 4% 1% - 8%
Munich 31 Grain specialty malt 6°L
37 23% 2% - 83%
Cane Sugar 31 Sugar sugar 0°L
46 9% 0% - 25%
American - Vienna 30 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 27% 2% - 79%

Hops Used In Bière de Garde Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Saaz 59 3.5 39% 8% - 100%
Hallertau Mittelfruh 35 3.75 41% 14% - 100%
Fuggles 33 4.5 43% 6% - 100%
Styrian Goldings 30 5.5 40% 9% - 100%
Brewmaster - Northern Brewer 27 7.3 42% 14% - 100%
Strisselspalt 25 3.5 41% 15% - 100%
East Kent Goldings 20 5 34% 10% - 100%
Tettnanger 19 4.5 30% 7% - 100%
Magnum 19 15 40% 4% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 19 3.9 44% 16% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Bière de Garde Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Belgian - Biscuit 5 Belgian Grain roasted malt 23°L
35 23% 5% - 50%
Belgian - Special B 4 Belgian Grain roasted malt 115°L
34 44% 33% - 50%
American - Victory 2 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 45% 40% - 50%
Belgian - Aromatic 2 Belgian Grain roasted malt 38°L
33 24% 22% - 25%
Belgian - CaraVienne 2 Belgian Grain crystal malt 20°L
34 27% 13% - 40%
Honey Malt 2 Grain crystal malt 25°L
37 17% 13% - 20%
German - Pale Wheat 2 German Grain base malt 1.5°L
39 18% 18% - 18%
German - Vienna 2 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 35% 20% - 50%
Munich 2 Grain specialty malt 6°L
37 18% 18% - 18%
Munich Malt 2 Grain specialty malt 7.86802°L
36.8 43% 40% - 45%

Yeasts Used In Bière de Garde Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Wyeast - French Saison 3711 22 Wyeast Ale 0.12 Low 80% 65°F 77°F
Danstar - Belle Saison Yeast 15 Danstar Ale High Low 80% 63°F 75°F
White Labs - Belgian Saison I Yeast WLP565 14 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 70% 68°F 75°F
Fermentis - Safbrew - Abbaye Yeast BE-256 12 Fermentis / Safale Ale .11 High 82% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 11 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 11 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - Belgian Saison 3724 10 Wyeast Ale 0.12 Low 78% 70°F 95°F
Mangrove Jack - French Saison Ale M29 9 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a Medium 87.5% 79°F 90°F
Wyeast - Belgian Ardennes 3522 9 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 74% 65°F 85°F
White Labs - Belgian Ale Yeast WLP550 9 White Labs Ale Med-High Medium 81.5% 68°F 78°F

Other Ingredients Used In Bière de Garde Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 50 Water Agt Mash 30% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 25 Fining Boil 42% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 24 Water Agt Mash 61% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 23 Water Agt Mash 22% 0% - 94%
Irish Moss 21 Fining Mash 72% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 14 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 30%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 11 Water Agt Mash 25% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 10 Water Agt Mash 23% 0% - 67%
Baking Soda 9 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 33%
Yeast Nutrient 7 Other Boil 25% 0% - 56%

Photos