About Biere de Garde

About Biere de Garde
Biere de gardes range in color from pale gold to chestnut brown and in alcohol from 5.5-8%. These beers originated as farmhouse ales in northern France and are defined by their rich, sweet malt character. In addition, expect unique flavors and aromas ranging from herbal to woody to spicy, which are results of fermentation and cellaring. This style is usually packaged in distinctive, cork and cage bottles and the best examples are still brewed in their region of origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Brasserie Castelain Blond Biere de Garde, Unibroue Terrible, Brasserie La Choulette Ambree Biere de Garde and Brasserie Duyck Jenlain.

Top Picks for Biere de Garde

Unibroue Terrible Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
92 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of prune, coffee, mesquite, buckwheat honey, and black cassis with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long veal demi glace, portabello mushroom with lingonberry sauce, nasturtium leaf, and mango chutney finish. A meaty, unconventionally rich Bière de Garde that stands out; port lovers need apply.
Unibroue Terrible Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
91 points
Ebony color. Aromas of licorice, cinnamon, orange tea, chocolate, and rye toast with a velvety, lively, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long sarsaparilla, figs and dates, almond granola, and spiced apricot preserves finish. A vibrant and extroverted Biere de Garde for the masses.
Breckenridge Brewery Brewery Lane Series Meritage Grape Juice   Bière de Garde
90 points
Amber color. Savory aromas of petit jambon de paris, allspice dusted peanuts, toffee popcorn, bolognese, warm milk, and demi glace with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long caramelized onions and squash, parsley, dill, celery leaf, and sunflower seeds finish. Table-tuned flavors rich with herbal inflection.
Zundert Trappist 8 Ale
90 points
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of leather, hazelnut creme, pencil shavings, baked rustic bread, hoisin, porcini mushroom, and ammoniated cheese with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a warming, layered, medium-long mirepoix, bouquet garni, and yams finish. A savory, herbal Bière de Garde that will shine at the table.