Biere de Garde is a Flemish and northern French specialty Ale generally packaged distinctively in 750ml bottles with a cork. Historically, the style was brewed as a farmhouse specialty in February and March, to be consumed in the summer months when the warmer weather didn’t permit brewing. Ales made in this style have some similarities to Belgian Saisons. Both are typically produced with a malt accent, rustic character, and are bottle conditioned. Saisons tend to be spicier often being produced with the addition of dried spices and herbs. While at your favorite French Bistro ask your server if they offer a Biere de Garde as it is an ideal accompaniment to many classic bistro dishes.
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