French Beer Styles
Bière de Garde
Although France is not known for its beer, the northeastern district of French Flanders nevertheless possesses strong brewing traditions, which it shares with its Flemish cousins across the border. Traditionally, bière de garde was made from February through March and was consumed in the summer. A malt accent and ale-like fruitiness characterize bière de garde, and it has an earthy taste ranging in color from deep blond to reddish-brown. Bière de garde may have caramel flavors from a long boil. Bière de garde often appears in champagne bottles.
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