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  • New Guard Biere de Garde

    Of the classic styles to come from France, Biere de Garde is by far the most popular. Brewed with either ale or lager yeast, keep this beer cool and cellared. For this style, the New French hop Aramis works very well.

    Type: Ale

    Style: Belgian / French Ales

    Batch Size: 5 gallons

    Recipe Type: All grain

    Recipe Contributed By: Briess Technical Team


    Quantity Ingredient Comment Malt Style
    9 lbs Briess Synergy Select Pilsen Malt Mashing grain
    2 lbs Briess Goldpils® Vienna Malt Mashing grain
    2 lbs Briess Bonlander® Munich Malt 10L Mashing grain
    0.5 lb Briess Special Roast Malt Mashing grain
    1 lb Amber Candi Sugar 60 min boil
    0.5 oz Aramis Hops (8.1% AAU) 60 min boil
    1.5 oz Aramis Hops (8.1% AAU) 5 min boil
    2 packs White Labs WLP545 Belgian Strong Ale Yeast Fermenter
    1 capsule Servomyces Yeast Nutrient 10 min boil


    1. Bring 4.1 gallons of water to 166°F.
    2. Mash grains at 152°F for 1 hour.
    3. Heat 4.3 gallons of 180°F sparge water in a kettle.
    4. Sparge and collect 6.3 gallons in kettle; bring to boil.
    5. Add 0.5 oz Aramis hops and 1 lb Amber Candi Sugar.
    6. After 50 minutes add yeast nutrient.
    7. After 5 minutes add 1.5 oz Aramis hops.
    8. Turn off heat. Cool beer to 75°F. Transfer to fermentor.
    9. Pitch two packs of White Labs WLP545 Belgian Strong Ale yeast.

    Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks at 66°F – 68°F.

    Secondary Fermentation: 4-8 weeks at 66°F – 68°F.

    Fermentation Notes: orce carbonate or bottle condition with ¾ cup dissolved priming sugar, and ¼ packet of WLP545 Belgian Strong Ale Yeast for 3-4 weeks.

    Original Gravity: 1.075

    Final Gravity: 1.011

    Alcohol by Weight:

    Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%

    IBU: 23

    Color: 16