Subcategory A: French Bière de Garde

Color:
Light amber to chestnut brown/red
Clarity:
Chill haze is acceptable. These beers are often bottle conditioned so slight yeast haze is acceptable.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
These beers are characterized by a toasted malt aroma and flavor, and a slight malt sweetness.
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Low to medium from noble-type hops
Fermentation Characteristics:
Fruity ester aromas are medium to high. Whereas fruity ester flavors are low to medium. Diacetyl should not be present. Bière de Garde may have low levels of Brettanomyces yeast-derived flavors including any of slightly acidic, fruity, horsey, goaty, or leather-like attributes. Beer displaying more pronounced levels of Brettanomyces derived attributes is categorized as Brett Beer. Alcohol may be evident in higher strength beers.
Body:
Low to medium
Additional Notes:
Earthy or cellar-like aromas are acceptable.
Alcohol by Volume:
4.40%–8.00%
IBU:
20-50
SRM Color:
7-16