68. Belgian- and French-Style Ale



68-A. French-Style Bière de Garde

French Bière de Gardes are light amber to chestnut brown/red. Chill haze is acceptable. These beers are often bottle conditioned so slight yeast haze is acceptable. Fruity esters are medium to high. Hop aroma and flavor are low to medium with typical characters from noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is low to medium. These beers are characterized by a toasted malt aroma along with a slight malt sweetness and/or toasted malt flavor. Bière de Garde may have Brettanomyces yeast-derived flavors that are slightly acidic, fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like. Beers displaying more pronounced levels of Brettanomyces derived attributes are categorized as Brett Beers. Earthy and/or cellar-like aromas are acceptable. Alcohol may be evident in higher strength beers. Diacetyl if evident should be very low. Body is light to full.

  • Original Gravity (°Plato) : 1.060-1.080 (14.7-19.3 °Plato)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) : 1.012-1.024 (3.1-6.1 °Plato)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) : 3.5%-6.3% (4.4%-7.9%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) : 20-30
  • Color SRM (EBC) : 7-16 (14-32 EBC)



  • 初期比重 (プラート度):1.060-1.080 (14.7-19.3)
  • 最終比重 (プラート度):1.012-1.024 (3.1-6.1)
  • アルコール度数 :4.4-7.9% ABV
  • ビタネス・ユニット:20-30 IBU
  • 色度数:7-16 SRM (14-32 EBC)

68-B. Other Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Other Belgian and French Ales are a wide range of color and appearance depending on other traditional Belgian- or French-style. Aroma and flavor derived from hops and malts are variable widely with the style. Hop bitterness varies with the style. Beers in this substyle recognize the uniqueness and traditions of Belgian- and French-Style Ales, but do not adhere to other categories defined in these guidelines. Balance and harmony are key components when assessing these beers. Body varies with the style. Higher strength entries which exceed the criteria for alcoholic strength of this subcategory are categorized as Other Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale. Wood- and barrel-aged versions should be categorized as wood- and barrel-aged beers. Fruited versions should be categorized as Belgian-style fruit beers. Versions reminiscent of or inspired by saison would be categorized as Classic or Specialty Saison.To allow for accurate judging the brewer must provide additional information about the entry including a classic base beer style being elaborated upon, the historical or regional tradition of the style, the brewer's interpretation of the style, and/or any other special ingredients or processing used. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging.

  • Original Gravity (°Plato) : Varies with underlying style
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) : Varies with underlying style
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) : 4.1%-5.6% (5.1%-7.0%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) : Varies with underlying style
  • Color SRM (EBC) : Varies with underlying style



  • 初期比重 (プラート度):ベースにしたビアスタイルに基づく
  • 最終比重 (プラート度):ベースにしたビアスタイルに基づく
  • アルコール度数 :5.1-7.0% ABV
  • ビタネス・ユニット:ベースにしたビアスタイルに基づく
  • 色度数:ベースにしたビアスタイルに基づく