French Ale is a refined style of beer noted for its delicate body and complex, estery characteristics. French ales are a wonder with food, and can usually be aged, hence the term bière de garde, or "beer to keep."
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History: France’s famous Bière de Garde, which literally translates to "beer which has been kept or lagered," derives from the farmhouse breweries of Northern France. The beer, which was historically brewed in early spring, was matured in cool cellars for months before being released for warm weather consumption.
Food: From a culinary standpoint, French ales are spectacular food beers for their rich, subtly spicy character, broad range of fruity esters and moderate phenols in the nose, and relatively high, prickly carbonation. French ales are excellent with veal, lamb, or pork, but also work with a variety of seafood, salads, and clear broth soups.
Recommended Glassware: Cervoise or Tulip or Chalice
Original Gravity (OG): 1.060 – 1.080
Final Gravity (FG): 1.012 – 1.024
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.5 – 8.0%
Bitterness (IBU): 25 –30
Color (SRM): 8 – 12° L
Ideal Serving Temperature: 47 - 50° F