This is a mixed-fermentation Bière de Garde aged in an oak foudre for 16 months that was bottle conditioned with cherries in 2016 and consumed in 2018. What does that all mean?
- Mixed-fermentation: a variety of yeast cultures were used.
- Bière de Garde: a french beer style that translates to “beer for keeping”. It’s a farmhouse ale style that can be interpreted in as many ways as there are farmhouses in France. The typical guidelines are gold to light brown in color. 5-7% ABV. Usually malt-forward with clean flavors and smooth overall character.
- Oak Foudre: BIG oak barrel.
- Bottle Conditioned: Monkish packaged this beer with some living yeast and delicious cherries.
- Consumed: I aged the beer carefully for 2 years prior to drinking it. I kept it dark and below 70 degrees in my cellar.