Beer Style: Belgian and French Farmhouse Ales

Includes both saison and bière de garde recipes.

New Belgium Saison Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale clone

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A retired beer from New Belgium Brewing’s portfolio. Brew one yourself to bring this one back to life.


Firestone Walker Brewery’s ‘Lil Opal clone

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“Summer is all about outdoor activity and the beers of summer typically fit this theme and should provide refreshment. That doesn’t mean bland or without character. A refreshing beer can be full of character and still be a part of a sunny summer day.”


Rockford Brewing Co.’s Rockford Country Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I have to say that my experience with farmhouse style beers had not been good. I’m more of a pale ale, IPA guy. That all changed when my brewing buddy brought back a growler of Rockford Country Ale from Rockford Brewing Company in Rockford, Michigan. He raved about it and I found out


Bière de Garde

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by the numbers OG:1.060–1.080 (14.7–19.3 °P) FG:1.008–1.016 (2–4.1 °P) SRM:6–19 IBU:18–28 ABV:6–8.5% It was well over a decade ago and I was still perfecting my brewing of the entire Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guide. My process was to read everything about a style, drink as many commercial and homebrew samples as I could


Saison

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by the numbers OG: 1.048–1.065 (11.9–15.8 °P) FG: 1.002–1.012 (0.5–3.1 °P) SRM: 5–14 IBU: 20–35 ABV: 5–7% Sometimes I think defining saison is a lot like defining pornography: I know it when I see it (or rather, taste it). There is such a wide variation in the farmhouse ales of Wallonia (the French-speaking part of


Nu Zuland Saison

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Michael Tonsmeire provides one of his favorite saison recipes *One of the two Brettanomyces strains I used in this beer was obtained from homebrewer Jason Rodriguez, who isolated it from a bottle of Brasserie Cantillon. Jason termed the strain CB2. Read about it at: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2012/08/bottle-conditioning-with-brett-belgian.html. It has some similarities to the strains listed in the recipe.”


Brewery Ommegang Hennepin clone

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Hennepin is Brewery Ommegang’s flagship Belgian-style golden ale. Brewed with coriander, ginger root, and bitter orange peel, this beer is full-bodied, hoppy, and crisp.


Mikes Best Saison

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Part wit bier, part saison…we’ll call it a spiced saison. No matter how you want to classify it, it’s a recipe inspired by the Belgians.


Brasserie à Vapeur’s Saison de Pipaix clone

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Vapeur’s saison is orange/amber, darker than most saisons. It is also more heavily spiced than other saisons. A slight tartness, relatively low ABV (as Belgian beers go) and dry finish keep the beer eminently quaffable.


Saison for All Seasons

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Learn about the Old-World roots of this farmhouse ale.


Cabin Fever Saison

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Saison is French for "season."  It is the name originally given to Pale Ales brewed in the French part of Belgium. Here is a great recipe to brew in late winter to enjoy after spring yard work is complete.


Two Brothers Brewing Co. Domaine DuPage clone

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This French country ale won a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, as well as many medals in other competitions. It is amber in color, with a toasty, sweet caramel taste that is balanced by a slight hoppiness.


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