I tried a biere de garde for the first time two days before brewing this one. It was Jenlain's biere de printemps. I enjoyed it, but was underwhelmed. As a result of this I decided to increase the hopping somewhat, from 1.5 oz to 2 oz total hops. I think that the beer I tried isn't generally considered to be one of the better biere de gardes, though. Anyway, Jack has doubts about this beer, but I think it's going to turn out pretty good.
This should be a deep amber to light brown ale, with a moderate earthy hop aroma (slightly out of style), moderate bitterness, a dry finish, and a malty, breadcrust type flavor. Yeast character could be anywhere from clean to wild.
Batch size: 5 gallons
Boil Volume: 3 gallons
Calculated OG: 1.070
Measured FG: 1.010
Estimated ABV: 7.9
Calculated IBUs (Tinseth): 35
Yeast: Wyeast 3725 (Biere de Garde)
Fermentation vessel: AHB Bucket
8 lbs extra light DME
0.75 lbs Pale Chocolate
1 oz Northern Brewer 9.4% AA at 60 minutes
1 oz Northern Brewer 9.4 AA at 15 minutes
Bottled 4/26/11 with 5.5 oz of priming sugar: More bitter and estery than the style, but from what I could taste through my congestion, it's quite good and very interesting. This beer is very attenuated (86% apparent attenuation!).