The farmhouse brewing traditions of southern Belgium influenced their neighbors across the border in France. The Brasserie La Choulette in Hordain, France produces Bière de Garde, a style with strong ties to Belgian Saison. La Choulette has been brewing farmhouse ales since 1885.
Les Sans Culottes, a 7.0% Bière de Garde, is esteemed for its rich champagne-like bouquet. Its flavor is slightly fruity and delicate, yet deep and satisfying. This beer proudly pays homage to Les Sans Culottes – the “trouserless” craftsmen who could not afford uniforms but unflinchingly did the handiwork of the French Revolution. Bière de Garde literally means “beer which has been kept.” This historic beer was brewed at spring time and kept in cool cellars and enjoyed on hot summer days. This style brings more complexity and intensity to the table than Saison with its rich malt focus. Bière de Garde is malt-forward with hints of rich biscuit, toffee and caramel sweetness in the middle.