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ATF Ambre Biére de Garde

Biére de Garde (beer for keeping) is a traditional malt oriented farmhouse ale from Northern France that was typically brewed in early winter then cellared (lagered) until spring and summer when it was then consumed.

The ATF Ambre Biére de Garde is an amber coloured version of the style. A strong malt oriented beer with layers of caramel, dark fruit, and nutty flavours with ripe fruit (especially plum if using Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale) esters and balanced phenolics. The beer will benefit from a period of lagering.

Yeast is not included in the kit. We recommend using Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale or you could also try Fermentis SafAle BE-256.

If crash cooling it is possible to cause the yeast thermal shock, which may be an issue when bottle conditioning, particularly a higher alcohol beer. For extra insurance you may wish to pitch a bottle conditioning yeast such as Lallemand  CBC-1 Cask and Bottle Conditioning Yeast.

The Details

24 L Batch 48 L Batch
Pre-boil Volume @ 100℃ 30.25L 56 L
Assumed Boil off rate per hour 3.5 L 4 L
Post Boil Kettle Volume @ 20℃
24 L
48 L
Post Boil Efficiency
Target Original Gravity
1.071 1.071
Target Final Gravity
1.011 1.011
8% 8%
Colour (SRM)
15.77 15.77
IBU Calculated 25 25
Packets of recommended yeast - MJ Belgian Ale  2 4
Packets of recommended yeast - SafAle BE-256
2 4


This kit contains:

Detailed recipe and instructions.

Grain (milled or unmilled)

  • Pilsner
  • Redback
  • Supernova
  • Shepherds Delight
  • Sour Grapes (if required)


  • Warrior
  • Saaz

Brewing salts (if required)

Please select the source water you will be using to receive the correct salts. The target water profile is provided for brewers using another source water so that the correct mineral/acid additions can be calculated to achieve the target water profile and mash pH. Brewing salts and lactic acid can be purchased here.

Kettle Finings

  • Brewers Carageenan

Yeast Nutrient

  • Yeast Vit


    This kit is only put together when ordered. All hops are kept vacuum sealed and refrigerated. Yeast is also kept refrigerated.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Excellent Beer

    Brewed as per instructions, which are much more detailed than other suppliers. Largered for 2 weeks at end of ferment. Came out stunning, a true Belgian ale. Really recommend it.