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Fluxus: 2011 - French-Style Farmhouse Ale (Biere de Garde)
This year's Fluxus was brewed with Belgian pilsen malt, light munich, malted wheat and a variety of aromatic and colored malts. It was hopped using only Alsatian Brewers Gold . It was then fermented with our house yeast at a lower than typical temperature, resulting in a more subdued ester profile than expressed in our other house yeast beers. Primary fermentation was followed by a cold maturation or "garding" period of six weeks.
The resulting beer is a medium amber colored ale with a smooth lager quality. The aroma presents a complex earthiness and toasted grains, balanced by a fruity candied grape character. The full body highlights a rounded maltiness accentuated by both nutty notes, and spicy hop flavors. The finish is remarkably dry with a wine-like character and light tannins.
Description: French-Style Farmhouse Ale (Biere de Garde)
Profile: Amber, Malty, Dry
Serving Temperature: 40°-50°F
Availability: Limited Annual Release
Package: 750ml bottle, 5.17 gallon keg
Ideal Within: One Year