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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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From the French word "Garde" meaning something worth keeping, this Farmhouse Styled Ale is a most delicious companion to a loaf of freshly baked bread from the oven. Grab a seat on the porch, some soft cheese and a tree ripened apple from your grandmother's old orchard. Relax and watch the evening arrive as the afternoon sun is consumed by the illuminating moon over the gardens. We brewed Avant Garde for you, our friends and families. Here's to things worth guarding over. http://www.lostabbey.com


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Cludy, pale bopdy with a medium sized off-white head, lots of yeasty sediment. The aroma is bread, honey, light lemon and herbal hops. The flavor is moderately sweet, low bitterness with dough, honey, pears and golden raisins. Medium body is soft with light carbonation. Pretty nice, but in need of a touch more attenuation and bitterness to be great.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Thanks to Dan for bringing this to C-bus 6. Light flowery aroma is pleasing. Faint golden/yellow in color. Medium to light palate with decent carbonation. Some earthy flavors up front mixed in with light spices and some hints of fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2007
75 cl bottle pours a clear light amber with a fleeting white head. mostly a dry, grainy smell with a hint of herbal sweetness. Taste is biscuity, yeasty, with a dry finish. not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Cloudy golden w/ big head. Citrus and slight yeast aroma. Good, but nothing too impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Bottle courtesy of hopsmoker. Enjoyed at Belgian-themed dinner at maltydogs. Nice barnyard and yeasty profile, orange peels and pepper and bread dough. Hazy amber golden with thin lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts fresh with bitter orange and yeasty bitterness, estery with sweet wheatiness. Mild Brett and pepper. Good sweet hit with alcoholic warming followed by a bit of farmhouse funk. Finish with lots of spice and pepper. Light bitter finish and mild chalky after.
Tried again from bottle courtesy of Naka (05/08/08). Upped the aroma score, otherwise, not much changed in my impressions from the first time. Good bière de garde.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
750mL bottle. Poured clear amber with a large head. Aroma is perfume and yeasty, with pears and a honey-like sweetness. Taste of peppery spices, perfume and sweet malt. Medium body. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Hazy deep gold pour with aroma of spicy florals, citrus, some funky pale malt notes, and mild apple. Complex aroma. Tastes pale malty, on the dry side, with floral hops, citrus, honey, and some funky fruity hints. Complex, vibrant, velvety palate, with a lot of back door complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Rich gold body with fine hazy yeast, gentle carbonation, and a modest sudsy white head. Very nice grapey malt aroma with moderate caramel tones, warm bread crust and sweet nutty properties. Pleasing malt profile in the flavor with some notable alcohol, and emergent corky wood qualities. Semi-sweet, but some significant balancing bitterness comes into play in the finish, to the point of hinting at an Altbier. Medium, palatable body. This is a very nicely interpreted and elegant Bière de Garde.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Golden with reddish hints, coloudy, and a small white head. Flavor starts subdued, but a hint of sourness at the end was nice and true to its namesake

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
A lacey beer on tap at Port Carlsblad. Darker than the blond colour described., with a white head. A barleywine like taste, well malted that finishes sour. A sure cross-styler.


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