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RATINGS: 767   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


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3376) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy medium honey color with a moderate white head. Light floral aroma with some very light citrus as well. Flavor was a bit of malt, some citrus, and some subtle sweetness. About mid-glass, as the beer warmed, some pine flavors starting coming through. Nice crisp finish, but not dry. Refreshing. Well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1886) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Melon orange pour with only a slight head of white wisps. Aroma is fruity, grassy, with some nice floral notes. Flavor is packed with interesting notes. Some sweetness, some alcohol, some citrus, some hay/grass. I almost wish this wasn’t so heavy on the alcohol cause it would be be nice to drink more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Received in a trade from BA dogfoodog, this 750 ml. brown bomber came corked, and caged. The uncorking went smoothly, and the beer was poured out into goblet, where it sat golden pale in color, clear, and mildly but steadily carbonated. The steady streamers formed a thin head that refused to go away. The floral and hay aroma was delicate and gave subtle hints of orange peel, and an occasion whiff of earthy yeast. The taste was sweeter than I was expecting, with a toasted maltyness similar to an American Amber Ale. Spices were too light to provide a lot of balance, and there was no hop presence, so the malt pretty much dominated the palate. It had a medium thick body and felt soft in the mouth, and was quite soothing. A good beer to have in autumn, as the back side label seems to suggest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
750mL caged and corked from dhlesq, thanks Dave! No date. Pours a clear golden orange with a two finger light yellowish head. Aroma is quite clean and crisp. Lemons, yeast, spices are up front, and there is some biscuity malts and apple skins. Flavor is more bready with a bit of spice, some fruity esters in there as well. Bitterness doesn’t kick in until about 2/3 through, and on a 1-10 scale it might hit 4, but only or a moment. Finishes slightly dry though some sweetness overtakes that as well. Medium bodied, soft moderate carbonation. Update: as it further warms, I’m able to pick up on some spicy and grassy hops a bit more in aroma and flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
25 oz bottle, via trade, can’t remember with who. Pours a clear dark gold to light copper colored body under a foamy one finger off-white head with great retention. Some light clingy lacing. Aroma is of bready and doughy malt with some lightly sweet honey and a soft fruitiness. A little yeast and a touch of marshmellow. Flavor is nice, bready malt, pretty crisp, with a little floral accent. Finishes fairly dry with some light hoppiness and a little botanical perfumy flavor. Kinda like those orchids that they garnish plates with at them fancy wedding receptions. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and airy with pleasant active carbonation. I quite liked this. I read a few reviews of this and I’m not sure where some folks are coming from saying that this was overly sweet and such. This was quite dry, especially on the finish with almost a little bit of a bretty funk.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2007
750ml bottle. Poured into sadly yes, a plastic red cup. I brought it to a party for my own consumption. Pours light straw with a nice big head. The aroma and taste are both citrusy and sweet. Tasts like a typical golden ale. Not my favorite thus far from Tomme and Lost Abbey but certainly not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle thanks to sickboy_282. Pours a cloudy gold, with a white head. Aroma is yeast, malt, and some fruit. Flavor is yeast, hops, and fruit. It’s missing something....not sure what, but it’s not all that special.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6015) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a beautiful copper hue but had little head or lace. The nose detects musty and olde hops, some honey and over ripened pear and crab apple, some pepper and clove, hint of smoke and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste starts rather sweet for the style IMO with a grassy and sage herbal quality, some cheesy yeast notes under it all. There is a tone of fruit throughout before being led to a dryish woody and corky finish with just a dash of bitterness. The mouth feel is surprisingly sprite for the lack of head, dry and mineral aftertaste. Not bad but there is something missing with the brew to make me enjoy it more, quaffable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
750ml bottle via trade with flacoalto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours bright amber with a pretty nice offwhite head that laces some. Aromas of bread, yeast, some pear, apple, and a little vanilla. Flavor is mainly bready but a fair amount of apple, pear, and other fruity notes. Finishes quite dry. Grainy palate but actually quite smooth. Easy to drink. Great with the smoked guda I sampled it with..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Deep orangish amber, hazy pour with a medium layer of bubbly, off-white head. Ripe aromas of pears, sweetened parsnips, and vanilla create a silky, perfumy bouquet. The description on the back of the bottle is making me hungry. Light bodied, gently carbonated mouthfeel. Seductive flavors of soft herbed brie, a sprinkle of shaved nutmeg, and crushed jimaca fruit starts out the flavors with a light herbal fruitiness. Quite floral. The subtly sweet fruits are soon replaced by a wave of euro-hop character that creates an bitterly elegent, yet not puckeringly so, herbal smack.


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