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RATINGS: 774   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Bottle. Pours a hazy blonde look with decent size head that developed very nicely ring around the glass. Aroma is of yeast, golden raisins, pepinos, ripe grapes, and cucumbers. Flavor has a nice spiciness to it, mellow but complex. Decent carbonation. Would like to see this aged for another year or so. Delicious.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2007
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured. Very yeasty aroma. The flavour is also very yeasty with some fruity notes. Quite sweet. Unpleasantly high carbonation level. Light to medium bodied. Typical bière de garde.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle; sampled at Monk’s Cafe Lost Abbey dinner 2/6/07. Poured a cloudy yellow golden color with a short white head. Sweet aroma of toasted malt, fruit, and some earthy tones. flavor was on the sweet malty side with some vinous notes. A nice start to the evening’s sampling.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2007
(750ml bottle) Small off-white head atop a cloudy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, orange, peach, light coriander. Taste is medium sweet, bread, some peach, light seltzer. Light-medium body, seemed a bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a thick frosty white head. Aroma is lemony with hints of spring grass and fresh yeast. Taste is bready and yeasty with a slight lemon and floral hint. Kind of bland and weak from such a high caliber brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
a decent biere de garde. the flavor is perfume and grassy with some lemongrass. a little bit of funk but not as much as i thought there would be. some citrus flavors and some wheat as well. purty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2007
750 ml bottle. Aroma is bready and grassy with lots of floral and citric notes. The body is dull golden color and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore is bitter and herbal-like with some dry fruit notes and a green herbal-bitter finish reminiscent of the fore flavor, but even more concentrated. Seems to lack appropriate carbonation level as well.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3458) - 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 (1904) - 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 (954) - 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.


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