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RATINGS: 797   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Aroma was of sourness and some sweet citrus notes. Also had some cheesy notes and a little funkiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4471) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Big thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this nice beer. Pours hazy orange with a whitish head. The aroma has amber malts, hazelnut, some spice and butter (but not in a bad way) - quite smooth. Medium body that’s a little heavier than I expected. It is quite smooth and rich with some sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with nutty amber malt, spiciness, yeast funk and butter. the finish starts with spicy hops, then buttery nutty malt and lingering funky yeast mixed in with the malt. Excellent biere de garde.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Clear dark orange color with a thin white slowly dissipating head. Subtle aromas of must, spice, and grass. Smooth malty taste. Slight funk that would go great with a stinky cheese. Smooth and subtle are how I would describe this one. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. [Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] #2 Spare fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare lacing. Body was clear and sparkling with a pale orange hue. Aroma was average malty with notes of bread, caramel, grain, toffee, nutty, spice, yeast. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Flavor was moderated sweet. Finish was sweet and slightly dry with an average duration.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2007
750ml bottle: I’m happy to see some of their beers making it to the east coast now. This one pours a dark, clear golden color with only a small, non-lasting head. The aroma is pleasant. Some yeastiness, spices and apples. Taste has notes of malt, apples and spice. Tastes somewhat sweet, yet with a dry finish. This is nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3339) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Blind rating at sk8viking´s. Pours a clearish amber with a slightly tanned head. Smells sweet and grainy. Very sweet with some yeast. Some spicyness. Tiny hint of sulphur. Very low carbonation. Long sweet and dry finish.
Rerate:
Mostly clear light brown with a tiny white head. Sweet with a low bitterness. Very malty with some caramel aromas. Hints of perfume and a tiny hint of pepper. Medium to low carbonation. Medium to full body. Long bitter and malty finish. Very bocklike.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle sampled on 11/1/06: Pours a clear amber orange bronze with a large, airy, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet, toasty bready caramel and biscuity malt with an authentic, but mild yeasty presence. Body starts with some lightly sweet, toasty pale malt and some sugar cookie dough flavor showing some more bittering earthy hops toward a thinner, smooth, balanced finish. A nice Biere de Garde.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11920) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Warm (?), yeasty aroma with hints of herb and/or spice. Hazy peach color with a white head that tries to stay. It tries to lace too. Interesting tastes. The mouthfeel is medium and doesn’t thin. The finish is dry and decently bitter. There is also a lingering herb/veg - but not overly intrusive. Back to the tastes: Starts with hints of Belgian candy; earthy notes - don’t know what else to say. Light stone fruit aspects. This is dry except for the first mouth impact. There is something of a burst of ripe stone fruit just before the end of the taste. This is fairly complicated stuff. Really good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Hazy orange, large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is very yeasty with some spiced notes, probably coriander. Medium to light body, drinkable. Very well made for the style, but I still struggle to really dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Beer pours mostly clear golden color with a totally retained egg white head. Aroma of green apples, very light spices, yeast and malt. Flavor is light and effervescent. Lightly sweet with some chalky dryness in the finish. I am thinking this is quite stylistacally accurate. Though the style seems to be even more about subtlety than say saison.


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