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RATINGS: 790   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


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11809) - 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 (1431) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20345) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Cloudy golden. Citric nose of dryish grain, cinnamon and coriander. Medium sweet with rounded spritzy mouthfeel. Fairly light bodied. Fresh, mild and evidenly spicy. Low bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
750 ml. bottle. - color of pale gold , with a frothy white head - nose of sour apple (green) , yeast , anise , malt , citrus (orange peel), grass , spices , and slight candied (pears or apricots )– taste of sour grass , chalky , cobwebs , candied orange , honey , alcohol , and cloves - body is dry , well carbonated , but creamy – aftertaste of honey , yeast , and dry

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Shared by Sliffy at the Columbus tasting #6. Light spice stood out in the aroma.Pours a light copper with a light off white head.Some spice with a good amount of malt in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a spiced/malt finish.

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 (6172) - 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.


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