Flossmoor Station Avante Garde Biere de Garde

RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Avante Garde is a deep coppery red that begins with sweet malty aroma. Flavors of dark fruit are balanced against a toasted, bready malt body. This style is tradionally a Northern France/Belgian farmhouse style that was set down to age over the warm months. ("de Garde" means "To guard" or "store" similarly to "lagern" the German version of storing beer.) Avante Garde has a slightly musty cellar character with very little hop presense. But at 7% watch out for a beer that will warm you up a bit if you aren’t careful.

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dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 pours cloudy and dark. dinky tan disappearing head. yeasty, fruity, spicy aroma. spicy fruity flavor finishes kinda musty. not bad, just not my favorite style.

my home brewpub ==> <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/brewers/flossmoor-sta Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2007
growler, rating from memory, pours a dark amber with a white colored head. aroma of dried dark fruit. The flavor is really sweet with ripe fruits. nothing special here.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
on tap @ Pizza Plant Walker, 12oz goblet. Deep crimsony red in color. Not much head. Full nose of aroma. Sweet, malty & somewhat, if they say musty that must be it. Alcohol well hidden. Overall an enjoyable brew.

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Clear amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma and flavor of tart fruits with malt and a yeast that makes its presence felt but isn’t assertive. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Interesting effort.

ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours copper thin white head. Dominated by dark fruits with traces of biscuit malts. The most enjoyable part of this brew is a slight musty component that lingers about. Well done.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Pint at FS - Aroma is fruity with a nice malty finish. Pours dark copper with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. The palate is very creamy and smooth. Easy drinking 7%, but not complex enough to be great.

SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2006
#905 On tap at the brewery on 10/21/2006 at the 2nd monthly meeting of the Chicago Ratebeer group.

Hazy clear copper with a thin white long last rim of head. Nose full with yeast and cream. Taste sharp with bannanna peel, yeast and slight hop backbone.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Served at the Chi-town Flossmoor gathering, goblet: Hazed brown coppery hue with a lasting creamy head and left very good lace on the glassware. The aroma has notes of grain, caramel, floral hops, pear and strawberry esters, coriander, and a hint (just a hint) of Belgium yeast esters, a tad too weak IMO. The taste however shines with a nice fruity tone over a mild malt base supported by slight bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and oh so drinkable. The finish even displayed a moderate woody dryness. This may not be quite to style (but not that far off either) but is highly enjoyable, I would have had more but there were other beers I wanted to try.

holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Growler from the pub: Pours a dark amber with a cream colored head and an aroma of dried dark fruit. The flavor is sweet, maybe overly sweet. Some belgian spices come out with the dark fruit flavor, plums, cinamon, malt, and little bit doughy. Overall not bad, but i’d rather get another brew of theirs.

MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
a nice brown pour thin off white head. True to style aroma hints of bananna & corriander some light black pepper notes as well. Pretty avg palate Flavor is a bit of de garde funk lots of yeast some brett... ok.

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