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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (426) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - NOV 4, 2016
A 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle, bottled sometime in 2015 (as far as I can tell), and poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass. It poured a clear copper colour with a big two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left decent lacing. Aromas were generally light, sweet malt, toasty bread, orange zest, apple, pear, earthy and spice. Tastes biscuity, light berries and caramel with a touch of honey, peppery spice and light alcohol. Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was nice, enjoyable and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1362) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, yeast, wood, fruit and bread.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, yeast, wood and fruit; ends slightly dry with bread.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Extremely good for how not intense it actually is. Probably lost a lot of hop flavours, but the aging adds a really rustic feeling to this beet at the same time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4139) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle shared by steveoj hazy pale yellow with a lively white head. Classic farmhouse aromas and flavors. Quite dry and a bit tart.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4586) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2016
750ml bottle from Green Mountain Liquor.. Pours out a milky pale golden with soft white bubbly head. Spicy aroma, equal parts floral and savory. Taste follows, spice, yeast, bready malts and faint floral notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to stevoj. Pours out a peach color topped with a white head. Nose is spice light floral perfume notes and some spice. Taste is more of the spice malts light floral perfume and some grain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (8623) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Hazy golden/orange with a white head. Aroma of fruit, light spices and yeast. Similar taste. The body was medium and the finish on the dry side.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hiledd (108) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Citrus and spicy aroma, hazy yellow straw color, light tan foam. Mango and apricot flavor with carbonated mouthfeel. Hint of floral undertone in flavor, crisp and feels light for 7% abv ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2016
750 mL bottle from Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Raleigh. Dark orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of lemon peel, faint leather, and light Belgian-style yeast. Taste features a subtle tartness with notes of white pepper, cardamom, and light horse blanket. Moderately dry finish. This one is a bit difficult for me to pinpoint all of the flavors but the important thing is I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (1057) - SINGAPORE - AUG 6, 2016
7%ABV. Bière de garde. Poured out amber gold. 10ºSRM. Nose is candy, like a jolly rancher, maybe mentos fruit, juicy fruit gum. Light formaldehyde aroma. Mouthfeel is light syrup. Palate has sweet roasted malty with honey, red dates, Cheng tng (which is a local dessert of rock sugar, white fungus, red dates) this description thanks to my friend, Keola. Hops are noble in nature with solid bitter, which is barely there, so for me this is still malt balanced. Some spice and pepper in the finish which might be hops are rye. Finish is clean, light sugary and so very very very much like Cheng Tng which is a light sweet candy like palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2016 Older bottle bought online. Loose, milky, snow white, moussy head over an equally cloudy peach blonde beer with salmon pinkish hue. Aroma of ripe peach, banana peel, iron, red apple, old cookies, honey, canned pineapple, pear, white raspberry and a hint of onsetting ’rusty’ oxidation. Fruit sweet onset, very appleish, hints of peach, dried banana and dried apricot, softish carbo, honeyish, slick malt sweetness in the middle with a metallic ’zing’ to it somewhere, tad bready too, leading to a somewhat thin finish with only softly bittering, herbal, tea-like hops which do leave a slight peppery flavor after swallowing, but it is the overall apple-like sweetness which prevails, along with that obnoxious hint at oxidation. Clearly a "bière de garde" should be able to last longer than a few years in a cellar without oxidizing this much, but apart from that, this is, to me at least, not better than the classic northern French examples of the style. It has a certain ’straightforwardness’ and a Belgian yeast quality not unlike e.g. its La Choulette or Ch’ti counterparts, but it feels too soft and sweet for the style, with too much yeastiness going on. Not entirely true to style and certainly one of the least interesting Lost Abbey beers for me.


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