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RATINGS: 860   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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3.5
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Slightly hazy peach-gold hue with a frothy, just off-white head and champagne like carbonation. Big bready malts in the aroma along with peaches and other sugary fruits and soft herbal notes (cilantro and the like). White pepper as well. Taste is lightly honey at first with sweet fruits and a tangy acidity. Finishes somewhat dry and peppery with a tart apple aftertaste. Light texture with a slick mouthfeel and rapid carbonation. A dry spice taste builds with time. Still, a little underwhelming in the categories of malt/spice/fruits, I’d expect a BdG to be bold in at least one of those areas.

3.3
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Copper colored ruby/amber bodied wth a small head. Sugary dried fruits, syrupy toffee malt notes are present with hints of apple cider and sugared apples. Wheaty blank finish, resembling malty syrup, apple, figs and prune. Falls a little flat in the finish, not bad but I craved more flavor.

3.8
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Golden murky in color with a nice whit e head. Luscious aromas expel from the glass with pear,and spice. On the palate tangy with some carbonation. Flavors of fruit and spice and mild hoppiness. Fine lasting finish. Excellent .

4.5
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 20, 2007
750 ml. brown Belgian style bottle. Corked & caged. Muffled pop when cork removed. Not as carbonated as Red Barn Ale. Poured out a hazy orange color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are of sweet apples, peaches, strong honey smells as well.
Flavors are of fresh fruits, honey, slightly herbal, but well balanced throughout. Damn good beer overall.

3.1
psbrewlvr (15) - Palm Springs, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Tap at Port cloudy orange flavor--- medicinal---sweet candi type of residual flavor OK

3.6
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
750 ml bottle, cloudy yellow-orangeish hue, with an off-white head, yeasty, with a sweet peachy, apricot fruity nose, with a candied mandarin peel note, with hint of honey, some pale malts, with a light flowery hop aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, spicy, fruity mandarin character with some sweet candied tangerine peels, with a nice flowery hop citrusy,with some grassiness and subtle leafiness accents with a faint vanilla and coriander spicy note, leading towards a fruity, bitter hop finish.

3.6
wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Nice 1/2 finger creamy small bubble head that dies to coat the surface. Cloudy orange color. A tad more toward the sweet side than the hoppy side. Generally low hoppiness. My nose isn’t skilled enought tosmell anything.

3.2
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at Carlsbad Pizza Port. Aroma similar to a hefeweizen or wheat beer, but not that much sweet flavor. It was somewhat disappointing.

3.3
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
On tap at Carlsbad location; for the style this was pretty good, but tasted alot like a higher alcohol hefe. Lots of banana/yeast and clove; a little vegetable element. Pretty malty as well.

3.3
jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle at beerbistro. Golden body with a smallish white head and a touch of lacing on the glass. Toasty malt in aroma with an odd note I have smelled before but cannot place it - spice? coriander?. Light boozey notes. Flavour of the same unnamed aroma note. Dry spicy alcohol in the finish lingers. It is a nice example of the style, but it starts to grate on me just a little as the glass warms up. Average palate.


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