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RATINGS: 857   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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3.4
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a medium head. Very tart aroma, almost like sour apple candy. Flavors of yeast and earthiness, with a nice creaminess.

3.8
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
750 ml bottle. Granny Smith apples from the aromas off this golden yellow slightly hazy pour. Decent head the whole way through. Flavors not at all tart like the aromas suggested. Much more earthy and spicy. Some lemon zest, and then a very nice finish. Pretty good stuff.

4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port. Hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, honey, and fruit. Semi-sweet citrus taste with some biscuity notes, a hoppy bitterness, and a dry finish.

3.8
JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Nice packaging; interesting label. The beer is orange. Aroma has light spices, almost a yeasty, barnyard weirdness but not quite, because it doesn’t smell sour enough. Flavor is surprisingly sweet for a biere de garde, and has considerble yeast. Also very malty, and probably the thickest and heaviest beer I have had in this style. Finish is sweet malt with wild herbs and spices.

3.7
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 bottle....very nice on a warm day here in chicago.....aroma: wheaty with pretty assertive orange notes. as the citrus diminished, this gave way to more of a sweet malty backdrop.....appearance: hazy orange brown and pure white head that stuck around for awhile....taste: bready/wheaty with a medium creamy body. little citrus and some spices to boot.

3.5
Retro42 (18) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Shared by BadgerBen. Aroma was wheat and spices. Cloudy yellow, with a white head. Taste had notes of hops, malts, and a touch of fruit. Not bad.

3.7
anders37 (26194) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a hazy golden colorwith a white head. Has a spicy, malty and yeasty aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweet malty yeasty and fruity citrus flavor. Spicy malty finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

3.7
Skyview (5927) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Beer shared by Badgerben in 22-oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow amber brew with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of northern white pine, citrus peel, sweet barley malt and a touch of apple. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of biscuits, apples and some mild spices. Finish has a citrus bitter aftertaste.

3.5
badgerben (5119) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Original Rating, June 29, 2007. Thanks for the trade, DirtyMartini! Cloudy yellow color with a medium head. Aroma of wheat and fruit. Big wheat and orange flavors with a strong bitter finish. It strikes me as a Noble hop bitterness. Not a bombastic beer, but very nice. 7/4/8/4/17

Re-rating, January 22, 2010: Gold color with a quickly fading medium head. Aroma of spearmint and honey. Strong clover honey taste. Light floral hop bitterness, some caramel and apple. A bit of that mintiness and sage. Not bad, but it became really hard to keep drinking past the first half bottle.

3.4
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Thanks BadgerBen for sharing. Hazy yellow/orange body with creamy white head. Wheat and spice nose with a malt body. grainy characteristics. Faint hops.


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