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RATINGS: 864   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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3.2
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2006
warm, honey brown and off-white head. smells like malt, wood of some sort, pine. tastes somewhat yeasty like bread, and has notes of celery, arugula, pine, and malt. it was ok, but i was’t impressed.

3.3
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle from Men’s Journal top 25 party, Hop Devil, NY. Aroma: butternut squash, caramel, floral hops, chocolate, sweet cherry, pine, bread. Flavor: Sweet, malty, burnt toast, caramel, bitter hopping, only a slight funkiness. Very bready and raw, though pretty dissappointing. Didn’t ccome off as being much more than an Amber.

4
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Silty gold-amber pour with decent sized head, aroma of sweet orange, bread and light spice. Sweet bready malt, light citrus fruitiness, background of yeast esters, carbonation is lively, mouthfeel is excellent. Refreshing and very well balanced, took a bottle home.

3.5
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Grassy, peppery, and spicey w/ a dry finish. Good, but not great.

3.5
bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with ample carbonation and a descent white head. Aroma of toasted bread, ginger, and orange peel. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, earthiness, light citrus, and ginger.

3.5
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Hazy amber with a spotty white film of a head. Light brown sugar base with some slightly sour grape scents. Brandied peaches emerge as it warms. Flavors of brown sugar and light toffee. Flavor did not quite live up to the complexity of the nose, but still very tasty.

3.8
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2006
From 750 via trade with DarkElf. Pours a golden orange tinted brown with thin white head. Nose is sweet spices, dank, sugared raisins, musty, and grapes. Flavor has malt upfront, a vinous sweetness with a touch of sour to balance. Finishes dry with a little alcohol. A little light overall, I would like to see what age brings this one.

3.6
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. It pours a dark golden color with a slightly sweet aroma. The flavor is spicy, with some doughy notes. The flavor is floral and slightly citrusy. Enjoyable

3.8
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Clear honey color with a small head that reduces to a ring around the edges. Pear, honey, floral, cotton candy aroma, with just a bit of alcahol heat. Bready, slighty spicey, honey, sweet flavor with a little bite in the finish. Medium body with slightly fizzy carbonation.

3.5
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
750 ML Bottle, part of MJ’s "rare beer" club: Lighty off white colored head, short lived, and orangey amber color that is lightly hazy. Very grainy and with melanoidin malt aroma. Light spicyness from yeast. Crisp, tart aroma at first when chilled. Light white grape juice fruit aroma as it starts to warm. Perfumey alchohol esters. Bready yeast malt w/ some hints of toastiness. Well balanced flavor and lightly grainy at first, some toasty and what seems to bea light wheat malt flavor, but also lightly bready malt. Finish is lightly bitter and herbal hop flavored that lasts into the lingering, toasty malt flavored aftertaste. Higher medium carbonation, medium body, well hidden alcohol. Not a bad beer, but it sort of lacks identity IMHO. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m not a biere de garde fan!


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