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RATINGS: 858   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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3.8
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!

3.2
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours with a golden amber body with little head or lacing. Slightly sweet to start but a bitter grassy hoppiness pops in after a second with a touch of spice. Light to medium bodied and smooth.

3.7
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 On [email protected]’Brien"s: Golden amber color with just a wisp of foam that quickly fades to nothing. Light sweet spicy aroma with a hint of grass. Flavor starts with a little honey then some spice a hint of white wine and pepper. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

3.9
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Spicey light grainy aroma. Peppery and earthy. Light citrus notes. Grainy and malty flavor. Caramel notes. Finish is light and fruity. Sweet and Tart. Smooth. Easily drinkable. Enjoyable.

3.3
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Yellow orange. Soapy, spaciously bubbled foam noisily crackles its way into a jagged-edged ring. Musty yeast aroma with baked apples, fresh hay, and caramel drenched nuts. Light touch of fragrant phenols and black pepper. Carbonation is prickly and expansive. Very airy, as well. Initially brash with a medicinal and alcoholic sweep. Nutty malts soon take foothold and beautifully complement the mustiness while taming the rough edges. Alcohol is extremely peppery and pointy, but the malts progressively gain definition and continue to soften its blow. Coarse mineral textures seemingly activate a fluffy Pilsner malt foundation. Sweetly floral hops and a nuanced nut- and hay-flavored malt structure winds up being pummeled by a sharply peppery and alcoholic finish. No doubt this is on the right path, as the malt character shows flashes of extravagance, at times. Unfortunately, however, the loose and prickly carbonation fails to carry it with any sort of grace. Flavors also suffer from (slight) under-attenuation, overly sharp/peppery alcohol, and there’s not enough aromatic cleanliness. They came close to nailing this. Better luck next time.

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ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle from Patrick (bindpmc) Thanks! Pours out a light brown color with a huge white head. Cork almost blew off in my hand - theres a ton of CO2 in this one. Taste is sweet and fruity, and full of carbonation. Goes down very easy, almost could be chugged if it wasnt for the huge presence of Co2. A very interesting beer, of a style that I am not very familiar with. Much better than the last Biere de Garde I remember drinking.

3.6
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Corked 750 ml from MJ Rare Beer Club. Lightly hazy with quick disipating white head. Mild hoppy musty aroma, not prominant. Nice clean dry taste of pepper and some citrus balanced and not overpowering. Good but not near as good as their Saisons. As good as 3 Monts and St. Sylvestre. Not as good as Loirette ambree from Pigeonnelle in France.


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