Avant Garde

Additional Notes  03/10


Thanks go out to Penney for the chance to try this one again. From The Foodery in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Perhaps a little less bock character than I remember but still not especially BdG-like. Still a unique beer and to be honest this seems a LOT different to my earlier experience.

Obviously large batch differences at work here with the usual LA quality control issues.

Original Review 10/08


750 mL corked & caged affair from a recent trade.

Nice pop on opening and a superb, well carbonated amber body underneath a bone-white well formed head. Nice clarity.Nose is VERY malty – surprisingly so.

Tastes reflect that sweet breadiness and then finish a little drier than expected. Very unusual for a BdG in my opinion, this lacks those mild spices and wild character and replaces it with a malt bomb. Almost bock-like in its overall nature to me – in fact, VERY bock-like. There is a little hop nature in the finish to knock it out of real bock territory, but to be honest it remains an unlikely BdG. Darker than a BdG too.

Pretty tasty and an enjoyable drink, but if you are looking for a classic BdG look elsewhere. Marked down by me slightly because of that.

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10/11/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4
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