Avant Garde the ale is excellent. So far it’s my favorite of the three I’ve opened. I mowed the lawn after I came home from work, so I couldn’t think of a better way to relax than popping the cork on the bottle, sitting out on the patio in the nice evening weather, and tasting this beer.
Appearance: Light and gold with a slight haze. Nicely fuzzy head, audibly fizzing. Reminds me of nectar. There’s visible sediment on the bottom of the bottle, too.
Smell: Some nice floral aroma, and a touch of sour. A little bit of fruit and orange blossoms, and a mild Belgian farmhouse yeast character. Fairly delicate aroma overall, I’d say.
Taste: Oh my, that is a good beer. Big and malty with cotton candy and rock candy, and even though it sounds weird, there’s a vegetable note that’s really good… beets? It’s rich, whatever it is. Malts are nice and toasty and bready. I’m noticing it gets spicy as it warms up. Quite simply—superb.
Mouthfeel: Rich and thick but not chewy… complex flavors roll around the palate and it just works. You want to keep sipping and sipping…
Overall: What, I should gush about this beer some more? It’s good. It’s #20 on Men’s Journal’s 25 best beers in America. ‘Nuff said.