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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-12-2006)
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Ratings: 598 | Reviews: 332 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Douglas14:
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Douglas14

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours out a deep hazy orange color with burnt orange in the middle and a nice head. The smell is of straw and old citrus. The taste is similar but becomes stronger. Straw, dried grass, and yeast round out what the nose delivers. Dry in the mouth and lighter than I expected in the body. Very awesome beer but I was thinking it would sweep me off my feet more. Regardless, very happy and appreciative I was able to try it. Lost Abbey is awesome.

08-21-2008 23:44:17 | More by Douglas14
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oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

My first Lost Abbey beer to try.Pours into my Hennepin glass a slight hazed peach color with a great looking thick one finger off white head that leaves a nice full ring of broken lace as it settles ever so slowly.I pick up vanilla with a peaches cream-like note,some mildy nutty pilsner malt as well.Flavors of nutty pilsner malts,vanilla,and a light tart green apple in the finish.A great food beer with alot of richness and subtle flavors.

10-15-2013 21:19:22 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance – This is a shiny golden brown in color with little head. The color is really more copper, like a shiny copper pipe.

Smell – The malts are lightly toasted and, with the significant alcohol sense, almost smells like a strong Eisbock or some other type of high-octane European brew.

Taste – This is not as threatening as it looked and smelled. The booze is light but present, the malts turned a tad farmy with some good earth and must, and the sweets are just barely there.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and not very carbonated with some bitter leafy notes way up front and a moderate alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This one went down well enough. It has all the right components but is a bit too “in your face” for the style.

11-12-2006 03:40:10 | More by RoyalT
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nickseevers

California

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

04-14-2012 04:06:12 | More by nickseevers
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brewdogmrb

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Honey, honey, and more honey. I couldn't get over the floral honey stench that poured out of this glass. It was the flower, the honey, and the bee all in one, so to speak. The bee is the sting in the spice, which came with the nose and lingered on the tongue. Anyway, this beer poured a beautiful color out of the corked and caged Lost Abbey bottle which is adorned with some of the most ridiculous copy I've ever seen on a beer bottle -- but I loved it. This was a surprisingly complex and easy to drink Bière de Garde at 7% ABV and it really had everything you could ask for in an American version of a Belgian beer, a theme which dominated the tasting this bottle was a part of. Brews like this really get me going, when they which pour beautifully, feel great in the mouth, and have something expressive and interesting to say about a specific well-treaded style. Lost Abbey is a hell of a brewery.

05-08-2008 23:24:56 | More by brewdogmrb
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MadScientist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A: A pale gold with good clarity and a persistent off-white head comprised of rocky and thick creamy bubble that leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is spicy, hoppy and fruity. There is a moderate pepper phenol and apricot ester with moderate spicy hops. There is a malt sweetness and a very slight perfume alcohol. Some light orange peel in there as well.

T: Moderate hops bitterness with a bunch of spicy that seems to be from both the yeast and the hops flavor so it's peppery and noble hop-like. There is some malt sweetness which does linger into the aftertaste. The finish is fairly dry. The balance seems to be modestly bitter.

M: The body is medium-light with high carbonation. There is a little bit of that astringency common to the Biere de Garde style.

O: A very drinkable example of this style and I will search long and wide for the sour version because layering some sour notes one will make a fantastic beer.

10-23-2012 01:07:51 | More by MadScientist
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

I've been hanging onto this a little bit now and figured it's time to pop the cork. Pours into my glass a hazy amber/orange with a small fizzy white head that forms a ring around the top. Aromas begin with some toasted grains and caramel. A light fruity spiciness is there as well. Earthy yeast with a slight twang, baked bread with some herbal hops. This just doesn't grab me.

First sip brings a toasted grain malt upfront with a nice hit of caramel. Fruity spiciness is evident and I pick up a grape skin and green apple flavor. Flows down with a bready, yeasty aspect and some earthy tones as well. Just a slight sour twang to it. Finishes with a touch of hops. A bit dry and grainy.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side while still having a nice creaminess to it. Ample carbonation, the beer goes down easily and is refreshing. Overall, this just doesn't match up with some of the better Biere de Garde's I've sampled. Doubt I'd seek this brew out again, but I look forward to sampling some of the other Lost Abbey brews.

10-08-2007 22:19:27 | More by orbitalr0x
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-26-2014 15:06:01 | More by Beerswag
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, no fresness info. Pours apricot, cloudy, gauzy eggshell head, leaving thick film, tiny bubble sheen and plenty of ringed and delicate lacing. The nose I pick up is minty, yeasty and fruity. Light peppery notes, yeasty goodness, nutty, caramel, complex, tasty, heady, another high class, BA worthy brew from Lost Abbey. The only problem I have with this brewery is that they do not distribute to NY state...

11-05-2007 22:30:03 | More by Billolick
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-04-2014 23:07:47 | More by mrquartetman
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: bread, fruit, toffee, and toasted malt

Taste: bread, honey, peach, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer. A very good and bready beer with just the right spicing. Nice and malty, I cannot wait to have this again.

04-02-2010 14:34:25 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Always happy to try a new beer from Lost Abbey.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of flowers and apricots, with some candy sugar and Belgian yeast notes also coming through.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of orange citrus notes, as well as some very sweet floral notes and some biscuit malt. The candy sugar and alcohol also come through.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-07-2011 03:23:42 | More by Mora2000
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ehammond1


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Auburn and rust with a thick and tight white soapy head that stays perched atop the glass. Rings of sticky lacing slide down the glass. Beautiful.

A combination of bread, mild yeast, and lemon in the nose.

Slight Belgian yeast tang and a bit of spice present in flavor. A bit of sweet fruit and caramel malt but a very mild tasting beer in nearly every regard.

The mouthfeel is the star of the show with this beer. Highly carbonated, luscious yet smooth, full and bold yet smooth and easy drinking. No alcohol presence. Impressive.

An easy drinking Biere de Garde that pairs and drinks well with food.

11-18-2011 15:33:51 | More by ehammond1
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2012 02:16:22 | More by chickenm
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KyleMA

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-21-2012 00:21:50 | More by KyleMA
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-06-2013 21:59:59 | More by ryser2k
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a nice blonde yellow, much like many of the acclaimed belgian strong pale ales with its glow and virgin white head. Aroma was more bready than pale, but the pungent belgian yeast esters were here. Lemons and spice in a restrained amount.

one of the light and bready beers, thats impressive when you can pull it off, but not necessarily going to bbe something I'm all about as a recurring customer. I'm not a biere de garde guy, but as far as they go, this one is decent enough. There's a fine hop quality, very small, built with a belgian yeast, light body but bready quality that is probably a relatively difficult beer to pull off.

02-04-2012 19:26:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - Pale wheat pretty opaque with 1.5 finger with head with moderate retention and moderate bubbly lacing.

S - Citrus, funk, banana, clove

T - Woody oak, bananan, clove, a lot of clove, smokey, follows nose, nice balance, apricots, a little too much stuff going on, rather than a balanced complexity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A nice intro to this style, a good spring beer.

07-20-2012 18:23:34 | More by williamjbauer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours amber with a white head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: intriguing fruity aroma with a good malt base; hints of white wine.

Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.

Feel: medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: strong (ABV) for style.

06-30-2014 23:28:27 | More by chinchill
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OStrungT

California

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a strongly spicy aroma. Pepper and coriander. I also detect a nice citrus hop aroma. Lemon and orange are present. It has a very subtle earthy yeast aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. All the flavors are mild. A spict flavor is present. Some citrus hops are apparent also. It is very well balanced.

This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It goes down very smooth, leaving a slight spicy aftertaste.

This beer would make a great session beer. It tastes good, so having many would ot be bad at all. The only thing to be careful for is the 7% ABV. Too many might lead to the need for a DD.

Overall: This beer is great. I will befinately be buying this one by the case.

09-04-2006 22:57:24 | More by OStrungT
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mocktm

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-07-2012 19:10:13 | More by mocktm
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Blackwolf


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass, thin head, slippery lacing, if any at all. Deep straw-orange peel in color, it looks very beautiful in ambient lighting.

S- My second ale of the night that unfortunately had a very light scent to it. Bread, apples, a touch of malt and a tickly tease of banana hidden deep between the aroma of all the above.

T- Not quite a 5.0 but damn close! I am a big fan of cheese, bread and delicate meats... This is DEFINITELY an ale to take to the beach or to the park for a picnic, pop out some prosciutto, sharp nutty cheese, apples/melon, a fresh baguette and sip away!
YUM!!!! ~A sweet, slight country/homey taste, subtle and I mean subtle sweet malt, there is a hint of apple and yeasty bread in it. Good balance, deep and scrumptious! The finish sticks around for a couple of seconds and leaves you waiting for more.

MF- Light-medium gritty stickiness to the palate, carbonation is very light too, and tickles the tongue quickly on the finish.

O- This can quickly become your "Sunday Evening Ale." It is an impressive ale, though, if the aroma was much more deeper than I expected it to be, this could definitely entice me A LOT more to make it into my weekly rounds. Price shouldn't be an issue with this one, if you see it, try it. It is by far, not disappointing, but also not a must in my book. ~bottoms up! :)

08-28-2012 06:44:48 | More by Blackwolf
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Zonian1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-14-2014 15:17:30 | More by Zonian1
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-10-2014 03:50:03 | More by Adkins1203
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pwoods

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Probably got this from Joey at South Bay.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a glowing fire orange. About a finger worth for pearly white head. Some decent retention, lays at a fat skim. Decent lacing.

S: Fresh baked whole grain bread. Soft fruits and light Belgian yeast. Floral, grassy hops. All around delicate but very inviting.

T/M: Pleasantly sweet malt bill. A touch of richness, maybe a soft caramel taste. Refreshing spring like hops. More of the soft and delicate fruits and Belgian yeast. Medium light body with a constant perfect stream of carbonation.

D: Unbelievably drinkable. Wish this was easily available to me.

10-23-2009 22:29:28 | More by pwoods
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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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