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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%


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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Reviews by malcontent:
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malcontent

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey-colored body with vigorous bubbles feeding a thin, downy white head.

Bready malt nose supported by earth must. Spicy hops are in the background but present. Still, a "weak" nose.

This definitely mashes old world barnyard funk, bready malt and noble hops with an American "extreme" edge (read; more hops). Not bad, but the hops (tastes almost like a blend of Saaz and Goldings) merge with the malt sweetness in an awkward fashion creating almost a vegetal aftertaste.

Not as active on the carbonation front as I would expect from most Northwest European styles. Full body is certain appropriate, though. An interesting if perhaps challenging brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 05:34:20 | More by malcontent
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-18-2014 02:45:37 | More by Zekenyce
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-07-2014 22:48:27 | More by greenspointexas
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-27-2014 13:24:31 | More by InspectorBob
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange. Nice white head. Thick white collar.

Smell - Pale malt. Some belgian sweetness. Fruity esters. A little peppery.

Taste - Pale malt balanced by white pepper and wine-like fruitiness. Bitter grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Almost too heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Straightforward, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:55:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-22-2014 20:05:50 | More by afsdan
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-22-2014 03:19:29 | More by Jonada
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-16-2014 22:27:59 | More by jkane101
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California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-07-2014 04:28:04 | More by harpus
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-04-2014 23:07:47 | More by mrquartetman
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hermit990

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-03-2014 03:50:40 | More by hermit990
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-24-2014 17:58:43 | More by GraduatedCashew
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California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-24-2014 14:43:10 | More by Unchi
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

8 month old bottle. Golden-colored and hazy. Fluffy head has good retention and leaves tattered lacing. Crisp, clean aroma of light, fresh-baked bread plus a crisp fruit note. Slightly tart apple is a good descriptor. Not funky like some Bieres de Garde can be.

Flavor transitions from slightly sweet and malty at first to bitter on the finish. Some yeast character reminds you that this is a farmhouse style ale. All in all, it's like a more malt-focused Saison. Not as fruit forward as its cousin style either, though there's a flavor not unlike ripe apple. They nailed the body and carbonation pretty well.

Despite the name, this isn't avant garde for the style. This slots in nicely between Lost Abbey's Devotion and their Abbey Dubbel and would be a good introductory beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:28:46 | More by gr0g
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-15-2014 21:29:05 | More by sansho
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Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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New York

3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle from...sheesh...a WHILE ago. poured into a lost abbey teku.

a - brew poured a transparent shimmering orange...almost with pinkish tints. nice finger of fizzy, but partially creamy head. really nice visible steady carbonation swam to the surface.

s - nose is a toasted malt, some syrupy caramel sweetness. earthy.

t - taste picks up where the nose left off starting out with some toasted malt and then washed over with caramel sweetness.

m - fairly full bodied and chewy. soft carbonation.

o - overall BdG isn't my favorite style, but this is a nice offering. a bit rich and syrupy and chewy for what i like in this style, but the toasted malt is nice. the caramel and thickness make it feel like an old barleywine. this beer should've been consumed a while ago.

Serving type: bottle

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Maryland

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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.