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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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607 Ratings
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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-12-2006)
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Photo of cameraman
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden color, with a three finger thick white head on top. The head laces slowly down the glass. A definitive yeasty fragrance at first scent, that is followed by a spicy sweetness. That scent brings along some fruitiness and a touch of grass at the end. A very mild, mellow malty flavor at the front, followed with a bisuity flavor, along with a sweet spiciness. A mild hop citric bitterness hits the back of the palate at the end. A light mouthfeel, not watery though, it has more character. It tip-toes across the palate, bringing the cleansing feeling carbonation. This is my first expierence with this style and this brewery. The style is unique, the malt and spiciness are strong and disstinctive. This went well with a mixed green salad and balasmic vingerette.

cameraman, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this bottle out of the cellar tonight, it seems it's time had come. This bottle is about a year old at time of review.

Pours a clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a cap. Nice lacing on the way down. Smells of bread and oranges, fig, a bit of honey. Taste is semi sweet with bready malty sweetness with orange and citrus flavors peaking through an almost earthy character. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Full body, slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this one! Not to phenolic, light and fruity with a touch of alcohol.

johnnnniee, May 20, 2009
Photo of doppelmeup
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Irishsnake for sending this to me during Secret Santa 2006.

This was my first Biere de Garde.

Poured a very pretty golden yellow with about a half inch head.

Aromas were mild. Slightly hoppy and slightly yeasty.

Taste was very good. Slightly dry, slightly yeasty. Went very well with some swiss cheese I was snacking on.

Good mouthfeel. Left a nice, clean palate.

Overall, a very drinkable beer and highly recommended!

doppelmeup, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lustrous golden with a fine head and constantly straming bubbles. Smells of red apples and honey. Juicy and fresh aromas. The taste is like a candied red apple with a hint of cinnamon with some nice herbal bitterness at the end. Very fresh and nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but with an underlying sweetness and enough body and spice to keep it interesting. A very nice summer or fall refresher.

Georgiabeer, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- big 1" off white head in my Duvel tulip. Clear orange body (a darker shade of orange but not dark). Leaves a nice pretty big lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- A lighter malt back with some fresh european hops. Maybe a bit grassy or floral. Lemon and a few other citrus fruit aromas. Maybe a bit yeasty also. Another hint of something that can't pin point.
T- Lemon flavor comes through a long with maybe a lime hint too? Some light spices. Cloves and maybe some other spices. This is all blended with a nice light European hop flavor. A light bitterness is left in the aftertaste. A pale malt is also in there to help balance out everything.
M- Medium body with a medium to high carbonation.
D- It is a very drinkable beer. I wouldn't say its one of my favorite but if it was cheaper this would be a great beer to have when just in the mood for a nice refreshing beer. I could see this going well with most foods also. Since it is on the lighter side but the flavors do come out nicely. It's not a weak flavored beer.

BlindPig, Jan 08, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber orange with a thick head and a good bit of lacing

smell is honey, spice, pears and apricots

taste is very honey dominated apricots - so intense and fruit forward...

mouthfeel is light and smooth.

A delicious albeit slightly sweet saison driven by intense fruit character, a great brew.

benclimbs, Jan 01, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite the beer tasting last night, as I sat down with jac5084 and split a bottle of this...

A: Pours a very light peach color with pretty much no head at all...not even a skim of foam. Pretty clear though with only a slight haze.

S: I was not expecting such a robust smell from a Biere de Garde. It has a lot of light fruits, particularly banana, bus also some orange and lemon. No noticeable hops, but the Belgian yeast and spice was definitely there.

T: The taste is fantastic...very flavorful and complex...and rather viscous. A lot of light fruits, particularly banana, but also some lemon, orange and a hint of peach. A nice pepper aspect from the yeast shines, and not much hop presence. This was rather sweet.

I have not had much experience with Biere de Gardes, but this was a fantastic beer and very flavorful.

treyrab, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a creamy white head.

Aroma is citrus in character, orange stands out with accompanying pineapple and melon.

Taste is a strong caramel malt base. Very citrus in character with an orange peel bitterness, rather than citrus hops. Hops that are present have an earthy character that matches well with the general mustiness that lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a very drinkable Biere De Garde. Flavor is unified, with a tasty orange peel finish. Certainly worth a try.

Blakaeris, May 25, 2009
Photo of sitarist
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with hints of amber. A whirlwind of bubbles race up to a few inches of eggshell white head. The head takes its time falling, leaving rings of lacing behind.

It has a strong, but pleasant aroma. Fruity, musky, spicy, sweet, and sexy...this is a treat, and challenge to ones nose. Apples, bread, honey, ginger, orange, I keep getting a hint of gin, strippers, etc... Olfaction obliteration!

Like the aroma it is a mixed bag. The main flavors I detect are apples, bread, and Mozzarella. It also has an herbal thing going on as well.

Medium body bordering on creamy, and dry.

A great beer experience!

sitarist, Apr 12, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a very hazy, even cloudy, golden-orange, with a thin, wispy white head that settles intoa smattering of suds left over.

Nose is fresh baked bread, loads green apples, hints of buttery caramel. Floral.

Taste is delish - notes of doughy bread and green apples are here as in the nose, but complimented by a drying, balancing light, grassy hop bitterness. Finish carries more sour apples, some hints at over ripe pit fruit, and more of that bready sweetness that mimics fresh baked sourdough. Very nice experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation that doesn't get in the way but supports the flavors nicely.

Drinkability is top notch - very impressed.

JohnQVegas, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a semi clear amber with an almost white one finger head. This settles fairly quickly into an interesting looking cap. It is made up of concentric circles culminating into a small dome of foam in the middle.

S_A gentle swirl unveils a mid intensity aroma redolent of freshly baked bread with hints of sour apple, black pepper and grape must.

T_The initial sip unveils a bready dough mixed with clover honey. This is followed by a mild bitterness which is a nice compliment. The finish is lightly floral with hints of black pepper. A light mineral quality comes out here as well.

M_Mouthfeel is a real strongpoint. The liquid is rather creamy and punctuated with a soft but present carbonation.

D_Dangerously drinkable. The 7% is barely noticeable, this drinks like a more flavourful table beer. For the style, there could be more funk but it isn't supposed to be too funky.

The first of the Lost Abbey I have purchased in NYC. The price renders this a rare treat but the beer itself is very good.

sleazo, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a very nice golden orange with a finger if fluffy white head.... Excellent retention... The head dissaptes To a film and remains for the rest of the glass... Incredible coating of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: pleasant fruity yeasty aroma, not overly spicy like some Belgian yeast tends to be, a touch of bready yeastyness as well... Very nice aroma, and I don't even usually care for yeast forward aromas.

T: yum, very nice light fruit notes of apple and pear, a very faint hint of caramel in with the fruit sweetness, and a bready yeasty finish, very gentle and well rounded. Lots of nice apple notes.

M: creamy and lush, excellent lively moderate carbonation, nice am slightly dry,
Bready yeasty finish. Love the mouthfeel on this one.

O: this is an excellent saison, great use of yeast, excellent balance, I'm not huge fan of this style, but this was great.

PeterIngemi, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SirRuss
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll skip over the details of this review since I'm writing from memory.

Overall - really impressed. Great expressions of Belgian yeast, and a perfect compromise between simplicity and character. Very easy drinking and incredibly refreshing.

Definitely worth trying, definitely worth buying again. Bring on the summer so we can really enjoy this one.

SirRuss, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of AronVietti
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a large wine glass, a very fresh bottle date December 2010

A - Poured with a large, persistent head, good lacing on the glass, and extremely clear.

S - Clean citrus and grass aromas, slight yeasty aroma, no spice or brett character, maybe too young
T - More citrus, good hop balance with a little bit of toast

M - Good body, surprising for how clean the aroma and taste are, almost like a very full bodied lager. A decent finish with lingering bitterness and citrus.

O - Overall I like it, I'm going to pour another glass and go sit on the porch. I'm going to cellar another bottle and come back to it and see how it is in a year.

AronVietti, Apr 01, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

LaLaSnite, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange amber with a frothy head of about a finger in my Chimay chalice. Decent lacing on the sides and retention on top. Visible carbonation is streaming up and refreshing the center foam.

Smell is a corky, sweet maltiness and subtle wine like notes. Belgian type yeasts and fruit esters with grape, sour apple, and faint banana as features. Honey in there too.

Taste is a strong malt that quickly gives way to yeasty French bread. The honey of the nose slides in somewhere with the apples and grape and adds a slight sweetness. Clean and slightly funky hops close it out. A dash of pepper in there as well. Finish is dry and crackery.

Mouthfeel is tingly and lively. A very fine carbonation lends creaminess cleansing attributes. This would go great with so many great cheeses, cream sauces and seafoods. Also and robust and hearty stews, rich saucy dishes. The feel of it would enhance it all.

Drinkability is excellent and makes this a great one for sessions and snacks.

scootny, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with a thick, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of Pale malt, barnyard yeast, alcohol, hints of grassy hops and ripe apricots. Body is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is of bready malt, barnyard yeast, peppery, earthy hops, alcohol and apricots. Finish is massive, dominated by peppery hops and alcohol. Wonderful brew.

mikeg67, May 04, 2012
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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