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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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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Zbeetleman

California

2/5  rDev -47.2%

05-15-2013 02:43:08 | More by Zbeetleman
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retry4z

California

2.5/5  rDev -34%

01-01-2013 04:53:20 | More by retry4z
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sliks96

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-18-2011 05:42:08 | More by sliks96
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-golden color. thin sticky white head

S-smells like sweet honey with a touch of vanilla. reminds me of an octoberfest style. good strength

T-comes in with a taste of honey, sweet grains, and alcohol. the after-taste is dry. there are grains and a bitterness of alcohol that stick to the tongue.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this beer was actually very difficult to finish. i love strong beers but the alcohol note was just too evident. this was just a gross tasting beer. don't even try it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 18:16:58 | More by AdamBear
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midaszero

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden body with two finger of fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing

S - Smells like bread infused with malts. Some fruit notes pop in and out

T - Get some of the bread and malt from the nose but there is an almost overwhelming off taste. Rust is the first thing that comes to mind but it isn't really metallic at all.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation

D - This is probably an off bottle but based on it I would buy it again. Everything but the taste was well presented but taste is what really matters in the end and this one didn't measure up.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:56:47 | More by midaszero
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aforbes10

Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy brown orange color with a dense white/yellow head. Looks good and dirty and rustically brewed. Interesting fruity odor, strawberries and satsumas with a sweet malt and a tart wheatiness too. Taste is mildly sour up front with persimmons and caramel sweetness. Fruity alcohol flavor and a hint of roasted barley. Finish turns into a big ethanol and cardboard flavor with a strong orange rind note that i dont like at all. Medium bodied, fairly highly carbonated and a bit watery on the finish. An interesting, but in the end fairly lackluster, Biere de Garde. Too much of an unpleasant flavor on the finish for my taste. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 02:13:01 | More by aforbes10
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into tulip
A - very beautiful beer, almost a rosey amber color. Great 1 inch head with thick lacing the whole drink
S - nothing, I tried and tried. Did not get any aroma at all, even let it warm up quite a bit while drinking hoping something would come through. It did not.
T - very muted, not one flavor stands out to me. It is a well crafted beer, but the taste is very average.
M - very easy to drink, I kept going back for more. Wish the other characteristics were as good.
O - average at best, was hoping for more. Disapointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:46:06 | More by biglobo8971
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Eschulz91

California

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured hazy golden. Lingering bitterness on the back of the pallet. And not in the good way. Nose rather unimpressive, mostly lagerish. It did follow a rich malty aged nick. Still, drinkable, yet really not sold on this ale. Still want to try their other styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:44:23 | More by Eschulz91
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Not much head or lacing. Hazy amber in the tulip. Flavors are sunk in a funk. Main taste is a distillation of that dirty, back of the mouth flavor that gives an edgy taste to a lot of Belgian styles. Unrelieved by any sweetness, though a hint of malt comes through in the front of the mouth. Hops seem designed to intensify the dark, tarry flavors. Long, unpleasant biter aftertaste. One of the least drinkable beers I've encountered, whatever it's value as an oddity.

Had this in bottle in early 2010 and liked it a lot better than this tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 04:46:25 | More by mactrail
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rowew

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750 ml, corked and caged. ABV on the label, no date info./

Appearance: Clear golden color with just a hint of red, average head and lacing.

Smell: Alcohol and winey flavors dominate, a bit of yeast funk.

Taste: A bit hot with some fusel alcohol flavors, the same winey notes from the aroma.

Overall impression: Not great - too hot for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:26:04 | More by rowew
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Brew33

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from The Lost Abbey. Stoked! Corked and Caged 750 into my Orval goblet.

The pour is a nice orange amber with a clumpy head. That's about where the fun stops...

The aroma is subtle. Yeast, malt. The flavor is more of the same. Some grassy hops. Light malt, forward yeast character. This beer tastes "red" to me. I know that's crazy but there is a vinous quality that doesn't exactly integrate very well. It's a bit messy. Dry.

Not exactly my thing. This beer is all over the place like some BIG beers can be but this is very subtle and it's still a mess. Not a good integration of flavors. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 15:22:53 | More by Brew33
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy two finger yellowish head with pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of laceing left behind.

Spicy and earthy aroma with a lot of dark fruit, especially fig, plum and raisin, as well as some sublt piny hops.

Medium bodied with a lot of earthy spice and sweet fruit flavor. Kind of nutyy too with a strong malt backbone. Hints of zesty peppery spice, citrus peel, citrus hoppiness, cinnamon and sweet alcohol. There's also a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel that I'm not really feeling. Unique interpretation of the style but average at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:48:33 | More by corby112
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-19-2014 03:19:59 | More by LoFiDave
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-18-2012 21:06:42 | More by IdrinkGas
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-08-2013 21:18:55 | More by largadeer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-15-2011 04:10:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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DTown

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-25-2013 21:48:23 | More by DTown
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-08-2012 06:31:00 | More by MaineMike
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-01-2013 03:35:06 | More by djaeon
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andysk

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-04-2013 03:52:08 | More by andysk
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-16-2012 03:54:35 | More by mhaugo
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-31-2011 16:13:00 | More by hawkmage
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Pete27lax

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-17-2012 05:19:31 | More by Pete27lax
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark orange in color, with a fluffy white head that holds reasonably well, with average lacing. At least this one does not seem to have the usual Lost Abbey problems with carbonation.
Decent aroma, tangy fruitiness, some cookie notes. No funkiness. But that is all.
Medium bodied, the taste is pleasant but not complex, with some fruity notes, tangy for most, cookie maltiness, slightly bitter with grassy hops.
Lacks complexity, and it ends up being a below the average biere de garde. Another disappointment from this highly regarded brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:30:26 | More by brdc
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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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