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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-12-2006

At the Lost Abbey, we pride ourselves on producing beers of the highest quality and distinction. Avant Garde is our commitment to brewing beers to no particular style. Some might want to label this as a beer brewed in the Biere de Garde tradition of Northern France. We would prefer to say it was brewed in the Avant Garde style of beers that will reward all those who seek the not so ordinary. Deep gold in color with hints of biscuits, caramel and fresh baked bread, this beer is sure to delight the senses and palates of consumers everywhere.
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2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle with cork. Thanks to Julien and Pierre-Luc. Golden blond ale, a white thick head is on top. The nose is unidimentional, grainy and fruity (cherry). The grain is omnipresent and ackward. The taste doesn't differ from the nose with grain and maize. Some hops in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Overall an easy drinking bière de garde that would have benefit from less grain and more malt (!!)

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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Crowfoot Valley in CR, CO.
Pours hazy golden, light amber, orange. Huge white head, good lace.
Scent is light pale malt, grass, a little bit of yeast.
Taste is of yeast, grass, pale malt, a tiny bit of peach and lemon. Initial taste is better than after. Finishes a bit bitter and peppery, dry.
Light mouthfeel. A little light on the carbonation.
Overall decent but I probably wouldn't get it again. So many others out there to try....

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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the local store. No dates.

A - The bee was poured to a globe glass and poured a hazy golden yellow/orange color with a huge 3 finger white bubbly head. Nice retention and lacing throughout. Looks outstanding.

S - Mild yeast aroma as well as a variety of malted grains on the nose. Not as powerful as I was expected but pleasant.

T - The beer starts similar to the nose in that mild yeast flavors and malt bill coats the palette just as you'd expect from the aroma. Hides the alcohol extremely well and easy to drink. Mild bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

O - A good beer I could see myself drinking a lot of. I liked the grain bill and crisp light nature of the beer. Enjoyable.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-25-2011 13:00:35

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Imbibed on tap at the Lost Abbey tasting room 12/31/2011.

Poured a warm golden amber with a thin layer of white head. Nearly clear in appearance. Lots of subtle fruit aromas, strawberry stood out the most, followed by nutty, sugary malt. Sweet hops in the background, lurking. The nutty, fruity barley malt is the showcase. The barely-there hops balance it out so it isn't too sweet. This isn't Lambic sweet, but more of a slight fruity/nectar sweet. The feel is a bit malty with a dry finish.

I was won over with this beer's fruity tendencies. The sweeter side of the malts are uncovered over time, almost rewarding you for continuing to drink and discover. I am always complaining that Belgian beers have too much candied sugar in them. Well, this beer seems to know how to solve that. Please make the malt for your Dubbels more like this one! I had to get some to go, and will look for this in local stores as well.

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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.