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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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Avant GardeAvant Garde

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | 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 pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

pwoods, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up during an air raid through Seattle some time ago, this has been bottle-conditioning in the cellar ever since. Shipped home with dirty underwear, socks, & shirts as the packing material. Glad it & its mates arrived in one piece (& there was glass seperating it from the clothes...).

Cloudy orange, IPA-looking brew. Smell is pretty minimal; but instantly reminds me of my empty tasting glass at a festival after fourteen beers have passed through it & it's now empty. Odd. Don't think that's what the brewer was aiming for?

Avant Garde speaks of a slight apple tartness &/or sourness, a bit of balancing sweetness, but yeasty, with a bit of ash thrown in the mix. I'm not sure what the overall impression was meant to be, but this beer leaves me cold. Not bad, just not interesting at all. Dull. Splitting the bomber with the wife, & half will be just fine, thank you.

Nothing wrong with Avant Garde, just very pedestrian, & I've had much better within the category (I'm lookin' at you, Schlafly).

maximum12, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a hazy gold with a decent white head, ok lace.

It has a light aroma of hops and citrus not very strong.

The tatse is good and smooth very easily drinkable. Not your traditional farm house, much better to drink.

jrallen34, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
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 macktbone
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by may parents who decided to bring up a few bottles from the San Diego area on a recent visit.

Thanks to them for this honor.

A- Golden and milky, nice carbonation. little head and looks like a syrupy home made apple cider.

S- yeast, bread, acridity, apples, candy.

T- Very bready. Malt heavy front with a nice coat over the entire mouth. Fruity bitter tang that makes you hungry even after a meal.

M- syrupy goodness. Full body that slides across the tongue.

D- This is a definate oldey but goody. I could have this at any time in any place. Sitting outside or even during a meal or sitting by the fire, this could match almost any situation.

Thanks Mom. Next time we'll meet at Lost Abby to have some on tap.

macktbone, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served with a prawn pasta dish

"Grab a seat on the porch, some soft cheese, and a tree ripened apple from your grandmother's old orchard."

appearance: poured into a delirium chalice, murky tangerine body, wavy beige crest with strong retention. stupid that it has to be mentioned every time, but there does not appear to be carbonation issues here

smell: aroma is fairly sweet, doughy/bready, green tea, buttery, floral and uniquely spiced

taste: interesting farmhouse ale - liked it from the first sip. sweet and doughy, loads of yeast, vanilla, apple, spiced citrus, buttery sourdough, green tea

mouthfeel: very creamy - would like more carbonation and a bit more zest

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue-esque Belgian bomber, with lots of Celtic cross imagery. Into a chalice it goes...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange hue, with a finger or so of soapy white head, which leaves no lace as it melts away. It smells of very light white wine spritzer. The taste is mildly sour prune, cherry candy, musty pitted fruit, light funky barnyard, an echo of metallic yeastiness, and a wallflower of caramel malt. There's a twinge of alcohol pull, more evident as it warms. The carbonation is fairly strong, the body moderately round, and kind of dusty, and it finishes very dry, some peach pit fruit essence lingering for a bit.

This is very much like a collision of a sour ale and sparkling wine, and is all the tastier for it.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

liter bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a cloudy apricot orange color with one finger of white head with decent retention and no lacings.

aroma is fruity and yeasty with fruit notes of apple, citrus and some apricot. other notes include a bit of alcohol and some belgian yeast in the background.

taste is more of the same with a light alcoholic spice and a yeasty base. somewhat smooth with a sharp finish of alcohol residual is pretty crisp with only a bit of fruit.

mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a lightly sweet and crisp finish leaving the palate clean.

drinkability is decent. the flavors are a bit less distinct than they could be. overall the brew is tasty and a bit boozy, but remains quite drinkable.

botham, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer on a recent trip to Colorado.

L: Light brown, quite cloudy, a small but nice head

S: a little bit fruity with slight citrus overtones; nice, sweet smell but a bit alcoholy

T: Surprisingly intense at front. I taste a touch cloves and just a tad bit sour, which is nice.

F: Creamy but it's quite a bit carbonated

D: A nice, sippable beer. Good with fruit and cheese. This beer comes off stronger than it is but it still is fairly drinkable.

dbossman, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was in the cellar for some time. It might be older than optimal.

A - Dark copper, .5 inch off white head leaves to small ring fast. Some sudsy lacing.

S - Pretty plain. Some malty goodness, a little brine. Very light banana.

T - Spice, a little gingerbread, fresh fruit.

M - Medium body, perfect carb, good balance.

D - Not a bad brew, will quaff the 750 easily.

srandycarter, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy apricot. Good head and lacing.

Smell: Pale malt, banana, spice

Taste: Pale malt, yeast, bread, coriander, banana, spices, crisp tart apple and pear. Some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Well done carbonation, which is actually surprising for lost abbey.

Drinkability: You could drink it, if you wanted to.

Average in every way. Beer is also not typical of the style.

craytonic, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice bright, hazy apricot color with a thick, dense head. The nose has a pleasant sweet, light fruitiness with a dusting of hops--not very de Garde-like, but it is appetizing. The flavor has a clean grassy hoppiness, some light malt, and a little tartness at the finish. Nice effervescent body, lots of carbonation, but light on the tongue.

Biere de garde is one of my favorite styles, and this isn't a very good de garde beer. The yeast profile is way too neat and clean. However, it's a very tasty beer, with no obvious flaws, well worth buying again.

allengarvin, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Lost Abbey for the Xmas party. 4 buck pints are your friend.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold with a little foamy white head and nice retention.

Smell: Nothing too floral or overwhelming, but grassy hops greet the nose after the first rush of barley, but really wasn't all that funky. I had a few Saison samples today as well and this was nowhere near as farmy or anything. Simple, unoffensive, and basic.

Taste: This word always leads me to laugh, but I thought it a little zesty. Sort of fruity, nothing too huge though, with grassy malt character and a little bready texture to it as well. A little spice, a little fruit, a little taste, but it all comes together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but in the hot brewery, whew, the taste was unoffensive enough to make it a quick sipper and easy drinker for refreshment.

Drinkability: Would've stuck with the Gooze if it were still an option for availability / my wallet, but definitely fun to try. I might pick up a bottle if I ever see a particularly good sale on it, but it didn't blow nor drive me away. Quality, easy-drinker.

nomomentwasted, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, but this flares up very nicely, leaving some big swathes of lace back. The aroma is bready sweetness, floral hops and spice, with maybe even some dark fruits thrown in. This is floral and sweet overall.

The taste is bread and citrus tang, with a touch of yeast, and a dry spicy quality to it. Much like the aroma, I'm defintely getting some dark fruit here in the taste. Finishes with a warmth, tang, and bitterness that sticks to the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lower (yet gentle) carbonation that gives this an extremely silky feel in the mouth. There's a bit of alcohol beef to this but it's not overly noticeable.

This drank pretty good for the size but I wish that the flavors had gone a bit deeper. Quite refreshing with the lighter body. I'm glad to have tried this but one bottle was enough.

Kegatron, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy copper color with lots of white foam.

S: Yeasty and bready/doughy with some orange aroma.

T: Also yeasty, some caramel and malt flavors, the citrus here is mild as well.

M: Good carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Certainly not bad, but not outstanding, either.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of gpogo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazed deep copper orange with large tan head.

A- Deliciously sweet aroma, fruity notes of apple and citrus. Very light funk.

T- Fruity citrusy flavor. I get some apple tastes after a spicy bite.

M- Medium body high carbonation.

D- Delicious. Very enjoyable farmhouse ale.

gpogo, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a touch of funk, but mostly comprised of citrus notes and a little breadiness. The flavor is quite fruity (citrus) with a touch of sour and funk. The carbonation keeps things light. Reminds me of a barnyard version of a witbier. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the drinkability is good. Tasty.

clvand0, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my basic tulip glass. Appears a cloudy muted orange color with about a finger of quickly fading fizzy head. The flavor and aroma is of spicy yeasty bread, citrus such as lemon and orange peel, a touch of caramel, grassy bitter hops. Just about a notch more than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Rather quenching on a warm evening.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty and cloudy orange color with a light and sticky head.

Very musty and funky nose with a lot of yeast.

The flavor is defined by the yeast with a big musty taste mixing in subtle oak flavors and a long grainny malt body.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a long slick body.

Not to bad, but not good enough to justify the price of a second bottle.

bashiba, May 25, 2009
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 SpruceFish
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer of this style

A- copper and cloudy with off white head and some white lacing that sticks to the glass

S- very bready and yeasty some lemon zest in there and a delightful hint of funkyness

T- lemon zest a little funk, some bread, and some more tart but i cant put my finger on it

M- medium body good carbonation

D- smooth nice beer for a hot day

SpruceFish, May 21, 2009
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 ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a frothy dirty white head. Decent retention and good lacing. Steady rise of carbonation bubbles to the top of the beer.

S - Very bready aroma up front. Light fruit tartness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Hints of banana and just a little lemon zest. Reminds me a little of fresh baked banana bread, easy on the banana.

T - Light, sweet breadiness up front with a strong fruity taste quickly coming in. A nice spicy and grassy mix of tastes come through mid drink. Lacking the "funkiness" that I expected, but this is my first biere de garde so I might have had the wrong expectations. As I continue through the drink a spicy hop taste really begins to dominate.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Excellent carbonation and an easy drinker. Nothing remarkable about this beer, but a nice one all around.

ckeegan04, May 18, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerMolly for this one... a very pleasant new brew for me to try... for me a new style, and glad its a Lost Abbey.. wondering if others could compare..

- Wonderful slightly cloudy orange-copper hue with a great little bit of off-white head.. and wonderful amounts of lacing in my tumbler..

- A very appealing sweet bread and grain scent with a slight bit of wheat character.. pumpkin notes, squash... small bit of piney hop..

- Wow.. very good sweet caramel quality to the taste with a bit of bread, yeast... and a mild spice of hop. This is one for a nice picnic in a flowery field.. slight bit of fruit... just very good.. hard to explain the wonderful flavors this brew contains.

- Slightly dry and chewy mouth.. but a pleasant bready aftertaste..

- Super drinkable because it tastes so good.. and not very strong at all as I am guessing this brew fits its style to the 'T'. A very good brew and a must try!

Docer, May 17, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awsome always to get to try the Lost Abbey stuff. Thanks Clvand0.

The beer pours a very bright golden, orange color, not unlike orange juice (no pulp). A dainty head quickly forms and settles with a lace of paper thin whiteness. Not overly carbonated and has a still appearance.

Strong aromas of pilsner malts, vineous alcohols, and oranges. Orange aroma dominates the fruity esters while backups of papaya, pineapple, apples, peaches, and pears. Could be mistaken for a pina colada if not for the woodsy, vineous tartness.

Flavors also favor the esters with the citrus and tropical flavors that are a direct transfer from the nose. Maltiness begins to play a bigger part with a soft, bready taste and light graininess. Phenols of white pepper and soft medicinal notes wrap around the alcohol taste and texture.

Quite sweet and heavy with no buffer from the carbonation. Still, orange juice acidity, citrus, and sweetness linger deeply into the finish.

A tasty beer but the fruit flavor and overly orange notes challenge the notion of beer.

BEERchitect, May 11, 2009
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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