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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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 OlieIPA


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

For a farmhouse ale, I thought it was alright. It had a nice yellow/orange appearance with a nice two-finger head. The taste on the other hand was a bit weak...wish it had just a little more of that citrus and yeasty flavor to it. The mouthfeel was okay, with the right amount of carbonation. The beer was also very easy to drink and would probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 17:33:29 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of tpd975


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 AKA McLargeHuge

A: Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a medium sized head and nice carbonation. The carbonation leads to great retention.

S: This one comes at you with a light blast of malt. Behind the malt it is fruity, slightly spicy, with a lot of apples and some honey.

T: The flavor exhibts pear and apple. It is yeasty, somewhat musty, softly crisp and refreshing with a spicy hop finish.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Not too bad. Not the best Lost Abbey brew, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 14:48:04 | More by tpd975
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

hazy, golden honey w amber/orange hue. lots of head that slowly recedes to thin layer. decent lacing, with a couple of pretty thick rings.

aroma is fruity, perhaps overripe apple. faint musty hay and yeast. floral honey. trace of phenols.

sweet fruitiness in flavor, with light malt note upfront, then turns to phenolic for a moment, then grassy hop. mild to moderate bitterness. finish is semi-dry w flash of phenols.

smooth, not too thin. fluffy but otherwise gentle carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 17:46:25 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, my 20th Port/Lost Abbey review, $7.99 at the Huntington Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a translucent hazy orange, with a long-lasting almost gushing white head, lacing is light.

S: Apple esters, light spice, and some ethanol, nice smelling beer, but not as robust as its cousin Red Barn.

T: Quite bitter with hops on the first taste. Subsequnt sips bring out more malt and yeast, especially as it warms to 60 or so degrees. Malt is of lightly toasted white bread, with the complex fruit esters that I first encountered in the smell.

M: Light carbonation, not watery though, still has its robustness, creamy, drinkable at its strengh. Would have liked some more character though. Dry as hell.

D: This is a good offering from the Lost Abbey, not as strong as Red Barn, but still tasty and servicable. A nice California take on this French style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 03:06:18 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of SaucyA


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slow bubbles rise to the surface of this deep orange brew. Served into a tulip, the head isn't very prevelent, and it's okay looking, but I've seen better. Has a nice glow and color.

S - Belgian candied sugar, slight yeast undertones, tangerines, pineapples, fruit punch. Strawberries. Fruity. Sweet.

T - Fruity, on the sweeter side of things. Belgian yeast plays a huge role in the taste. A little on the boozy side, but that's fine. There's a lone fruit fly that's hovering over it... it's sweet. Tends to get cloying :(

M - A little too thick, a little too undercarbonated... for my tastes. For a Lost Abbey brew, I expected sparkly.

D - Cloying, so I really have to knock some points off. The taste on the back-end has a Robitussin vibe that's messing with me.

Notes: Tastes like a Dragonmead brew. After looking at the other reviews, this bottle may be a little off. Neither the rocky head nor sparkly body is here.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:44:05 | More by SaucyA
Photo of JDV


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Humulone_Red. Thanks!
Pours a hazy, orange color and smells of lemony sweet tea. Taste is mild, dry dusty sweet lemony character. Light to medium bodied and a fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty unique, and very drinkable. I liked this one ok, but it was a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:35:37 | More by JDV
Photo of Nipitato


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my wife.

A: Massive dense craggy white head with good retention and sticky lacing. Light amber hue.

S: Slightly musty. A bready malt aroma. Notes of peaches and strawberries. Boozy with some slight pepper spiciness.

T: Balance leans toward a toasty malt flavor. Much of the complexity found in the nose is lost in the taste. Nice subtle bittering flavor on the back end. Some yeasty elements but nut musty. No significant esters.

MF: Medium full body with prickly carbonation that is fairly light. Dry. Some limited alcohol warming.

D: Mellow, malty, and sublime this is a very drinkable brew but not nearly as complex as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 20:53:50 | More by Nipitato
Photo of callmescraps


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Lost Abbey beer. I've heard good things, so I'm excited.

Appearance - Beautiful. Nice copper color with a serious, not pillowy head. Good carbonation.

Smell - Lots of bread and yeast with a hint of fruit. Smells like bread fresh out of the oven. Very nice, a little sweet, but not sure how much depth.

Taste - First impression is very smooth. Almost too smooth, because I'm expecting some taste to show up for the party. The a little bit of that yeast, with a tiny hop afterwards, and some sweet fruitiness. It's good, but a little subtle. Slash. Bland.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated. It's smooth and creamy and good.

Drinkability - Almost no sense of the booze, and very smooth going down. The subtlety of the brew makes this one easy to drink.

Not at all bad, but it looked so damned good, and it's so easy to drink, that you kind of wish it had a little more going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:19:58 | More by callmescraps
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try at a Lost Abbey brew (although I had the Port Brewing Co's Wipeout IPA right before it, which was also excellent). This one had a nice look to it, a deep copper with a ton of floating yeast, and a solid head and lacing. Nose is a quite nice, with caramel malt, citrus, wheat, and spices. Taste is similar, add in lots of breadiness and strong citrusy malt. Highly buttery. Light hop bitterness in the end. Overall, definitely a tasty beer, one that I'd have again.

Monk's/$13.50/750 ml

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:05:26 | More by soupyman10
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 23:46:39 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of czechsaaz


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice smell that includes honey, apple, very light citrus and some bread yeast aroma too. Lots of fermentation esters that give it a good spicy nose too.

Pale gold and very clear. Starts off with a big rocky head that fades to a thin layer of both fine and large bubbles. Leaves a bit of lacing as I drink it.

Flavor starts off a touch tart and funky but the backbone is solid malt with mostly honey flavor. There's a really good spice component that I pick up as cinnamon and light clove but it is very subtle so I think it's more a yeast ester than spice addition, but what do I know. Hop bitterness seems very light until I get to the back end where the lingering aftertaste is bittering hops. Very light hop flavor. It's a malt dominant beer but with just enough hops to keep it from seeming sweet.

Nice playful carbonation level, very lively. A little heavy of body though. Most of my favorite saisons/bier de gardes have lighter bodies even if they are stonger in alcohol. It's a small knock though.

Very nice solid beer. Pairs well with spicy food or with a simple ploughman's plate kind of thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 04:29:30 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of ArrogantB


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of KingG, thanks! the cork gave a very loud pop when I opened it but the head was not out of control. This has a nice light-orange color with some white bubble action. very subtle sweet honey on the nose, bready flavor with a bit of fruit on the tip of the tongue , oddly easier to drink than the Red Barn I had last night. As it warms the alcohol shows up a but the flavors really get stronger. This seems more refreshing despite the higher ABV, maybe its the lack of spiciness? In any case another interesting and worthwhile beer from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 02:42:03 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at The Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street in Manhattan for a whopping $20...
Pours a murky, cloudy, hazy, golden-colored, off-yellow hue with a thick layer of lacing around the serving glass...
Aroma was rendolent of ripe fruit, candy apples, and pears...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, bursting with sweet, golden candies, oranges, tangerines, and cotton candy providing a bittersweet finish...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability as well... Certainly not the best Biere de Garde depiction I've sampled, but a worthy selection nonetheless...
Recommended, but not at the price I paid for it...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 20:58:54 | More by dsa7783
Photo of yemenmocha


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with contrasting white head.

Nose has peach/pineapple fruit, whiff of metal, and some esters.

Palate is noticeably alcoholic, somewhat syrupy with the malty sweetness, and has a balancing tartness that melds well with the carbonation.

Worth seeking out to try, enjoyable, but not one I'd retain as a regular in the collection.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:44:29 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of brewdogmrb

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey, honey, and more honey. I couldn't get over the floral honey stench that poured out of this glass. It was the flower, the honey, and the bee all in one, so to speak. The bee is the sting in the spice, which came with the nose and lingered on the tongue. Anyway, this beer poured a beautiful color out of the corked and caged Lost Abbey bottle which is adorned with some of the most ridiculous copy I've ever seen on a beer bottle -- but I loved it. This was a surprisingly complex and easy to drink Bière de Garde at 7% ABV and it really had everything you could ask for in an American version of a Belgian beer, a theme which dominated the tasting this bottle was a part of. Brews like this really get me going, when they which pour beautifully, feel great in the mouth, and have something expressive and interesting to say about a specific well-treaded style. Lost Abbey is a hell of a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:24:56 | More by brewdogmrb
Photo of msubulldog25


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750mL (1pt., 9.4 fl.oz.) bottle, corked & caged. Poured to a pair of 'La Chouffe' tulip glasses on a glorious Monday evening, my wife and I hanging in the backyard eating breads, cheeses and meats while listening to a symphony of bird calls.

Thanks to KingG for sending this bottle many months ago; it's been held in a box in our cellar since Spring 2007. Still good?

A: Golden honey, looks rather milky - a fine yeast sediment hangs in suspension. Fairly vigorous carbonation trails up the glass in thin strands. White head starts a fizzy one-finger, reduces quickly to a scattered film. Dusting of lace.

S: Aroma is yeast and fruit: baked bread with sugary apples, a little raisin and sweet peach. A touch of funky 'barn' aroma lends credibility to the style's rustic roots.

T: Spicy yeast, grassy hops and crisp ripe fruit meld together nicely. There's a very floral, sweetly herbal honey flavor that marries with pepper and dried citrus zest. Earthy, a little musty. It doesn't blow me away, but flavors and their balance are enjoyable.

M: Crisp, light mouthfeel. Carbonation gives a little zing, hopping dries the finish with a spice and pepperiness that's refreshing. Alcohol of 7% is concealed.

D: Perfect for a mild spring evening: a fitting accompaniment for the creamy cheeses, peppery salamis and baked ciabatta bread we paired it with. One of very few 'biere de gardes' I've ever had (hard to believe, it's my first review of this style, even as #600 approaches). Very likable, one we'd both definitely have again - worth seeking out.

Thanks again, Joey!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:49:10 | More by msubulldog25
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, caged and corked, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden orange color with a frothy white head, minimal retention resulting a thin ring and not much lacing. Glass is covered in carbonation.
S: Slightly sour, earthy, floral aroma. Background has a little spice, orange, pepper. Also has a slight smell of sweeter fruits.
T: Medium body with high carbonation and a very strong flavorful finish. Body has interesting combination of flavors like smell, balancing an earthy, slightly sour taste with a sweeter, honey like flavor. Not much hops present. Very refreshing on a beautiful spring day, but the finish is a little too strong and earthy for me to be more excited by this. As another review says, this starts as another saison at original serving temperature of 45 degrees but as this warms up, there is more a malt presence and a little more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 01:10:38 | More by yourefragile
Photo of number1bum


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at Monk's Cafe in Philly. $13 seemed very reasonable to me.

Poured a slightly orangeish, light golden color with about an inch of off-white head. Maintained a very nice lace and left a good amount of stick, too.

Smell was quite floral, with light citrus aromas, fresh cut flowers, some herbal hops, and a little bit of yeast.

Taste had more herbal bitterness and less of those very nice, floral and citrusy characters that were in the smell. Still, it was quite refreshing with some light sweetness and a dry finish. It was also quite earthy and the herbal bitterness also gave off a musty sort of character. Finished dry with a medium body and seemingly appropriate level of carbonation.

I found this very refreshing and it really hit the spot on a cool spring day. I'd love to grab a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:41:15 | More by number1bum
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged

A: Snifter. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a pure white head with a fair retention rate and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Wild strawberries are all over this one, with some honey-like sweet malts. Slight sour tones.

T: Tons of flavor for a biere de garde. Complex malts with a smooth finish of light honey and light wild strawberries.

M: A little high on the carbonation level but it is pleasant. This is an extremely smooth beer.

D: Definitely a bottle to share with good company. This could be the best Biere de Garde I have had yet. Like the saying goes, "Port doesn't fall short

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 20:38:01 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, golden orange with a nice fluffy white head, not much retention or lacing on this one. Aromas of deep bready malts, with a slight funky barnyard backbone and very subdued hops. This malt machine is tasty and has a great blend of malt/yeast compelxity with a nice drying sweet/hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is very smooth, drinkability remains good. Very, very French in it's stylings

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 20:05:21 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Cromster


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Oerbier Chalice served at about 45 degrees

Appearance - Poured a light golden and copper color with average head. White and creamy looking about 2 fingers deep. The head was gone within 2 minutes of pouring.

Smell - Tangy citrus with hints of pepper and spice. There is a touch of alcohol lurking in there somewhere waiting to get out.

Taste - Very earthy tasting. The alcohol is very noticeable and demands to make its presence felt. Mild spice and malt flavors throughout. Slightly bitter on the finish but in a good way. Overall a good flavor despite the strength of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Oily mouthfeel with heaps of carbonation. Coats the tounge while the alcohol bites at you.

Drinkability - Good for one glass but not something I could make a night out of. The alcohol taste is a little to much for me but if I wanted a glass to relax with I would be happy to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:42:03 | More by Cromster
Photo of Bubba83


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml of Tomme Arthur goodness poured 10 ounces at a time into a snifter.

Pours without much head, Got maybe 1/2 inch and that was a vigorous pour. Bright golden color, with shades of yellow and burnt orange in varying hues. Head is composed of small bubbles, and is super bright white in color. Almost no lacing.

Smells great! I actually thought this beer was going to be a bit sour after smelling it. I get tart fruits like pineapple along with some toasted malts and some pepper in the background. There is some alcohol present in there too.

I like the taste, at first it comes off like a standard Saison with a lot of earthyness, but maybe that's because I served it starting at 45 degrees. As it warms, I get more malty qualities coming through and the balance of the yeast with that malt transforms into green raisins, and green apple flavor. Alcohol is present all the way through, and hints of pepper are there also. I'm happy with the taste because the spicyness of the yeast does not kill the other flavors which are done so nice.

Feels nice. Good carbonation makes the beer feel crisp in the mouth, and dry in the finish. A pleasure to swirl around the tongue.

Drinkability is about right. I feel like the alcohol flavor makes it a little hard to quaff, but it's not too bad, especially for the style. The carbonation is nice but these two things in combination make this a semi-sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 09:50:50 | More by Bubba83
Photo of IdentityAles


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip @ ~ 45 F

Nose: Earthy, citrus tartness, melon , a little black pepper, pears and other stone fruits, slight banana and something like soap

Appearance: Clear but not brilliant, orangish (burnt) in color with a very long lasting pillow like head.

Flavor: A bit of orange citrus, some light biscuit malt, some very light spicing (not sure if yeast or spice derived), a small bitterness on the finish with a hint of earthy, nutty aspects appearing as it warms a little.

Mouthfeel: Dry on the pallet, creamy body, high carbonation.

Overall: A very inviting farmhouse ale that would be great in the summer a real thirst quencher. Wouldn't know it was 7 % ABV. two thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:31:07 | More by IdentityAles
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pushing the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. Poured with limited yeast but still had a pretty hazy appearance. Nice frothy head with the pour. Decent retention but did not last through the tasting. Limited lacing overall.

The nose is noticeable has more of a Belgian Pale aspect than Biere de Garde. Some apples, citrus, orange and more of a bready quality. Not much spicy notes but light pepper and cinnamon. Looking for more funk, barnyard, and overall esters.

The taste is similar with more bready and light Belgian malt qualities. The fruitiness comes out more with some apple and pear flavors. Some white wine characteristics too, but lighter. Noticeable herbal qualities from some yeasty and hop undertones. Again looking for more.

The body is light to mid. Carbonation is a bit high but ok. Overall this is a good beer to drink but feels more of a Belgian Pale than Biere de Garde. Very easy to drink and nice flavors but is missing style. I wonder if I were to add the yeast/sediment in next time if that would make a difference.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 20:52:35 | More by Oxymoron
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for seven dollars and some change, split with two friends last night while watching the Clippers almost sneak out a win, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Murky golden yellow color, one inch foamy head white head, settled pretty quickly and had minimum retention, some lacing when it was colder

S-Bready malt aromas, orange peel, green apples, funkiness, cherries, cinnamon, caramel, various spices, some booze, and caramel

T-Starts off with a slightly sweet fruity flavor, then fades into tasting like a loaf of bread, then finished with a dry but malty aftertaste, as it warmed the bready flavors stuck around and then some tart came along with some cherries even though it was very faint, also some apples and yeast, great flavor overall and extremely easy to drink

M-Chewy and dry mouthfeel, medium body, maybe too much carbonation, beer squirted everywhere when I popped the cork, nice lingering taste

D-Could drink a lot of this stuff, it is only seven percent, very light on the stomach, quenches your thirst, smooth and goes down easy, would make a great session beer except for the price tag

This beer does not get enough credit, best one of their year round releases I have tried, not a particular fan of this style and still very good, would definitely drink again, especially on tap in the tasting room next time I am down in San Marcos, recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 18:54:05 | More by Floydster
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.