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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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 TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (no dating info) that I got from Roberts into my DT snifter. It was a slightly hazy gold color with some carb. No lacing. It had a small, fizzy light beige head that quickly evaporated.

The aroma was very sweet malt with dried fruit. Could also smell some of the alcohol. The taste was good but not great. Starts out good but then finishes off for me. Only my 2nd de Garde and not thinking this is my style. Again, the alcohol was too present.

Overall, a good but not great beer. Can't really recommend unless you can easily get. This is my 3rd Lost Abbey and so far not been real impressed with any of em. I think they might fall into the overhyped cause they are hard to get category.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:30:07 | More by TexIndy
Photo of ccrida


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Avant Garde is a clear, bright bronze with a very dense, off-white head that leaves heavy foamy lace. Granted it's a matter of taste, I don't care for my beers to be so bright and polished.

Smell is caramel and biscuit malt, leafy hops, a touch of sugar, very American amber ale like, with fruity farmhouse esters gaining strength as it warms, citrus, honey and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is rich and full, malty like a scotch ale, caramel and vanilla, oranges, like a mix of Jenelain Amber and an American Red. There's a bit of a sharpness to the grain, toasted nuts and larger like, amplified by the fruit esters, that make it all a bit to rich for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous, more the rich malty flavor then body, which is on the slicker side.

Drinkability is ok, an average amber ale loosely in the Bière de Garde style, not bad but not worth seeking out. Another beer reinforcing my impression that The Lost Abbey is pretty over-hyped.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:22:46 | More by ccrida
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, my last review in my trade with BrewerB.

A: Clear golden orange with a tightly packed but quickly receding head. Looks nice, but not especially inviting.

S: Sweet and bready, detectable citrus hop profile mixed with a nice balance between lemon zest and coriander.

T/MF: Solid chewy and toasty malt profile backed by a slightly citrusy and pineapply hop bitterness. Tastes much like it smells, mild grapefruit mixed with fresh baked bread. Solidly malty with a slight fruity kick. Nice and sweet with a medium bodied and almost crunchy mouthfeel. Finishes with a balance of mild alcoholic heat with tangerine and even more pineapple.

D: While this beer does not look or smell out of this world amazing, I found it hard to put this beer down. I sipped and sipped and before I even noticed the bottle was empty. Overall a very tasty, highly drinkable, biere de garde.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:14:53 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of USCTrojanBrian


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (cork & cage always cool) purchased at Carmel Mtn. Ranch CA BevMo.

A darker amber pour, 3/4 finger bright white head. Fruit in the nose, sweet apricot perhaps. Slightly musty, too. That apricot note is dominant in the nose and taste.

I was expecting a lot more, as I tend to enjoy the garde styles. There's something in this interfering with some of the better aspects of the taste, its not carbonation to the eyes but sort of has that over-carbonated feel on the tongue. Decent sweetness, not overbearing. A non-tart, non-bitter sourness, if that makes sense.

The highlight is the apricot taste, with a slight floral zip. True to style which is worth a lot, but I don't feel this is a beer I'd aggressively seek a repeat of.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 06:19:47 | More by USCTrojanBrian
Photo of rdickey

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got two bottles of this from MJ's club over two years ago. I drank one in 2006, and for some reason the other hid in the back of the fridge for a long time. We'll see how this goes.

Appearance: Orange/amber in color. A really rough pour (driven by a depressingly lackluster cork pop) produces only a ¾" off-white head of fine bubbles, which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, mostly dried fruit.

Taste: Mostly malt sweetness up front. Decent hop balance in the middle. Most of the mild tartness that I remember from the first bottle has mellowed substantially, which I think makes this beer a little less interesting.

Mouthfeel: Oddly flat. The dry finish isn't unpleasant, but it could be livelier.

Drinkability: Pleasant enough, and a good session beer if you are eating something to balance out the malt sweetness, but it wouldn't be first on my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:20:02 | More by rdickey
Photo of d0ggnate


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber/orange and a bit cloudy. A frothy, bubbly head layer faded quickly to only a cratered remnant.
S: Smells of melon, fresh fig and straw. Slight dough/yeast aroma.
T: Continues fruit notes hinting at fall apples, and chewy fig. A small hop presence detected.
M: Crisp and highly carbonated. Flavors linger long on my palate.
D: A familiar flavor, but very well done. I don't remember the last time I had this beer, but it needs to make its way into regular rotation. For the price and the proximity, it's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 04:55:11 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of russpowell


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Bitterbill, cheers!

Pours a hazed apricot/amber with 1 finger of dirty white head.

S: Green apples, some barn & a touch of citric hops

T: Green apples, tartness,a touch of booze & a bit of pear up front. As this warms we get slight pineapple & more green apple plus a touch of honey dryness. Finishes dry crisp & tart

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, an alright/good stab a the style

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 05:21:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of Douglas14


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep hazy orange color with burnt orange in the middle and a nice head. The smell is of straw and old citrus. The taste is similar but becomes stronger. Straw, dried grass, and yeast round out what the nose delivers. Dry in the mouth and lighter than I expected in the body. Very awesome beer but I was thinking it would sweep me off my feet more. Regardless, very happy and appreciative I was able to try it. Lost Abbey is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:44:17 | More by Douglas14
Photo of scootny

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:40:16 | More by scootny
Photo of froghop


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into a snifter a clear orange with a medium sized bubbly off-white head, excellent lacing.

smell of pear, apricot, some spice, slight citrus, malt.

taste is grain, citrus, sweet fruit, slight tart in the back, spice, some toffee, slight bitter in the end, with a dry finish.

goes well with cheese and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:11:56 | More by froghop
Photo of ibbjamin


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for an Australian Longneck from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a wine glass and shared with my girlfriend.

Pours to a very fizzy inch long white head after a very soft pour. Excellent head retention. Thick lacing. Somewhat of a cloudy gold color.

Smells of bready malts and yeast. Some herbal hop backing. Mild intensity.

More malty in taste and less yeasty than I was expecting after smelling this brew. The earthy and mild hops balance this one out quite well.

Medium body. Higher carbonation. Starts out somewhat creamy and finishes smooth.

An avant garde brew certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:45:49 | More by ibbjamin
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
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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