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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-12-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Modernrickk, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

AaronOp, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

maledesma2, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of greentam2
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an extremely drinkable "extra" ale with no bite at the front of the taste. It is very smooth throughout, with just a bit of hops on the back of the tongue, with a bit of tangy citrus as well. The flavor is mild, which is both good and yet also leaves you looking for a bit more taste, too. Well crafted, it's greatest quality is it's smoothness.

greentam2, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into big Duvel tulip.

Cloudy orange body, topped with tightly foamed white head. Tons of lacing.

Aromas are bread-first, followed by some light/bright fruits, like orange and strawberry. Some light grassy funk as it warmed, but stays in the background.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp on the tongue. Not too heavy for the style. Flavors are led by fruits.. white grape and some citrus - light lemon and/or orange. Some white pepper spice keeps it interesting. Finish is pretty darn clean and refreshing. Final touch of sweet orange left on the palate.

Very nice table beer - won't overpower any foods, esp lighter summer fare. Great value for the money, too. Got this corked and caged 750ml for under $9.

BeerImmediately, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

vidisad, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

PG2G, Jun 14, 2014
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Zonian1, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

heystevec, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

chefbigjon, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kurmaraja, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Gregaroo, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tanzbodeli, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Swedgin, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MonkeyBread, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jeiiVP, Apr 28, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: lighting brown to orange color, very carbonated, 2 fingers worth. Some floaters and I think some coag' d protein
S: malt forward, grassy hops, little bit of spicyness, bready smell
T: earthy, hearty, spicy, little funky, kind of like drinking a warm rustic baked bread, aftertaste lingers
M: does kinda linger in your mouth
O: first experience with this style of beer, was interesting and I'll give gift of the magi by LA a try too

FitnessForBeer, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Zekenyce, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

InspectorBob, Mar 27, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange. Nice white head. Thick white collar.

Smell - Pale malt. Some belgian sweetness. Fruity esters. A little peppery.

Taste - Pale malt balanced by white pepper and wine-like fruitiness. Bitter grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Almost too heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Straightforward, but tasty.

Alieniloquium, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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Jonada, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jkane101, Mar 16, 2014
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.