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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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85
very good

584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-12-2006)
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

8 month old bottle. Golden-colored and hazy. Fluffy head has good retention and leaves tattered lacing. Crisp, clean aroma of light, fresh-baked bread plus a crisp fruit note. Slightly tart apple is a good descriptor. Not funky like some Bieres de Garde can be.

Flavor transitions from slightly sweet and malty at first to bitter on the finish. Some yeast character reminds you that this is a farmhouse style ale. All in all, it's like a more malt-focused Saison. Not as fruit forward as its cousin style either, though there's a flavor not unlike ripe apple. They nailed the body and carbonation pretty well.

Despite the name, this isn't avant garde for the style. This slots in nicely between Lost Abbey's Devotion and their Abbey Dubbel and would be a good introductory beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:28:46 | More by gr0g
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-15-2014 21:29:05 | More by sansho
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-12-2014 03:59:30 | More by jaydoc
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-10-2014 22:23:55 | More by DantheMan75
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cosmicevan

New York

3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle from...sheesh...a WHILE ago. poured into a lost abbey teku.

a - brew poured a transparent shimmering orange...almost with pinkish tints. nice finger of fizzy, but partially creamy head. really nice visible steady carbonation swam to the surface.

s - nose is a toasted malt, some syrupy caramel sweetness. earthy.

t - taste picks up where the nose left off starting out with some toasted malt and then washed over with caramel sweetness.

m - fairly full bodied and chewy. soft carbonation.

o - overall BdG isn't my favorite style, but this is a nice offering. a bit rich and syrupy and chewy for what i like in this style, but the toasted malt is nice. the caramel and thickness make it feel like an old barleywine. this beer should've been consumed a while ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:57:32 | More by cosmicevan
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-02-2014 00:03:09 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-31-2014 04:40:54 | More by ricecracker420
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-29-2014 02:57:15 | More by Rhettroactive
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2014 15:33:43 | More by fox227
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2014 03:34:18 | More by ThreeFishes
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LoFiDave

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-19-2014 03:19:59 | More by LoFiDave
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-17-2014 11:49:36 | More by SoCaliC8
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-15-2014 04:30:22 | More by mattmarka1
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-10-2014 03:50:03 | More by Adkins1203
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-05-2014 16:40:29 | More by mmulebarn
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Danny1217

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-26-2013 06:08:46 | More by Danny1217
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Joshpu

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with two fingers of creamy white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Yeast funk, a little fruity like an apple or lemon. Noble hops (I believe).

T: Light fruit/lemon, bready/cereal, noble hops grassy and dry on the end. The malty characteristics are interesting, some gulps they're prominent, others they aren't really at all.

M: Light to medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. A little sweetness with a dry and bitter finish. Fairly light beer on the tongue overall.

Overall a pretty solid beer. Its not doing anything crazy but still a satisfying beer. Gets pretty bitter once it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 09:20:51 | More by Joshpu
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avant Garde by Lost Abbey is a delicious Bière de Garde with a subtle fruit and strong spicy character.

A: Orange colour and a big 10 mm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Lovely subtle fruit aroma along with some spiciness. 4.5

T: Malty with a very strong pepper spice. There is also some nice subtle fruit flavour to balance from the hops. This is a delcious beer. 4.25

M: Big and foamy. 4.25

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:22:00 | More by vandemonian
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-28-2013 06:19:48 | More by BillRoth
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-24-2013 01:12:45 | More by kbuzz
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Pizzacato in San Diego. Pours deep golden, clear, with a big creamy white head. Hay aroma, some yeast, with light pale malt sweetness. Flavor is very light hay and hops, again with light malt honey sweetness. Does not finish particularly clean or crisp, and there is lingering yeast on the palate. relatively light bodied with medium carbonation. This tasted much like a standard Helles lager to me when I was expecting a bit more farmhouse and light yeasty goodness. Only OK in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 23:21:21 | More by BMMillsy
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-09-2013 20:46:10 | More by Hanzo
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Drink_LocalSD

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-05-2013 19:08:57 | More by Drink_LocalSD
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-02-2013 00:38:13 | More by zestar
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-31-2013 22:11:07 | More by jim_carignan
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.