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Avant Garde - The Lost Abbey

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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 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.

d0ggnate, Sep 11, 2008
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

russpowell, Sep 06, 2008
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.

Douglas14, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of scootny
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.

scootny, Aug 18, 2008
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.

froghop, Aug 11, 2008
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.

ibbjamin, Aug 07, 2008
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.

OlieIPA, Aug 04, 2008
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.

tpd975, Aug 04, 2008
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.

tai4ji2x, Jul 22, 2008
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 08, 2008
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.

SaucyA, Jul 04, 2008
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.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
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.

Nipitato, Jun 27, 2008
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.

callmescraps, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
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

soupyman10, Jun 17, 2008
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 15, 2008
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.

czechsaaz, Jun 13, 2008
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.

ArrogantB, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jun 09, 2008
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.

yemenmocha, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of brewdogmrb
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.

brewdogmrb, May 09, 2008
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!

msubulldog25, May 06, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
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.

yourefragile, Apr 20, 2008
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.

number1bum, Apr 07, 2008
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

paulthebeerguru, Apr 05, 2008
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.