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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 Sephiroth


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to IntriqKen for my birthday present. The bottle looks nice, pours average enough. Smells fruity from the yeast, a little spicy.

Tastes like it came straight from Belgium. Bready, biscuity malt, enough earthy hops to create a barely bitter finish. A little phenolic fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finishes clean.

I have taken the advice on the label and paired this with a Granny Smith apple, some French Bread(bad imitation), and Port Salud cheese. It makes a nice ploughman's lunch at 2:45 AM, which is dinner for me after closing the bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 06:48:39 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of hoppymeal


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach, light copper with a small white head. Aroma is some honey sweetness mixed with lemons, some sweet and tart apple along with a grassiness. Very subtle and soft sweetness up front in the taste, some lemon and tartness mid taste mix with a peppery and grassy finish. Also some graininess in the taste with some apple and alcohol in the finish and aftertaste. Light to medium body finishes crisply. A refreshing beer that would be great for a picnic in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 22:06:12 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Irishsnake for sending this to me during Secret Santa 2006.

This was my first Biere de Garde.

Poured a very pretty golden yellow with about a half inch head.

Aromas were mild. Slightly hoppy and slightly yeasty.

Taste was very good. Slightly dry, slightly yeasty. Went very well with some swiss cheese I was snacking on.

Good mouthfeel. Left a nice, clean palate.

Overall, a very drinkable beer and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 15:14:32 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Boto


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: I’m happy to see some of their beers making it to the east coast now. This one pours a dark, clear golden color with only a small, non-lasting head. The aroma is pleasant. Some yeastiness, spices and apples. Taste has notes of malt, apples and spice. Tastes somewhat sweet, yet with a dry finish. This is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:55:36 | More by Boto
Photo of stephendr


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

750 ml. bottle. - color of pale gold , with a frothy white head - nose of sour apple (green) , yeast , anise , malt , citrus (orange peel), grass , spices , and slight candied (pears or apricots )– taste of sour grass , chalky , cobwebs , candied orange , honey , alcohol , and cloves - body is dry , well carbonated , but creamy – aftertaste of honey , yeast , and dry

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 05:51:05 | More by stephendr
Photo of GClarkage


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/01/06- Rceived as part of a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness dating found. Poured into my St Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Off orange-rust colored pour. Slight 1/4 inch head which leaves behind nice lace streaks.

Smell- Fairly high level of dark malts. Spicy white pepper with a sugary fruitcake flavor. Alcohol noticed as well.

Taste- Pretty well hopped per style. Good biiterness from the lightly fruited hops. Peppered spices combined with a sugary caramel malt base. A bit tartness in the flavor. Really suprised at the deep malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Semi dry with an average crisp carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Really nice brew with some interesting qualities. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 00:27:58 | More by GClarkage
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle, no date information.

Honey gold with a thick parchment cap topped with big bubbles. Slowly settling to a thin skim, dots of lace a left behind. Swirling, fast moving columns of fine bubbled carbonation break the surface. The aromas are of bread dough, green apples, honey, cracked peppercorns, and Anjou pears. The flavor of warm white bread drizzled with honey opens up into sweet apple and pear flesh. Plenty of peppery spice works itself through the finish. There is a fair amount of fruit sweetness as well as a bit of lemon pith which arrives at the tail end. As it warms a bit of alcohol becomes noticeable. Medium body with an initially tingle carbonation, this calms down to become almost still. This became a bit monotonous during consumption, and it seemed to be missing some spark.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 16:34:31 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of IntriqKen


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This fills the goblet with aprocot colored hazy liquid toped with a full finger of white head that melts to craggy top-covering goodness.
The smell is musty, toasted malt with a definite earthiness and powdery dryness that seems to evolve into slightly sweet amber malts.
Mouthfeel is both watery and foamy from the abundant carbonation. Sharp bitterness hits the tip of the tongue first then slips away to dry, earthiness.
The flavors are very different from the smells although some of the same adjectives describe them both.
Sharp orange-peel.
Lightly toasted malt.
Mists of honey.
....then, drying with the reminder of both orange and grapefruit peel bitter hops.
Interesting...definitely an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 23:19:04 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of drewbage


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nice fresh bottle into a tall Triple Karmeliet glass.

Hazy pale orange brown with a low white flat head that is sticky throughout out the glass.

Aroma is spicy nutmeg, mushrooms and a grassy hop tone to finish.

Flavor is toasty biscuity malt with a seriously earthy fungual mushroomy touch that is cut with a combination of cinnamon and hops. Big carbonic acid driven zing to the beer.

Overall, a good beer that's very agressive with it's flavor profile in comparison to a classical BdG. Not bad, just different and it would be better with a drier finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 07:43:45 | More by drewbage
Photo of jamie2dope


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It came down between this and a Saison I really like at the store, but since I have not tried this style yet, I thought it might be good to try something new. The look of this beer was very impressive, with a hazed orange color, and a perfect looking white head. Smell did not reveal too much, though I suspect it might have been because it was sitting in the fridge for quite a while. Smells I did pick up were pepper, yeast, and some interesting funk you might find in a Saison. Taste was a big improvement. It starts off crisp and somewhat bitter, then ends slightly fruity, with the yeasty funk still present. It also displayed some dry champaign character in it's overall taste. I was also somewhat surprised that it was sort of syrupy. I was expecting something much more on the light side. I want to drink this beer all night...I should have bought two bottles. This was a real treat, and a great introduction to this interesting style. Great art work on the label as well. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:21:47 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of Franchise


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Lost Abbey pours a foggy orange with tiny carbonation bubble leaving a strong brown eggshell head on top of this beauty. The aroma is yeasty, fruity, dough, hay and grass. The taste starts sharp tart and lovely with enough sweetness to balance that bitter tartness upfront. The alcohal is warming and in control in this one. Followed by a bitter herbal hoppy and grass notes, hay, lemon grass, orange, citrus rind tarness, refreshing high carbonation make this finish fantastic and one helluva beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 17:14:43 | More by Franchise
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lacey beer on tap at Port Carlsblad. Darker than the blond colour described., with a white head. A barleywine like taste, well malted sweeter than expected mid-sip, with a dash of peach fruit juice, that finishes lemon and sour. A sure cross-styler that does not taste like most other biere de garde

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 19:53:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of ggaughan


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

Sampled at the Monk's Cafe Lost Abbey beer dinner. The beer poured a golden color with a slightly hazy body and a medium white ring around the glass. The aroma was of sweet tarts and a bit earthy. The taste had more of the sweet tart quality and a wheaty character to it with a touch of bitterness on the back end, making for a medium body and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 03:43:09 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Jredner


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Aroma is bready and grassy with lots of floral and citric notes. The body is dull golden color and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore is bitter and herbal-like with some dry fruit notes and a green herbal-bitter finish reminiscent of the fore flavor, but even more concentrated. Seems to lack appropriate carbonation level as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 18:06:56 | More by Jredner
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright copper color into a tulip glass. Nice sticky 3 finger off-white head from an agressive pour. Nice lasting head with wonderful sticky lacing.
Smells of lemon, fresh cut grass and hay bails.
I've never had this style before and I must say I like it. Nice mixture of sweetness, bitterness, and fruitiness. Starts off mildly sweet with hints of spice and fruit. Green apple comes to mind and a nice bitter finish. Lemon/Lime in the finish.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and dry but fits this particular beer very well.
This is very drinkable. Would go good with a meal, could be a meal, and is sessionable.
I really enjoyed this and think I'll investigate this style further.
Thanks to boolshot and Marvz and the Double Trouble BIF for the enlightenment.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 03:08:40 | More by wcudwight
Photo of rajendra82


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from BA dogfoodog, this 750 ml. brown bomber came corked, and caged. The uncorking went smoothly, and the beer was poured out into goblet, where it sat golden pale in color, clear, and mildly but steadily carbonated. The steady streamers formed a thin head that refused to go away. The floral and hay aroma was delicate and gave subtle hints of orange peel, and an occasion whiff of earthy yeast. The taste was sweeter than I was expecting, with a toasted maltyness similar to an American Amber Ale. Spices were too light to provide a lot of balance, and there was no hop presence, so the malt pretty much dominated the palate. It had a medium thick body and felt soft in the mouth, and was quite soothing. A good beer to have in autumn, as the back side label seems to suggest.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 03:56:02 | More by rajendra82
Photo of bradford


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Toronado in S.F. from their bottle selection. For a beer as hard to find in Northern California at a bar, it was very reasonably priced. Around $9.00 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Looks like your average Biere de Garde, pale amber in color with a good sized head pouring from bottle. Fragrent odor of citrus, a very nice yeasty taste and silky moutfeel. This went down smooth despite the 7% abv. But maybe that was because I was about 3 pints deep of Pliny the Elder. A very good beer. Nothing I would seek out terribly hard and not Port's best effort. But a very good beer. I don't think they make anything that isn't.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 19:02:48 | More by bradford
Photo of Zorro


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

This is a near clear gold to amber colored beer with a decent white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a flower and lemon scent. There is some earthy scent to this one as well somewhere in between truffle and mushroom.

Taste is sweet and fairly malty at the start. This is a very mildly flavored beer tasting mostly of flowers and a trace of mushroom.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice beer but not really a great one. Very mild mannered and lightly flavored this would go well with more subtle food flavors like fruit and salad.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:19:15 | More by Zorro
Photo of BlindPig


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- big 1" off white head in my Duvel tulip. Clear orange body (a darker shade of orange but not dark). Leaves a nice pretty big lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- A lighter malt back with some fresh european hops. Maybe a bit grassy or floral. Lemon and a few other citrus fruit aromas. Maybe a bit yeasty also. Another hint of something that can't pin point.
T- Lemon flavor comes through a long with maybe a lime hint too? Some light spices. Cloves and maybe some other spices. This is all blended with a nice light European hop flavor. A light bitterness is left in the aftertaste. A pale malt is also in there to help balance out everything.
M- Medium body with a medium to high carbonation.
D- It is a very drinkable beer. I wouldn't say its one of my favorite but if it was cheaper this would be a great beer to have when just in the mood for a nice refreshing beer. I could see this going well with most foods also. Since it is on the lighter side but the flavors do come out nicely. It's not a weak flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 03:56:45 | More by BlindPig
Photo of ppoitras


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head lis quickly down to a layer of bubbles, with minimal lacing. Nose is sedate, but interesting with slightly spicy malt and lightly flowery hops. Taste starts with a biscuity maltiness upfront, comes on a bit fruity and alcoholic in the middle, and closes with light bitterness and lingering spices. Mouthfeel is quite bubbly for such a minimally frothed brew, and this brew is quite drinkable. And quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 23:24:16 | More by ppoitras
Photo of DogFood11


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Poured into a small tulip it forms an easily managed 2 finger head with fine carbonation. It is highly filtered to produce a shiney light copper body.

Suggestions of green apple and light citrus. Malts produce a subtle toasty character and some candied caramel. This brew is fairly subdued. Earthy w/ an herbal hop backside. This is a malty brew considering the light color.

Notes: For the price I'll have to pass on this in the future. Is it good? you bet. At the end of the day though this is average even when considering within the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 02:44:58 | More by DogFood11
Photo of kmo1030


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

orange... with a a white head.
the aroma is fruity, orange rind and alittle bit of creamy banana. it's also a little floral and peppery, but there is also a burnt aroma in there that is kind of harsh. musty faintly saison aromas in there too. peachy at room temp.
bready, and dryly fruity taste. Same fruit just not as pronounced with the addition of peppery apple and peach. bitter towards the finish with substantial hops i think, perhaps aged like an authentic belgian. again a little musty and earthy.
dry and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
pretty good drinkabilty, i guess my only gripe is that it's very subdued. certainly not bad, but open the bottle knowing that it's a delicate beer thats going to do the opposite of bowl you over with flavor, you have to hunt for it a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:03:09 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Lnedrive14


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Bauer Wines.

Pours a golden copper with little head. i sort of expected a big fluffy head to go along with the look and style of this beer, so i was a bit disappointed.

Taste has a buttery-like aspect, somewhat hard to explain. Fruity and very yeasty. sort of had the rustic taste of a saison. strong banana taste in there along with some other ripe fruits. easy on the mouth, went down quickly and didn't resonate very long on the palate. sort of hits you up front but has nothing to back it up. light-bodied and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 19:07:54 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of RoyalT


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a shiny golden brown in color with little head. The color is really more copper, like a shiny copper pipe.

Smell – The malts are lightly toasted and, with the significant alcohol sense, almost smells like a strong Eisbock or some other type of high-octane European brew.

Taste – This is not as threatening as it looked and smelled. The booze is light but present, the malts turned a tad farmy with some good earth and must, and the sweets are just barely there.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and not very carbonated with some bitter leafy notes way up front and a moderate alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This one went down well enough. It has all the right components but is a bit too “in your face” for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:40:10 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that is a mix of tight and larger bubbles. The head leaves a lacing pattern as it falls back into this brilliantly clear, lightly reddish tinged, amber colored beer. The aroma has an enticing spiciness to it that is quite prominent as I pour this brew. An interesting mix of aromatic notes are noticeable here; plum, apple, bready notes, caramelized bread crust, spicy notes of almost cinnamon, hints of berries and even a bit of cherry. There is even a certain vinous quality that reminds me of a fruity, lightly sweet white or rose wine. There is also something here that I want to describe as murky, though that is not quite right; it is approaching musty, but not quite. I have always been interested in warm fermentation characteristics of lager yeasts and this is one of the more expressive commercial examples I have ever experienced (at least as far as the aroma is concerned).

The taste is sweet, but more from a fruitiness than an overabundance of residual malt sugars. It is also quite quaffable and light on the palate. A combination of the carbonation and the yeast derived spiciness give this beer a certain zesty zip. Fruit notes of tart plums and aromatic apple varieties combine to give this a sweet, yet kind of of tart edge that is quite nice. This beer is nicely malty at times with definite notes of caramelized malt and a biscuit-like bread quality that makes me think of freshly browned crusty hearth breads. The warm fermentation temperatures are quite evident here, not only with the fruity notes but with the background phenolics, esters and higher alcohols which contribute a large portion of the flavor profile.

I'll admit to expecting a lot less from this brew, but this beer has inspired me to play around again with warm fermenting lager yeast strains. I have had some interesting results with a certain San Francisco Lager yeasts at very warm temperatures in the past and I think that I will have to do some additional exploration of this. The spiciness that is in this beer is what I remember from my experimentations with the San Francisco Lager yeast, and it makes me wonder did Tomme use that yeast here, or is this a characteristic of all Lager yeasts at warmer temperatures.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 15:56:19 | More by Gueuzedude
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.