Avant Garde | The Lost Abbey

Avant GardeAvant Garde
BA SCORE
63.1%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 723 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by xlperro on 05-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,528
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
723
Liked:
456
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
9.76%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
75
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 723 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of SLeffler27
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A half inch creamy almond head quickly settles to a thin blanket leaving no lace on an Offero glass. Clouds of carbonation obscure one's view through an otherwise clear dark golden amber beer.

From a distance this beer is fruity. Up close biscuits seem to dominate with earthy barnyard funk. Caramel is also present.

Given this is a Bier de Garde it is surprisingly bitter with light grapefruit. Wheat begins to balance out the bitterness before a long, dry, bitter finish settles in.

The body is medium with a soft chalky texture that turns creamy as it warms. Alcohol and carbonation are as expected.

This is a nice earthy beer that suited well on a warm winter afternoon.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of txx675rx
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge rocky off white head that slowly settles.

The aroma is bready with a musty floral scent. Hints of white wine.

The taste is of tart apples and lemon. A musty metallic note. A touch of pepper and grassy hops. Some general fruitiness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Good balance on the palate with a slightly grassy bitter finish.

If all lagers were like this I would be pretty happy. Solid mid of the spectrum beer.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bret717
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

02/05/2017

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EEscobar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle, bottled sometime in 2015 (as far as I can tell), and poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper colour with a big two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left decent lacing.

Aroma: Generally quite light, sweet malt, toasty bread, orange zest, apple, pear, earthy and spice.

Taste: Biscuity, light berries and caramel with a touch of honey, peppery spice and light alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from Green Mountain Liquor.. Pours out a milky pale golden with soft white bubbly head. Spicy aroma, equal parts floral and savory. Taste follows, spice, yeast, bready malts and faint floral notes.

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thoglund
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnlatona
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taster drank right at their location in San Marcos. Nice sweet bread and biscuit maltiness, some phenolic Belgian yeast characters. The couple oz's I had were pretty nice.

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Photo of brpendergast85
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 63.1% out of 100 with 723 ratings
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