Avant Garde | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: French 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

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of OStrungT
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a strongly spicy aroma. Pepper and coriander. I also detect a nice citrus hop aroma. Lemon and orange are present. It has a very subtle earthy yeast aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. All the flavors are mild. A spict flavor is present. Some citrus hops are apparent also. It is very well balanced.

This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It goes down very smooth, leaving a slight spicy aftertaste.

This beer would make a great session beer. It tastes good, so having many would ot be bad at all. The only thing to be careful for is the 7% ABV. Too many might lead to the need for a DD.

Overall: This beer is great. I will befinately be buying this one by the case.

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Photo of nickseevers
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of MisterClean
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought to the homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered off-white head, which left really nice lacing.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, belgian candi sugars, bread, and coriander. Yummy.

T - Pretty similar to the smell, but also had notes of light nectar and lightly spiced hops.

M - Full, well-balanced, but moreso malt dominated. Very rich, excellent.

D - Great beer. Will have to buy a few more. My wallet is cringing.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with nice streams of fine bubbles and a thick rocky white head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is dry and spicy with a nice light malty note. More fruity than spicy with some light applish esters and a touch of pepper.
The flavor begins nice and sharp from the high carbonation great for style. Once that carb backs off the balance of toasty dry malt comes through and some more of the subtle yet stylistically accurate belgian notes come through. The flavor of the malt is very nicely balanced with the light fruit notes and the high carbonation keeps things refreshing.
Mouthfeel is great for a belgian style ale and is right up there with actual belgian beers. This beer does an excellent job of blurring the lines between a belgian style and an authentic belgian beer. Very refreshing and drinkable this is a great food beer and would go well with poultry or light fish dishes.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer. I have enjoyed everything I have tried from this brewery, and I would highly recommend any of them. I thought this beer was gorgeous. I poured a 750ml bottle into two tulip shaped glasses. It was a clear orange honey color with a thick white head that really stuck around. The body had very active bubbling, and the head left a nice bubbly lace behind. The aroma was pretty subtle with light roasted malts and slightly doughy yeast. The inital flavor was smooth and malty and qqickly evolved into a nice sour aftertaste that was mellow and a little fruity. The mouthfeel was light bodied with slightly creamy texture and a fizzy carbonation. This is a nice light summer ale with very good flavor and great appearance. It pairs nicely with simple foods like buttered bread or a selection of cheeses.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a persistent, clingy 3” creamy white foam collar.
S: Fruity nose, peach. A little over ripe fruit.
T: Fruit over shortbread biscuit with peach, melon, lemon, citrus with a light lingering honey sweetness balanced by earthy hops. A hint of marmalade.
F: Very creamy body with above average carbonation.
O: the brewer has nailed Belgian texture and yeast character. As good as anything from Belgium.

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Photo of Amil
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Pranqfan
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khutso
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TommyW
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark golden body, slightly hazy, with a medium, bubbly, white head.

S- Lots of ripe fruits with a faint hint of herbal hops.

T- Big taste of overly ripe fruits that is quickly balanced with a slightly bitter and dry medicinal yesty flavor. The bitter, dryness lingers for a bit.

M- Medium body with a crisp feel.

D- Not very familiar with this style, but this is one tasty beer. Will definitely be buying this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of sloejams
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A couple of the Lost Abbey offerings finally made their way to Los Angeles and just in time for the weekend.

Bière de Garde is a style I still don't think I could pull out of a lineup. The ones I've had have been varied in flavors and complexities. In fact most of the ones I've tried have been American made.

It poured a gold-amber color with mdeium head that dissipated quickly, but the lacing was impressive. The aroma is flan-like; almost a creme brulee subtle sweetness. Quite nice. Tasting it mirrored this with some Belgian tasting yeast and hop presence. I was impressed with the amount of flavor that was achieved without upping the sweetness factor. It was very easy drinking and went well with the Spanish salami-like meat the missus was serving.

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Photo of pwoods
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably got this from Joey at South Bay.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a glowing fire orange. About a finger worth for pearly white head. Some decent retention, lays at a fat skim. Decent lacing.

S: Fresh baked whole grain bread. Soft fruits and light Belgian yeast. Floral, grassy hops. All around delicate but very inviting.

T/M: Pleasantly sweet malt bill. A touch of richness, maybe a soft caramel taste. Refreshing spring like hops. More of the soft and delicate fruits and Belgian yeast. Medium light body with a constant perfect stream of carbonation.

D: Unbelievably drinkable. Wish this was easily available to me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a long stemmed Lost Abbey snifter.

4.5 A: First pour yielded five fingers of head and just one of beer. A few pours down the road I ended up with a hazed golden wheat color with three fingers of pillowy white head with decent retention and a good bit of lacing.

4.5 S: I'm not sure how a biere de garde is different from a saison, but this smells like a saison mixed with a witbier. Barnyard funkiness with a light hay aroma. Coriander and pithy fruit rind. Grassy hops and peppery spiciness from the yeast. Light toasty maltiness. Not very complex, but wonderfully pleasant.

4.5 T: Again, not overly complex, but really tasty. Barnyard funkiness with hay, grassy hops, and wild flowers. Light toastiness from the malts along with a subtle breadiness. Coriander and pepper spiciness. Very nice.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation level works and is spritzy on the tongue. Extremely smooth as the yeast is not overbearing.

4.5 D: Best LA beer I've had yet. This is a relatively simple, great tasting beer. I might actually pay what this costs regularly if it were available in my area.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LIght peach-ish gold color with a decent light beige head when swirled, light carbonation, and no lace. Spicy malty aroma with some alcohol on the nose and some some earthy spicy Saaz-ish hop aroma. Spicy malts, hops, and some earthy/woody character give this a nice overall flavor. Medium bodied and smooth with a lingering dryness and warming alcohol sensation.

Very nice... hoping to get more of the "Lost Abbey" line of beers.

Per MJ notes:
Two-row Barley, Honey Malt, and what we call Port Custom Toast.
Brewers Gold, Strissespalt Spalt and Saaz hops.
Lager yeast strain at ale temperatures
O.G. 1.060
T.G. 1.008

(750 ml brown wine-like bottle, corked and caged)

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Photo of John_M
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brickskeller. This might well have been my favorite Lost Abbey beer from the Tomme Arthur tasting.

The beer pours a hazy orange honey color. The beer has very good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... wow! All kinds of crazy aromas, including red candy apple, vanilla and hard candy. The initial impression on the palate is that of a sweet tasting, Belgium style beer, but there is a good hop bite in the finish, and it almost seems dry at the end. Flavors on the palate include honey, butter, apple, vanilla and melon. The beer has a long, smooth finish, and the abv. is well disguised. Hence, despite the abv., the beer is very, very drinkable.

A very fine beer indeed....

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4.44/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +17.2%

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