Avant Garde | The Lost Abbey

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Avant GardeAvant Garde

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of IRISHFAN951
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of PTEdelman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DantheMan75
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of halfbarrelbrew
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BlindPig
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark honey color with a small one finger white top which recedes quickly. Minimal lacing id left behind.

There's a yeasty aroma, along with some grains along with a slight citric quality.

The taste is bready, along with a bit of honey and alcohol. I've had many beers which had these same attributes but this one seems to blend them all together better than most. A very nice tasting brew.

Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, yet finishes a little bit dry.

Overall I was surprised by this beer, as I had been slightly disappointed by some of the other Lost Abbey offerings. This one however hits the mark, and I'll certainly be having this one again.

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Photo of Ashley760
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Swedgin
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bret717
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjmad23
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale gold with good clarity and a persistent off-white head comprised of rocky and thick creamy bubble that leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is spicy, hoppy and fruity. There is a moderate pepper phenol and apricot ester with moderate spicy hops. There is a malt sweetness and a very slight perfume alcohol. Some light orange peel in there as well.

T: Moderate hops bitterness with a bunch of spicy that seems to be from both the yeast and the hops flavor so it's peppery and noble hop-like. There is some malt sweetness which does linger into the aftertaste. The finish is fairly dry. The balance seems to be modestly bitter.

M: The body is medium-light with high carbonation. There is a little bit of that astringency common to the Biere de Garde style.

O: A very drinkable example of this style and I will search long and wide for the sour version because layering some sour notes one will make a fantastic beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a fairly large head that fades pretty lazily.

S: Light malts and freshly baked bread in the smell.

T: In my notes, I wrote that it tastes like a saison but without the funk. Something very earthy about the taste. Freshly baked bread in the taste as well along with a slight hint of earthy hops.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a large offwhite head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and collar. No significant lacing. The mildly carbonated body was a turbid honey color- The tubidity comes from sediment disturbed from the bottom of the bottle.

S- The aroma is true to style: malt-forward with some cellar-like musty notes. Subtle nuances of treacle and tropical fruit esters.

T- On the palate it doesn't come-across true to style... it starts out as anticipated, malt-forward with some mild mustiness. But on the midpalate some of those mild tropical fruit-like yeast esters kick in. Into the finish, some mild citrus hop bitterness kicks-in, and lingers resinous in the peppery finish. Nuances of orange-marmalade on all subsequent sips. This is a wonderful American twist on the French style!

M- Thin body, softly carbonated, no astringency. Occasional texture from yeast sediment. Nothing special here.

D- A super-quaffable. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. A perfect beer for a warm afternoon on the patio.

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with hints of amber. A whirlwind of bubbles race up to a few inches of eggshell white head. The head takes its time falling, leaving rings of lacing behind.

It has a strong, but pleasant aroma. Fruity, musky, spicy, sweet, and sexy...this is a treat, and challenge to ones nose. Apples, bread, honey, ginger, orange, I keep getting a hint of gin, strippers, etc... Olfaction obliteration!

Like the aroma it is a mixed bag. The main flavors I detect are apples, bread, and Mozzarella. It also has an herbal thing going on as well.

Medium body bordering on creamy, and dry.

A great beer experience!

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Photo of hman43
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a full head. It is hazy with a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has a malty sweet aroma highlighted by toast and bread. There are some spices and light fruit as it warms.

Taste: It has flavors of toast and bread. There are also moderate spices and low pepper. As it warms, it has a fruity ester character that develops.

Fee: It has a dry finish with a moderate body. There is some alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a beer balance toward the malt with a complex blend of flavors.

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Photo of cameraman
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden color, with a three finger thick white head on top. The head laces slowly down the glass. A definitive yeasty fragrance at first scent, that is followed by a spicy sweetness. That scent brings along some fruitiness and a touch of grass at the end. A very mild, mellow malty flavor at the front, followed with a bisuity flavor, along with a sweet spiciness. A mild hop citric bitterness hits the back of the palate at the end. A light mouthfeel, not watery though, it has more character. It tip-toes across the palate, bringing the cleansing feeling carbonation. This is my first expierence with this style and this brewery. The style is unique, the malt and spiciness are strong and disstinctive. This went well with a mixed green salad and balasmic vingerette.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this bottle out of the cellar tonight, it seems it's time had come. This bottle is about a year old at time of review.

Pours a clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a cap. Nice lacing on the way down. Smells of bread and oranges, fig, a bit of honey. Taste is semi sweet with bready malty sweetness with orange and citrus flavors peaking through an almost earthy character. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Full body, slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this one! Not to phenolic, light and fruity with a touch of alcohol.

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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
3.81 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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