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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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Jmasley1
2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very watery.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of AdamBear
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-golden color. thin sticky white head

S-smells like sweet honey with a touch of vanilla. reminds me of an octoberfest style. good strength

T-comes in with a taste of honey, sweet grains, and alcohol. the after-taste is dry. there are grains and a bitterness of alcohol that stick to the tongue.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this beer was actually very difficult to finish. i love strong beers but the alcohol note was just too evident. this was just a gross tasting beer. don't even try it.

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Photo of biglobo8971
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into tulip
A - very beautiful beer, almost a rosey amber color. Great 1 inch head with thick lacing the whole drink
S - nothing, I tried and tried. Did not get any aroma at all, even let it warm up quite a bit while drinking hoping something would come through. It did not.
T - very muted, not one flavor stands out to me. It is a well crafted beer, but the taste is very average.
M - very easy to drink, I kept going back for more. Wish the other characteristics were as good.
O - average at best, was hoping for more. Disapointed in this one.

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Photo of midaszero
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden body with two finger of fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing

S - Smells like bread infused with malts. Some fruit notes pop in and out

T - Get some of the bread and malt from the nose but there is an almost overwhelming off taste. Rust is the first thing that comes to mind but it isn't really metallic at all.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation

D - This is probably an off bottle but based on it I would buy it again. Everything but the taste was well presented but taste is what really matters in the end and this one didn't measure up.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy brown orange color with a dense white/yellow head. Looks good and dirty and rustically brewed. Interesting fruity odor, strawberries and satsumas with a sweet malt and a tart wheatiness too. Taste is mildly sour up front with persimmons and caramel sweetness. Fruity alcohol flavor and a hint of roasted barley. Finish turns into a big ethanol and cardboard flavor with a strong orange rind note that i dont like at all. Medium bodied, fairly highly carbonated and a bit watery on the finish. An interesting, but in the end fairly lackluster, Biere de Garde. Too much of an unpleasant flavor on the finish for my taste. Not my favorite.

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Photo of mactrail
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Not much head or lacing. Hazy amber in the tulip. Flavors are sunk in a funk. Main taste is a distillation of that dirty, back of the mouth flavor that gives an edgy taste to a lot of Belgian styles. Unrelieved by any sweetness, though a hint of malt comes through in the front of the mouth. Hops seem designed to intensify the dark, tarry flavors. Long, unpleasant biter aftertaste. One of the least drinkable beers I've encountered, whatever it's value as an oddity.

Had this in bottle in early 2010 and liked it a lot better than this tap version.

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Photo of rowew
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750 ml, corked and caged. ABV on the label, no date info./

Appearance: Clear golden color with just a hint of red, average head and lacing.

Smell: Alcohol and winey flavors dominate, a bit of yeast funk.

Taste: A bit hot with some fusel alcohol flavors, the same winey notes from the aroma.

Overall impression: Not great - too hot for my tastes.

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Photo of Eschulz91
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured hazy golden. Lingering bitterness on the back of the pallet. And not in the good way. Nose rather unimpressive, mostly lagerish. It did follow a rich malty aged nick. Still, drinkable, yet really not sold on this ale. Still want to try their other styles.

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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy two finger yellowish head with pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of laceing left behind.

Spicy and earthy aroma with a lot of dark fruit, especially fig, plum and raisin, as well as some sublt piny hops.

Medium bodied with a lot of earthy spice and sweet fruit flavor. Kind of nutyy too with a strong malt backbone. Hints of zesty peppery spice, citrus peel, citrus hoppiness, cinnamon and sweet alcohol. There's also a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel that I'm not really feeling. Unique interpretation of the style but average at best.

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Photo of Brew33
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from The Lost Abbey. Stoked! Corked and Caged 750 into my Orval goblet.

The pour is a nice orange amber with a clumpy head. That's about where the fun stops...

The aroma is subtle. Yeast, malt. The flavor is more of the same. Some grassy hops. Light malt, forward yeast character. This beer tastes "red" to me. I know that's crazy but there is a vinous quality that doesn't exactly integrate very well. It's a bit messy. Dry.

Not exactly my thing. This beer is all over the place like some BIG beers can be but this is very subtle and it's still a mess. Not a good integration of flavors. Pass.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of hambone
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

quite a bit of carbonation, lacks flavor depth for me, probably the style of beer

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
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