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:
#15,488
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 Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper colored brew with an off white head with globs of lacing. Nice musty, fruity, malty, yeasty aroma. The taste is amazingly malty and fruity with a taste that reminds me a bit of strawberries. There is some nice carbonation and moderate bitterness. This is a really tasty beer.

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Studfarm69
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tim725
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JFrank78
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brian44556
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Teku glass. No age on the bottle, but this is 3-4 years old.

Pours an extremely hazy, deep honey with a thin head. Little retention and minimal lacing. Belgium yeast esters, fresh baked bread, and ripe, dark fruits on the nose. Very fruity, lots of earthy undertones, and a mild sweetness balanced out with a bit of spice. This beer has aged exceptionally well. Medium bodied, a bit dry, and low carbonation. I'm really digging this beer. First time having the style and it has me wanting to try more.

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

Photo of anon
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow, slight haze with a two finger off-white head that dwindles down to a thin layer of foam. Light lace.

Yeasty and bready on the nose, definitely sweet with a slight farmhouse funk and spice backbone. Bread crust, crackers and dough flavours lead out the front; honey, lemon candy, orange zest, marmalade, apple, pear, grass, earth, wood, peppercorn and funk round things out. Medium bodied with a sweetness up front that gives way to a slightly bitter but crisp finish. Definitely compliments rich cheese well and would do good with a proper complimentary meal. My first go at this style and this was a solid offering.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of selecter70
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draught. Lost Abbey has never steered me wrong but this was not as stellar as others I've had; although I would definitely drink again on draught as it gave an openness that I imagine might be lost in the bottled form. It poured a dark orange brown and had a short fluffy white head that disappeared quickly and very little lace. The aroma was definitely earthy, almost meadow like with a hint of raspberry. The flavor had some raspberry too, but also honey, fresh sourdough and a hint of melon along with some hoppy bitterness. I expected it to be more sour, as it leaned to be more sweet. It was medium bodied, clean & bright. A happy beer

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Photo of C_Pel
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of troyvar
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hessian257
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of TerribleTaste
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After purchasing a bottle of Inferno from this company I went and bought two others, Avant Garde and Devotion. And after trying all 3 I'm starting to notice the same backbone and foreground from each of these beers but each have their own little fling that makes them unique.

750ml
The bottle date was 9/26/15
And was consumed on 12/26/15
Avant Garde offered up a really berry fruit based smell and taste, after the initial fruiting died away there was a hop flavor too that I personally liked. I enjoy how dark this beer presents it self but gives up a really smooth honey light feel and taste. But then again I have Terrible Taste ;D

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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