Avant Garde | The Lost Abbey

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86
very good
721 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
Ratings:
721
Reviews:
348
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
76
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 721 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of retry4z
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Bright orange in body with white bubbly head that stays as a thin film. Aroma of citrus, horse blanket, vague grass, circus peanuts. Tastes of citrus notes, fresh kiwi, wet grass, mild horse blanket towards the finish with light booze and orange rind bitterness. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very prickly. A pleasant drink that features more citrus than horse blanket. Good choice for food pairings with its bubbly mouthfeel to clean the palate.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking golden brew with a giant white craggy head and lots of visible carbonation.

Fruity nose, soft fresh peaches and floral hops.

Soft delicate fruits on the tip of the tongue, apples and peaches and rose petals. Brisk carbonation with a rolling body. Cuts clean and crisp with European hop bitterness. Mild alcohol on the back of the fruit lends to a slightly Fruity finish but again this is balances by the nice balancing crisp bitterness. Semi sweet with a balancing quality. Warm buttery finish yet the finish is still clean. Faint earthiness.

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Photo of Pecan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of astidad
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, pepper, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, coriander, earth, honey, light funk, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, pepper, citrus peel, coriander, bread, caramel, clove, honey, floral, grass, earth, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, bread, coriander, clove, caramel, floral, grass, honey, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a very nice malt and yeast spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Biere de Garde style. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy copper color with bubbles constantly rising to the top for a thick white head. The aroma has a yeasty, banana, farmhouse ale scent. The initial flavors are wheat mixed with citrus that create a well balanced flavor with the yeast. The texture is superb while being light tasting to the tongue with a dry finish.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a very nice golden orange with a finger if fluffy white head.... Excellent retention... The head dissaptes To a film and remains for the rest of the glass... Incredible coating of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: pleasant fruity yeasty aroma, not overly spicy like some Belgian yeast tends to be, a touch of bready yeastyness as well... Very nice aroma, and I don't even usually care for yeast forward aromas.

T: yum, very nice light fruit notes of apple and pear, a very faint hint of caramel in with the fruit sweetness, and a bready yeasty finish, very gentle and well rounded. Lots of nice apple notes.

M: creamy and lush, excellent lively moderate carbonation, nice am slightly dry,
Bready yeasty finish. Love the mouthfeel on this one.

O: this is an excellent saison, great use of yeast, excellent balance, I'm not huge fan of this style, but this was great.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tleifj
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Amil
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of hansenme
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ACY73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real gorgeous tangerine orange and red body, crystal clear with a real nice column of carbonation in the middle. Head is off white, slightly yellow, with a sudsy character and makes some noise while pouring. Settles to a nice collar too, real impressive looking.

A nice clean malt action, almost minty and menthol smelling. Kumquat and citrus spritzy character, with a sense of champagne like yeast. Very fruity.

Real crisp carbonation on first sip, with a fruit like palate and sharp bitterness. Citrus oil and flesh orange bitterness mixing with a toasty white bready malt. Great finish and aftertaste. Very oily character to the feel, but a wonderful aromatic palate, and some hints of Belgian like sweetness.

Overall a real pleasant brew to be having.

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Photo of mocktm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
3.81 out of 5 based on 721 ratings.
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