Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale

Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale

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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Biere de Garde

7% Alcohol by Volume

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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. Available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations. OG 1.060 TG 1.008 7.0% ABV Malts- Two Row, Honey Malt and Port Custom Toast (we make it ourselves in our Pizza Ovens). Hops- German Brewer’s Gold, Strissespalt Spalt and Czech Saaz. Yeast- House Lager strain with hybrid fermentation at ale temperature. The Avant Garde Story It’s yours now and although you’ve lived in the city your whole life, you remember fondly the weeks spent visiting grandma and grandpa. Somehow, they spent their whole life out here. No cable tv, no cell phones or even a microwave oven. To say they were old school would be an understatement. But there is an allure to this place, closing your eyes, images from your childhood flood your memories. There was that day when you and grandma got up with the roosters and headed to the orchard to pick fresh apples for her famous apple pie. One summer, they bought you a pig and you named it Wilbur after your favorite new book. Still, the day grandpa taught you how to drive the tractor when you were only 12 is still as fresh as the hay you mowed that day. Traffic, bills and rude neighbors seem like such a chore now. Maybe it’s time to cash in the 401K and retire to the country. A pair of pigs- Wilbur and his beautiful bride would need your attention. The orchard still makes great fruit and though you haven’t made jam in years, the process she taught you seems approachable. An old family friend knocks at the door. He saw you drive up and wondered if you might like to sit and chat about the farm and your intentions. Two rocking chairs call your name from the porch that is seemingly fit for this occasion. He offers a beer from his home. The back of the label tell you everything you need to know about this place you have been contemplating. From the French word “Garde” meaning something worth keeping, this Biere de Garde styled Farmhouse Ale is a most delicious companion to a loaf of freshly baked bread from the oven. Grab a seat on the porch, some soft cheese and a tree ripened apple from your grandmother’s old orchard. Relax and watch the evening arrive as the afternoon sun is consumed by the illuminating moon over the gardens. We brewed Avant Garde for you, our friends and families. Here’s to things worth guarding over.

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Overall Rank2787
Overall Percentile94.8
Style Rank18 of 210
Style Percentile91.4
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.611
Weighted Score3.528
Standard Deviation0.240

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a lovely clear amber with a very thick and rather persistent white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a sharp fruity tone like a good cider. Satisfying flavor is mainly malty and has an undertone of sour apple, not complex but fine for sipping. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz, and it leaves a malty, fruity, slightly woody finish.

  • SIGMUND 6929 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and wired bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.0%. Hazy golden colour, big white head. Moderate spicy aroma, hints of wood. Fizzy mouthfeel. Refreshing flavour with spicy and slightly woody notes, fairly dry. Moderate hops. Nice beer.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    started out good but faded into mediocre foam :If I bought a company that made hot dog buns on Day 1 we would add 2 buns to every package ... Day 2 work on deliciousness ...

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from Hi-Time. This is my first Lost Abbey product from Port Brewing. Pours an amberish color with a nice fluffy off-white head and some pretty good retention. The aroma is a grassy-hay scent along with strong malts and candy-like fruits. The strongest flavors here are funky and bready type of malts but theres quite a bit more going on, some of them subtle; a bit sweet, a little fruitiness, some spices, sour and tart in the finish. A lot of Saison type qualities. More alcohol shows than I would expect and I’d prefer a little of that to hide better. Overall a good beer but perhaps not as good as the high expectaions I had. I do want to try more of these. Re-rate 8/24/09. Amber color, decent head, some retention but pretty good lacing. Aroma is malty and very bready and doughy, light citrusy notes as well. Flavors, oranges, bread, caramel, toffee, not bad but not as good as I remember partly because it’s semi-sticky sweet with an alcohol bite. Slightly dry with a good amount of spice. 3.3 this one, 3.7 previous, I’ll average the two.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a hazy yellow-orange in color. smells of fruit and yeast, tastes of malt and funky yeast, with a little light spice...not as predominant as with many dubbels and tripels. poured in the yeast sediment with the last 3-4 oz...changed the flavor-more yeasty and robust, but less complex. Overall, not a style that completely distinguishes itself. A good enough, but nowhere near great, beer...especially for the $$$. dug it more on tap.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A cloudy yellow appearance with a rather large white head. The aroma is full of peaches, apricots, and lemons. The flavor is quite sour with more of the above mentioned fruit showing and a slight spicy presence. This reminds me more of a saison but oh well a very good beer regardless.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    This beer is a cloudy orange to the pour with a very large tan coloured head. The aroma is a complex aroma of malt and fruit, mainly citrusy fruits. The taste is primarily malt and yeast with a bit of hoppy bitterness thrown in for good measure.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This was pretty good, but some reason I was expecting a lot more. Some vanilla notes some light hops. Golden color with thick head that quickly dissipates. My only real complaint was actually my fault: I didn't take into consideration that a "caged cork" bottle would have a ton of yeast on the bottom. As a result, I essentially poured a loaf of bread into the last glass. Man, was there a lot of yeast in there--I've never seen a beer look that opaque. I am still really interested in trying the other Lost Abbey beers, but alas, I'll probably have to make another trip south in order to find them.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a big foamy white head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with a distinctive yeast presence. Taste is dominated by medium sweet malt with some bread and yeast notes and a slightly dry finish. Body is about average with some great carbonation. Interesting but lacking some character to make this truly interesting and I cannot see this beer aging well.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.7 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle shared, courtesy, slob. Poured a murky cloudy gold-orange color, nice white head with great retention. Solid lacing. The aroma was coriander, wit-like in many ways, light floral notes at higher temperatures, orange-citrus overtones. The flavor wasa caramel, very light apples, malty, yeasty, bready, citrus, full and hearty mouthfeel, light spicing, the alcohol a little too noticeable, especially at only 7%ABV. Mouthfeel finishes with a slightly dry accent, but not extremely dry, as the malts keep this thing a bit wet. Bert, thanks for sharing!!!

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