Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Beer Review, Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale

Last night, while watching Creation in the 21st Century, Paddy and I drank The Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale.

this one poured out crystal clear. It was a lovely yellow golden-brown color. It had some residual bubbling inside the glass, and had a decent head. Finishing off the bottle later produced a much hazier beverage.

It smelled sort of farm house funky, with some sour in the nose. There was a little bit of hops present, and also a yeast smell. To me it felt, initially thin, but then when compared to how clear it was, I decided it was rather thick, not quite syrupy, but almost as thick as a double IPA.

The taste had some bitter, and of a light colored bread. There was also a little bit of citrus. Paddy said it tasted malty (which added to the thickness). As it warmed, and got cloudy from the bottom of the bottle, it started to get some vanilla notes, and also some woody, oaky flavors. I finally determined it had a taste of the Popcorn Jelly Belly (Paddy said "it's a Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly"). We also compared this beer (favorably) to a nilla wafer.

Paddy also said it reminded him of the recent beers that we've had that have also had grape in them (I believe he was thinking of the Allagash Victor and Victoria Ale's).

This was a darn good beer, that I picked up at West Lakeview Liquors, on the Turkey Day Beer Run. I'll be picking up some more of these and stashing them away in the basement, as it's a Biere de Garde (beer for keeping), I'll be keeping a bunch. *Note* It's biere de garde, not biere de share!!!

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