Avant GardeNovember 1, 2006 San Diego County, CA
Port Brewing Co. San Diego County, CA Available: CA, AZ The beer is made with Custom Toasted malts that are made by running Golden Promise Barley through our restaurant pizza ovens. Avant Garde features a hybrid fermentation with a lager yeast at ale temps. The Lost Abbey brand of beers are made by Port Brewing Co in San Diego County. There are four standard beers including Avant Garde, Lost and Found, Red Barn Ale and Judgment Day. Alcohol (wt.): 7.0 Color: 6 Bitterness: 24 Original Gravity: 15 p Final gravity: 3 p Malts used: Two Row, Gambrinus Honey Malt and Port Custom Toast Hops used: Brewers Gold and Strissespalt Spalt
Eureka, I have found it—bright gold capped with snow, the aroma of an alpine meadow, and the bread-like taste of paradise. Soft and delicate, the Lost Abbey is sustenance for the soul. Fruity as a wheat beer, you can smell and taste the healthful yeast. The Lost Abbey is mellow and comforting, reflecting exceptional malt and overall attention to detail. A pleasant underlying herbal hop dryness prays for food like Trappist cheese, angels on horseback, San Daniele prosciutto, or even a haunch of hare with a sauce diable.
- Charles Finkel
The huge head, magnificently shimmery, sunny color and fine bead make for a beer of confident good looks. In every aspect, this beer is beautifully designed and executed: delicately balanced between sweetness and dryness, its flavors perfectly structured. Extraordinarily limber for a brew of 7 percent alcohol. Its barley-sugar malt background perhaps justifies the witty suggestion of a bière de garde, but I think this one strayed over the border into the province of saisons. Check out those fresh, summery aromas and flavors: cream, vanilla pods, garden mint and satsumas.
- Michael Jackson
An elegant start for the new Lost Abbey brand from Port Brewing. Wonderful label and presentation that includes a stylish cork. Better is the pop of that cork and the energetic pour of a bottle-conditioned beer. I could (almost) be content just smelling this one—like sourdough bread pulled out of the oven a few minutes before it is finished. It remains fresh every time I go back to it. The breadish quality continues in the flavor, mingling with moist fruits and refreshing floral hops. Smoothly yields to some honey at the back of the tongue before a well-rounded finish.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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