Elysian / Lost Abbey Avant Gourde
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Avant Gourde is a pumpkin biere de garde fermented with our house lager yeast and spiced with cinnamon, mace and clove. We brewed it in collaboration with Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, and brewmaster Tomme Arthur himself came up to hang out and brew with us on Capitol Hill. Later we went out on Howard’s boat. Avant Gourde was brewed with pale, Munich, C-45 and C-77 Crisp crystal and chocolate malt, with brown sugar in the boil, along with Magnum hops to bitter and flavor and Czech Saaz to finish.

Editor’s Note: This version does not have Brett like the Lost Abbey version. That has a separate listing.

pdx77's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom. A pleasing, mellow end to pumpkin beer season. Light with pumpkin pie flavors, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a very dark copper color with cloudy golden orange edges and a one finger, off-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lace left behind. Sweet malt aroma with a strong autumnal spice presence. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon along with allspice, ginger and clove followed by sweet caramel malt, toffee and hazelnut. Supposed to be a pumpkin/birds de garde hybrid but feels just like a pumpkin/marzen. Fuller bodied than expected and more of a hybrid of styles than the aroma suggested. Closer to a biere de garde/ pumpkin mix with a decent amount of autumnal spice but it doesn’t hit you over the head. This is complimented by caramel malt sweetness yet finishes clean and slightly earthy like a biere de garde. Hints of allspice, ginger and clove as well as some brown sugar and cinnamon but again, the spices aren’t overbearing. They are kept in check by hints of caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and dark fruit notes. Slight pumpkin presence and the vegetal element goes well with the biere de garde notes. Slight earthy farmhouse epresence along with zesty spice and some light fruit flavor. Complex but not extreme, or overly spicy while remaining clean and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Tap, dark gold pour, white head, nose is pumpkin, taste is pumpkin, spices, awesome

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Mahogany pour with a huge frothy head. Malty, slightly sour, mild squash/pumpkin and some spice. Medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Strange brew that grew on me. Pours dark Amber with a thin head. The aroma is sour with some spices and a bit of funk. Same for the flavor. Very nice dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2961) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Draft pour at beer authority. Pours a deep, dark red color with a fading patchy head. A bit of a vegetable aroma, with a ton of spice. Interesting pumpkin beer here. A lot of spice up front, then mellows down to a nice mellow pumpkin flavor. Two good breweries coming together for a good beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy dark ruddy copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is sort of cooked squash with spice (but not really pie spice). Med body. Flavor is lightly spicy, rather malty, and squash seems present. Takes a bit of getting used to. Definitely not a pumpkin pie beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2773) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Draft at Monks. Hazy copper pour with a large frothy beige head. Lasting lace. Dryer than expected for something remotely identified as a Pumpkin Beer. Some spice that doesn’t feel like Pumpkin Spice. Just as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1787) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a burnt amber orange with a one finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin meat, pie spices, toasted bready malts, caramel, orange, and some light grassy hops. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with the addition of some light spicy hops in the finish. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice pumpkin biere d garde that would go great with Thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 23, 2014
On tap @ Lost Abbey. Dark amber pour with white foam. Spiced aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Some bread, toast, and vanilla. Mild grass. Flavor has a nice sweetness of vanilla and caramel. A lot of nutmeg spiciness. Some ginger, grass, and maybe some cinnamon. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 Draft at the brewery (Lost Abbey, not Elysian). Fall must be here. Dark brown and gold color. Very light aroma of just some vegetal notes and nutmeg. Flavor is slightly sweet with some caramel. A little allspice in the finish. Okay.

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