Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by BeerEngineer:
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
General - Got this a couple of days ago in the corked 22 OZ bottle. The cork was extremely difficult to get out on this, toucher than any other corked beer I've had. Poured this into my New Belgium Tulip Glass.
Appearance - Great fluffy white head that seems to stand for days. Beautiful light gold color. No hazy to this at all, I feel like I could read a book through beer.
Aroma - The scent is of citrus with a hint of banana. There is also a touch of malty sweetness that is in the background of the aroma. I think that I'm also getting a touch of apricot. Really lovely smell that fits the style very well.
Taste - Summer in a bottle I'm convinced of it. This is an awesome Saison. It dries out your mouth completely and is really refreshing. There is a cloying sweetness with this one that doesn't overpower. The aroma of bananas doesn't hit the palate thankfully but there is still a fruitiness to this. I think that it's the apricot I was tasting. This yeast did amazing things. There is a alcoholic burn on the back of the throat but it's not offense, actually I think it is very nice. It let's you know that you're drinking something stronger than a typically light summer lager (mass market non-sense). There is a spice that is with this also, I can't figure out exactly what it is but it's very light.
Mouthfeel - It's got a moderate body, maybe a touch on the lighter side of moderate. If you get any of the head it's great, creamy and fluffy! The carbonation is high and very refreshing.
Overall - Awesome Saison. This would be a good one to get someone who has never had a saison. it's not overly spiced or overly fruity and very refreshing. Great beer that will stay in my rotation all summer long.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 00:14:46 | More by BeerEngineer
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Ah, the Lost Abbey. New Jersey started getting its beers two years ago, and I had heard great things about them. I decided to give this Saison a shot and see how it compared to my other favorite Belgian-beer breweries (Ommegang + Allagash). Here goes:
A: Fantastic right out of the glass. It produces a large head with tons of residual lacing. The beer pours a cloudy yellow indicating the presence of bready Belgian yeast. Furthermore, owing to the bottle-conditioning, the beer has tons of carbonation that linger throughout its consumption. Simply perfect.
S: Great. Lots of white spices, coriander and pepper. Has a bready smell owing to the Belgian yeast. The malt gives off a smell of orange and banana. Very good for a saison.
T: Good. The taste follows the nose. I detect white pepper, coriander, orange peel, candi sugar and banana. The only problem I have with this beer is that it's not as dry as other saisons, i.e., it's a little too sweet for a saison. It almost tastes like a tripel without the boozy alcoholic background. Lastly, the beer has a bready taste owing to the presence of Belgian yeast.
M: Again, very good. Has a very thick, bready character. Tons of carbonation.
O: This beer is excellent. The only problem I had with it was the sweetness. I believe saisons should be drier, that's all. Will definitely try other beers from this brewery and perhaps get this one again.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 18:38:53 | More by leantom
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.