Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
3.6/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
You get plenty of time to observe the appearance, as the head is huge and it takes quite a while to recede enough to take a sip. The head is not only huge, but rocky and thick. The lacing is incredible. This is only my third saison, but they all have had a similar appearance.
The beer was served just barely chilled. The aroma is malty, and lightly spiced, but the biscuit-y, earthy smell of the yeast dominates. The flavor is balanced between the sweet malts and the yeast. The spices are pretty reserved as advertised, but they're there and give the ale another dimension that tries to keep things interesting. I'd be lying if I told you I could identify the spices. There's a tad of sharpness from the alcohol which is most welcome and the finish is semi-dry. I would prefer more sharpness than I'm getting. The flavor is not boring, but not exciting either.
The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and smooth, perhaps slightly too smooth. Again, something sharper and more biting would do this ale a world of good.
The drinkability is good. The 750ml bottle almost disappeared in no time. It went well with Vermont extra sharp cheddar cheese and extra fancy giardiniera. I think it would go well with almost any food.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2011 05:03:44 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottled 6/10/2013. Poured into Lost Abbey Teku, reviewed live.
A - Burnt orange with a slight haze. Small white head that dissipates a bit too fast, but does leave solid lacing while it sticks around.
S - Intense orange peel and fruity Belgian esters. Don't get any ginger that Lost Abbey describes, little to no funk/acidiy.
T - Bitter orange, peppery phenols ov a sweet malt backbone. Earth hops in the background, very slight alcohol presence. The ever so slightest lemon acidity shows up as it warms.
M - Medium bodied, high carbonation, drying finish with a lasting pepper linger.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 03:55:15 | More by Zach136
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.