Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by kagent777:
4.56/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle from Marnia while she was in California in October of 2011. Poured into my perfect pint. The cork popped with a satisfying pop.
Appearance: A slightly hazy straw with a huge rocky head. Obviously left lacing and dollop on my nose as well.
Smell: Citrus and coriander with wheat and light malts. Pleasant and no surprises.
Taste: A very satisfying mix of complex flavors, one of the best saisons that I have had. Starts with a refreshing mild cracker malt with a bit of sweetness that travels through the swallow. Citrus and coriander (not overpowering) jump in right at the middle. The yeast contribute a ton of phenolic, almost bubble gum character to the flavor. An almost unexpected bitterness comes on in the end to really give this one a great balance.
Mouthfeel: For a huge a head as it has, this one does not hold onto carbonation very well. The carbonation is lower and the body is middling and slick.
Overall: I really liked this saison, such a big nice presentation makes for an ideal bottle to share our have with an elegant dinner instead of wine. I will try to pick this up again.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 03:34:10 | More by kagent777
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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 769 ratings.