Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by oggg:
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Champagne corked, with cage.
On a hot summer day, I popped this open in hopes of something along the lines of SPF 15 or 45. Ah well, I'll always have those memories.
This one pours more yellow than orange. Quite bright, with a beautiful white foamy head. There is a minute amount of sediment at the bottom -- it doesn't really go into solution; rather it seems to fall to the bottom of my glass. The aroma gives me the impression of a hefeweizen. Near banana aromas with clove. Perhaps some coriander or something. Not exactly appealing. On the tongue, it's sweet and thick, with strong esters and phenols. The moderate hopping fits pretty well. Alcohol is subtle. Finish threatens to be sticky but actually cleans up pretty well and is pretty refreshing.
Overall: Not my cup of tea, but I'll still give it points for good hopping and good finish.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2008 03:52:02 | More by oggg
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.