Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by xymyl:
4.8/5 rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Color is murky light orange/golden color with a fluffy white head that settles to about 1/8 inch over time. Carbonation is medium.
Smell is at first strong banana and clove but eventually gives way to citrus and more spice. Apples and pears eventually show up as well. Green hop aromas show up as minor players. Yeast and light vinyl phenols (smokey bandaid and wool) show up deep in the background and only enhance the foreground spice, flowers and fruit. Eventually a malty sweetness struggles out of the din, followed by a distant soft toasty note.
Fruits including oranges, lemon, apples, pears, pineapples, and even green grapes and mango are vibrant beneath a blanket of spices including cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon upfront. The spice is complex and wonderful as you drink deeper, ranging from one pepper to another, it tastes of black pepper, but I know there is alligator pepper here as well and can taste it jumping on the very back of my tongue. Although green hops mingle with every sip, there is a hoppy bitter end to this journey that combines with a under-ripe mango note that is disturbingly fascinating.
Overall: I have been waiting to try this beer for a long time and the result of my quest does not disappoint. The brew is medium bodied, robust, complex and infinitely drinkable. I say this after drinking this 750ml bottle on my own over the course of a few hours. I'm almost finished with the beer as I write this, and I definitely want more. But there is no more, and I'll have to settle for a glass of water and dreams of visiting the little old STONE brewery (now lost abbey) again one day but seeing everything as new. Drinking it from the Affligem Chalice my younger brother gave me. He gave me the beer as well.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2008 04:15:33 | More by xymyl
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3.91/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Picked up at a local market; big boy bottle cap n corked. Opened that night.
Poured gently into a pilsner (all i had) and the head roared up to 2 inches, it held stubbornly opaque cream/lightly toasted marshmallow throughout the drinking. Carbonation stayed active to the sight glimmering through the sea of foggy gold.
Sweet maltiness, autumn spices on the nose. Clean and pleasant scent.
Tongue not far from the nose, malt first and then an apple fruit like spice. Those autumn spices on the nose are warm nutmeg on the aftertaste. The alcohol is there, as it should be. Aftertaste remains fruity, still apple. Mouthfeel is a little thick for the flavor, but it's not poor, the carbonation keeps it lively.
Might buy this again, I believe this would be good with food. Wishing I had a nice think pork chop right now :)
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 23:37:31 | More by Bonsall_Phil
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.