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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 65
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006

This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you.
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Ratings: 881 | Reviews: 374
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

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2.28/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a light, murky, piss-colored yellow with a bright white head. The smell is of belgian yeastiness, and that's about it. Perhaps a little citrus, and some farm funkiness, but nothing too special here.

Not impressed at all with this one. Way too much yeastiness which makes it disgustingly plain and bread-like. There's some kind of nasty bitterness that I can't quite put my finger on, but that I would probably attribute to the spices. It lingers long after the finish and isn't pleasant at all. Don't really know what else to say other than that there is no complexity to speak of, and that it's gross.

As far as mouthfeel, well, at least it's carbonated. The drinkability is none. The sips sufficient to review it were enough for me, and now it is going down the drain.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of BeerManDan
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was of a hazy wheat yellow, with a lot of foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell of carbonated citrus was very evident, not impressive. The taste was a load of carbonated citrus acid with a hint of lemon and not much of anything else. WAY to acidic on the tongue, palate and stomach. Big aftertaste of bitter, acidic flavor. Not a typical Lost Abbey Ale in my mind!

Photo of JBogan
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a small white head which soon turns into a thin film. Good looking beer.

The nose on this was very musty and peppery.

I was completely surprised and disappointed by the taste. I'm almost at a loss for words on this. Perhaps the best way I can sum it up is to say it tasted like a Flintstones children's vitamin which had been rolled in the dirt. There was maybe, and I mean just maybe a hint of orange and honey in there somewhere but it might just be my imagination.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with a nice smoothness and moderate carbonation.

What can I say. This one was a huge letdown in the taste department. And I like this style of beer. This one however, is one I will not be drinking again.

Photo of chinchill
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours amber with a white head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: medicinal, herbal and fruity (orange peel) aroma with spices.

Flavor: more spicy and less fruity than the aroma, and not as medicinal. A random clash of yeast and spice flavors.

Feel: medium body; light-medium carbonation.

O: not a good mix of flavors.

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2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I received a couple of these in the Birthday BIF. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Really nice head. Perfectly dense with huge rocky chunks of lacing torn off from the rest of the mountain of foam. The beer is a glowing yellow with a good haze.

S- This is a skunky smelling beer. I could smell the skunky aroma right off the bat. Its paired with a light barny funk and lemon zest. Spices, minerals, and salt and pepper round out the nose.

T- I didnt care for the taste of this one so much. Its pretty bitter with a citrus rind and slightly medicinal cocktail. Light funk and plenty of spices.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Chambic
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: clear, light yellow, like straw or hay

S: very mild, a bit yeasty, and missing some funk

T: the best part of this beer is that it's surprisingly peppery

M: on the crisp side with nothing spectacular to note

D: I'm not that into it, though I remember it tasting better the first time I had it

Photo of mithrascruor
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden/light orange color. Tons of visible carbonation, and a big creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Would have expected it to be a bit more cloudy, but looks real nice.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with hints of pepper and some fruit too, primarily pineapple.

Taste: Has a very strong bitter/somewhat sour taste, like super-concentrated grapefruit. There's a bit of yeast and fruit in there at the finish for a second, but then the other flavors return for an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Nicely tingly carbonation, but not too strong.

Drinkability: The flavor here is a big problem, and makes the beer hard to drink. ABV-wise the beer is just fine, clocking in at under 7%.

I'd like to say that I just got a bad bottle of this, but I think it is a pretty fresh one and the aroma, etc. didn't seem off. Unfortunately a rather big miss for Lost Abbey, as I usually enjoy their offerings. Besides the problem in the taste, it seemed a bit off for a saison in general.

NOTE: Towards the end of the bottle I swirled it around a bit - made it a bit more cloudy (but not much) and toned down the bitter/sour taste a bit to make it a tad more drinkable (from a 2 to 2.5), but it is still problematic.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another cork from lost abbey that requires a bit of teeth.

Hazy bright orange hue with a billowing white head that very slowly recedes down the sides of the glass.
Funky nose of horse blanket, spoiled fruit, earthy yeast, and snappy bubblegum. Bread thats still being cooked comes to mind as well. Slightly phenolic, touch of band aid.

Brisk effervescence. Lingering semi-sour, semi-dry finish. Unique earthy hop bitterness as well. Well blended subtle flavors of phenols, drying/bittering spices and semi-sweetness/tartness. The beer is kind of all over the place presenting lots of different flavors at different times. The flavors do all go together pretty well but this isn't your traditional funky saison. This thing has some sort of other funk going on. It's kind of like they took all of the strange flavors of a saison and based it off that. The beer finishes spicy and bitter.

The beer holds up well and is definitely unique but it's also an acquired taste for those that have already acquired quite a lot. Unique and well brewed but well... just a bit off i guess. Sweet, sour, rich, and bitter. Try wrapping your head around this beer.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of gthornton
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a low carbonation, no head, little lacing, hay/light-golden-amber.

A mild nose - citrus/yeast. Some interesting scents open up as it warms a bit... namely peppar and... toasted celery?? really just another way of saying fresh malt I suppose.

As the beer opens up, more coriander and wheat comes forward.

Nice on the tongue. A little heavy in general. A lingering, but nice finish.

A pleasant drink, but I am not sure I will jump at the opportunity to grab it again, unless it is at a good price.

It is not as refreshing - and summery - as the marketing on the bottle hopes to portray.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
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