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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
89
very good

780 Ratings
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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 61
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One and a half years cellared, picked up at a Pizza Plant fresh. Very zesty, enjoyable fresh tasting saison. Sweetish malt made it dangerously drinkable. Whitish colour. Way above average mouthfeel.Mildly spicey,with pepper, ginger, anise, malty and yeast aroma.Good balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:17:51 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-12-2012 03:44:19 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain, spices, and yeast. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 23:30:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-14-2011 12:51:19 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to G311 for this bottle. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal tulip.

Pours a semi-hazed dark apricot color with a large, foamy white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of stone fruit plus some light spice. Hints of grain. Flavor has a good dosing of fruit and light spice. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:19:18 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

'Sunshine glinting off a krugerrand' gold. An abundance of bubbles gives the beer a sparkly look and has created a majestic crown of lemony ivory that might have been created in the Belgian countryside rather than in San Marcos. Chunky hunks of foamy lace stick like glue. The appearance should become even more spectacular when the yeast from the bottom of the bottle is added.

The nose is wonderously spicy and pretty much defines the saison style (it could pass for a BSPA as well). It's incredibly juicy fruity and has a perfect amount of zippy zestiness from the addition of ginger, orange peel, black pepper and grains of paradise. It's difficult to appreciate the pepper, but the others definitely aren't shy.

Beer like this makes me wonder why I never think of saisons/farmhouse ales when asked to name my favorite styles. A well-brewed saison is incredibly versatile and is nicely quenching at any time of year. Having had a few Lost Abbeys offerings prior to Red Barn, I'm not a bit surprised at the complexity that swirls across my tongue with each eagerly anticipated mouthful.

The lush fruitiness underlying the top note fireworks is all kinds of delicious. I'm reminded of peaches, apricots and buttery pears. A semi-firm hop presence keeps things balanced from the sweet-bitter perspective. Stopping right there would have made for a sublime ale. Adding the rest makes for an ale to savor... an ale to linger over... an ale to make me wish I lived in Southern California.

The best part about the spices is how none of them hog the spotlight. The taste buds register a warm blip of ginger here, a tart tang of orange peel there, and a playful nip of black pepper here, there and everywhere. I'm torn between trying to appreciate each of them in turn and simply enjoying the glorious whole as it washes over my palate.

The mouthfeel falls a bit short of great, but only because I'm comparing it to Belgium's finest. It could stand to be slightly more full and creamy, slightly more supple. It's odd that I liked it more when the beer was cool than I do as it warms.

I can no longer deny the obvious. Even though I didn't think there was any room, The Lost Abbey (Port Brewing) has exploded into the upper reaches of my 'top-10 breweries in the U.S.' list. They'll almost certainly be a permanent fixture as long as they continue to brew outstanding beer like Red Barn Ale. As far as I'm concerned, Tomme Arthur, Vinnie Cilurzo and Rob Todd comprise the holy trinity of Belgian brewing, American-style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 15:47:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peel and yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has some hints of ginger with some peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is a very good representation of the style and I enjoyed the complexity of its flavors and the dryness and carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:47:30 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy egg white head that drops to a creamy film and leaves shards of lace around the glass

Smell: Yeasty horse blanket funk, orange peel, ginger and a licorice floral aroma that I assume is grains of paradise

Taste: Starts out with a peachy flavor that immediately bursts forth with peppery spice and leads to some earthy bitterness; after the swallow, the flavor transitions are incredible, with an initial sweet fruitiness of peach, followed by a ginger flavor that builds in peppery spiciness until the citrus bitterness takes over at the end; just a touch of sweetness lingers throughout and re-appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and creamy with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: An exceptional saison that just blows me away with its rich complexity

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:23:14 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-25-2011 03:33:50 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually had never had this one before, so last night I decided to go ahead and crack one open as there are not many Lost Abbey beers left that I have not tried. Needless to say I was impressed. Served at cellar temperature and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 09/23/2008.

The pour was really magnificent on this one. A rich and very hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

Overall while not my favorite beer from Lost Abbey buy any means, it was still more then adequate and a pretty damn solid offering. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again; it really came across quite well and as a side note, made an excellent marinade.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 02:14:52 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 16:35:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-25-2013 20:22:37 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a nice big white head.

S: Intensely yeasty and peppery, not quite how I remember Red Barn. A sort of dry malt character I would describe as soda crackers. Some other phenols exist (besides the pepper), but they're sort of overshadowed. Minimal fruit, perhaps a touch of lemon peel.

T: The flavor is a little better, but not substantially so. The pepper is still just so pronounced it's hard to get past it. Crisp pale, cracker malts with a nice yeasty bite to it. Minimal citrus peel and spice contributions to the flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Sort of a let down compared to how I recall this beer being. Might have to revisit it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:05:02 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-29-2012 02:33:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-25-2012 23:42:57 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.3L pour - $5.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazed, bronze-toned body with an inch of pillowy, white head depositing copious amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Taste: Breaded maltiness, minimally sweet and with a hint of almond slivers before the redolent spice character kicks in with an earthy, sourish peppery bent to it. Tangy edge to the orange peel. Faintly bitter. Muted fruitiness. The sweetness attempts to rebound, but soon fizzles out as you near the dry, spicy finish with a lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: While the savory spicing would make it an easy choice to pair with a variety of grub, just one its own, I find the spice addition to be slowly, incessantly rankling.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 16:46:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-28-2012 03:09:02 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-27-2011 17:52:05 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-29-2013 05:51:49 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out as a hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. Decent thin retention and light lacing. The smell is slightly funky, a little acidic and floral. The taste of the beer is slightly spicy, some lemon citrus and earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel has a bready creaminess, it's light and slightly refreshing. Overall it's a decent Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:53:55 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a thin, bubbly, white head. It left soapy residue of lace.

S - It smelled funky, horse blanket and green apple. Some spicy aromas, too.

T - It had a funky flavor with a spicy/yeasty kick. It had a tart, green apple flavor with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was fizzy and crisp with a dry finish. It was a light bodied farmhouse ale.

D - This is a pretty good saison. It really has a good balance of unique flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 19:26:55 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4oz caged and corked bottle. Thanks to hoppypocket for the trade! Very Celtic looking cross on the label - or maybe it's just the accompanying Flogging Molly.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of fluffy, loosely foamy marshmallow white head, which renders a bit of melting layered ice cream cake lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of soft, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, buttered toasted biscuits, spicy clove and neutered black pepper, banana chips, a subtle tint of musty funk, and hay-like, lemongrass hop esters. The taste is more gritty, bready and biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel, lemon rind, sassy earthy yeast, fruity white wine, clove, dried banana, white pepper, floral honey, and pleasantly understated earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are decently active, and on the edgy side of frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, the yeast and burgeoning alcohol notes starting to eat away at it after a wee while. It finishes off-dry, the underlying malt heady enough to still entertain all that yeast, fruit, spice, and now, booze.

A fairly blusterous and straight-up solid saison. While heaviness isn't normally an attribute of the style, the weight here more or less works, soaking up some of the more wayward spice and yeast, and somewhat justifying the heat from the not-that-high ABV. Another worthy enough offering from this 'brewing project'.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:31:08 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-14-2011 18:07:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Semi-clear blond, for the first glass at least. Pretty opaque after that. Quite foamy; the head retention is incredibly good.

Smell - Spicy, estery and sweet. Notes of banana and peach with subtler aromas of grass and flowers. No real funk, barnyard or sourness to be detected; it's more of an estery saison.

Taste & mouthfeel - Bold spiciness and strong esters. High carbonation. Flavors of banana, coriander and clove with a mild, floral hoppiness. A bit sweeter than I'd like for being a rather light-bodied saison. Fruity sweetness lingers on in the finish; it never quite achieves the refreshing dryness that I like in saisons.

Notes - Good but not great. Most American breweries seem to have a hard time with saisons, and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 23:15:18 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 02:16:47 | More by JAHMUR
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Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.