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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%

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:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of Knapp85


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Photo of alaimoa


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with white rolling lacing. Great smell of apples/citrus and has a smooth taste that you want to keep taking another sip. Doesnt really leave a lingering aftertaste except for some sour fruit but definitely not a bad thing. Great for sitting in the sun and drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 21:01:46 | More by alaimoa
Photo of raynmoon


4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: A nice hazy orange color with a small head that faded pretty quickly. Looks nice.

s: Big yeasty notes, some bread and a nice apple/ light citrus. Not overwhelmingly strong though.

t: A slight tart/ bitter note that goes into a the yeast breadiness. Nothing too bready.

m: medium carbonation, perhaps could use more. Not too thin.

Overall this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:08:35 | More by raynmoon
Photo of blankust


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into chalice style glass

Appearance: cloudy yellow with nice 1/2 finger white head, lots of lace
Aroma: Hoppy aroma with slight funk
Taste: very smooth, nice metallic hoppiness, spicy, can taste a little horse blankent, hops last all the way to the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:00:59 | More by blankust
Photo of SiRCRX


4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into my Lost Abbey teku, a beautiful opaque marmalade color with a large foamy head, lots of little bubbles, and large clouds of lacing. The smell is spicy, pepper & coriander, and faint solvent, as well as banana. Mouth-feel is medium, slick, and tingly. Taste is spicy pepper, coriander, citrus, very fruity, with spice being the focal point. Finish is quite dry, and begs for another sip, I like it!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 19:39:29 | More by SiRCRX
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into stemless wine glass. Pours a golden straw color with a finger of foamy head. Great belgian crisp fruity and straw aromas. Flavor of slightly fruity, like cantalope or grape, mixed with the typical belgian yeasty earthy spicy saison flavor, with a slight pepper finish. Perfectly dry and tart for a saison. really nice brew, but my only complaint is the price. Its deff well crafted, but I think it was around $15+. I bought in Philly, where I hear you have to pony up a big city beer tax...but im not sure id get again at that price.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:46:04 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of kagent777


4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Photo of Chadhowie


4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Red Barn Ale was a pleasant surprise for me. I really enjoyed this Red and loved the combination of fruitiness to bold ale flavors. I had this on tap at Yardhouse and would recommend it. Contains a very rich finish too that was nice and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 22:03:28 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a real fine saison, much different than expected, with very little spice or fruit to it, just a whole lot of barnyard funk, which is a nice change of pace in the ever more crowded world of american made saisons. murky pale copper in color, maybe a little lighter than that, with four inches or so of bone white head with outstanding retention. the nose is all yeast, grassy and dry, mouth watering. there is maybe just a touch of lemony citrus to the flavor, but again its all yeast for me. straw and pollen and wet grass. its very summery, august beer, delicate and robust at the same time, no gimmicks. excellent carbonation and a lighter than medium body. its down easy and crackling dry in the finish. had it side by side with the dupont saison, and in a lot of ways i liked this better. it has a great yeast strain, unlike any other i can recall, and the beer just comes together really well. yet another fine lost abbey product, who after a couple of so-so beers is starting to win me back over with stuff like this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 19:22:28 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of MarioM


4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into tulip

A: Dark yellow, cloudy with a nice foamy white head with some nice medium bubbled head.

S: Belgian yeast is very upfront and apparent. Very grain like notes and earthy. Almost lager like in a way with no hot aroma, as expected.

T: Light and earthy. Belgian yeast comes through very well with some good bitterness. Very clean tasting, fits the style well. Balance is good, slightly sweet yet bitterness works well.

M: very crisp and refreshing with good carbonation and bitterness. Earthy character that lingers well. Abv is moderate at 6.7 % but does leave a warm feel after drinking.

O: Good all round Saison, happier than expected but balance was still good.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:47:28 | More by MarioM
Photo of DrDemento456


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another farmhouse ale I picked up at the house of 1,000 beers. These don't seem to move well so this beer could be over 2 years old. Picked up for 5 bucks.

A - Definitely closer to the style foamy white head around a inch that seems to fizz out slowly (tons of carbonation) color is that of hazy orange yellow tint.

S - Smell is rather timid than most i have purchased which is kind of welcome. Faint lemon tart, some funk, and bready malts seem to lead.

T - Mild but rather good it's pretty much your basic American version of the style yet a with a little more funky yeast. Mostly am tasting the typical mild sourdough flavor with grassy undertones and a mild bit of Brett.

M - As always bubbly light and cirsp. Quite good and rightly on par with ABV.

Overall I quite enjoyed my first Lost Abbey beer. It's light, crisp, with no offensive flavors or bittering yeasts. Worth seeking the other beers out for 10+ dollars? Most likely never.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 06:40:43 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of zeledonia


3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle picked up on my holiday trip to NJ. First beer I've reviewed from Lost Abbey? Surprising, but true. Bottled 4 January 2012.

Pours a mildly hazy medium golden yellow, with touches of orange. Quite a nice color, and just clear enough that I can see the curtain of bubbles rising up. An eruption of nearly-white head gradually relaxes to a thick cap with rolling hills, and leaves big gobs of foam all over the place. Wowser.

Smell is... nonexistent. Even if I bury my nose in the glass, I get nothing. I can imagine some light floral notes, and can almost convince myself of some yeasty aromas. But really, if I were blindfolded, and you held this up to my nose, I doubt I would know it was there. As it warms up, it gains a bit more presence, but it's still really faint.

Taste is earthy, moderately yeasty, with a bitter twist. There's not a lot here that initially screams saison to me, but the yeast and that earthy flavor comes through strong in a second wave. There's also a chomp of flower petal slick/warm/bitter. It's decent, but only a piece of what I'm looking for. Flowers start to get more pronounced as I make my way through the glass.

Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Carbonation is medium-low but persistent, lasting until the flavor goes, too.

Not a bad saison, but not my favorite. It's earthy and mildly bitter, and at times I feel like I'm licking a flower. Looks gorgeous, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:19:17 | More by zeledonia
Photo of xnicknj


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den - served in chalice

Pours a hazed golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Retains for a bit with bubbly effervescence, leaving a coating of film resting on top and patchy lacing on the glass.

Earthy and citrusy in the nose with hints of cracked pepper and orange peel. Light yeasty funk and phenols with some lingering fruit sweetness.

Orange peel and peppery spice up front followed by touches of clove and ginger. Mild backbone with a soft yeast component, adding a touch of funkiness to the beer. Straw and biscuit with some fruit sweetness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, extremely drinkable and clean on the tongue. I've had this before and somehow never reviewed it - there's certainly more expressive and innovative saisons out there but this is a refreshing example of a clean, quaffable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 14:05:15 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Murrhey


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap in a taster at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger white head. Little retention. White foamy lacing. Golden and clear.

S- Orange, brewing spices, some spicy hops.

T- Spicy, ginger and hops. Citrus rocks it too. Nice hoppiness.

M- Smooth and thicker than I thought it would be.

O- It's ok. Spicy and tasty. Weird smell though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 04:18:00 | More by Murrhey
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of light fruity yeast, earthiness, and spices/herbs - notes of coriander, ginger, orange zest, and black pepper specifically stand out.

T: There is a light amount of almost cracker-like malts upfront but the taste of this beer are really dominated by the stronger flavors of light fruity yeast and spices - ginger, coriander, orange zest, and the strongest is black pepper. Light amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to strong amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: While there are a lot of different spice flavors in this beer, they really come together well and match well with none of them dominating the others. Enjoyable but not super easy to drink because of how dry it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 17:38:29 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of morimech


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a massive head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. A lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Has an earthy and peppery aroma. Reminds me a bit of a good, hoppy pilsner. A touch of phenols from the yeast rounds things out.

Dry, crisp malt makes this an extremely refreshing tasting beer. Both earthy and peppery. Unfortunately the only that makes this different than a lot of German pils is the phenolic flavor from the yeast.

For a 6.7% ABV saison, this feels like a much smaller beer. Light with enough carbonation to give enough life to the beer.

Deceptively easy to drink by its flavor characteristics. One of the cleaner tasting American saisons I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 21:57:24 | More by morimech
Photo of beertunes


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with over an inch of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had yeast and spice upfront, with some good, earthy base grains in the background, but the overall scent was a bit subdued. On the tongue, the flavors were bolder and more clearly noticeable. The grain provided a good, solid base for the spiciness and yeast flavors to play off.

The body was good, crisp, dry, and medium. Drinkability was very good, this was the rare instance that I didn't mind the usually hated large format bottle. Overall, a pretty nice example of the style. Certainly worth grabbing if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:03:08 | More by beertunes
Photo of drpimento


4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent beer! Poured at a good good temperature with a mammoth, super frothy, foamy, billowy, off-white head and lots of clingy lace. Color is a very slightly hazy straw amber with some bubble trails. Aroma upon first pouring had a fleeting perfumey, fruity, honey, mustiness that quickly was replaced by malt, yeast, herbs. Flavor's somewhat like nose, has a great bitter-carbonic tang balance with just enough sweetness to make this incredibly tasty and drinkable yet satisfying. Body and carbonation are perfect - great burps too. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and a bit boozy. One of the best saisons ever - including any Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:46:06 | More by drpimento
Photo of smakawhat


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A somewhat murky yellow and green, with faint pinhead rising carbonation of white. Head is monstrous and large three fingers, creamy and rich. Clumps with lots of retention and chunks of lacing.

Nose brings some mild butter, but some crisp floral sensations. Faint candy sweetness. Light very hiding lemon. But the butter dominates, slight diacetyl.

Palate seems at first very wet, but then a giant malt thickness comes in with really tight and crisp carbonation. Very spritzy and extremely quinine tonic water palate with richness. Yeast crispness and rich malt feel on the finish. Sharp bite to this on first sip, with a quick bitter hop pine sensation. A real impressive mouthfeel of large/tight carbonation and also density. Flavors meld solidly, not wonderfuly though.

Overall a solid saison worth trying, I would have again easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 00:01:56 | More by smakawhat
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Clear golden color. Tons of Carbonation.

Smell: Intense musty smell. I know understand the "barnyard" smell description. Also getting a big bready smell. Tad bit of spice on the nose as well.

T: Spicy, peppy fell. Getting a stong black pepper taste with a bit of citrus thrown in late. Strong dry finish. Has a bit of funk that I can't place.

M: Medium bodied, with a ton of spice and activity on the tongue.

O: Decent farmhouse, I tend to like less dry finish on my saisons.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:20:09 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold, modest cap of white froth for the style. Scent is big on bready and spicy qualities, notes of citrus zest and candy sugar. Bready, peppery, zesty citrus and light sugar... missing earthy grain profile prefered in style, but still good. Medium bodied, slightly less bubbly than others, dry finish. Solid flavored saison, but lacking in authenticity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 13:11:35 | More by rfgetz
Photo of afrokaze


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/10/11, poured into Stone IRS tulip.Been meaning to try this for a long time, thanks for the random gift mom!

Pours a bright hazy orange with good 2 finger head and decent lacing. A little sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Smell is dominated by bready, clove and spicy yeast, light lemon citrus, pear, apricot, some phenols, musty barn and a hint of heat.

Mix of bready malt, light pils malt sweetness and lemon citrus, followed by clove and black pepper from yeast, apricot, pear, slight tart tang, with semi-dry finish and spicy herbal hops and rustic funk. Alcohol is well integrated but noticeable after two glasses.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not cloying, medium carbonation, finishes with some sharp tannins and lingers for a decent time after each sip.

Another new take on the versatile saision style, this one has a good backbone and demands slower sipping, but rewards with some depth and spicing that suits the yeast rather than clashing with it. Light citrus and moderate hopping set it apart but it still feels authentic.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 04:47:23 | More by afrokaze
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a nice, foamy, white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is loaded with yeast and barnyard funk, notes of citrus and peppery spice. Taste is sweet and malty up front, hints of stone fruit, quickly replaced by yeasty funk, peppery spice, pale biscuity malts, lighter notes of ginger, citrus, and herbal hops. Light-medium body, fairly dry finish. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 23:26:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a brilliant straw yellow (I was a little disappointed it was not red) with very little head and lots of rising bubbles.

The aroma is of cloves and spices, very enjoyable and complex.

The beer tastes of white pepper, spice, a little sweetness up front, a nice clean finish, some clove.

Nice medium body.

Well done overall for the style, well spiced so that you can not pick out any given spice but that they all combine to make a nice bouquet for both the aroma and taste. Very nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:47:20 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of tilopud_rye

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle pours a nice clear applejuice like color with a stream of carbonation bubbles rising up to a thick two finger head that eventually retains to one finger- stays a thick finger til its drank to the bottom. The smell alone is refreshing; tingly orange peel forefront with yeast and spice bitterness. A very earthy aroma that is very relaxing to enjoy. Taste has more of the yeast and spices used- but very balanced out with slight citrus sweetness of the orange peel. Feels great to drink- nicely carbonated and light in the mouth while the head foam finds its spot on the roof. The only other Saison I've ever had is Saison du Buff- the Stone collaboration. I really like that one but if I had to choose one to drink regularly it would definitely be Red Barn.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 22:14:36 | More by tilopud_rye
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
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