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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:
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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
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