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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 74 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

FeelinSurley, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ACY73, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

beertunes, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mattafett, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

drpimento, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

tln13, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 10, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dweedlebug, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

scottiethebody, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Beeradelphia, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

MarkyMOD, Sep 25, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

afrokaze, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Pinche_Oso, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Molson2000, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

lindhout, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GeoffreyM, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jniagar1, Sep 03, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

LeeryLeprechaun, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

oldp0rt, Aug 25, 2012
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.