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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JonBarley
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jsteele
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Murrhey
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Gstolas
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.