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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale

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729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 366
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 thagr81us

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack! Served from bottle into a Bell’s stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a four finger pure white head that continued to grow throughout the glass. Yes, that’s right, GROW! It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spices, fruit, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, earth hop, spices, and subtle banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look of this brew was what I would want ALL of my Saisons to look! Not much can be improved on that. The flavor however left me a little to want though. The aftertaste just hit you in the face with dirt if I am completely honest. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not ideal. Still a great beer to try if you have not done so before.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 14:16:05 | More by thagr81us
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and nice effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a hint of tartness and funk. It's got a very refreshing quality to it.

Taste: very much in line with the aroma. Sweet malt with a just-enough amount of tartness and funk. Simple but well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and creaminess. If there were just a little more body to this, the creaminess would be near perfect.

Overall: this is a very well-crafted and tasty saison. It is eminently quaffable and great on a sunny day like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:05:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to jfam for this one

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, banana, coriander/clove

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste banana mixed with lemons, yeast, and some coriander/clove. There is also a touch of hops and lots of floral/peppery notes. It ends with a dry floral aftertaste.

Overall – Not the best beer I've had from lost abbey but still delicious and very drinkable. It might be just a touch too much on the dry/floral side. Happy I tried but I'd grab something else next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:10:10 | More by spinrsx
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Colt & Grey in Denver for 5280 Restaurant Week. Served to a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold color with a 1 finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Head dissolves to a thin film that lasts throughout.

S - A very pleasant mix of fruity character: pears and apples, along with hints of earthy tones, as well as some pilsner malt and belgian yeast.

T - The taste starts exactly where the nose ends. The beer starts with a delicate fruity tone of pears and apples along with a mild mix of light toasted malt and pilsner grains. The flavor develops with a mild bitterness and yeast character. Some clove is present. The beer finishes crisp with a nice aftertaste of malt, fruit, and yeast.

M - Good carbonation, light bodied, Thick.

D - Very good. I had two glasses and didn't think about ordering any other beer.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I would definitely seek it out at the store and wouldn't hesitate to order it on tap again. Good stuff.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:13:56

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:22:24 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber color, clear with incredible rocky deep head
S: full, deep farmhouse yeast and fruit, cloying
T: great taste, good hop finish with strong earthy spice and yeast
M: alive, it bursts with farmhouse saison qualities

I really liked this beer. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:41:19 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of maddyaliotti


3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer for a class about yeast and fungi. I did not think I was going to like it because I usually stick to a pale ale.

It had a Medium to heavy Mouthfeel
Smelled citrusy
Taste was very bitter
Color was a reddish amber
Strong head on it, the lace gripped the glass as I drank it

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:28:28 | More by maddyaliotti
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big off white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, lemon grass, spice and yeast. In the taste, spicy and yeasty, with a dry lemon grass earth and a small tartness. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry lemon citrus and spice in the aftertaste. Spicy, refreshing, small tartness, and it is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 21:31:28 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of heygeebee


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours a cloudy very light amber (red? nah..)

Aromas of yeast, almost banana/hefe but also sour.

Puckering true-to-saison bitterness builds, with yeast flavours continuing, and sharp dry finish.

Mouthfeel is almost chewy, but well refreshing - almost ideal.

Excellent ale, but a surprise given the name

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 09:49:03 | More by heygeebee
Photo of kzoobrew


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to James for the bottle. Cheers buddy!

Golden rod colored body, clean and free of sediment. Huge five finger head is set atop. Very fluffy, fizzy bone white head. The head works its way back slowly, heavy lacing plastered to the wall of the glass. Outstanding looking Saison.

Grainy malt and strong yeast dominate the aroma. Strong band-aid aroma is very assertive. Slight lemon and peppery aroma linger just behind.

Flavor is dominated by loads of sweet grain and earthiness. Soft apricot fruitiness, grassy hops and strong dusty dry earthy flavor. Dry pepper flavor coats the tongue.

Medium bodied Saison, carbonation is on the lower end despite the massive foaminess. The finish is quite dry, appropriate for the style.

Red Barn is just not doing it for me. I like a dry earthy flavor in a Saison, this takes these flavors a bit too far. The flavor becomes a bit overpowering and brings the drinkability on a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:35:06 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle after a year or two in the cellar a slightly hazed gold color with two fingers of rich beige head.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, apricot, herbal notes, light yeast and candy sugar.

The taste was much like the aroma but a tad sour. Caramel malts and apricot upfront, followed by yeast, white pepper and herbal notes. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied and sticky with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable Farmhouse Ale from The Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 21:22:11 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Thorpe429


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Photo of Thedaver4220


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

First saison and first Lost Abbey

Beautiful golden pour with a thick white head. There is a nice wheat smell with a little herb touch. It's an easy drinking beer with slight bitterness on the back end. Overall I enjoyed this beer. I would like to try this with another saison to see some difference, so if anyone has any suggestions on a great saison please drop me a message and let me know. Also kudos to lost abbey on the bottling and presentation of there beers. I know a lot of people that buy beer based on the labeling and bottles and this will definatly attract them. I can't wait to try other lost abbey brews

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 06:13:37 | More by Thedaver4220
Photo of CHADMC3


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with golden hues beneath the plentiful, rocky white head that very slowly dissolves to leave a scattered, yet sticky lacing in its path.

Aromas of citrus zest and spice highlight the aroma and maybe even a touch of banana. There is yeast presence, yet also a faint peppery bite, but the citrus zests and spices really stand out.

The lemon zest and yeast are first to the hit the palate with mild sweet malt mid-palate, with pepper and yeast at the finish. Any tart flavors are fairly subtle and the flavor seems to be pretty well balanced for the style. As it warms it really becomes a bit more floral or herbal and similar to the aroma the banana comes forward and the faint malt sweetness is more apparent as well.

Medium to lighter in body with generous amounts of carbonation with a pretty dry finish.

I must admit my palate may be out of touch with the Saison style, however this really seems to have at least a hint of just about every trait one can ask for.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:48:04 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of vancurly


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

a) Rocky off-white head, bubbles of varying sizes. Cloudy orange. Good served in a chalice.

s) Big whiff of green olive, or it least the pickling juices thereof. Wine cork; touch of citrus perhaps.

t) Rich & complex. Hard to discern the spices, but there's a Belgian phenolic muskiness. Perhaps a faint cinnamon or white pepper. Warms to an underhouse mustiness, but also a touch of mint. Late bitterness that compliments the spice.

m) Lightly creamy, and expansive. A spicy astringency is felt on the mouth roof.

o) Becomes more assertive as it warms. Has a profile that is reminiscent of Orval, minus the Brett. Certainly not for all palates; it's an 'intellectual' beer that raises many talking points. Good with a red curry, and to be shared.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 09:18:03 | More by vancurly
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 1500th review on BeerAdvocate. Shame I couldn't share it with my regular beer-reviewin' buds @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe. Ah well.

Uncorks with a sucking thunk, followed by a smoky mist of CO₂. Pours a light hazed golden colour, with an initially crackling and very frothy white head, that leaves sudsy, sticky clumps of lace (or what is rightly just big gobs of foam) down the side of the glass. Carbonation is streaming and fine. It looks a vibrant, alive beer, which is what you want from the style. Not bad.

Nose is bright and slightly acidic, with some spicy, peppery overtones and an echoey note of metallic copper. Green organics as well, along with some estery compounds of banana. There's a hint of something herbal hiding towards the back, possibly mint or coriander. Nice.

Taste is rather sharp and a little astringent, giving a big phenolic bitter bite on the centre of the palate, before dipping away to a crisp, slightly metallic finish. Some earthy overtones come through a little, as does that organic, herbal bitterness. It's rather sharp, biting and cutting, but it does have some of those nice rustic Saison spices as well. Feel is light and crisp, but the carbonation ends up being a little bloating.

A good beer, but I really did want it to be better. A touch of acidity on the palate would have helped, as probably would have a lighter touch on the spices (assuming they added some—if not, it's a good job they did getting the yeast to produce such flavours). But it's still pretty drinkable and pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, my standards for Saisons and for The Lost Abbey are unreasonably high, so I did find this something of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:07:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego, Calif. Color was citrine (my wife showed me it was an actual color). Lots of head, more than an inch. A bit of lacing on the top. Heavy amount of film on the sides of the glass throughout.

Smelled cloves, wheat, banana and light hops.

Cloves dominated the initial taste. Lots of spices in there. Also banana, lemon and honey - all fairly light. Slightly bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Long-lasting flavor, but it got a bit old pretty quick.

Not a bad beer overall. Reminded me of a Hoegaarden White. I’d try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 07:25:20 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Philousa


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Martin's West. Served cloudy pale straw color with a small amount of white head. The spicy aroma is nearly overwhelming. I got mostly coriander with some faint floral notes. The more I drank the more I got bready, toasty notes as well. Pale malt taste up front, big spicy flavor followed, then bitter, earthy hops. Tangy, spicy flavor lingered, coming back after the bitterness. The mouthfeel was harsh from the spices and it lingered, fading slowly.

So many Saisons blend together to me. Some tend towards a ripe barley flavor, some a more citrusy flavor. But this one really played up the spices the way a west coast IPA plays up the hops. I thought at first my taste buds wouldn't last a whole pint, but it grew on me as I noticed more complexities. This is one of two Saisons that went the super spicy route, the other being Orchard White by The Bruery and that had too much lavender for my liking. Although this has too much spice for me to order frequently, it's a refreshing, interesting beer I'd try again another night.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 18:15:28 | More by Philousa
Photo of LiquidBread219


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

A= It was a strong yellow in color, nice white foamy head that had excellent retention. It also provided some spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose was decent, had the typical Saison feel to it some spicy yeast with undertones of citrus. I just thought it would have more of that "farmhouse funk" to it.

T= Basic in the front you get that spicy yeast taste, then you get a faint taste of the spices and fruit picked u some grafefruit at the the very end.

M= Medium bodied beer, nice carbonation.

O= Overall this is a decent Saison, I do think there are better ones out there glad I got a chance to try this one and to sample a couple beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:26:09 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of iadler


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

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a one finger head that leaves some thin lines of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, biscuit malt, floral hops, lemon zest and some belgian spice.

T- Fairy tart in the taste with green apple, pear and lemon zest as well as banana, biscuit malt, floral hops and some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel that finishes very dry.

O- First brew from The Lost Abbey, though I always see it at shops around the Chicago area. Refreshing and a solid Saison for a humid summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 06:09:06 | More by iadler
Photo of scoots511


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Caged 750mL bottle, cork came off with ease. Poured a nice large foamy head that started to look like a puffy cloud as it started to collaspe slowly. Lots of tiny bubbles coming out of solution. Golden amber color.

S: Fresh spicy belgian-y tripple nose with a slight hint of alcohol. Really smells highly drinkable

T: Spicy taste, some slight maltyness, and some residual bitterness on the tongue. Finishes clean

M: Bubbles in my mouth and finishes pretty clean

O: Love the pour and the smell of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:38:45 | More by scoots511
Photo of cbutova


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

A- Golden yellow body into my glass. Big fizzy white head forms to a huge size and retains pretty well. A nice pillow stays on the beer. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- A faint overall aroma. Banana and clove come off the most to me with underlying grain, citrus and Belgian yeast notes. Dry straw.

T- Like the nose but better. A good Belgian yeast profile, lemon zest, citrus, floral hop notes. A dry straw feel with clove, banana and some light malt.

MF- Creamy, fizzy bodied beer with nice bitterness in the finish. High carbonation.

A solid saison. Only bought it because it was on sale, the first carbonated Lost Abbey bottle I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:09:11 | More by cbutova
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growlers procured at Lost Abbey for CBI Craft Beer Tasting, poured 8.13.11.

Medium gold body, some visible carbonation but not a lot, 3/4 finger white head quick dissipation with some lacing present. Nose is fairly spicy, coriander dominant with some meyer lemon esters, floral hops. Taste is once again fairly spicy for the style, balanced by floral notes and light lemony goodness. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, good effervescence. Real drinkable, fit well into the progression for the tasting and the SoCal theme.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2011 02:27:45 | More by jdense
Photo of jcartamdg


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold hazy color with a thick cloud like fluffy 3 finger head that dissipates to a constant one finger head. Aroma of funk, yeast citrus and pepper. Taste follows the nose with overwhelming fruity notes. Very fresh and refreshing. Aside from what Fantome offers, this may be my favorite saison!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:34:59 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of sulldaddy


4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cellar temp botle into a snifter and splitting thebottle with Stopper.
The beer is a clear copper hue with bleached white creamy head of 4 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. The head fades to a sturdy surface layer with tight lattice remaining on the sides of the glass as it fades.

Aroma is some malty caramel and a dose of cloves. Maybe a little doughy yeast mixed in but not overly funky or musty. First sip reveals an average body but full tingly carbonation that causes burps throughout the sampling.
Flavor is sweet malt and some fruity notes, primarily red grape and cloves. No real booze shows through, but there is a little grassy hop note towards the finish. The finish also dries out my palate on the end of each sip, making me thirst for more beer.
This is a nice complex beer that wasnt what I anticipated, but certainly was an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:10:25 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of notchucknorris


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

A: Pours a hazy burnt golden/almost amber color with a very thin cream colored head.

S: I couldn't smell a ton here. Some pale malts and a little bit of funk.

T: Taste is pretty solid with a malty backbone and a lot of earthiness towards the finish. Some spicy almost medicinal hops towards the finish as well as some belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 17:52:52 | More by notchucknorris
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