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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 62
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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 Chico1985


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

Reviewed from notes from last night. This is my first real time having a saison, only other one was a sample of Pretty Things Jack D'or a while ago. Poured into a tulip hazy golden with a decent rocky white head, shrinks over time forming a ring with pretty good lacing. The smell is pretty grassy, wheat with a bit of light fruit. Fruit and tartness come out moreso in the taste. Green apple, lemon, grass, wheat, a tiny bit of cherry-like tartness, some booze taste too. A very little bit of funk and not very sour at all, I'd give it maybe a 3/10 on the sour scale. Mouthfeel was quite good considering the style, but kept it at a 4 just because of a seemingly high alcohol taste for a 6.7%. I'd try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 23:35:34 | More by Chico1985
Photo of emmasdad


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with a big, rocky off-white head. Smells yeasty, sweet, peppery and slightly tart. On the palate I get more of the same, with some lemon zest and a bit of funk. A refreshing beer, with a good sweet/sour balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 04:06:48 | More by emmasdad
Photo of jdklks


2.23/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a light, murky, piss-colored yellow with a bright white head. The smell is of belgian yeastiness, and that's about it. Perhaps a little citrus, and some farm funkiness, but nothing too special here.

Not impressed at all with this one. Way too much yeastiness which makes it disgustingly plain and bread-like. There's some kind of nasty bitterness that I can't quite put my finger on, but that I would probably attribute to the spices. It lingers long after the finish and isn't pleasant at all. Don't really know what else to say other than that there is no complexity to speak of, and that it's gross.

As far as mouthfeel, well, at least it's carbonated. The drinkability is none. The sips sufficient to review it were enough for me, and now it is going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 05:01:23 | More by jdklks
Photo of IrieJackalope


4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Appearance is an amazing golden blonde tint, a thick white foam is left behind after a soft pour. Some lacing is left behind. The aroma here is amazing. It's a mixture of funky Belgian yeast, floral notes, and soft fruity elements. Something in my mind is screaming pineapple and tropical fruit. The taste is delicious as well. Smooth, refreshing, and certifiably funky. Absolutely drinkable, could sip on this one all day. Especially during the hot Central Valley summer we've got coming up in Northern California. Lost Abbey has done this Belgian classic better than most Belgians. This is at or above the efforts of DuPont, and in IMO, well above Hennepin or any American Saisons. Overall, a fantastic effort on the part of Port/Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:08:16 | More by IrieJackalope
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Light golden-straw bodied. Restrained white head with decent retention. Forms a tight skim that leaves respectable lacing.

S: Yeasty, lemon/pepper/orange, grass. Definitely an americanized saison.

T: Pronounced yeast tones dominate a base of soft pepper, lemon zest, fresh grass, some herbal teas and orange. Grainy malts form the backbone.

M: A little light bodied, not thin, however. Clean, crisp, refreshing finish.

D: A nice refreshing saison. Definitely not in the superfunky saison family, more like a Hennepin. If that floats your boat this is certainly one to check out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 02:09:47 | More by callmemickey
Photo of Chambic


2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: clear, light yellow, like straw or hay

S: very mild, a bit yeasty, and missing some funk

T: the best part of this beer is that it's surprisingly peppery

M: on the crisp side with nothing spectacular to note

D: I'm not that into it, though I remember it tasting better the first time I had it

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 21:28:58 | More by Chambic
Photo of tedsox31


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my saison glass. The beer is clear and golden with a small white head. There is lacing that is left behind.

The aroma is a bit of funk, with some citrus notes as well. Some bready/yeasty notes linger in the background.

Taste is very refreshing...there is some funk up front, with a slight metallic note as well in the background, some citrus and is followed up by some bitterness that lingers on the palate. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel has a bit more to it than your average saison. It is well carbonated and appropriate to the style, and there is a lingering bitterness after swallowing.

This is a great example of the saison style. It is highly drinkable beer with a great taste that keeps inviting the drinker to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 02:48:10 | More by tedsox31
Photo of Cubsfan1087


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the Red Barn Ale. It pours golden with white head that lingers and sticks to the glass. You can smell the citrus flavor. There is a great deal of flavor, seems like it would be a great summer season beer. It's pretty refreshing too. There is some nice carbonation to this beer as well. This was a good saison, I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:50:48 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of billab914


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a light gold color with a two finger fluffy white bubbly head. It has a nice steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head retention is pretty good and it left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice light funky and fruity smell to it along with some Belgian yeast and spices. There is some apple, pineapple and lemon, all with a touch of sour brett funk to it. The taste is slightly funky and sour with some sour apple flavor to it. The malt comes through and helps balance out the sourness with some bready sweet notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation, which is good for the style. Drinkability is good, it's a very nicely flavored and complex beer that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:23:38 | More by billab914
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice light golden orange colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty big, thick and fluffy with a pock marked topping then faded slowly to patchy covering... quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... some good patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toasted biscuit malts, spicy tart fruits (apples, pineapples, light lemon zest), grassy, hay notes, light nuttiness, metallic notes, quite floral, some talcum powder, quite yeasty, light caramel sweetness, faint rubbery hints...

Taste - Quite a lot of spicy yeastiness, tart (also overripe?) fruits (apples, pears, pineapples again), slight vegetal notes, metallic, some chalkiness, salty notes, light toasted biscuit malts, bready, light floral honey sweetness, faint caramel, peppery hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Very quaffable...

Overall - A pretty good saison. A few off notes but certainly worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 14:03:33 | More by mdagnew
Photo of sholland119


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 2/28/10.

A-Pour is a hazy straw color with hints of apricot, a thin white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, sweet citrus hoppiness and a peppery note. Very nice blend of American and Belgian aromas.

T-Yeasty right from the start with tangerine, lemon, some wheaty malt, hints of white pepper. Also hints of spices become more pronounced as the beer warms. Really layered and complex while still retaining its saison character.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp.

D-Excellent. I first had this one a couple of thousand beers ago and did not really care for it. Glad I gave it another shot after my palate evolved enough to catch up to it.


Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 20:09:47 | More by sholland119
Photo of gthornton


3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a low carbonation, no head, little lacing, hay/light-golden-amber.

A mild nose - citrus/yeast. Some interesting scents open up as it warms a bit... namely peppar and... toasted celery?? really just another way of saying fresh malt I suppose.

As the beer opens up, more coriander and wheat comes forward.

Nice on the tongue. A little heavy in general. A lingering, but nice finish.

A pleasant drink, but I am not sure I will jump at the opportunity to grab it again, unless it is at a good price.

It is not as refreshing - and summery - as the marketing on the bottle hopes to portray.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 09:15:11 | More by gthornton
Photo of mithrascruor


2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden/light orange color. Tons of visible carbonation, and a big creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Would have expected it to be a bit more cloudy, but looks real nice.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with hints of pepper and some fruit too, primarily pineapple.

Taste: Has a very strong bitter/somewhat sour taste, like super-concentrated grapefruit. There's a bit of yeast and fruit in there at the finish for a second, but then the other flavors return for an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Nicely tingly carbonation, but not too strong.

Drinkability: The flavor here is a big problem, and makes the beer hard to drink. ABV-wise the beer is just fine, clocking in at under 7%.

I'd like to say that I just got a bad bottle of this, but I think it is a pretty fresh one and the aroma, etc. didn't seem off. Unfortunately a rather big miss for Lost Abbey, as I usually enjoy their offerings. Besides the problem in the taste, it seemed a bit off for a saison in general.

NOTE: Towards the end of the bottle I swirled it around a bit - made it a bit more cloudy (but not much) and toned down the bitter/sour taste a bit to make it a tad more drinkable (from a 2 to 2.5), but it is still problematic.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:46:28 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of SACraig


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - golden and clear, nice head with good lace
S - Peppery and complex
T - starts complex than fades to boring, lightly hopped
M - Smooth with hardly any aftertaste
D - Not unpleasant but would not buy again

Look and smell started very promising, but the taste was disappointing. The spices are understated and there just is not enough flavor for my personnel taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 04:42:12 | More by SACraig
Photo of saccro


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - incredible foam. hazy melted butter color. lacing foam.

S - crisp clean aroma. light spiciness. sweet malty aroma. touch of fruit

T - sweet, but balanced by hops. Actually a little too hoppy for a saison. But not bothering me too much since the sweetness is there. Clean though. Refreshing.

M - Body feels a bit too heavy for lawnmower beer. Too heavy for a poundable beer.

D - I really like this beer. It is maybe a bit too hoppy and heavy with its maltiness for a saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:54:55 | More by saccro
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a clear golden reddish body with a slightly foam white head and very minimal carbonation. Lots of spice in the aroma, I can detect the ginger and some nice pepperiness, there are also sweet grains in the aroma. The flavours are also spicy, with lots of pepper and a clear taste of yeasts. Behind there is a somewhat subtle maltiness that has a slight creamy toffee taste. The mouthfeel has little carbonation although this provides quite a smooth feel. Very nice saison, with an easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 21:16:16 | More by PartyBear
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was uncorked with a decidedly weak and nondramatic faint ghost of a pop. It pours a clear golden orange with a thick creamy head that dies down to a film with small islands of foam.

The aroma is more Belgian pale ale than saison to me. Musty but no real funk. Not overly peppery, more cloves than anything. Mostly a slight lemon or orange peel. There may even be something of a hefeweizen about the aroma.

The taste is very earthy, with mild citrus fruit--slightly tart. It's very well attenuated. Finishes dry. Nice mellow malt presence. Again, though, maybe it's because I had a 750 ml bottle of Duvel earlier today, but this is really registering more as a Beligan strong pale ale than a saison for me. It lacks the peppery spiciness...even though every other review here seems to suggest otherwise, and it's kind of yeasty in a muddied, not-completely-pleasant way.

Medium bodied with barely perceptible alcohol.

I picked this up because I love saisons and it garnered an overall A- rating here, but frankly I'm underwhelmed and a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 04:21:26 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of Walken


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey: Red Barn Ale, Saison (05/28/08)
750 ml. bottle: Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear, vibrant gold with a humongous meringue head that fades slowly, leaving some attractive looking Belgian lace and a mushroom of foam in the middle.
Odor: Sweet malt with some soft wheat aromas, clove, fresh red fruit and candy in the foreground. Earthy, floral hop notes in the background, but not too far behind the malt & yeast aromas.
Consistency: Medium body. A bit of dryness from the phenolics and malt, some acidity and a slight syrupy feel.
Taste: Sweet malt and fruity acidity throughout. Clove & pepper pheonlics, some minor cheesy funk notes and earthy hop flavors mid-palate. Finish is on the dry side, but it's not all that crisp.

This beer walks the line between Belgian pale and saison, extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 01:17:45 | More by Walken
Photo of bulletrain76


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Clear deep gold-orange color with a big wispy and lacy head. Head sustains almost to the bottom. Potent and sweet aroma with nectar, orange marmalade, leather, and black pepper. Flavor is spicy, with ground pepper and zesty, earthy hops. Starts with a little citric sweetness, and finishes quite dry, with alcohol stripping the tongue along with a light citric astringency. Spicy pepper lingers in the back of your mouth. Medium-light body with smooth but tenacious carbonation. The dryness and spice makes it quite refreshing, but there is a tad too much pepper in the finish. Still quite good, but it would be one of my top beers if they toned this down a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 05:29:55 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Deuane


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light golden yellow with a medium white head that slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.

S-Spicy green peppercorn and a strong musty aroma. Some sweet biscuit in the background.

T-More spicy peppercorn and other spicy yeast notes up front with a soothing and smoothing honey covered biscuit maltiness supporting. Touch of mustiness sneaks in at the end.

M-Medium bodied, sharp with LONG lingering peppercorn spiciness.

D-A full flavoured, sharp saison that delivers a full frontal assault of spiciness and mustiness with a nice underlying honey-esque sweetness. This one is hard not to like for a saison lover like myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 14:01:20 | More by Deuane
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this saison is a dark, golden yellow with a finger of tan head and small amounts of carbonation

S - typical saison style aromas, starting with crisp estiness, a sharp fresh citrus, and distinct spciness, clove, coriander, and nutmeg

T - yeasty and funky, with some earthy/peat elements as well, contrasted against some ginger and the aforementions spices as well as some tart white grapes

M&D - a wonderful saison, one of the better saisons i have had, medium bodied with well blended and balanced flavors and aromas, a taste that begs you to try another to see if you got all the flavors

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 12:48:10 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours out pale and clear with a rapidly expanding head. Once settled, I can see bustling carbonation through the crystal clear, golden body. A big, soapy, white head sits on top and slowly decays to a clumpy cap, leaving tons of bubble bath-like lacing on the walls of the glass. Looks awesome!

Smell: Lemon zest, hay, and big-time coriander. Pretty tart on the whole, with good spiciness and light funk.

Taste: Very sweet and citrusy with a tart and funky zing in the finish. Lots of coriander! Some buttery aspects. Not nearly as much barnyard funk as I was hoping for. I was digging this beer at first, but now all I'm getting is coriander and orange zest. It tastes a lot like the first beer a I ever brewed, which was an over-spiced witbier.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and fluffy on the palate. Carbonation is very active, but far from harsh. Medium bodied with hints of alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: Not as good as I had hoped. Some more depth and funkiness would have been really nice. A good beer, but I ended up giving away the last half of it in favor of something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 03:29:08 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of corby112


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with ripe golden banana hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. No lacing

Spicy earthy aroma with some peppery zest and lots of crisp light fruit notes. Hints of cherry, strawberry and cream and other estery light fruit notes. Some corriander, citrus grapefruit, bready yeast and slight alcohol.

Crisp medium body with a spicy peppery zest up front as well as some full bready yeast character. Crisp light fruit notes and a very prominent citrus presence, mostly orange and grapefruit. Also, there is some subtle lemon peel as well as some strawberry, peaches and cream. Slightly earthy with a bit of tart bretty funk. Their is a large emphasis on the grapefruit tartness and earthy funk. The more I drink the more it tastes like a beer version of grapefruit juice, which is very unpleasant. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish but overall the alcohol is decently masked. Dry tart grapefruit finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 18:26:21 | More by corby112
Photo of mhatters


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room (man I LOVE this place)

Pours a golden color with a white billowy head.

Lots of spice in the nose, clove, coriander - then yeastyready, then citrus and light fruit. Impressive.

Citrus and spice, clean and beautiful. Bready and yeasty. Man - a great beer

Crisp, easy drinking with a dry finish. Carbonation is what I expected - apparent but not overbearing.

I drank a couple of these, loved them, drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 00:56:06 | More by mhatters
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a pint glass

A hazy golden body with streams of bubbles pushing north to a foamy white cap that had receded to a thin layer by the time it reached my table.

Clove hit me at first hard. It took me a while to push through. Bready yeast, tangerine, hay, and pepper. Almost has a medicinal aroma.

Refreshing and light. Tangerines shine through a little more, with the clove quickly in tow. Grass, hay and a strong bready yeast round out the flavors.

Light bodied with carbonation right on for the style. Refreshing and crisp, with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

I found this to be one of the easier drinking saisons I have had. The alcohol was barely noticeable. I could easily polish off multiple 750's of this guy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 01:18:18 | More by ColForbinBC
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
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