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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 63
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with large amounts of mustiness and hints of grass. Also present are moderate amounts of ripe pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as complex. Moderately dry light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by ripe pears and hints of green apples. Midway through the sip slight amounts of musty flavors work their way into things - similar to wet hay. Light herbal hops come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been passing over this beer for quite some time when in markets to which LA distributes in favor of more limited releases and now I see that wasn't a good idea. A very good example for the style and one that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque straw color with a billowy white head that never goes away. Terrific lacing.
Couldn't get a ton on the aroma at first, which surprised me, but eventually smelled wheat, grassy hops and yeasty bread immediately after swirling and agitating. Tastes of grassy/straw notes, a little lemon and other spices. A bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but finishes smooth. Highly drinkable.

jbertsch, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a thick creamy white head and sticky lace.

S-the nose has a fair bit of peppery spice and the grains of paradise are quite evident. creamy wheat aromas and some clove with a fair bit of fruity esters in the back of lemon, melon, and banana.

T-the taste is slightly less spicy and belgian inspired and a bit more fruity and sweet. still very tasty as the peppery spice and clove lie up front. the creamy wheat flavors hold in with the creamy full body and the fruits are most dominant as they take over. lemon, melons and creamed banana.

M-good full body with a great creamy texture to it. nicely carbonated, gentle but crisp and present.

D-this is a pretty tasty saison. one of the better lost abbey beers i've had. very drinkable stuff and stays towards the belgian inspiration the style originates from.

cpetrone84, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big, clumpy head, bright white in color and clings superbly. Light and hazy golden color like of lemonade.

S - Dry straw, soil, great yeast character, though not as spicy as most saisons. Large lemon citrus element, too.

T - More assertive than expected. Sweet upfront with a somewhat biting bitterness at the end. Earthy hops, citrus and cracked peppercorns comprise the flavor.

M/D - Light, effervescent mouth feel with a dry finish. Maybe a little too much lingering bitterness, but otherwise very drinkable.

SirSketch, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of BigMike
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw yellow. Tons of effervesence and hazy. A whipped cream like head of about two fingers tops it off leaving some great lacing behind. A very nice and traditional looking saison.

S: A nice zesty nose. lemon grassy and spicy. Some nice citrus notes and candy sweetness. Light funky barnyard in the background just after the peach notes.

T: This is one of the most flavorful saisons I've had. Bitter sweet and spicy. Lots of tangy citrus and white peppercorns.

M: A bigger and creamier mouthfeel then I'm used to in a farmhouse. Very smooth and the carbonation tickles the tongue. Very drinkable.

Overall: this is one of the better saisons I've ever had. Great flavor and mouthfeel. Refreshing and well crafted. I really like the lable picture too.

BigMike, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is a hazy, yellow-gold color, with a filmy, miniscule head. There is a sweet and peppery nose on this beer, with citrus undertones. The flavor is smooth and round, with heavy pepper undertones to balance the sweet ginger and citrus flavors. The beer has a crisp finish, with the slightest little kiss of hops. There is a nice, smooth finish despite the peppery tones. The boldness of the flavors makes this a low quantity beer per sitting, but unique nonetheless.

GarthDanielson, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I received a couple of these in the Birthday BIF. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Really nice head. Perfectly dense with huge rocky chunks of lacing torn off from the rest of the mountain of foam. The beer is a glowing yellow with a good haze.

S- This is a skunky smelling beer. I could smell the skunky aroma right off the bat. Its paired with a light barny funk and lemon zest. Spices, minerals, and salt and pepper round out the nose.

T- I didnt care for the taste of this one so much. Its pretty bitter with a citrus rind and slightly medicinal cocktail. Light funk and plenty of spices.

MbpBugeye, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

blind beer bif bottle #1
cork and caged 750 ml

Pours a cloudy orangish straw yellow with a big white fluffy foam that left some decent lacing.

aroma is light with some belgian spices and lemon, corriander and some sour apple

peppery, lemon zest, ginger with some nice bitter hops

crisp carbonation, dry finish with an almost tart mouthfeel

the dry finish makes it a little more difficult to drink alot of, but light and refreshing at the same time. It would be a nice summer beer. I haven't had this one, at least that I remember. I'm really curious to see what it is.
and the big reveal...

Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale
Never got a chance to try this one. Very nice indeed.

mikereaser, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had on-tap at The Page Divisidero In San Fran

I had this in bottle, and despite getting a flat bottle, it was much better bottle conditioned.

smell is almost non-existent in this one, a little bit of orange peel, spice and yeast...not much else though.

taste is good, but a little hop heavy and wheaty for a saison...it was very interesting though, a little citrus, a bit of peppery, savoury and sweet spice, and some sour yeasty notes, and a hoppy finish.

mouthfeel is solid...good carbo, good thickness.

overally, this beer was pretty hard to drink for a saison, it went down smooth but was just a little strange for me compared to dupont and the classics, and even other lost abbey saisons.

benclimbs, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/04/10 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with two fingers of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, yeast, light sour fruits, light citrus, and pepper.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, spices, yeast, and pepper.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice saison with a lot of those classic farmhouse ale characteristics; lots of spice, yeast and pepper. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a bright orange-yellow gold, nice head and lacing.

Smell & taste: Spicy, recognizable saison elements with lots of zippy fruit. Nice dose of hops that still taste fresh although I suspect this bottle may not be. I get orange peel zest, grapefruit, apricots and pears For some reason I can't help but think of ginger ale. Also a bit of a viognier element.

Mouthfeel: creamy, but a bit thinner and lighter than the top exemplars of this style.

Drinkability: Typical for the better beers of this style, this one is highly drinkable and enjoyable. Towards the end I notice something slightly off about the hops but otherwise I have only good things to say.

craytonic, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of commish374
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL Lost Abbey bottle, corked and caged. Poured into a tulip glass and served with Thanksgiving dinner.

A - Straw color, but bright under the chandlier in the dining room. Mostly clear with some cloudiness. Three finger head, good retention, fine lacing on the glass.

S - Nose was fainter than expected. Mild barn with citrus notes. Some spice, but not much.

T - Bready and yeasty to start. Dry and spiced (ginger, perhaps?) as it goes down. Citrus and Bitterness to finish. An excellent complement to the turkey.

M - Dry and crisp carbonation like a hard cider. Very refreshing in the mouth. Again, nicely balanced with the turkey dinner.

D - Easy. I finished the 750 by myself.

commish374, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of dgfair
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance - a nice hazy dull yellow straw color with an effervescent white head that leaves lacing around the glass. A thin layer sticks around nicely throughout the glass.

Smell - this beers smells fantastic. Tons of bright flavors here...lemongrass, peppery spice, some light lemony citrus,and a nice light bready yeast.

Taste - not quite as much here as in the nose, but still very pleasant. A very nice yeasty spice appears at the forefront and is followed by some alcohol ester that is not entirely desirable. There is also a slight grassy earthiness that shows up as the beer warms a little.

Mouthfeel - a little thin, but it helps to make the beer go down very easily. The carbonation is very active and tingles as it goes down. I would probably prefer a little fuller and less active mouth on this beer.

Drinkability - s fairly drinkable saison, but i cant say that I'm dying to have another one right now. Overall, a very nice beer from Lost Abbey, but not a complete success to me.

dgfair, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, brought home from my BBF weekend adventure and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Red Barn ranges in color from burnt goldenrod (ambient lighting) to bright lemon yellow (fully backlit), and has some, but not total clarity. The first pour yielded about three fingers of head, with so-so retention and no detectable lacing. The second pour though yielded a full extra finger's worth of pure white foam, and retention and lacing are markedly improved. I'll chalk the first pour up to maybe a slightly dirty glass and take most of my impressions from the second pour. Orange and citrus dominate the nose, though the grains of paradise and black pepper are certainly present. I can't really find any ginger though, and ditto that for any malty flavors. There's just the briefest flash of green apple sweetness, and a mere suggestion of bitterness from restrained hopping. Otherwise, this beer is a blank canvas for the yeast and spices to work their magic. Again the orange is the standout flavor, with solid support from black pepper and grains of paradise. I'm used to my saisons being fairly spicy, so Red Barn featuring citrus more than black pepper/clove is a welcome change. I'm a little disappointed that I still can't find any ginger though. A top of the line saison has a truly transcendent mouthfeel, and in this regard Red Barn falls a bit short. Even for what's supposed to be a dry beer it's a bit too thin, crossing the line into watery. At the same time the carbonation is a bit too enthusiastic. Thin and fizzy is not a good body/carbonation combo. That dings the drinkability, but just a little bit. Red Barn is a fine beer, with the prominent orange peel being an interesting twist for the style. Still, I view this as an occasional change of pace beer from some other saisons I'd probably opt for more regularly.

axeman9182, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Lost Abbey bottle, corked and caged. It pours a lightly hazed golden color, with a thick and dense foam, exquisite lacing. The beer smells like a classic Belgian pale ale, light esters and possibly a touch of spice. Not far from lighter Unibroue aromas too for that matter.

It tastes much like it smells, really Unibroue-ish and tasty. Light tropical fruit flavors and maybe a little peppery spice. Very nice, with a lasting peppery aftertaste. Light bodied, lots of flavor for the low ABV, extremely good.

TurdFurgison, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of JRG
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet...

appearance: a nice golden hue with a frothy white head... translucent at best, pretty cloudy looking.

smell: not much going at first actually... some hay and a little spiciness, and a bit of citrus hiding underneath... smell improved as it warmed- adding a peppery scent.

taste: very tasty! Much like the nose actually- peppery, citrus flavors with a hint of hay... nicely balanced, and a a little bitterness that lingers...

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, nice carbonation that creates a creaminess of bubbles on the tongue... a little dry, and that's a good thing.

drinkability: I could drink these all day... goes down very easily. I think it would be better served on a Summer day than the Novemeber evening I drank it... but great, nonetheless!

Overally, a very tasty Saison- I'll definietly have another, please! Good job!

JRG, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of gregshead
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden colored, pours with A LOT of head. Gushes over the top.

S: Ginger and orange peel along with some spices.

T: Lots of ginger/spices up front w/ strong orange at the end. Good amount of bitterness to it.

M: Lots of small bubbles tingle my tongue.

D: This farmhouse ale is very drinkable. Great for warm weather. Will definitely pick up again.

gregshead, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of mj001jk
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opens with a loud pop and as expected is fairly highly carbonated. Pours a nice golden color with a slight haze and a thick snow-white foam cap.

Fresh and clean aromas, citrus, quince and green apple with hints of bready yeast. Very attractive from a distance, let's get a little closer.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel and clean flavors. It is fermented dry which accentuates the minimal character and leaves almost no sensations of malt behind. It is almost like a subtly spiced pilsner with fresh citrus and orange peels added. The lightness, yet long and delicious finish makes is very drinkable and to be honest, sometimes you don't need lots of different or strong flavors to get excited.

The zen-like focus and quality of this beer leaves me with nothing more to desire...well done.

mj001jk, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of TulipSnifter
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this into a tulip and the head on this beer started out very light and fluffy. I held the glass to the light and it looked like a beautiful, orange/gold, glowing ball of goodness. The color is bright but opaque. On the pour a little yeast made its way into the glass.
Smell: Sweet citrus with some spice.
Taste: Sweet and funky but so refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Lingering taste. It doesn't finish very clean.
Drinkability: I enjoyed the beer and would probably drink it again.

TulipSnifter, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a massive white head that hangs around forever.

Aroma is a rich spicy citrus yeast. Orange peel, lemon, coriander, and pepper.

Taste is initially sweet Belgian candi sugar, then a funky yeasty herbal quality takes over. Orange, tangerine, and lemon fruit notes. Finishes with an orange peel bitterness, and a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an odd chalky aspect.

Overall an interesting saison. worth a try.

Blakaeris, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden orange with a thick and creamy white head, a solid four inches of sticky.

The nose is funky with lots of yeasty spicy goodness. A touch of lemony citrus as well.

The taste is very mild compared to the nose a light sweet grain mixing in with dry spicy yeast flavors. a bit tart and just slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light and very very dry, almost crisp.

Overall a pretty solid saison, but nothing real special either.

bashiba, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of g00dness
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, I generally dont review beers when I'm out, but this one at flour + water was so good...

Poured a cloudy tan with a small resilient head. Looks like it will taste good, if you know what I mean.

Nose was dried stonefruit, nutmeg and banana yeast undertones

Taste was fantastic! Cardamom, cinnamon spice and more dried fruits, with mango and banana prominent. Yeast was very minor for a saison.

Mouthfeel was the "weakest link", kind of thin, although the spice lighted up my palate

Drinkability was high, this beer goes down easy.

g00dness, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a large bottle at Monk's Cafe for $15. Heck of a beer. It's brewed with the Saison Dupont yeast and I think is shows in the bright, spicy character. The brewing spices and yeast character blend together with subtle layers of vanilla, orange peel, peppercorn, herbal spice, and smooth bready barley. There's a herbal hop element around the yeast character for great, fresh farmhouse ale. Check this one out.

tempest, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These bottles just feel like your opening up something special, this had a beautiful pop as I uncorked this one lively carbonation on par with the style. Pours into my La Fin du Monde chalice with 4 fingers worth of head forming thick chunky pattern. The white head billows above the rim of my glass and the body is a clouded orange golden glowing color.

Aroma one I first popped the cork gave me a touch of band aid/plastic phenols but as that clears I'm getting tropical fruit spicy peppery background hints of alcohol and orange citric preserves going on.

Flavor has alot going on let's break it down, an air of spicy hops going down with a bit of band aid offness, tropical tangy mix of fruit back and forth between pineapple, citrus fruit, and a touch of mango. Spicy black pepper note, herbal spiciness very green background with a touch of alcohol. Nice and dry in the back end with the booze and fruit cleaning the palate between sips.

Mouthfeel is effervescently carbonated, light to medium bodied. Juicy and dry depending on your sip, brings up spices in the back of your nares but makes you want to let out a nice hop burp at the same time.

Drinkability is excellent stuff, one of the best all around American brewed Saisons that uses many of the Belgian characteristics with American zeal to make it all work together so well.

WVbeergeek, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork and caged 750mL Bomber, poured into a chalice.

Everyone raves about The Lost Abbey. I first tried their Inferno Ale, which I found on the whole disappointing. I thought this Saison was much better, but still not among the best Saisons I've had. I still don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe cellaring will help?

A: Plain hay, semi-transparent. 1 finger head.

S: Smells quite plain. Saisons seem to be less aromatic in the nose than the mouth, but there is very little going-on here. Not much fruit, not much flower.

T: Straight-forward again. I'm starting to think more and more that this beer needs cellaring to develop. A lot of hints at the field here, but not much in depth at the level I would expect from a Saison.

F: Light in the mouth, and foamy.

D: Decent tasting, light enough to drink all-day, but given the hype, disappointing. Will put one in the cellar, we'll see how this opens up in a year or two.

codewarrior, Sep 24, 2010
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.