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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 64
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 CoolJosh
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to the awesome trader who sent this one out to me.

Poured from a 750 mL, pours a very thick and hazy yellow with an orange center. White creamy head that disolves rather quickly. Over does it on the haziness that really kills the look for similar, looks like a momossa.

Now the smell I like, some skunkiness but its surprisingly pleasant, with nice sweet peach scents and soft lemon. White grapes and french oak add for a very pleasant aroma. Somewhat subdued, which is the only drawback.

Very thick feel to it, starts with very soft lemon, progresses to a tart orange and sour peach flavors. Not too impressed here. Some sort of weird malt taste that just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to revisit the Lost Abbey tonight. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, on to the beer:

Loud POP as I take out the cork....that's a good sign. The soapy head on top is billowy with low density, the body being brilliant and gold in color. Beautiful! There is good stuff in the aroma. Barnyard funk is easy to point out, also picking up some pepermint and leather aromas.

At the very least, this is a delicious spiced ale. At first, you get that "saison" farmhouse funk, plus a squirt of pears. The spices then begin to do their magic. Very minty spices, like peppermint and spearmint. It's a well blended, all-around flavor in this beer. A bit of prickly carbonation in the mouth keeps things going. Echoes of spice and blanket in the aftertaste.

Well, that was a pleasant brew, but where's the love for the Red Barn? One of the more "affordable" Lost Abbey brew on the market, and a very good one too.

Photo of vrazionale
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked-and-caged 750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy orange-straw colored body with a cloudlike head that gets to a finger and a half before slowly receding to the edges of the brew.

S - Mushroomy, farmy, musty funk against a backdrop of spices (ginger, coriander, white pepper), citrus, and bright floral hops. I pick up on a touch of wildflower honey character. Lots of "yeast electricity" here.

T - The hop character is bright, but with very little bitterness. The wild yeast character adds a musty funkiness that is a striking counterpoint to the floral, citrus, and spice notes. The finish is long, with the funk lingering on the palate, tempting you to quaff and sip again. Very well-done.

M - Light and effervescent, perhaps a little too light-bodied for the complex flavor profile. Not as crisp as I like my saisons to be.

D - I really, really like this brew. More funk than a lot of saisons, and it works exceptionally well with the fruity, spicy flavor profile. I'd love to drink this with fried fish tacos, a Chicago-style hotdog, or a bright cow's milk cheese like Piermont from Robie Farm in Piermont, NH. Fans of saisons, seek out this brew!

Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Murky gamboge body crowned by a rocky old-lace foam butte. Firm merengue like retention, and excellent lacing.

Soft, luscious, evocative, and inviting aromas of challah, banana, clove, cinnamon, freshly mown hay, and other subtle herbs/spices. Unique, complex, though sweeter than most Saisons I've tried.

Sweet malty entrance on the palate, proceeded by a brief hop bitterness accompanied by a yeasty funk with a hint of citrus, quickly fading to brown bread crust, and a long somewhat spicy, very dry finish.

Nearly medium-bodied, fluffy, with heavy carbonation.

Difficult to put down - glad I picked this up after being disappointed in Serpent's Stout.

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally founda bottle up at By The Bottle in Vanc., WA... they had a few.. picked up this, Magi, and a few others... no recent shipments though...

- Clear golden copper color... huge white fluffy head, very bubbly.. thin lines of lacing after all the carb boiled down... cake of lace maker...

- Nice zest of banana, lemon peel, herb, and biscuit... and lively yeast... much like any wheat saison... white ale, or Belgian Wheat etc....

- Creamy strong Belgian Yeast... thick banana, bread, biscuit.. some spice and lemon zest... overall a very nicely done malty caramel... yet zesty and bright... thick... American something... can't put my finger on it.. but it's smooth and delish!

- Slight chewy feeling.. some sweetness at fault I guess... bubbly on the lips....

- Overall very smooth and creamy... just a touch over carbonated. The head won't go away, and it keeps me from wanting todrink this balanced farmhouse as quickly as I want to..

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on my birthday (today - 07.27.09) - was hoping to get a hold of a Westy 12, but I fell short. A 750ml brown bottle poured into a imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a large off-white creamy head that dissipated slowly w/terrific lacing. The brew is a hazy yellow-gold.

S: "Last year's beer" is apparent (read: sour) w/some fruit like peaches & berries, & some spicy character.

T: The sour is there & some hop bitterness, spicy pepper, honey, florals, and correct if if I'm wrong, but there might be some pumpkin there...

M: Medium body, smooth, low carbs.

D: A bit better than avg drinkability, not overwhelming but intense at times. Not Ommegang, but well-done. One of my top beers from the Abbey.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lost Abbey Xmas party. Wanted to try this for a while, and for $4/pint, definitely a good deal that would save me buying the bottle if I didn't dig it.

Appearance: Gingery-orangish-yellow that had a fluffier head with thick lacing. Pretty nice looking brew.

Smell: Clove, clove, and clove. That was all I smelled at first, but as it opened up, I smelled some more yeasty, bready notes with a bit of hay and pepper to it. Overall, aromatic and strong.

Taste: Almost the same as the smell, but the clove-spice is the strongest that grabs hold at the start and really wrestles you around for a while. Funky hay and grassy taste develops later, but never too bitter. Bready and filling.

Mouthfeel: A bit thicker that I expected, and definitely coated on the way down. Drier, but not hugely so, and with a really peppery finish.

Drinkability: Heavy in some ways, but definitely a saison style with the clove and bread style. If that's your thing, it's really drinkable, but for me it bogged down after a while from the sheer weightiness. Overall, a solid beer that displays the Saison style pretty proficiently.

Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lost Abbey tasting room on 7/10/09.

A - Hazy golden body with minimal carbonation and half a finger of white foamy head that transformed into a thin ring and spotty lace.

S - Spicy nose with coriander, clove, white pepper and licorice, and perhaps a hint of ginger. There is also a bit of barnyard funk in the back suggesting hay, grass and mild herbs.

T - Opens with plenty of dry spices including coriander, pepper and clove notes. A subtle licorice character also emerges. Finishes with plenty of earthy yeast, funky hay and moderately bitter herbal hop notes.

M - Light bodied with a thin, syrupy texture and medium carbonation. Finishes with an earthy, herbal hop bite and a hint of funky sourness on the palate.

D - Nice spiced up saison with a good amount of funk to mix things up and keep it interesting. This is definitely not too sweet at all for the style, which in turn really enhances its overall drinkability.

Photo of LevitatedEep
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat clear, golden with white frothy head that wont go down.

Has a very good smell, very intense spices, corriander, peppery and cloves.

In your face bitter...in a good way, alcoholic prescence along side yeast flavors.

Dry, medium carbonation, pretty similar to it's style.

I really like this beer and this style is growing on me. I want to have this brew with a nice ham dinner.

Photo of MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends.

A - Poured a hazy copper orange with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated slow and left nice lacing.

S - Barnyardy with notes of light brett and mint. Interesting to say the least, but probably expected for a saison.

T - Barny with toffee, grass, mint, and little bit of brett.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, but malt dominated.

D - Overall great. This represents what a saison should be with even though some brettanomyeces may have been introduced to this batch. I don't know why I always skip this bottle when I shop, but will purchase as it is a favorite saison now.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, tart fruits, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with tart and sweet flavors of apples, citrus, spices and some caramel. Then there's a good Belgian yeast breadiness that comes in along with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour-style Saison that is worth drinking a while.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the Lost Abbey brews offered at my local BevMo; poured into a tulip glass. Has a straw yellow color, lots of carbonation, and a thick, chunky white head that left clumps of itself behind in successive rings.

Smell is tart, fruity and spicy with aromas of pepper, summer fruits (think apples and peaches), and a hint of funk (think barnyard).

The taste was a pleasant melding of smooth fruity maltiness as the apple/peach/pineapple flavors rolled around with the peppery coriander-laced hops pop. Lingering in the mix were the tastes of yeast and a leathery, hide-based funkiness. Pretty much just what I like about saisons.

The feel was light, crisp and very lively on the tongue thanks to all that carbonation constantly stoking the head.

All in all, a pretty solid example of the style and one that won't break the bank. It's a nice brew to have with grilled chicken and veggies. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a foamy off-white cap. Head is bout three fingers thick after a rather gentle pour. Big chunky lace left behind.

S - Tart and fruity initially with a light spice coming through as well. Lemon zest, a touch of funk, and cinnamon. A little too much spice for my liking in the nose, hopefully it does not dominate the taste.

T - Lightly spiced and very tart initially. The spice comes through stronger as the beer warms but does not quite overwhelm the taste. The beer has a somewhat odd tartness/sourness to it that I cant quite place. Lots of lemon zest and hints of cinnamon and allspice.

M/D - Light, crisp, and very well carbonated. The aftertaste is somewhat rough around the edges and not the most pleasant of tastes. Overll, fairly easy drinking though.

Photo of deanhead
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spicy aroma which included coriander, Allspice, and ginger. Taste is sightly tart with strong notes of barnyard and horse blanket, with a mildly astringent gingery finish.

Mouthfeel is very thin and almost watery. Very very light bodied. Drinkability is meh, okay. Certainly not one of my favorite Saison's I really like this style of beer, but found this one, while aligned with the style, a rather bland beer.

There really wasn't anything that jumped out at me while drinking this. I won't be seeking his one out again.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a thin, bubbly, white head. It left soapy residue of lace.

S - It smelled funky, horse blanket and green apple. Some spicy aromas, too.

T - It had a funky flavor with a spicy/yeasty kick. It had a tart, green apple flavor with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was fizzy and crisp with a dry finish. It was a light bodied farmhouse ale.

D - This is a pretty good saison. It really has a good balance of unique flavors.

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up during a trip to Seattle along with several other Lost Abbey beers.

Pouring Red Barn kind of freaked me out. I was assuming a red/amber would be flowing out, & the color (golden!) & the odor (funky green apple!) was anything but amber. Naturally I ran to BA & realized this was a saison (confused expectations adjusted accordingly!)

Not a huge saison fan, but this is nice, a very good twist on the style. Tastes very much like a green apple, with a funky, yeasty (yunk!) to it, along with some warm spices, almost peppery, that provide a nice bit of heat. Don't think I'd want more than the half-bottle I'm about to consume - the spices will get to be a bit much, but in moderation (all things!) they jack the brew up some.

Overall a very good beer. Nicely funky, good points for originality, well executed, I likes, the wife likes.

Photo of natasharai
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a large off white creamy smooth head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing down my glass. The beer is a hazy yellowish gold.

Smell: Tangy/sour, some fruit like peaches and berries, some spicy character like white pepper.

Taste: Tangy sour flavor, some hop bitterness, spicy pepper, some honey, a floral character, as it warms the spices remind me of pumpkin pie a little.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty smooth, low carbonation.

Overall: Good drinkability, nothing is overwhelming about this beer. The smooth, slightly flat mouthfeel is actually pretty nice in this beer.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big sticky off white head that dissipates slowly and leave nice lacing. The beer is inner mango slash muskmelon colored.

S- This is a good smelling beer, lots of fruit, mostly peach, pare and banana, also some caramel and great spice. A hint of some tartness also comes though.

T- Complex yet some what subtle flavors. Peach and pare flavors meld nicely with some herbal spice and light dry tartness in the end.

M- Light juicy mouth feel, some what oily with some crispness and dry tart feeling in the end.

Overall a pretty good Saison.

Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a De Dolle chalice. Beer was a clear, golden straw color with a two finger, foamy white head. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet corn and pepper. Very different.

Taste was apricot, lemon, light funk and earth.

Crisp and refreshing. Well crafted beer. Very sessionable.

Photo of photomike
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 3rd Anniversary party at the brewery.

Pours a glowing yellow with a light, tall, fluffy saison head. Great lacing. Looks like the perfect saison.

Smell is of sweet tangerine and spice.

A nice, refreshing flavor. More tangerine and spice, with a little lemon and malt. Earthy, tasty and simple.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and smooth with a clean finish.

Very drinkable. Give me a lawn and a comfy chair and I'll drink it forever.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden amber color with a smallish white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Looks like a macro lager, but that is where the similarities end. Smells of green apples, citrus, spice, funk, slight floral or earthy hop in the back. Taste is sweet and sour with citrus, lemons and bitter oranges, spicy yeast, slight barnyard funk. Crisp, refreshing with an earthy sour finish. Carbonation is medium, body is light to medium, mouthfeel is crisp cirtusy. Great farmhouse ale.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear gold body with a sweet, spicy and funky aroma. Mild barn yard notes too. On the palate it is sweet malt, honey, orange peel, a little funk and a bitter finish. Medium bodied and very fun to drink. Good to see a saison with some funk to it. Good stuff.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Huge pop that leads to a foamy pour for this hazy orange brew. The head is off-white and pillowy; it's so fluffy and energetic that it takes several pours to get this one all in the glass. Eventually it recedes to a half-finger of dense foam on the top of the brew. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Tons of citrus: orange, lemon rind, pineapple, mango. I detect cloves and pepper. Some funky yeast, and a little grassy hop in there.

T: Citrus from the get-go, with a combination of sweet, sour, and slightly acidic orange, lemon, and pineapple. I don't really taste the mango. The mid-taste has a lot of yeasty funk and grassy hops, with some underlying citrus. The funk blossoms into the finish, defining the taste along with cloves and pepper. The finish is quite dry. Kind of a typical saison taste.

M: Light bodied, with high carbonation that gives it a nearly crisp finish. Well-masked ABV.

D: I had this and the Devotion side-by-side. Both were very similar to each other, and they're somewhat unremarkable against other saisons I've had. Even if this were a style I frequented, I doubt I'd pick this one up at this price point ($10 per).

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Thanks to Damien (Solomon421) for the great extra!

Cork comes out with a big pop, so no carbonation issues with this one. Pours hazy orange with a huge, pillowy white head. Fantastic lacing as the head slowly recedes down to a half-finger, dense cap.

Good god, I can smell the tropical citrus notes from a foot away, mango, tangerine, pineapple, wow. Digging my nose in to the glass, I get all of that, with a bunch of spicy yeast in there too, alongside a some grassy hops underneath. There's an interesting musty, dank note underlying the whole thing too. definitely some alcohol in there as well, which is unexpected. One helluva nose, if not for the booziness.

Taste follows the nose - lots of tropical citrus notes, spicy yeast, musty, with an underlying, very mellow grassy hop note. Bit of vanilla in there too. Orange zest, maybe a bit of spice on the finish. Finish is yeasty, tangy. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy carbonation, medium-full body. Very nice.

As with Carnevale, a really well done Saison. This one is very different in character, almost like it had a bit of age on it. I wonder if it matured a bit on the shelf - regardless, fantastic beer.

Photo of Dulliwhig
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Frothy thick head that fades, golden orange with a slight haze.

S - Sour apples, cloves and spices.

T - Orange zest, ginger sharpness, warming sweetness, very bitter orange peel finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, crisp and dry in the finish.

D - I drank this when I was sort of thirsty and it was refreshing and I found myself drinking it quickly.

Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.