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Red Barn Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
89
very good

775 Ratings
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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 63
Gots: 68 | 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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UnionMade

Colorado

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

Another bottle from Kristi's San Diego trip. Thanks baby!
Orangey amber, topped with a thick puff of white head. Good clarity. The head settles down quickly, diminishing further into a weak collar. Not uncommon with belgian styles. The color is quite attractive, with a soft glow about it. Very spicy aroma, the yeast apparently putting in double shifts to make this thing happen. Peppery and zesty, with a creamy malt underlayer. Some woodsy notes, maybe from hops, but it's hard to tell. Soft peachy fruit, and a bit of clovey spice/phenols. The flavor opens up with a light and bouyant texture, the carbonation tingling with fine bubbles dancing wildly. Initially mild and sweet, kinda dingy in that belgian malt way, just toasty sweetness with a bit of peachy pear fruit, then the finish rides in slightly before its cue, parading about with amusingly garish spiciness. Very peppery and clovey, achieving something akin to a winter warmer in a ginger-root/cinnamon kinda way. I wonder if this is spiced, and with what? Coriander? Kinda witbier-ish too. Strange brew. Adequate sweetness, the balance mostly served through the yeast character, with little discernable hoppage aside from a vague, flowery tint. Ends off slightly dry, with enough residual sugar to keep this just to the side of sweet. Pleasing and enjoyable, if maybe a bit heavy handed with the spiciness. It's like a saison running on jet fuel.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 10:49:08 | More by UnionMade
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Monk's Cafe Lost Abbey beer dinner a few nights ago. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with a thick, fluffy white head. The nose of the beer is citrusy (lemon, orange) and has some spice nuances also. The taste is a bit earthy and also has nice touches of the citrus and spice, maybe some corriander. This beer is very smooth and refreshing and makes for a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 03:06:03 | More by ggaughan
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this a few days ago, but haven't had the time or energy to review it. I'd heard good things about Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey through various internet sources, so I picked up a bottle of their Red Barn Ale when they popped up at Downtown Wine & Spirits a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a thick, rocky, off-white head that fades to a persistent film and leaves thick patches of lace.

Smell: The nose is sharp with lots of pepper and spiciness. There's also some alcohol evident. Below the spiciness is a sweet malty aroma with notes of honey and fruit. There's also some yeast and grain notes to round things out.

Taste: This beer is initially lightly sweet with some honey flavors. The center becomes tart and citric before moving into the the finish, which is a mix of peppery spice and grassy bitterness. The spiciness and bitterness provide a nice balance to the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with a tingly, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: The spiciness is nice, but limits the drinkability on this one a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 00:18:46 | More by EPICAC
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Peach juice colored, fine microbubbles forming a tight weave of head that held on elegantly.

Smell: Some grass, hay/barnyard, bitter orange peel, coriander. Nothing overly original, but nothing out of place and simply well done.

Taste: Solid, solid body that hits you right from the start, only to give way to the spicy, bready yeast flavors in the middle, and cuts dry with a resinous hop finale. Carbonation is just the way I like it, vivid and tingly. I'm a sucker for Saisons, this one hit all the right buttons for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 21:12:35 | More by Goldorak
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from BA Dogfoodog, this Lost Abbey brown bomber was caged, corked, and had a painting of a red barn basking in a sunny summer day. The beer came out peach colored, and very cloudy, and the head atop it was craggy and durable. The smell was light and floral, and not a lot of spices were detected in the nose. Typical of the American versions of the style, earthy yeastiness was mostly absent as well. Taste was sweeter than most authentic Belgian Saisons, with floral and herbal flavors from the added ingredients attempting to balance things out. Delicious overall, but had they used a strain of yeast that ate up more of the residual sugars and dried the flavor up more, this would have been a lot more refreshing. I am thinking this beer is more of appropriate for fall than summer. Thicker than anticipated mouthfeel and carbonation was medium at best. A very charming, but off the style Saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 05:08:26 | More by rajendra82
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a near clear apricot colored ale with a decent white head.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a good shot of coriander in it. Beyond the obvious there is an aroma of melon in this one. This possesses a fairly strong aroma of honey and powdery yeast. This has an earthy aroma to it I wasn't sure how to describe; it is somewhere between mushroom and peat.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a taste of cinnamon at the very start. Very quickly this becomes herbal and solidly bitter with a strong hop taste. The whole bottle drinks like this: First sip is sweet and floral and then the next is herbal and bitter, savor the after taste and then repeat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy to drink Saison but I don't really think that this is as good as Saison Dupont or Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:25:03 | More by Zorro
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with a yellow tint. It boasts a thick, fluffy white head, with a slight yellow tint to it. The head fades very slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. I can smell some orange, and some lemon. It has a slightly grainy aroma also. I can smell some spices, like coriander, and some cloves. It has a very slight peppery hop aroma also.

This beer tastes citrusy. Mostly lemon. It has a strong spicy flavor. Cloves, coriander and ginger. It also tastes grainy. It has a sweet flavor as well. It has a slight earthy yeast flavor.

This beer is quite refreshing. It is smooth and crisp. It leaves a spicy aftertaste.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is smooth, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: I have never been disapointed with anything that Tomme Arthur has made. This is no exception. This beer is great. Tomme should be brewing in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 00:10:14 | More by OStrungT
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IntriqKen

California

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light clear golden elixer toped with a half finger white head that takes it time melting to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are belgium yeast, barnyard cut green hay, and soft fruits.
Mouthfeel is tingly and sharp, mostly from the tiny carbonation.
Taste is sweet at first then quickly turns crisp and sharp with a bitter citrus sort of finish.
This would be very, very refreshing on a summers day.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 04:18:37 | More by IntriqKen
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" beige head over the almost clear golden amber brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is spicy, with fruity tartness tickling the nose as well. Taste follows the nose pretty well, spicy malt sweetness upfront, with a bit of fruit, and then some tartness enters and carries on through the aftertaste. Kind of muddied a bit for me. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit prickly though, and drinkability goes along in the same vein. Not quite all I expected here, but still a solid and interesting offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 18:03:04 | More by ppoitras
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Callenak

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the new Lost Abbey Brewery this past weekend…

Pours a hazy light orange with a small white head with very fine bubbles. Seems like low carbonation for a saison.

Smell is pleasant, a little spice mixed with a good malt presence. Not as much fruity esters as other saisons, could have been fermented on the lower temperature spectrum for a saison.

Very pleasing and refreshing taste. A fair amount of spiciness but not overpowering, a hint of sweetness, malt and yeast.

This would be a great beer on a nice warm spring/summer day, or any day in San Diego. Wouldn't appeal to much to me in the cold desert during the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 21:20:45 | More by Callenak
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bgraney

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with champagne-like bubbles and a thin white head with a lot of bubbly activity. After sitting for a while it became somewhat hazy.
Restrained malt aroma lurking behind orange/citrusy spices.
Tastes like it has a higher alcohol content than it does. Exellent blend of orange, holiday spice and slight malty background.
Medium mouthfeel, flavors linger leaving a smooth coating on the tongue.
It's a very tasty ale and enjoying one is a great pleasure but one glass is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 15:24:52 | More by bgraney
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dogfooddog

Panama

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

very foamy beer, fills half the glass. cork came out with a loud pop.

nose is quite hoppy, does resemble some saison notes. not so much barnyard taste as the label insinuates.

taste follows nose - more barnyard grassy tastes, mildly bitter hops with some citric or acidic notes, and a pleasant mildly bitter finish. this beer becomes more bitter into the glass as the palate adjusts.

Very decent beer, I do think it is better than some (not all) belgian saisons currently being made. Another very well-crafted offering from Port Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 05:17:22 | More by dogfooddog
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DogFood11

California

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into a tulip it formed a loose white head that fades to a solid cover. Khacki body, little visable carbonation, little lace and a slight haze.

Orange is the first thing that comes to mind and bananna on the backside almost like a hefe but not quite. This is an unripe orange or more so like a young tangerine. Certainly has the "farm"/"barnyard" characteristic in mind. I liked this the best from the fairly recent Lost Abbey lineup. Candied malts are a theme throughout. Corriander and pommegrant mix to make up the fruity end.

Notes: While I like a light saison to ring in the hotter seasons this seems more suited as a nightcapper. Not a knock in the slightest but just for my notes I would enjoy this more off season.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 06:26:09 | More by DogFood11
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangish/copper appearance, hazy, with a quarter-inch white head that settles quickly to a frothy crust. Notes of earthy cinnamon and clove spice, citrus tang, and mild alcohol in the aroma. I wouldn't say the nose was weak, but it could have been more potent.

The taste has much of the same flavor with some fruity apple notes. It's fairly sweet and tangy overall. Light and foamy mouthfeel, with forceful carbonation. The drinkability is decent, I was expecting a more impressive Saison, however, considering the price ($9~) and Port Brewing's reputation. I would have liked it to be a little drier, with some more complexity. Not bad, and it certainly won't keep me from trying the other Lost Abbey brews...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 07:10:31 | More by bennetj17
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As the head falls it forms a varied, crag marred surface and even leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, copper color. the aroma is nice and spicy, but thankfully in a non-descript way. More correctly, it has lots of spiciness to it, but nothing that immediately jumps out at me. There is also a nice, almost green, fruitiness here; it reminds of a vinous notes leaning towards white wine grapes (or more specifically chardonnay leaning towards sauvignon blanc). In trying to pick out the spice components, I get aromatic hints of black pepper, some spicy ginger, a touch of clove, some citrusy lemon notes and hints of floral character like lavender & wild flowers. The aroma smells quite dry, a touch of malt is here though in the form of a bready / biscuit note that is noticeable if you dig for it.

The taste is lightly malty up front (just a hint of sweet malt grain), it quickly becomes a touch tart, which accentuates some light citrus notes. The beer has a spicy finish that even takes on a touch of a tannic backbone. Ginger is definitely noticeable in the flavor, though it is still light enough to not in any way overwhelm the flavor profile. Looking at the description, I see that this beer does indeed contain ginger and citrus (in the form of orange peel), though I will admit that the ginger and grains of paradise are not as noticeable. This is nice and light on the tongue, yet is not light on the palate in the sense that many spicy flavors linger on in the mouth. A fruitiness is here in the flavor as well, nothing too specific, but I get hints of green grapes, and even more exotic things like kiwi and star fruit. The ginger in the finish gives this a twang that is almost tart, but it is also what leaves that astringent tannic quality. This beer actually has a fair amount of sweetness to it, it is just that the spices are at, such a level that I did not notice it at first. Both the ginger and the orange, in the end, are accentuated by the sweetness, and when combined with the other sharp notes tend to mask the sweetness.

I just poured the second glass, adding a touch of yeast from the bottom, and the beer picks up some softer notes, almost creamy actually and perhaps even a hint of something like vanilla. In the end this is a Saison that needs the more noticeably spicing. Without it this would be a bit too sweet and cloying for a Saison. As it is though, the more noticeable notes of spicing help the malt sweetness along. Definitely an enjoyable beer, though I wonder what the yeast spicy notes are like underneath the more obvious spice character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 16:23:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/2" white head on a cloudy orange yellow body. The head is lacking for a saison. Also There is very little lacing just a glob in the middle from my Duvel glass.
S-European hops, spices, and yeast all come out. Kind of grassy smell. Cloves comes out with other spices involved. Smells like a spicy kind of yeast.
T- The spices really come out in this one. They just kind of keep building up in mouth. The European hops really come through in this also. Has a pretty big yeast taste to it. Can't really pick out different flavors. I think this is the one style that is hardest for me to pick out certain things just because it has so much going on. I think this is one of the spiciest saisons I have tried. Follows the style well. I think the yeast flavor comes out a lot more on this one than the others (or maybe it's just the style of yeast just makes itself more known). It's almost like you have your yeast then the spices instead of a style of yeast that's spicier.
M- Thin body maybe just edging to the medium side. Low carbonation.
D- Very easy to drink like all other saisons. Kind of scary when I have a whole growler ahead of me. Very refreshing and smooth. Follows the style well (like I said above). Just a really good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2006 23:16:35 | More by BlindPig
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to do more scraping than I’d thought with this one on 11/3/2006. Corked and caged bomber poured twice in a Rapscallion goblet.

Absolutely huge, Oreo cookie filling of head, at least an inch, to start. Dries down with an evincing lace that presents a tangled web of cotton. Slightly hazy, milky golden hue with some lazy carbonation cavalcading about. Just cooked oatmeal and its dreggy water on the nose, with some kind of flowery essence, like roses; there’s some kind of sugar cereal going on, like Captain Crunch, in there too. Huh, kind of a spicy thing going on in the mouth, like a light chili pepper essence of some sort; intriguing. As it warms, the chili peppers turn in to a more dry, green bell pepper taste. Other notes include cinnamon, nutmeg, and sarsaparilla.

This is one of the most intriguing beers I have had in quite some time. Not sure how drinkable it is, but I would gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:15:01 | More by Truh
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. A foggy orange beer capped by one inch of foamy white head that stick around for a few minutes before leaving webbing along the glass walls and a halo around the edge.

Nose: Mmm, mouthwateringly tart, saturating my thoughts and making me drool. Apricot and lemon, noticeable butter aroma. Maybe some hints of oatmeal.

Mouth: Exactly like smells, with addition of white grape and some alcoholic ethers and warmth. Sweet malt notes, yeast, and a hint of grassy hops that creates a surprisingly dry finish. Only let down is the mouthfeel: weaker carbonation that thins more so as it passes through. However, flavor is so good it's still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 20:33:10 | More by clickpush
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

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

Hazy peach colored liquid with a large rocky white head and loads of lacing.

Horsehair and hay as is to be expected with some fruity banana aromas.

Delicious taste which echos the nose and is beautifully carbonated with a big spicy palate.

Very delightful saison. One of the better ones out there. Many thanks to lou91 for sending this delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 03:17:00 | More by timtheenchanta
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(room temp) a cloudy reddish gold with a large head of foam that grew as it was sitting in my New Belgium goblet. It took several minutes for the foam to settle down but once it did, I was left with a solid layer with lots of lacing hugging my glass. Very very nice.

The smell was dominated by strong citrus and yeasty notes which made for a good nose.

The taste is surprisingly sweet up front. I note sweet malt but not really caramelly sweet, followed by a good dose of spice and fruit with a healthy portion of funk that offsets the sweetness nicely. Further in to the bottle, the fruit really asserts itself with nice apricot and fig flavours mixed in with hints of banana and clove. There's a *lot* of complexity in this Saison and as it warms up(even from room temp) the various flavours just keep getting better and better at least..to my palate. Wow. This is one heck of a brew!

I've now poured the last bit in my glass and it's: cloudier than ever due to the natural sediment and..the malt profile is probably at its zenith because I'm tasting a sweet malty goodness that's actually more pronounced than my first sips but....it's more balanced and tastier because the fruit and funk are there to "guide" it. Again. Wow....what a brew!

Bottom line Part 2: This is an outstanding Saison. I dare say, the best I've ever tasted!

Bottom line: This is a *wonderful* Saison from yet another small brewery in California.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 19:56:41 | More by Bitterbill
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IceAce

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The act of pouring this sweet nectar into my Duvel tulip fills the room with a dusting of funky dry sweetness. A 50% pour ushers in two solid fingers of dense, rocky eggshell white foam capping a body the color of orange marmalade. Lacing is excellent.

Entry is exciting with tiny-bubbled carbonation exploding onto the palate, literally scrubbing clean the rear base of the tongue. Midtaste is classic Saison, leading with pepper, yeast, and light malt. The finish is stellar...dry, funky, and highlighted by a most beautiful yeast fade.

Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 07:13:53 | More by IceAce
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Westsidethreat

California

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

A: Hazy apricot looking concoction with copius bubble action. Head is a mountaneous formation with creamy, oatmeal colored microbubbles.

S: Fresh as a spring day. Fresh cut grass, wet hay, healthy yeast, vanilla bean and lemon peel.

T: Cinnamon hits the tip of the tongue first thing out of the gate. From there lemon runs the gambit; fresh squeezed juice, spicy zest and bitter rind. Coriander frolics to and frow among the citrus flavors. A lot of bitterness going on under the hood, some serious grapefruit characteristics blending well with the lemon. Sweet doughy persona acts as the backbone of the project. Finishes with a heavy earthy profile; some dirty hops, wet hay and lawn clippings. Aftertaste of lingering coriander, lemon peel and bittering hops.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel.

D: Sort of a triple/saison blend. Very well balanced between citrus, spice and funk. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:14:51 | More by Westsidethreat
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a charming hazy foggy peach hued pour loaded with rising bubbles to a pillowy dense hill and dale khaki coating leaving an impressive headcap with some thick lace in the glass.

Brisk scents immediately assault my olfactory. First a deep vanilla spicy dough front the assault. A latent yet sticky sweetness follows. A true treat on the nose. Some wet leather rounds out the complex nose.

First swigs: A dusty clove saison with an intense butery follow up. Tasts like someone threw a whole sheet cake into secondary. A sweet sugary tea like saison with a slight mustiness. A bold linger of flavor hits straight up the gut. THis one is an orange sherbert delight and a touch on the white pepper side.

A pillowy airy yet medium to full bodied perplexer here. Crisp and bright all around. Lost Abbey's 6.7% ABV is invisible.

Last swigs: One of the top 5 unique saisons I've ever tried. I just wanted to glug this down with its bold richness. To describe the diference between this and Saison Dupont, I'd say this is sugary sweeter and less bone jarring dry, but some similarities are inescapable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 03:30:51 | More by blitheringidiot
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml tall thin necked brown bottle sealed with a black cage, black steel cap and a simple thumbed real cork which has the words The Lost Abbey on it with the website address. Label arrangement is rather cool, just like the BA Avatar my bottle has an Abbey Window shaped main label with a separate rectangular label below it. Labeled as ‘The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale Malt Beverage Brewed with Spices’ and listed at 6.7% alc. by vol. No freshness date or best before. Reverse label has lots of blurb on it, but harks back to some of the influence for The Lost Abbey brand no doubt.

“Off in the distance, a Red Barn hides out content to do nothing more than was asked of it. Another summer day stretches out towards the crisp autumn nights and soon, work will begin on another harvest. The barn relaxes knowing full well that for each and every season, it will remain unmoved- yet touched by everything that nature has to offer. And we’re left to wonder, does anyone notice or even care to stop and appreciate the beauty of the Red Barn? We did and so we brewed this lightly spiced farmhouse al in honor of our favorite season….summer! www.lostabbey.com”


Appearance: Hazed peach with an apricot hue. Sunset body reaps a romantic warm feeling. Super looking white head rises with a Belgian confidence and laces accordingly. Sits in the glass with a cocky “fuck you” look which really does impart a tremendous start to the proceedings. Finely dissolved conditioning throughout, long lasting head is the business. Classic presentation!

Nose: Melting Marmalade over a hot slice of toast. Rustic tones are feisty and blend with grains of paradise and Satsuma oranges. Yeast tones scintillate and the peppered spices excite.

Taste: Tingling start, ginger and orange zest punctuate the accentuated zingy aspects of this Farmhouse. The lightly spiced hop laden body rides the malt backed waves like a professional Surfer with all the deftness of the keyboards on a Rainbow track. If I have any complaints, or rather constructive comments, it is that the “orange” is a little too much at times, but that is hardly a complaint. The wild yeasty funkiness works its way up as the temperature rises and the brew breathes.

Mouthfeel: The finely dissolved conditioning is supportive, orange tones and spiced hops with some floral aspects too. Silky and imminently drinkable. Rising power from the funk provides a satisfying warmth, as does the orange alcohol too.

Drinkability: It is filled with an intense set of tastes, and one of the stronger tasting American Farmhouse Saisons. Even so, Dupont fans will no doubt take to this like a duck to water. I had a very easy time wrestling with this one. Dangerously quaffable!

Overall: The third of the Lost Abbey brews which I have tried to date, and by far the best. The ‘Avant Garde’ was more “average” Garde but the ‘Lost & Found’ was a solid Dubbel. Yet the ‘Red Barn’ Farmhouse really shines, from the perfect looks right through to the classic nose and traditional taste profile, all that and its damn drinkable too!! This is exactly what I expected, it does not disappoint. My next trip to Belgium is only 6 months away but this has me pining for next Easter.

Big girl in the red (barn) dress,
She's just trying to impress us,
And she's got the barley fever,
But she doesn't make a sound,
She's just hanging around….

Worth hanging around for more of this…..

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 06:38:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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scottoale

California

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

From the 750ml. cork/caged bottle pours a bright yellow-gold with a white head. Good clarity and carbonation.

Smells sweet and fruity with a spicyness from the yeast...very much that of a Belgian Saison.

Tastes as it smells with some fizzy spice and a sweet candy sugar with raisens following through to the finish. It tastes a bit stronger than 6.7% ABV but is very easy to consume.

Medium-light in body and a very nice rendition of the style. A solid Saison that is a "must try" from an up and coming, world class brewery!

Note: this is basically the same recipe as the "Pizza Port" SPF 45 and will be available from the Lost Abbey and all Pizza Port locations soon.

Serving type: bottle

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