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Red Barn Ale | The Lost Abbey

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3.94/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scottoale on 08-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,553
Reviews:
394
Ratings:
1,002
pDev:
10.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
138
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,002 |  Reviews: 394
Photo of Philcassella
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fayston
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice saison. Pours amber with decent white head. Classic funky barnyard yeast smell. His hints of citrus and maybe a bit of ginger. Overall not as funky as my favorite saisons but has a classic saison taste, very good.

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

Pours golden / amber with large white head.
Aroma has yeast, barnyard, hay, wheat.
Taste is same as the aroma, classic farmhouse ale, spices, malt sweetness

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marknu1
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertJBeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muchos
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of N1Nkasi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andpit
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow color and has a good 1/2" white head on it. Aroma of yeast.

Taste, yeah, its a yeasty saison for sure. A little bit of pepper, citrus, ginger. Reminiscient of Sofie from Goose Island. But much more expensive and less convenient format. Spice rack is in full effect, but thankfully nothing dominates too much. Could have been drier on the backend. Good breadiness, but a better version would have been toasty breadiness, this almost went into biere de garde territory.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good saison that incorporates ginger well. The spices you expect to get are there, but they're not overpowering and they don't fight with each other to take center stage, so to speak. Red Barn Ale works; it's light but still requires you to drink slowly and it's got a nice finish.

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Photo of safaricook
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not much of foam, orange with some haze
fruity and peppery aroma, surely sweet orange oil from the peel
quite sweet for the claimed saison style. candied orange
interesting oil-like mouthfeel somehow reminscent of candied oranges
hmmm, not my cup of tea. surely not bad but I prefer my Saisons drier and imho the yeast should create the dominant fruity and spicy flavours and not the the adjuncts as in this one.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This thoughtful and sensitive label, the exquisite cage and cork, and the definitive "pop" introduces a luscious Looking saison ! Mounds of foam, excitement and food for thought !
Smells are tamer; although still inviting, somewhat sweet malts are, generally, friendly. Tastes make this ale's statement clearer; this is about the subtleties of their yeast and how Red Barn's hops blend to balance and, then, say who is boss. For me, this finished so dry that, I assume, they dumped lots of hops in.

But my test of a saison is how it goes with food. I had it with a soup that was garlicky and herbal, but no pepper. I added some black pepper and it got closer to a match for the hops. Interesting about that interplay: a brewer makes the saison and it is what it is, but if it is not a great fit for the food... we can alter the food, in this case, with pepper. I'm loving it !
And I'm looking forward to a 2018 visit to San Diego to visit Lost Abbey's Confessional.

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Photo of curlybird
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnlatona
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Grand Summit Hotel. Was rather surprised to see this one in my area. Tastes like your typical American made saison, but done very well, authentic to the tee and quite refreshing. Recommended.

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Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,002 ratings
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