Red Barn Ale
The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #561
Ranked #13,780
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Jul 06, 2020
Aug 23, 2006
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Bubbly golden with a white head. Orange zest, dry earth, black pepper, crusty bread, barnyard funk, and general grain within the belgian yeastiness fill the nose. Taste sees that promised ginger add the tricky twist with a hint of lime too, orange zest benefits quite a bit from this development, orchard funk and esters are light but present. Feel is zesty and juicy up front for style before drying out with some rustic elements. An enjoyable twist on a classic

Jul 06, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 03, 2020
3.64 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Aug 24, 2019
3.94 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 30, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjdevel from Utah

Look = hazy straw color - orange hue- crazy amounts of foam and great! head retention - almost like meringue
Smell = citrus and spice - ginger very faint
Taste = slight tartness upfront and then goes to fruit and spice - gets to a really sharp flavor almost like a strong ABV beer - but this is only 6.7% and not crazy high - tones down and more spices come through and a bit of funk
Feel = medium body but a bit lighter than expected
Overall = Very good and flavorful saison - i didn't get much ginger - I was hoping for more - but I would definitely buy this one again

Nov 03, 2018
4.02 by BerryKumquat from California on Nov 02, 2018
3.81 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 8/2/17 into the test glass
A - Goldenrod colored backdrop with a slight haze, can not hide the very active carbonation. A towering cap of white loose knit froth resides as a statement through the experience.
S - White pepper, pineapple roasted, lemongrass, candied fruit buried in a musty handful of fresh earth.
T - Spicy tropical thread, with the focus on ginger, papaya, pineapple, lemon reduction. Nice variety with everyone getting along well.
M - Medium in body and a dominant prickly carbonation acting as the muscle in this experience. The start is semi sweet, then an ashen dry wave rolls through. Finish is delightfully dry with those spicy elements joining forces to linger a bit.
O - A very well executed, dusty, saison with a hint of mineral and fruit. As this bottle has some time on it, I am excited to find a fresh version to balance this experience against. Well worth effort to find and enjoy

Jun 10, 2018
4.26 by ChuckTom from Arizona on May 21, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Rarely do we find a true saison that executes the rusticity, the unrefinement, the organic nature of beer and also all the charm. Even more rarely do we find one of these fine examples rolling out of an American brewery. But that's exactly what the Lost Abbey has done.

Separating distinctly from the styles of tripel ale or strong golden ale, Red Barn pours with a hazy goldenrod appearance, topped with a rocky, billowing froth. Spicy on the nose, the beer's earthy and peppery scent is of dried citrus, white wine, exotic curry and a light soilish funk. Softly wheaten on the early palate, its sweetness is moderately light with a hint of honey, granola and light toast.

But the ale takes a decided farmhouse turn when the middle palate dissolves the sweetness with ease and the dried fruit flavors of orange peel, light lemon, grapefruit and papaya begin to play second fiddle to the blossoming spice. Peppercorn, perfume, ginger and hop spice adds a rye-like zing to the late palate which is also accompanied by a stern hop bitterness of lemongrass, hay and peppercorn of its own.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's nearly militant carbonation bounces off of the tongue to facilitate dryness and aromatics in the retro-olfactory senses, a light carbonic bite is lightly mineral-like and gives the beer a great sense of drinkability, digestibility and sangria-like refreshment. A medium length aftertaste is bitter with grapefruit peels and again a spicy grassiness.

Feb 27, 2018
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 07, 2018
3.5 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Nov 13, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Fayston from Vermont

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.

Nov 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

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

Oct 17, 2017
3.82 by JuiceMan818 from California on Sep 27, 2017
3.71 by anon from California on Aug 26, 2017
4.12 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Jul 27, 2017
4.02 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 23, 2017
4.51 by marknu1 from California on Jun 09, 2017
3.84 by Eziel from Ohio on May 30, 2017
3.61 by RobertJBeer from New Jersey on May 17, 2017
3.96 by muchos from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2017
4 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on Feb 27, 2017
4.05 by andpit from Italy on Feb 20, 2017
4.83 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jan 25, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bmeehan from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 25, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by safaricook from Netherlands

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.

Jan 01, 2017
3.38 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Dec 08, 2016
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 01, 2016
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 15, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Oct 08, 2016
3.45 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2016
4.09 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Sep 16, 2016
3.92 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania on Sep 11, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

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.

Aug 20, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

Really well brewed saison with the flavours every Belgian beer drinker knows and loves. Maybe a little to banana bready for my own tastes. Would like a bit more fruit esters and tartness.

Aug 17, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sbauer from Massachusetts

S: peppery saison yeast
T: herbal, green pepper, spice, bubblegum

Aug 01, 2016
3.74 by Stillyman11 from California on Jul 30, 2016
3.85 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2016
Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
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