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Red Barn Ale | The Lost Abbey

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3.94/5
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1,002 Ratings
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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:
#5,543
Reviews:
394
Ratings:
1,002
pDev:
10.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
138
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,002 |  Reviews: 394
Photo of erk0607
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Light, clear, effervescent amber
S: Very peppery, classic "farmhouse funk"
T: Very peppery, lots of spices to yield a strong Belgian profile. A bold saison if there ever was one.
F: Light, fizzy, super easy to foam head
O: Good, classic what you think of when someone says strong beer flavor

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Photo of Pranqfan
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TerribleTaste
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frigging rights boys, I opened this 750ml ale, poured it, sniffed it, gave it a decent look-see on the glass acroment. Even gave her a lil sip and everything in my senses pointed to a soft fruity ale.
That was until I took a gulp, the front sour tart flourished into a nutty bready mix of unnameable flavors.

This beer has a perfect name to suite its flavor, all I can imagine is the daily farm hand making a home brew and saw ANYTHING on the homestead to toss in. Pears, apples, apricots, oranges, any nuts or berries he could find Ect ect. Whatever sounded good at the time and was on hand. There is an excessive amount of flavors donated by this beer, and I like all of them. But then again ;D I have TerribleTaste

Edit: at the last of the bottle all I can say is just how incredibly sour this beer is, I love it.

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Photo of datpingao
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Honeybourne
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jodybrutal
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rjp217
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ela
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jebrew
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of That_Turtle
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of conoraugustine
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anonymoose
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is 11 months old at the time of review and has an orange color. The aroma is just barnyard funk. The taste is bitter for a saison with a lot of spice, massive rye breadiness, a little bit of funk, and some lemon and orange notes that come through. As the beer warmed up it became tart which I didn't notice as much immediately after opening it.

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Photo of Huffs
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flip_Smash
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hahnin
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Floral smell, with rich almost savory apricot taste. Color is gorgeous. Carbonation is med/strong but perfectly suits this beer. Probably one of the most balanced beer so have ever had, strong taste, clean finish, beautiful color, an absolutely gorgeous beer

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

Appearance - Pours cloudy and a dull, yellow-orange color with an off-white, rocky 3 finger head. Good retention. Thins out to a sheet of suds across the surface. and leaves with it sudsy clumps of lace upon the glass.

Smell - Grains of paradise stand out in the aroma, with a zesty, peppery and citrusy character. Light funk. Hints of banana and wheat.

Taste - Follows the nose, with peppery spice, orange and lemon citrus notes being the foremost characters. Hints of herbal mint. A touch of apple is in there somewhere. Finish is mostly lemon and wheat fading into the distance.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with a lightly biting carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good saison. Not too herbal and not too tart. Nicely balanced. Doesn't quite hit my 'Yes!' button, but I certainly don't regret the purchase. That said, I'd probably opt for the FW Opal before giving this one another go if I'm feeling the saison itch.

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Photo of Actonric
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

seems like there's a hint of Brett, still of though

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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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