Red Barn Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 997 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap in a taster at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger white head. Little retention. White foamy lacing. Golden and clear.

S- Orange, brewing spices, some spicy hops.

T- Spicy, ginger and hops. Citrus rocks it too. Nice hoppiness.

M- Smooth and thicker than I thought it would be.

O- It's ok. Spicy and tasty. Weird smell though.

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Photo of Gstolas
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of light fruity yeast, earthiness, and spices/herbs - notes of coriander, ginger, orange zest, and black pepper specifically stand out.

T: There is a light amount of almost cracker-like malts upfront but the taste of this beer are really dominated by the stronger flavors of light fruity yeast and spices - ginger, coriander, orange zest, and the strongest is black pepper. Light amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to strong amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: While there are a lot of different spice flavors in this beer, they really come together well and match well with none of them dominating the others. Enjoyable but not super easy to drink because of how dry it is.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a massive head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. A lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Has an earthy and peppery aroma. Reminds me a bit of a good, hoppy pilsner. A touch of phenols from the yeast rounds things out.

Dry, crisp malt makes this an extremely refreshing tasting beer. Both earthy and peppery. Unfortunately the only that makes this different than a lot of German pils is the phenolic flavor from the yeast.

For a 6.7% ABV saison, this feels like a much smaller beer. Light with enough carbonation to give enough life to the beer.

Deceptively easy to drink by its flavor characteristics. One of the cleaner tasting American saisons I have had.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ACY73
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with over an inch of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had yeast and spice upfront, with some good, earthy base grains in the background, but the overall scent was a bit subdued. On the tongue, the flavors were bolder and more clearly noticeable. The grain provided a good, solid base for the spiciness and yeast flavors to play off.

The body was good, crisp, dry, and medium. Drinkability was very good, this was the rare instance that I didn't mind the usually hated large format bottle. Overall, a pretty nice example of the style. Certainly worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of mattafett
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent beer! Poured at a good good temperature with a mammoth, super frothy, foamy, billowy, off-white head and lots of clingy lace. Color is a very slightly hazy straw amber with some bubble trails. Aroma upon first pouring had a fleeting perfumey, fruity, honey, mustiness that quickly was replaced by malt, yeast, herbs. Flavor's somewhat like nose, has a great bitter-carbonic tang balance with just enough sweetness to make this incredibly tasty and drinkable yet satisfying. Body and carbonation are perfect - great burps too. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and a bit boozy. One of the best saisons ever - including any Belgian.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A somewhat murky yellow and green, with faint pinhead rising carbonation of white. Head is monstrous and large three fingers, creamy and rich. Clumps with lots of retention and chunks of lacing.

Nose brings some mild butter, but some crisp floral sensations. Faint candy sweetness. Light very hiding lemon. But the butter dominates, slight diacetyl.

Palate seems at first very wet, but then a giant malt thickness comes in with really tight and crisp carbonation. Very spritzy and extremely quinine tonic water palate with richness. Yeast crispness and rich malt feel on the finish. Sharp bite to this on first sip, with a quick bitter hop pine sensation. A real impressive mouthfeel of large/tight carbonation and also density. Flavors meld solidly, not wonderfuly though.

Overall a solid saison worth trying, I would have again easily.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Clear golden color. Tons of Carbonation.

Smell: Intense musty smell. I know understand the "barnyard" smell description. Also getting a big bready smell. Tad bit of spice on the nose as well.

T: Spicy, peppy fell. Getting a stong black pepper taste with a bit of citrus thrown in late. Strong dry finish. Has a bit of funk that I can't place.

M: Medium bodied, with a ton of spice and activity on the tongue.

O: Decent farmhouse, I tend to like less dry finish on my saisons.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold, modest cap of white froth for the style. Scent is big on bready and spicy qualities, notes of citrus zest and candy sugar. Bready, peppery, zesty citrus and light sugar... missing earthy grain profile prefered in style, but still good. Medium bodied, slightly less bubbly than others, dry finish. Solid flavored saison, but lacking in authenticity.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of afrokaze
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/10/11, poured into Stone IRS tulip.Been meaning to try this for a long time, thanks for the random gift mom!

Pours a bright hazy orange with good 2 finger head and decent lacing. A little sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Smell is dominated by bready, clove and spicy yeast, light lemon citrus, pear, apricot, some phenols, musty barn and a hint of heat.

Mix of bready malt, light pils malt sweetness and lemon citrus, followed by clove and black pepper from yeast, apricot, pear, slight tart tang, with semi-dry finish and spicy herbal hops and rustic funk. Alcohol is well integrated but noticeable after two glasses.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not cloying, medium carbonation, finishes with some sharp tannins and lingers for a decent time after each sip.

Another new take on the versatile saision style, this one has a good backbone and demands slower sipping, but rewards with some depth and spicing that suits the yeast rather than clashing with it. Light citrus and moderate hopping set it apart but it still feels authentic.

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Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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