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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Photo of StephieRaye
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Moderately spicy nose, light fruity esters, slight sourness
Appearance: Pale gold-orange hue with large rocky head that persists. Lightly hazy
Flavor: Initially earthy-spicy from yeast derived character and added spices, then fades to acidic bite that then fades to light malt background. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Malt character is smooth and lightly sweet, but is paled by the spicy notes and crisp sourness that finally concedes to a light hop bitterness. Displays a dry, earthly, and almost mushroom-like quality with light peppery phenols.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and prickly acidity.
Overall: Complex and intriguing brew with rustic charm, sourness, and brings a great american character to a traditionally foreign brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer, from a 750 ml bottle, is a cloudy, hazy, brownish-gold color. The head is thick ans staying. It's a wild and funky beer...yeasty, fruit, some sugar and spice. The taste is more balanced than expected. The taste is light, but earthy and damp. It doesn't get to sou, but is certainly wild.

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Photo of tziggy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bcott
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another cork from lost abbey that requires a bit of teeth.

Hazy bright orange hue with a billowing white head that very slowly recedes down the sides of the glass.
Funky nose of horse blanket, spoiled fruit, earthy yeast, and snappy bubblegum. Bread thats still being cooked comes to mind as well. Slightly phenolic, touch of band aid.

Brisk effervescence. Lingering semi-sour, semi-dry finish. Unique earthy hop bitterness as well. Well blended subtle flavors of phenols, drying/bittering spices and semi-sweetness/tartness. The beer is kind of all over the place presenting lots of different flavors at different times. The flavors do all go together pretty well but this isn't your traditional funky saison. This thing has some sort of other funk going on. It's kind of like they took all of the strange flavors of a saison and based it off that. The beer finishes spicy and bitter.

The beer holds up well and is definitely unique but it's also an acquired taste for those that have already acquired quite a lot. Unique and well brewed but well... just a bit off i guess. Sweet, sour, rich, and bitter. Try wrapping your head around this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of evilkalla
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, somewhat pale yellow with a quarter inch or so of head on it. Very nice overall appearance.

S: Some hints of fruitiness and funkiness, but very subtle.

T: Very interesting. The blend of yeast that was used adds a LOT of different nuances here. There is the slightest hint of funkiness inside of the expected tartness and fruitiness you would expect from saison yeast. The beer itself has loads of spiciness, pepper and lemon zest. Dry and bitter on the finish, with some hints of earthiness. Very, very nice.

M: Good.

O: I was surprised at how many layers of flavor there are in this beer. This is a very, very good saison. Definitely worth the purchase.

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Photo of redliner8
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ityler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of SuqMadique
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of KBennall
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Draft at Lost Abbey.

A: Yellow gold. Nice color and good clarity with an inch of white foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Pronounced black pepper and orange peel with soft floral notes. Apple blends with pear and grains of paradise. Ginger is pervasive but well integrated.

T: Black pepper up front with earth and pear. Ginger makes an appearance with grains of paradise trailing behind. Orange peel is apparent. The finish is dry and lightly peppery with lingering apple and pear.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice Saison. A little heavy on the ginger for me but still enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Nay
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks exactly like Dupont's saison. Simplier, but tastier and more drinkable than Dupont's. Nicely dry, spicy, phenolic (touch of clove), hoppy bitter. Bitter orange or seeds of paradise perhaps, but not brett. Less pilsner flavor than Dupont's too (not a bad thing).

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Photo of travMI13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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