Red Barn Ale | The Lost Abbey

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995 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
Ratings:
995
Reviews:
391
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
137
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 995 |  Reviews: 391
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%

Photo of pawpaw
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of zephyr707
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a rocky white head that hangs around for some time, eventually settling to a thick cap while leaving spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Definitely on the sweeter side of the Saison spectrum, lots of over-ripe pear, honeydew melon, honey, bubblegum, and a touch of spicy coriander.
T - More ripe pear, grainy malt, honey, and bubblegum with a much more prominent spicy white pepper and coriander character then the nose suggested.
M - Crisp and refreshing, with a spritzy, medium-thin body and sharp carbonation.
O - A solid Saison, but I prefer Lost Abbey's Carnevale to this one.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Souleman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy deep yellow with a thick rocky white head that stays behind. Looks like you could float a quarter on top of it.

S - Clove, coriander, floral hops, spicy yeast, lemon zest with underlying graininess.

T - Spicy with lemon and banana, light bubblegum, floral hops, bready malts with a lingering spice finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with fizzy, high carbonation.

D - A solid saison that drinks a bit sweet. Would like it a little drier tasting.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain, spices, and yeast. There is a mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at the Yard House in downtown Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $6.75 USD plus tax and tip. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, white colour, fair thickness, and great retention. Colour of the beer is a hazy lemon yellow.

Sm: Lemon esters, biscuity yeast, wheat, and maybe bretts. A mild strength aroma. Clean and inviting.

T: Yeasty, with lemon citrus esters, and a wheat foundation. Crystal malts. Clean and refreshing, but simple. Very well balanaced. Nicely built, but the simplicity is bothersome. No layering is present here. The yeast is the best aspect. Structurally sound, with the lemon coming through most on the climax. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. Quite light on the palate, complementing the refreshing feel. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV well. A bit pricey on draught. Drank just grand out of a goblet. I wouldn't have it again if other Lost Abbey beers were available.

It would pair well with food.

B-

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BeRanger
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A: Pours a murky/burnt orange with plenty of white colored head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Malts, Yeast, Lemon.

T: Grains, Apricot, Earthy tones with a little bit of zest.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, it finished pretty dry.

O: Not my favorite Saison but certainly not the worst I've had. This is my first Lost Abbey and unfortunately it's not a good start. It just didnt work for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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