Red Barn Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Barn AleRed Barn Ale
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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: 998 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of rhhjr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BeRanger
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -11.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a two finger head that slowly falls. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: yeast, a general spiciness, fruit sweetness, and a earthy tone is very easy to detect.

Taste: grass, green apples, pears, a nice funkiness, and some earthiness too. Pepper lingers late. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: A very enjoyable saison. Loads of spiciness and funkiness to keep interesting throughout. Nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack! Served from bottle into a Bell’s stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a four finger pure white head that continued to grow throughout the glass. Yes, that’s right, GROW! It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spices, fruit, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, earth hop, spices, and subtle banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look of this brew was what I would want ALL of my Saisons to look! Not much can be improved on that. The flavor however left me a little to want though. The aftertaste just hit you in the face with dirt if I am completely honest. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not ideal. Still a great beer to try if you have not done so before.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and nice effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a hint of tartness and funk. It's got a very refreshing quality to it.

Taste: very much in line with the aroma. Sweet malt with a just-enough amount of tartness and funk. Simple but well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and creaminess. If there were just a little more body to this, the creaminess would be near perfect.

Overall: this is a very well-crafted and tasty saison. It is eminently quaffable and great on a sunny day like this.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

750ml Bottle - thanks to jfam for this one

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, banana, coriander/clove

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste banana mixed with lemons, yeast, and some coriander/clove. There is also a touch of hops and lots of floral/peppery notes. It ends with a dry floral aftertaste.

Overall – Not the best beer I've had from lost abbey but still delicious and very drinkable. It might be just a touch too much on the dry/floral side. Happy I tried but I'd grab something else next time.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Colt & Grey in Denver for 5280 Restaurant Week. Served to a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold color with a 1 finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Head dissolves to a thin film that lasts throughout.

S - A very pleasant mix of fruity character: pears and apples, along with hints of earthy tones, as well as some pilsner malt and belgian yeast.

T - The taste starts exactly where the nose ends. The beer starts with a delicate fruity tone of pears and apples along with a mild mix of light toasted malt and pilsner grains. The flavor develops with a mild bitterness and yeast character. Some clove is present. The beer finishes crisp with a nice aftertaste of malt, fruit, and yeast.

M - Good carbonation, light bodied, Thick.

D - Very good. I had two glasses and didn't think about ordering any other beer.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I would definitely seek it out at the store and wouldn't hesitate to order it on tap again. Good stuff.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:13:56

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber color, clear with incredible rocky deep head
S: full, deep farmhouse yeast and fruit, cloying
T: great taste, good hop finish with strong earthy spice and yeast
M: alive, it bursts with farmhouse saison qualities

I really liked this beer. Good job.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 78.8% out of 100 with 998 ratings
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