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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Thedaver4220
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First saison and first Lost Abbey

Beautiful golden pour with a thick white head. There is a nice wheat smell with a little herb touch. It's an easy drinking beer with slight bitterness on the back end. Overall I enjoyed this beer. I would like to try this with another saison to see some difference, so if anyone has any suggestions on a great saison please drop me a message and let me know. Also kudos to lost abbey on the bottling and presentation of there beers. I know a lot of people that buy beer based on the labeling and bottles and this will definatly attract them. I can't wait to try other lost abbey brews

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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with golden hues beneath the plentiful, rocky white head that very slowly dissolves to leave a scattered, yet sticky lacing in its path.

Aromas of citrus zest and spice highlight the aroma and maybe even a touch of banana. There is yeast presence, yet also a faint peppery bite, but the citrus zests and spices really stand out.

The lemon zest and yeast are first to the hit the palate with mild sweet malt mid-palate, with pepper and yeast at the finish. Any tart flavors are fairly subtle and the flavor seems to be pretty well balanced for the style. As it warms it really becomes a bit more floral or herbal and similar to the aroma the banana comes forward and the faint malt sweetness is more apparent as well.

Medium to lighter in body with generous amounts of carbonation with a pretty dry finish.

I must admit my palate may be out of touch with the Saison style, however this really seems to have at least a hint of just about every trait one can ask for.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a) Rocky off-white head, bubbles of varying sizes. Cloudy orange. Good served in a chalice.

s) Big whiff of green olive, or it least the pickling juices thereof. Wine cork; touch of citrus perhaps.

t) Rich & complex. Hard to discern the spices, but there's a Belgian phenolic muskiness. Perhaps a faint cinnamon or white pepper. Warms to an underhouse mustiness, but also a touch of mint. Late bitterness that compliments the spice.

m) Lightly creamy, and expansive. A spicy astringency is felt on the mouth roof.

o) Becomes more assertive as it warms. Has a profile that is reminiscent of Orval, minus the Brett. Certainly not for all palates; it's an 'intellectual' beer that raises many talking points. Good with a red curry, and to be shared.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 1500th review on BeerAdvocate. Shame I couldn't share it with my regular beer-reviewin' buds @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe. Ah well.

Uncorks with a sucking thunk, followed by a smoky mist of CO₂. Pours a light hazed golden colour, with an initially crackling and very frothy white head, that leaves sudsy, sticky clumps of lace (or what is rightly just big gobs of foam) down the side of the glass. Carbonation is streaming and fine. It looks a vibrant, alive beer, which is what you want from the style. Not bad.

Nose is bright and slightly acidic, with some spicy, peppery overtones and an echoey note of metallic copper. Green organics as well, along with some estery compounds of banana. There's a hint of something herbal hiding towards the back, possibly mint or coriander. Nice.

Taste is rather sharp and a little astringent, giving a big phenolic bitter bite on the centre of the palate, before dipping away to a crisp, slightly metallic finish. Some earthy overtones come through a little, as does that organic, herbal bitterness. It's rather sharp, biting and cutting, but it does have some of those nice rustic Saison spices as well. Feel is light and crisp, but the carbonation ends up being a little bloating.

A good beer, but I really did want it to be better. A touch of acidity on the palate would have helped, as probably would have a lighter touch on the spices (assuming they added some—if not, it's a good job they did getting the yeast to produce such flavours). But it's still pretty drinkable and pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, my standards for Saisons and for The Lost Abbey are unreasonably high, so I did find this something of a disappointment.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in San Diego, Calif. Color was citrine (my wife showed me it was an actual color). Lots of head, more than an inch. A bit of lacing on the top. Heavy amount of film on the sides of the glass throughout.

Smelled cloves, wheat, banana and light hops.

Cloves dominated the initial taste. Lots of spices in there. Also banana, lemon and honey - all fairly light. Slightly bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Long-lasting flavor, but it got a bit old pretty quick.

Not a bad beer overall. Reminded me of a Hoegaarden White. I’d try it again.

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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Martin's West. Served cloudy pale straw color with a small amount of white head. The spicy aroma is nearly overwhelming. I got mostly coriander with some faint floral notes. The more I drank the more I got bready, toasty notes as well. Pale malt taste up front, big spicy flavor followed, then bitter, earthy hops. Tangy, spicy flavor lingered, coming back after the bitterness. The mouthfeel was harsh from the spices and it lingered, fading slowly.

So many Saisons blend together to me. Some tend towards a ripe barley flavor, some a more citrusy flavor. But this one really played up the spices the way a west coast IPA plays up the hops. I thought at first my taste buds wouldn't last a whole pint, but it grew on me as I noticed more complexities. This is one of two Saisons that went the super spicy route, the other being Orchard White by The Bruery and that had too much lavender for my liking. Although this has too much spice for me to order frequently, it's a refreshing, interesting beer I'd try again another night.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= It was a strong yellow in color, nice white foamy head that had excellent retention. It also provided some spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose was decent, had the typical Saison feel to it some spicy yeast with undertones of citrus. I just thought it would have more of that "farmhouse funk" to it.

T= Basic in the front you get that spicy yeast taste, then you get a faint taste of the spices and fruit picked u some grafefruit at the the very end.

M= Medium bodied beer, nice carbonation.

O= Overall this is a decent Saison, I do think there are better ones out there glad I got a chance to try this one and to sample a couple beers from this brewery.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a one finger head that leaves some thin lines of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, biscuit malt, floral hops, lemon zest and some belgian spice.

T- Fairy tart in the taste with green apple, pear and lemon zest as well as banana, biscuit malt, floral hops and some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel that finishes very dry.

O- First brew from The Lost Abbey, though I always see it at shops around the Chicago area. Refreshing and a solid Saison for a humid summer day.

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