Barn Burner | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Barn BurnerBarn Burner

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by champ103 on 06-12-2012

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is hazy deep yellow and lots of a tight white head with a lot of lacing. Nose has a moderate farmhouse yeast, lightly dusty, with a faint pepper and strong lemon. Taste is quite a bit sweeter, faint farmhouse, no dustiness. Really no pepper, lots of sweet malt, hints of candied sugar and strong lemon. Lighter carb, syrupy body, a bit thick.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Forced to write notes due to an outlier rating.

This is overly sweet for a saison, with too much emphasis on the malts. Lacks the starhcy dry feel you'd expect from a good saison as well as any spice profile whatsoever. Not funky or peppery, nor even Belgian in character. Simple, shallow, and not true to the style.


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Photo of ARoman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a shaker. There's an aroma that's bright lemon zest with some some graham cracker notes hiding underneath, some light egg drop soup notes, and a light herb (coriander). The beer is just slightly hazy with a straw hue and a dense foam, white head that mostly disappears, leaving only a light retention and lace. The taste is a bit north of medium sweet with a complimentary, medium light bitter. The beer is soft with a foamy and spritzy carbonation, an oily texture, and a medium light body flavored by bread, lemon, and some tropical notes with a crisp, clean finish of clean lemon and coriander along with a hint of graham cracker and bitter citrus. The aftertaste is short and the beer is quite clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned 12/29/14, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale straw color with a small creamy and foamy white head that has good retention, eventually settling to a film skimming the top

S- spicy and yeasty up front with notes of dried hay, grass, basement must, ripe pear & phenols, classic saison aroma

T- spicy and earthy yeast & wheat flavor follows the aroma up front, fruity notes of green apple, pear & lemon rind. Earthy, grassy and phenolic finish with more spicy yeast on the linger

M- medium body with medium bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy and lively mouthfeel that continues into a dry finish

O- I was very surprised by this saison, it is very well made and rivals some Belgian examples, I'd drink this all summer if it were available to me. I can't believe how low this is rated, it has to be people who don't appreciate the style, because this is spot on

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Photo of Pegasus
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, deep golden amber, with a massive, robust and dense off-white head. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate, and drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma:Massive aroma of phenol alcohol and crisp apples,sweet orange, a ripe banana note, with a strong flourish of coriander.

Taste: Opens with tart wheat, and lots of fresh, light fruit, including apples, bananas, and tangy oranges. As the taste progresses, some phenolic flavors present. Late in the taste, there is a mild surge of sweet lemon rind, moderately earthy and medicinal hops to bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, rich and full, very pleasant

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, somewhat over-the-top example. Very drinkable and quite refreshing.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body is a bright burnt orange color with plenty of golden hues, very bubbly, in fact the carbonation is just teaming with motion. It is a bit hazy and creates an opaque golden glass of joy! The head starts off thick and quickly evens out into a layer of sporadic island bubbles herded by a thin but dense ring of lacing.
Fruity with a mixture of spices and light herbal hints and just a bit of coriander come out.
Spices are up front and they taste great, there is a mild earthy flavor as you swallow. There is a bit of citrus in the aftertaste almost like a mixture of valley lemons and grapefruit.
Medium bodied and filled with carbonation.
This is a good beer to try and one of Karbach’s best in my opinion.

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Photo of kbest429
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Karbach's seasonal Saison, a brewery I'm a huge fan of. It isn't the best Saison I've had, but its pretty good. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates. The smell reminds me of a hefeweizen. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen with a little citrus and the coriander is recognizable. Kinda hard for me to judge this beer because I have not had too many Belgian beers that aren't witbiers. It's ok though.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very attractive and cloudy golden color with a very effervescent thick and bubble head that settles at a moderate rate and leaves almost lacing down the glass.

The nose is very organic with earthy tones that support hints of grass, pine, citrus and breadiness.

The taste is a great balance of rich malt, piney and citrus hops with a grassy and bready finish that matches the nose perfectly.

The mouthfeel is rich and pleasant and just right for the style.

Overall this is a wonderfully done Texas version of the Saison style. They have done a fantastic job here and it is excellent. I highly recommend it, please leave some for me.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somebody left this in an open locker at my gym so I tried it. Nice golden color and I thought the aroma was very enticing. I really enjoyed it especially the hint off spice at first-taste.

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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow or gold color,it looks nice I guess,I don't have a lot of experience with farmhouse ales so it's hard for me to judge.pours a nice head and laces the glass very well.

It smells like funky Belgian yeast all the way,the way most of the farmhouse I have had smells,a little fruit in there too.not to much spice though.

Taste is true to smell,funky Belgian yeast.this style is not to my liking right from the start so I have to really try hard to judge to style

Drinks easy enough kinda light compared to others in the style.

Overall I don't care for farmhouse but I try to be fair and hey this one ain't bad.not too bad with the funky yeast and very drinkable the abv is hidden well.karbach is well on its way to becoming the best craft beer in the houston area and i found all their beer on sale at heb for 5.99 a six pack so I bought everything they make.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is slightly hazy and tan-gold with an ok head and lace, but slightly less than is typical for the style.

Flavor and aroma are nice, and on par with what I'd expect from a saison, grassy, some citrus, a little crisp hops, pretty nice.

Body is a little sweeter and less dry than typical saisons, as if T-58 was chosen over 3711 (homebrew reference of yeasts that I have personally used, not sure what actual yeast Karbach used). However, this is not a criticism, just an observation. I have enjoyed beers brewed with both yeasts, as I am enjoying this one.

Certainly I'm going to enjoy the rest of this sixer, and will happily continue to pick up sixers of Karbach in the future.

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Photo of brurevu
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Barn Burner poured a golden orange with a very effervescent and large white head. The aroma emitted coriander and spices with hints of citrus peel and grains. The brew had a thick and creamy mouthfeel that delivered coriander and clove spiciness with slight banana yeast notes. It was very refreshing and hit similar notes as their Weisse Versa but with more spice and citrus peel flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A saison from a can? In!

Clear golden. Creamy, persistent near-white head. Not a lot of stick, but a pretty beer nonetheless.

Very classic saison aroma. Dried grass and a little hay, very mild lemon, good amounts of earth, and faint, leafy hop character. Very nice.

Similar flavor as the aroma. Yeast dominated flavor with earth and dried grass notes shining through right up against just a bit of lemon, pepper, and leaf. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with crisp, near-high carbonation.

Too crushable. I want to get a case of this for the racetrack.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is mild. Belgian yeast aroma with some coriander and orange peel. Not very strong, though. Belgian yeast and coriander predominate the taste with slight orange character. Does have a good spicy hop bitterness at the end. Very decent beer and very drinkable. Would like to see what this one tasted like with wild fermentation. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Farmhouse aftertaste.

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Photo of jhamp9
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden pour with a white head that quickly fades down to a thin ring. Aroma: Dusty, yeast, lemon, and faint spice. Taste: overall pretty yeasty. Lemon zest and spice come through in the background. Palate: Prickly carbonation that finishes dry. Overall: Pretty refreshing and enjoyable. Nice for these hot Texas days.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a wheat beer like haze, soapy head. Smell is aggressive and hence the name very barn yard like. Fairly clean taste at first, leads to a somewhat boozy taste and a sharp bite from the yeast. Kind of low in carbination, looks like the head got most of it, but it actually makes it pretty easy to drink and sessionable. I look at it more as a great session beer then a true belgian and the price point surely makes it a nice go to brew.

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Photo of Premo88
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into "craft beer" glass (stick)

L: cool murky light orange; not 100% opaque but not clear; OK head of about 1/2 inch, very little lacing. the head isn't fantastic, but the color is.

S: tripel/hefeweizen like to me ... lots of sweeter/sour citrus, banana. smells a bit like wine.

T: very hefeweizen, plenty of sweetness but not overly so, lots of banana

F: fantastic body, carbonation

O: for a beer that isn't among my favorite styles, this one tasted awfully good during a recent fishing trip. and if you're in the mood for a tripel but want to save money, honestly, you could do worse than a couple cans of Barn Burner.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy brassy color. Head thins out quickly. Smell has the typical American saison thing going on. Really pronounced yeast. Very spicy and fruity. Taste is very sweet for my taste. The spiciness is more subdued than in the smell. Nice bready malts and a really nice floral aftertaste. If this were a bit less sweet and had a little less alcohol, it would be pretty great. Mouthfeel is severely lacking in carbonation. I think the lack of carbonation raises the perceived sweetness. Overall this is an OK attempt at an American saison. Really can't compete with some of the better Belgian examples. It's flawed, but salvageable if Karbach decides to tweak the recipe.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can pours a mostly clear gold color that is pretty dark for the style with a pretty average cap of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both very pedestrian as well.

Nose is sharp tangerine and some coriander. Too much spice, doesn’t let any of the delightful lemony wheat and soft yeast found in a good saison shine through.

Taste again shows too much spice additions, it tastes like a strong witbier. The malt is too heavy and sweet as well. The hops and spices clash on top of that and you pretty much get this disaster of a beer. I don’t think I have been this disappointed in Karbach before, definitely been more hits than misses in their young pupilage as a brewery. Not a fan of the Barn Burner...lighten up the malt, throw away the spice jar and up the wheat percentage....basically scrap this and start over. I hate to dis on a good local brewery, but this beer is not even average for the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anvil.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of Belgian yeast notes, as well as a little bit if spice and some biscuit malt. The flavor features a lot of orange and lemon citrus notes, as well as some sugar and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice Texas-made saison.

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Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Liberty Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dull, but clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head rises with good retention and lace. A cascading amount of bubbles keep rising to the top. Looks very effervescent.
S: Phenolic yeast, peppery spice, and sweet caramel malt.
T: Follows the nose with a huge phenolic yeast flavor. Big peppery spice as well. Phenolic to the point of plastic. Sweet caramel malt in the finish.
M/D: A medium body that is very carbonated. This needs to be cleaner and dry though. The plastic like phenols makes this a bit harder to drink than I would like.

I love what Karback has been doing, but this misses the mark. A Saison should have a distinct yeast character, which this has. Though the plastic phenols are to much and take over.

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Barn Burner from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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