Barn Beer
Plan Bee Farm Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #307
Ranked #2,967
4.19 | pDev: 6.21%
Plan Bee Farm Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: Coolship Cooled 100% NY ingredient wild Farmhouse Ale. The aroma dances between fruity funky yeast & lemon/pine hop notes with little to no hop presence in the taste. Slightly tart, soft & lemony.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear hay colored body with a thick white collar, active carbonation. Smell is very pleasant, back with soft oak with notes of bretty funk, slight horse blanket, hay, buttery pear, lemon juice, lime zest, and a kiss of leafy hop bitters. Taste focuses intensely on the buttery pear and bretty funk, very soft oak and sourness, citrus rounds out. Feel is wild, light but not too bright, cool, and more wet than expected. Rustic, buttery and sneaky floral as it warms, let this blossom as it warms.

Dec 08, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Tavour. At $12, Barn Beer is a pretty good value.
Lots of subtle terroir here.
I do not measure Wilds by their Looks, but relative to the competition... Barn Beer is a bit better than average.
Smells and Tastes are well-integrated; just enough tart to tell me "Wild", but not so much as to drive my buds wild. In other words, nicely tart. Bubbles are just right also; just enough to cleanse the palate for appetizers and, later, for my world-class Ratatouilles. Subtlety helps everything get along !

I am not a big fan of most Wilds. (I am a traditionalist fan of Wilds' Grandaddy, the Farmhouse Saison.) So when I get subtle variations, I appreciate them more... as I have with Barn Beer.

As for my quickie Plan Bee review... A good Mom 'n Pop story of artists retreating to find stability in the country ... in the earth. An artistic and simple website. All good. The Terroir pursuit; but they may be a bit ideological about ingredients only from New York state... which has several eco-systems and, of course, one unto its own, The Big Apple. So maybe define terroir less by geography and more by eco-systems. Just a thought. Peace be to Plan Bee.

Sep 18, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve always heard about this brewery but I haven’t actually seen their beers anywhere. Once again, Total Wine came in clutch, and I couldn’t pass up on this discounted bottle

This thing pours so hazy that you could tell me it’s a NEIPA. It’s a radiant, hazy yellow with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates to nothing and leaves no lacing

The aroma is very clean and crisp, with notes of lemon, honey, saison yeast, soft oak, and wet hay

The taste follows the nose pretty closely, starting of with sweet honey and caramel malt with just the tiniest tingle of tartness. The swallow turns this more towards the sour side, with notes of lemon rind, orange, leather, and oak

For the low abv, the body on this beer is surprisingly heavy, somewhere in the medium category. It is gently carbonated which leads to an incredibly refreshing finish with lingering sweetness. It has an interesting balance between drying and sticky in the finish

This was really good. Better than I expected actually, and I think I’ll be on the lookout for more from these guys

Aug 24, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy bright orange amber gold with a creamy white foam head and visible bubbles streaming to the top. Smells like elegant barny funk, musty overripe stone fruit, lemon, wildflowers, honey, hay, straw, oak barrel, hint of acetic white wine, peppercorn spice, farmhouse notes, pale bready crackery malt, with some dusty floral earthy grass. Tastes like tart apricot marmalade, acidic lemon, lime, citrus, berry, bready crackery cereal grain malt, wildflowers, elegant barny farmhouse funk notes, hay, straw, oak barrel, white wine, honey, peppercorn spice, with some dusty floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation, finishing dry, crisp and refreshing. Overall a real nice and balanced oak aged wild ale.

Jun 29, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (no date I could find) into a Belgian glass

L: medium turbidity, light lemon yellow with a very thick white head. Fades after several minutes but nice lacing not going anywhere. Decently effervescent

S: beautiful, clean farmhouse aroma. Lemon leads, nice herbal/floral notes as well, some peppery spice. Funk/tart there but slightly in the backseat. Some freshly baked bread, maybe more dough. Overall quite crisp and clean

T: everything from the nose, in fantastic balance. On a farmhouse kick of late and this is just superb. Lemon flavor there, builds to the point of zest/peel but then slowly backs away to a medium-long finish. Acidic without being overly tart, oak and wild culture add some funk to it but in a supporting role

F: medium/high carbonation, body is full while avoiding some of the viscosity issues I've encountered with other Plan Bee beers recently

O: outstanding farmhouse/ "NY Wild Ale". Incredibly flavorful, great depth, with the balance to the beer fantastic. I remembered liking it, but man is this surpassing expectations

May 08, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow hue with a mildly murky body and a thick finger of compact white foam. It's got a bit of a shimmery, silvery tone to it; I like it.

Smell: brightly tart aroma with a rather complex funkiness. I can't describe all the things going on here; it's got a little beeswax character, but for the most part I get a lot of interesting funky compounds that just sort of ... work. Great!

Taste: earthy, tart, funky, complex, rich; I want to say "waxy" but that's just because of the bee on the label. There is interesting character in here; lavender? lemongrass? However you describe it, it's complex and unique. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a decent carbonation; the creaminess is a bit light but overall not bad.

Overall: this beer just rubs me the right way. In my beer journey, now nearing 4,000 beers in, this one is pretty unique -- and I really enjoy it.

Mar 09, 2020
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themoviebrewer from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Barn Beer is a wonderfully balanced wild American ale. Pours a light pale yellow with a nice sweet aroma. Sour, but not overwhelmingly so, with a pleasant flavor and some sweet notes to it. Good on a nice spring day, but best when enjoyed on Plan Bee farm itself.

Jan 23, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 375 ml bottle into the test glass.
A - Excellent clarity, pineapple colored backdrop. Carbonation wanders with out any hurry top side. A thin ring of white clings to the glass wall.
S - Lemon drops, Loire valley White wine, musty basement funk is gently present, a bit of wet oak adds a nice touch.
T - Tart lemon pie, add some nice mineral, chalk , green grape skin, mixed culture so a wild touch on the palate.
M - Smooth feel, with windows of tart opening and closing around a semi sweet base. Carbonation is so mild that the offering is riding a little flat. This is actually a nice balance against the tart center.
O - A very good wild ale, not weighted in any one camp, the grains are robust enough to hang with the mixed culture, hops are earthy, adding a nice touch. Well done and worth seeking out

Dec 01, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours dull yellow with a nice white head great retention, lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Grass, musty funk, lemon, white wine,

Taste - Funk is really powerful but a smooth overly strong. Lemon, wet hay, I get a little more sour as I drink it on the end. Little grape skin as it warms.

Feel - light bodied nice prickly carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - Excellent example of the style, great smooth flavors light and crisp yet drying on the finish.

Aug 18, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a two plus inch white head that was well retained and left sheets of lacing on the bottom half of the glass. Smells of lemon, pine, and musty funk. Tastes of lemon, grass, pine, oak, grapes, yeast apple cider and musty barnyard funk. Light bodied, well carbonated, light tartness and sourness.

Aug 04, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mid sized bottle direct from the brewery.

Pours hazed dull and light grapefruit juice in color, minor off white and just a hint of lace left on the glass.

Sniff of lemon, funk and earthy goodness.

This is a delicate, delicious, earthy, complex, moderatley tart, fruity and yeasty creation....fine fine stuff with more lemon, wild yeasty characteristics and subtle earty notes in the rear.... go get some

Apr 24, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 Ml bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Has a nice funky aroma.
T - Has a lemony tart taste.
F - Lighter body with full carbonation.
O - Very nice wild ale.

Apr 15, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.375ml bottle into Tulip
No date code
Pours extremely pale yellow (like pineapple juice) with thin evaporating head
Bright lemony tartness with pineapple, and barnyard funk
Taste follows with a subtle tartness and nice dose of funk
Feel is slightly watery,  but finishes with some fullness
Overall this is an excellent beer, that hits all expectations and then some

Mar 03, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Slightly hazy pour 375ml into a becher. A thick and creamy white head rises up to two inches high with great retention. Thick lacing right away with big sheets all down the glass.

S- Funky musty bug ferment with that raw wild character that is in between young lambic and intense American wild ale. Lemon and lactic acid meets a bit of acetic acid midway leading to pine, oak wood, musty old pale wine grapes, vinous tannins, mineraly water and sour apple.

T- Gotta rip off the brewery description with that lemony pine description because those flavors are big and unique to the style. Musty wine grapes, vinous old oak, apples, vegetal hints, woodsy earth, acetic and lactic acid, fruit vinaigrette, fruit seeds, jam, juniper and young lambic funk. Definitely some tannin oak bitterness.

MF- Light bodied with a very high end carbonation. Texture is puffy and fairly smooth. Ends bitter and tart.

Funky and supremely fruity with everything from grapes to pine to lemon to a lactic acetic blend. Unique but in the end the fruitiness kind of overshadows the great funk character, despite it too being from the bugs as well.

Feb 15, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy drinking and trying new beers from different breweries. Plan Bee Brewery Barn Beer is my first beer from here. The beer is 45 degrees and served in tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two finger head that has good retention. The creamy and frothy head left no lacing as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 3 a pale straw with yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy. Yeast is visible on the bottom of the glass along with carbonation.

Initially, I smell is that barnyard funk and horse blankets. Next, I citrus, tropical, grass, crackers, yeast, and lightly toasted malts. Tart lemons, earthiness, and a sweet malt note finish what I smell in the beer. The vibe in the beer gives off crisp apple with tart and funkiness.

The Brettanomyces in the beer is pungent with barnyard air, horse blankets, and hay. Next, I taste toasted malt, crisp apples, tart lemons, crackers, lightly toasted malts, soap, and a touch of tropical notes.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and dry.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is not overwhelmingly sour or tart. The beer is finesse in a way that brings harmony and balance to this beer. The wild ale part of the beer makes this beer enjoyable. I have drunk other wild ales that lack serious harmony or just difficult to drink. Great beer glad I got to try it.

Jan 18, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a clear straw body with a finger of soapy white head produced with moderate pour. Surprisingly good retention and lacing given the initial impression and style
S -- Barnyard funk, quince, perfumey floral, white wine. Quite clean
T -- Largely follows the nose. Good amount of musky perfume character, and a nice modest tartness that is not overbearing
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Refreshing and very drinkable. A little watery around the edges
O -- A nice offering that pairs well with practically any food. Also digging the focus on local sourcing of ingredients


Dec 03, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this. NO date on the bottle.

Pours a light fizzy smaller head that fades quickly, not much retention but nice soapy lacing, crystal clear honey blond color

Nose crazy sour tart funky, loads of souring bacteria, pedio funk, Brett barnyard, dank cheesy funk, gym sock, a touch of grassy hop note, little lemony sour fruit

Taste brings lots more funk, a fair tartness but not a ton, lemony sour fruit, a little apple cider, and vinegar notes, some Brett barnyard funk, souring bacteria, pedio funk I think, and little creamy lacto perhaps, little sweet malt note and perhaps some honey, hint of hop bitterness but not a ton, a little rind, more super cheesy barnyard funk coming again, mild acidic flemmy finish but not a ton

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice fizzy carb

Overall not bad, very funky, not super sour but nice, mild fruit, expected a bit more hop note too but works well like this.

Nov 21, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finger plus of bright white foam, appears to have credible density but the surface dimples quickly and retention is just about average, the lacing starts off in streaks but breaks off into splotches easily enough. Bright golden color although without much depth of hue, shiny, broadly spread out bubbles are fat and active. Super sour nose of lemon rind, witch hazel, white vinegar with oaky dill notes, the star fruit, pineapple to apricot pit component plays second fiddle throughout, funky with both tarry and milky nuances. Medium-bodied, cleaner here with an acidic mouth feel which plays well in opposition to the carbonation which tends to give it an expansive if not quite creamy feel. Hay, grains and iron flecks express themselves before the lemon and pineapple, melon, apple fruit. Unleashes a floral side and the oak more neutrally sour and vanillin than dill. The tar and earth can’t quite anchor themselves in the face of its vinous qualities. Scrubbing lift at the end, prolonged finish. Here the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Nov 15, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a sudsy white head that evaporates immediately as per the style, this wild ale is packing a heaping helping of funky Brett aromas on the nose, and these funky notes are accented by the oak notes.

The taste is all about the funky Brett up front, but the oak is an equal partner in this magnificent flavor combination. Just a perfect balance of spritzy and funky and oaky. I wish I had a keg of this.

Nov 05, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped/waxed bottle (green wax), served in a tulip. If there is a date on it, I don't see it. I don't remember where I got it.

Pours crystal clear light yellow with a big head that fades slowly and lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, grassy. a little funk.

Taste is lemon tart, but mild. I get a little bit of buttery (reminds me of some chardonnays), some other tart citrus that's not coming clearly to mind.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, nice beer.

Nov 04, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plan Bee Farm Brewery "Barn Beer"
375ml brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$7 at the brewery on 1 September 2018

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very hazy golden body beneath a two-finger thick head of white foam. The clarity is my fault, I'm sure if I had let it sit in the fridge for a few weeks it would have sedimented out nicely and become at least fairly clear. The head has now dropped to about a half inch thick but bubbles can be seen rising from below to take their place and keep it going, and there's some nice lacing left behind which is unusual for a sour beer. The aroma is quite interesting. It smells of Brettanomyces with a suggestion of tartness, some mineral, a hint of leather and some wet straw, but it's also quite oaky, floral, and fruity with bruised or rotting apples. It's complex and intriguing, but also quite welcoming. There's nothing at all off-putting about it and this is one of those beers where it seems you could just sniff at it all day. On to the flavor... it's quite tart but not puckeringly so. The bruised apple remains, and there's an almost lemony notes as well, followed by oak and what seems like herbs but must just be hops. It's not that bitter but the acidity keeps it dry in the finish, and there is a light bit of spiciness there as well. Oak, herbs, and spiciness linger. In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and sharp with acidity but light in carbonation leaving it delicately crisp and then smooth. Overall it's quite impressive. It's one of the best American wild ales I've tasted so far.
Review# 6,243

Sep 19, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, not sure if there was a date stamp.

Nice wild fermentation ale, with smell and taste of earthy funk and sour/tart apple and lemon. Definitely getting a bit of chardonnay character, with a crisp, dry woody finish.
Overall very nice, glad I picked it up!

Sep 16, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: purchased in late 2017, but maybe mid-December 2016
Palate Contaminants: 3/4lb of smoked meat

The look is opaque and light orange straw-colored. Lots of fine head that leaves light lacing.

The smell is partly funky, partly astringent. Barely detectable sweetness. What's weird is that I'm not picking out anything discernable other than as a color, even though astringency can trigger pickles.

None of the flavors are hammers. There's a bit of honey, and bit of non-sweet apples. Somewhat buttery, also. Throw in a little bit of currants. This would be pretty good for a cider (my expectations are never high for those), and it does okay for a brew. Sugar increases as it warms. Still, very unique for how dry it is.

Very fine carbonation that doesn't come out without a lot of agitation. Light, funky apple aftertaste. Medium weight.

Aug 04, 2018
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craftaholic from New York

3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty tart, has a straw color and backbone. Smells like hay and funk. Tastes splashes your palate with a bitter assault of lemon up front and then it mellows into a slight gose familiarity. Surprisingly light on the finish and snot sure where the oak is hiding?

Aug 02, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First from brewer, lovely local discovery made with local ingredients. 4.25!
A) As with wilds, not much head or lace over a body with soapy, hazed body like off the cider press.
S) Orchard fruit, peach and over ripe apples, grass, sour yet crisp.
T) Favorite of the American wilds! More silky fresh pressed juice at the orchard, blended with wine barrel, wine press, oak, yeast and a kind of atmospheric airy white burgundy pucker.
F) Wine like. Mid body, low carb, clean finish, leaves mouth in kissy, great place.
O) Expensive $7 at Parkslope Coop.

Jul 19, 2018
Barn Beer from Plan Bee Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 158 ratings