Barn Beer | Plan Bee Farm Brewery

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Brewed by:
Plan Bee Farm Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 03-15-2016

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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of grantlar
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Zythophile
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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?

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pinyin
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of TheGent
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There’s an unchecked sweetness to this beer that I thought was a bit unpleasant.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: milky yellow tan body with very little clarity. The head was a Small Soapy thing.

S: apricot, a little Chardonnay and oak and a little sourness.

T: nice sourness apricot isn’t as prevelant but the oak and Chardonnay come forward.

M: Medium bodied lighter carbonation.

O: not a bad beer at all very remenescent of a Grimm Sour Ale. This is really good.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a pale straw golden color, bright and vibrant. Finger thick white colored head, pillowy and fluffy thick. Head lacing coats and holds to sides of glass.

Aroma - Lemon tartness, earthy vegetal notes. Soft oak, flowers, spice, fresh pine. Funky yeast, wet hay, grass.

Taste - Dash of tartness, fresh lemon, zesty fruitiness. Earthy oak, pine, flowers, pepper, cucumber. Touch of funk, wet hay, light minerality.

Feel - Light bodied, very soft and delicate. Crisp and clean dry finish. Higer carbonation.

Overall - Beer is highlighted by a wonderful restrained tart character, and lots of complex earthy flavors. Flashes of fresh vegetables, flowers, spices, and oak all come through in subtle and well integrated ways. Funk on the finish rounds everything together. The body on the beer is perfection, soft and delicate, with a refreshing and crisp character.

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

Photo of kjkinsey
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from undated 12.7 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with a large, long-lasting, fluffy, bright white head and copious lacing. It's a pretty pour. The fragrant nose features fresh lemon, brett yeast, coriander, clove, and pepper. Upfront, the flavors include tart lemon, oak, and wild yeast. But as the glass warms, I also begin to taste some sweet honey at the end. There is also subtle coriander, clove, and peppercorn. The flavors are all measured and delicate. Unlike many Wild Ales, Barn Beer doesn't overwhelm with sourness. The mouth feel is wonderful: it manages to be both crisp and creamy. As expected, the carbonation is lively and it's highly drinkable at 5.5% ABV. Overall, I'm very impressed! Barn Beer is highly flavorful and fun to drink without being overly sour. In fact, it's a great ale with which to introduce someone to the world of sours. Barn Beer should be enjoyed outdoors on warm, sunny, late spring or early summer day with a plate of cheese and fresh strawberries.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint medium golden yellow + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 60% of the surface of the beer and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale + wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness and moderate to strong aromas of lemon citrus, light fruit (white grape + pear) yeastiness, and earthy hay-like funkiness. Light aromas of citrus/lemon rind + pine hops as well as hints of tartness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of pale + wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by just shy of moderate flavors of light fruit (white grape + pear) yeastiness, moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus, and moderate to strong flavors of earthy hay-like funkiness. Finally there are light flavors of citrus/lemon rind and pine hops which contribute a hint of bitterness which fades quickly. There are moderate lingering flavors of tart lemon citrus and earthy funkiness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with the lighter body and well hidden ABV. Very enjoyable and refreshing with the tartness, funkiness, and lemon flavors + aromas. A very well constructed and executed beer.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy pale yellow, with white head and lacing.

Smells of new leather, peppers & spices being grilled (as with marinated meat), & wet composted manure (2-3 yrs old. The latter part is very slight, and not unpleasant.

Flavor is dry-citrusy - probably yuzu comes closest - plus a touch of apple cider vinegar. Some lingering light, pleasant bitterness on the finish.

Feel is initially a mix of light creaminess and light oilyness ,which is supplanted by very fine carbonation mid-taste, that becomes sharper as it progresses. It dances around with varying degress of fineness/coarseness. Some lingering dryness, hat leaves the front quarter of the tongue with a (roughly) scrubbed-clean feeling.

Overall, very enjoyable . As others have said, complex, but easy-drinking. I was taking it for a test drive, with an eye towards a gift in a few weeks. It IS gift-worthy. :)

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Barn Beer from Plan Bee Farm Brewery
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