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

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

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LAM01833
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Holderness
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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


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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSeeker
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sours I've ever had. Just a flawless balance of brett sourness, pear, tartness, soft malt. Exceptional.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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

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Photo of mike22ne
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knickfan3
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Barn Beer from Plan Bee Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 123 ratings