Barn Beer | Plan Bee Farm Brewery

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,066
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
108
pDev:
6.22%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 28
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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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

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Barn Beer from Plan Bee Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 108 ratings