Barn Beer | Plan Bee Farm Brewery

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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.

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

750mL into a tuliped wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with bright glow to it. Rich and frothy pale white head almost two fingers thick.

The aroma is floral, lightly sweet with something I would guess is honey and there's tart, yeasty funk.

Flavor shows some of the nose's characteristics, but also expands on them. Delicate floral notes, light minerality, hints of sweet malt, lemon and grapefruit, and and an earthy barnyard funk flavor on the finish. I love it.

The initial feel is a bit too aggressive on carbonation and prickliness, but it subsides. What follows is a light, juicy, touch minerally and sweet, tart and funky brew. Easy-drinking.

A very nice flagship sort of beer.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was procured for quite an affordable price, so I'm excited to see whether or not it's as good as its presentation and label text lead me to believe it might be. A sturdy, 11.2 oz Belgian-style bottle, capped and sealed with wax with a bee imprint on top. This is a "coolship-cooled 100% NY ingredient wild ale brewed with pure intentions." The brewery is very proud of its intensely terroir-oriented approach, touting their use of "Estate grown hops, heritage grains, well water, wild cultivated yeasts, locally grown oak tanks, homegrown fruits, herbs and flowers." The beer clocks in it 5.5% ABV.

When I pried open the cap after digging through the heavy wax, this seemed like it was going to bubble over. It had all the makings of a gusher, but I managed to find a glass before it did so. Probably would've in a few minutes if I'd let it, but this actually ended up pouring with a surprisingly modest head of bone white atop a medium-golden beer that actually seems a little darker than expected. Pretty hazy looking with somewhat-active carbonation. Not bad looking. A little less intensely heady than I thought it'd be, but solid for sure.

Nose is tart, lightly lemony and herbal with some lacto notes among grassy and perfumey floral elements. Very yeasty and estery with some bubblegum and more florals. Has kind of a laid-back and light nose. Simple but effective.

Flavor has a bit more going for it with some notes of cider (almost melomel/fruit mead-like), berries, lemon and florals. Slightly bitter, almost citrus-like and leafy towards the finish. Nice semi-sweet finish with some bright acidity. Not puckering at all, but does have a nice funk to it.

Feel is soft and fairly light bodied overall, with some prickly carbonation powering the whole experience. The only element of this that lends any kind of heft is probably the yeast, which does have a slightly chalky element to it. I think for $8 a 12 oz bottle, this is pretty good considering the amount of work that went into making it, but for a coolship beer aged on oak, I don't get a lot of tannins and the yeast feels a little muted in flavor. This is a nice, artistic little effort, however, from a new brewery with a solid future if they can get some more beers out to wider markets.

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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 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, that 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 ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. So simple, but perfectly executed, really drinkable, and very refreshing. Of the 2016 releases from Plan Bee, I only liked Quince more than Barn Beer. This is apparently going to be Plan Bee's flagship beer when the farm opens to the public - good choice.

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StanleysCup
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Westmere Beverage, Albany, New York.
This was poured into a tall tulip.
The appearance was a bright glossy yellow to stifled orange color with a nice looking two finger white foamy head that slid off at a gentle pace. Lace stuck around the glass about a finger and a half's worth in a filmy sheet-like fashion.
The aroma had a clean lemon pulp to rind blend of sweet to rind bitterness strolling in upon some lemongrass, light must, cellar cement (very clean), freshly cut grass, light funk with a whiff of tartness/white grapes but with a controlled "vinous" character.
The flavor was semi-sweet with a brisk tartness and a clean sour character without barely any grip. Barely any aftertaste but somewhat lemony with some grassy sweetness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it despite the style. Carbonation felt good, somewhat low and nice. ABV felt on par. Really nice crisp brisk lemony sour to tart finish.
Overall, very nice "sessionable" American wild ale with the sour mostly low. For my first Plan Bee ale, this was fabulous and I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicirus
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 trevorpost
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Barn Beer from Plan Bee Farm Brewery
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