Red Barn Ale

Red Barn Ale labelRed Barn Ale is another of the beers from The Lost Abbey, one of their year-rounders. Their website says:

This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you.

Like the rest of their beers, it comes bottled in the 750ml corked and caged bottle that I associate with Belgian beers.

Appearance: Pale yellow-orange, the color reminds me of sunflower oil and light honey. Nice crisp white head, nicely fluffy.

Smell: Belgian farm housey—spicy, cut grass, pungent and a bit sour. A bit musty and tangy.

Taste: Yummy Belgian wheat and malt, light and spicy. Black pepper, fresh herbs (of indeterminate origin), mushroom, dusty hop. Nice tangy sourness. Farmhouse ale all the way, one I could drink all year.

Mouthfeel: Nice puckering sourness overlaying a lightly-thick body. Refreshing.

Overall: Pretty happy with this beer; I wish I had access to it on tap year round.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores 87 out of 100, with 100% approval from reviewers. On RateBeer, it scores 3.79 out of 5 and lands in their 95th percentile overall.


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