The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

Posted: June 5, 2015 in Reviews, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, The Lost Abbey

This was the beer that the other half ordered while we were at Memphis Taproom. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 third on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you. Available in 750 mL bottles and on draft at select inspired locations.”

Random: I cannot wait for tomorrow to be over. If there is a word beyond exhausted, that’s what I feel.

This brew poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing. I had a bit of trouble figuring out the exact color of the head due to the darkness in the bar. The body was a bright orange color and quite cloudy. Due to the cloudiness, there was no carbonation visible. The nose was bright with citrus and Belgian yeast. There was also some clove present, peppercorns and grains of paradise. I didn’t get the ginger that was outlined in the description. The taste was very bready. There was a lot of yeast up front, then light citrus (specifically orange zest). Spice was prevalent as well with clove and pepper. There was also another spice which may have been the ginger, but I couldn’t say it with 100% certainty. It had a thicker body than I’m used to for the style, but the high carbonation helped that. It had a long, bready finish. This was a nice beer, and there wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with it. It just didn’t wow me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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