Yes, another farmhouse ale! If you follow Brewnette you know to expect saisons to be delightfully overrepresented on this blog. As the name suggests Lost Abbey specializes in Belgium styles like farmhouse ales and Abbey/Monastic style brews.
This is a pale yellow beer that pours cloudy but clears up pretty quickly. It has the standard citrus, spice, and banana I’d expect from the style, with a particular emphasis on coriander and ginger. Some nice muskiness shows up in both the taste and aroma but I love a touch of barnyard funk.
In a Lost Abbey’s own words:
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.
I think Red Barn Ale is a great exemplar of the saison style with its bready malt profile and varied yeast flavors. By the same token I would also recommend it to people who love cider but aren’t enticed by the term “farmhouse ale” because this has a beautifully crisp, cider-y character.
Somebody at Lost Abbey also creates these detailed, poetic back stories for each their beers that I would recommend perusing. Here’s an excerpt from the Red Barn story:
Along the way, a whispering easterly wind begins dancing in harmony with the overgrown grass in a shady grove. Breathing in a ballet of choreographed movement, nature rehearses. The brook rambles along pausing only at a small waterfall. Crystal blue water cascades in a soothing chorus while no one stops to notice the beauty to behold. For too many, this is nothing more than simple farm land.Off in the distance, a Red Barn hides out content to do nothing more than was asked of it. Another summer day stretches out towards the crisp autumn nights and soon, work will begin on another harvest. The barn relaxes knowing full well that for each and every season, it will remain unmoved- yet touched by everything that nature has to offer. And we’re left to wonder, does anyone notice or even care to stop and appreciate the beauty of the Red Barn?