The Lost Abbey ‘red barn ale’ Saison


10547387_288585817992237_4851096968575720104_oThis is our first crack at this breweries range. The story behind the red barn is one of country folk being in tune with every aspect of nature. From the streams running through to the grain fields that need harvesting and the humble red barn that sits there year in year out..rain, hail or shine.

Served from a corked bottle into a shaker glass the slightly cloudy straw golden pour produces a light, fluffy 2 and a half finger head that holds. Good retention. Laced well. Very light and summery fragrance, really capturing the farmhouse characters with the emphasis on spice and wheat. Lovely hints of banana, clove, bubblegum and citrus peel almost conceals the subtle spicy undertones of ginger and pepper. Good depth being offered in the aroma. The mouthfeel is quite dry and musty with medium carbonation. Fairly full bodied for a saison, the upfront flavours consist of spicy, fruity and malty sweet while the mid-palate takes on a more funky approach with earthy hints of yeasty notes and wheat. The finish is dry and fruity with hints of tangy orange peel and soft herbal notes. Good length. What a brilliantly balanced and flavoursome saison here, the 6.7% ABV does have a little sting in the tail but it’s well disguised. Really good entry beer for this brewery. Well done.