Whenever Father’s Day rolls around, I am usually befuddled by what to get my Papa, but ever since this blogging thing started, gift giving has become a whole lot easier. What do you give the man that has everything? Simple. Kick ass Craft Beer and Whisk(e)y!
In years past, I have gone out on a limb and bought him beers that I’ve never had before, but this time around, I decided to go with beers that I was sure he would enjoy. This past Father’s Day, I gave my Papa the following Craft Beers: Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner, Goose Island Sofie, and The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale which is the subject of this review. Essentially, I gave my Papa the greatest gift of all: the opportunity to share a beer with his favorite son (I am also his only son. Funny how that works).
And here is my take on their version of a Belgian Farmhouse Ale…
- Appearance: Pale orange color. Slightly cloudy. Thick white foam that dissipates really slowly. Moderate lacing. A truly beautiful pour!
- Aroma: Lemony with hints of clove and other spices. Faint smell of yeast. All very subtle.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Soft and creamy mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles that roll across the surface of your tongue. Mild citrus and spice notes. Ends with a hint of tartness and a Brut Champagne-like dry finish. Very crisp and clean!
- ABV: 6.7%
I first had The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ back in January (click here to see a pic from that night) during their New Jersey Launch tour (they were unavailable in our area prior to January of 2012). I loved it then, and I love it now! This beer is exceptionally smooth, easy drinking, and very different from all of the other Farmhouse Ales that I have been drinking over the past couple weeks. The Red Barn Ale is a much more subtle interpretation of a Farmhouse Ale, and it goes down so easy that you would never know that it has an ABV of 6.7%. While I truly enjoyed it alongside Mamma’s home cooked Italian meal this past Sunday afternoon, I could also imagine having this on a warm, sunny day all by itself. For those of you that are somewhat put off by the usual funkiness that comes with a Farmhouse Ale, I highly recommend that you give this one a try. As The Wookie would say, “It’s fan-freakin-tastic!”. And my Papa really liked it too.
But wait! There’s more…
Below is a video by The Lost Abbey that was taken in New Jersey during their Launch Tour. The Alemonger, our good friend and Craft Beer Guru, was given the opportunity to say a few words (he shows up at the 1:11 and 6:12 minute marks) during their visit to the Garden State. Cheers!