Lost Abbey “Red Barn” Farmhouse Saison Ale, California, 6.7% ABV

16 Aug

DSCN1943-001Red Barn traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of southern Belgium. The word “saison” comes to us from the French and means (as one might guess) “season,” referring to the practice of brewing these beers in the off-season winter months for consumption by farmhands in the busy harvest months of summer. (They were reportedly allotted as many as 5 liters per workday!) Lightly spiced with ginger, orange peel and grains of paradise. Beautiful, crisp beer in a very drinkable style. 750ml. $10

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