An array of neutron detectors based on liquid scintillator technology has been developed for nuclear reaction studies, in particular measurements with radioactive ion beams (RIBs). Reaction measurements with RIBs often involve low reaction yields and high gamma-induced backgrounds, which requires high solid angle coverage, high efficiency, and background reduction capability. The kinematics of the reaction neutrons require energy and position determination with good resolution, but preferably without a large number of readouts to minimize cost. To address these requirements, the Scintillation Array of Bars for Reaction Experiments (SABRE) consists of five 12" long, 2" diameter bar detectors filled with organic liquid scintillator and capped at both ends with individually read-out superbialkali photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). In-house purification of the scintillator mixtures resulted in improved light collection. Discussion of the liquid scintillator development and the design and commissioning of SABRE will be presented.