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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 1413
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent.

Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007)
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Beerzebub

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 375ml bottle, poured in a flute at 53 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden-brown color, attractively bright golden at the rim. Ring of froth and a gentle stream of bubbles.

Aroma of brown sugar and cherries, with a good streak of tartness, almost like cherry pie, and some vanilla-y oak. A hint of sherrylike oxidization develops. Very nice indeed.

Flavors of bright tart fruit, savory dried fruit, brown sugar, and well integrated oak, with a good dose of clean lactic acidity, and a just a bit of vinegar. Good balance. Simple tart oaky finish. Quite tasty overall.

Good medium-bodied texture, smooth carbonation, tingly acidity. Refreshing and quite drinkable.

I could use more of the oxidization that I love in Red Poppy's Belgian counterparts, but this is excellent stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 07:33:34 | More by Beerzebub
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Enjoyed out of a 12.7 oz brown bottle with cork and cage that has the contours of a miniature 750 mL wine bottle. No bottle dating anywhere to be found, but the label looks crisp and new, so I'm guessing my bottle of this winter seasonal is from the most recent winter (2013-14).

Appearance - Pours a murky burgundy-maroon body that lets very little light through. It seems like there is a fair amount of particulate suspended in the liquid as well--perhaps due to a careless pour on my part. Atop the body sits a tan colored head about a finger and a half thick with a mix of large and smaller bubbles making for a pocked surface. Eventually it settles to about a half finger of perma-foam that leaves almost no lacing on the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Definite vinous qualities abound, with notes of sour cherry and more generic fruit acidity, red wine vinegar and musty wood aromas. Some underlying funkiness adds depth to the smell, preventing it from becoming a sour bomb.

Taste - Unfortunately, the flavor is not quite as rich and complex as the nose suggested it would be. The dominant characteristics are the sour cherry fruitiness with some sweet n' sour notes alongside a brisk vinegar astringency on the palate. The oaky elements and musty funk are not quite as forward as I would have hoped. All the same, this is an incredibly tasty beer and I love the drying finish that leaves me seeking the next swig sooner than later.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high carbonation, with a prickly, actively carbonated feel to the tongue. As previously noted, the finish is quite dry, defiant to the sweet fruit that is used to make this beer tick.

Overall, a more than competent offering on the Flanders Red Ale style, and one that I would gladly buy again were there not a similar option that I prefer slightly that is more readily available and comes in a 750 mL bottle instead of a 375 mL and for only a couple dollars more. Still, one that any fan of the vast tradition of sour-tasting beers from Belgium should try at least once.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.