Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey
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3.93/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 15:42:58 | More by LambicPentameter
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours as a dark amber and mahogany with athick head of tan foam. Decent retention but eventually subsides to a fairly thick ring around the rim. Leaves some spotty lacing.
S - A complex mix of smells including malt and a strong cherry aroma from the bottle. Less fruity in the glass.
T - More malty character on the backend which slides into a slightly sour finish.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Slick watery mouthfeel with wonderful carbonation.
O - A well balanced and executed ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 18:10:55 | More by pfhanlon
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.