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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,605 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 521
Gots: 487 | FT: 34
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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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Reviews by mhaugo:
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-02-2012 05:16:01 | More by mhaugo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-09-2014 21:02:37 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

A: A strangely looking murky reddish brown color with a minimal tanned head that quickly fades away to a small ring of lacings.

S: Tart cherry notes and an interesting mix of bretty funk and oak barrels. The barrel notes are more prominent than expected. Hints of other fruity notes and caramel reminiscent of an Oud bruin. An interesting and to large extent good taste, but it's not excellent.

T: The taste is actually quite acidic with sour cherry notes from start to finish. Some complementary caramel-like sweetness. Notes of wood and oak barrels. Mild funky notes and notes of berries. The finish is tart with notes of brett and cherries and a hint of minerals. After a while, the acidity mellows out a bit, letting more sweetness come through.

M: The body is quite light, too light I think. The carbonation is slightly too mellow, I would have liked it to be a little livelier and sparkling.

D: Good, but not fantastic. I've come across many comments about this one comparing it to a lambic, but too me, it is more of a sour, fruit-infused Oud bruin than a fruit lambic (which is what it's categorized as on this site). It's not as complex as some of the better comparable Belgians, but still a very impressive beer. Nice bland of tartness, barrel character and fruit flavors.

09-22-2009 16:35:14 | More by ricke
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MadScientist

New York

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%

A: A dark copper with a garnet hue. The head is tan, somewhat rocky and not long for this world which I blame on the high acidity.

S: Red currents, tart cherries and some leather. A light touch of barnyard funk.

T: Supper tart and fruit with a strong acidic tartness and fruit flavors of red current and tart cherries. The oak barrel comes through next mostly with vanilla but a touch of cinnamon. There is some malt rounding out the mild but the balance here is very tart with a dry finish. Lingering fruit flavors and tartness.

M: medium bodied with a strong carbonation.

O: A sour beer of arrival, one should love tart sours before approaching this one. Tart, fruity, vanilla, tart and oak with a touch of vinegar acidity.

06-17-2013 23:34:04 | More by MadScientist
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-26-2012 00:41:46 | More by Schlais
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A big thanks to Tony for opening this up during a March tasting.

It pours a cloudy copper with deep red highlights at the edges. A bone colored head recedes quickly into a nice ring of bubbles around the perimeter

The nose of this beer is exactly what I dream of when I open up an example of my favorite style. It has a nice balance of acetic, cherry, oak, and sweet notes. The addition of actual cherries in this beer leave more cherry aroma than I've had in others but it is a welcome addition. The smell was so inviting I just kept smelling it for several minutes before I dived into the actual liquid.

The cherry is definitely present in the taste but it isn't overpowering. The tart and sour notes have are really well integrated with a fair amount of vinegar taste but not too much to label it over the top. My only gripe with the flavor is that the cherry flavors and the sourness mask a lot of the base beer and I wold like to have more of the brown ale show through.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the present carbonation compliments the beer nicely. it is pretty dry which I really like and allows a mouth puckering beer to be drank without much palette fatigue.

04-07-2010 04:37:23 | More by weatherdog
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Dabeel

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-11-2013 06:04:00 | More by Dabeel
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-04-2013 12:32:52 | More by SkiBum22
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Ben7773

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-20-2014 17:31:56 | More by Ben7773
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

2010 vintage - new style 375ml bottle: 4.5/4/4/4.5/4

Pours a deep brown color with red highlights and two fingers of bubbly khaki head on top. Aromas of dense oak and wood meet a bright sour cherry. Tart, earthy accents run throughout along with a touch of spice. Nice!

First sip brings crispness and dry oak flavors upfront. Tannic with a solid kick of tart cherry. Spice and earthy funk but the wood has really seeped in this year. Flows down dry and puckering with lingering cherry accents.

Crisp with solid carbonation. A good sipper and a tasty treat to savor. Oak seems more forward this year but overall it's still a tasty treat.

2008 vintage:

Pours into my glass a deep burgundy red with a creamy half inch of light tan head sitting atop the brew. Plenty of active carbonation too. Aromas jump out with bold tart cherries upfront. Nice tannic woody, oak aromas meld in alongside some funky, cheesy brett characteristics. A subtle malty, caramel sweetness lurks underneath. Really enticing.

First sip brings a nice crisp malt with a hint of caramel upfront that is immediately met by a rush of vibrant tart cherry flavors. It almost has a syrupy quality to it as it moves into woody, oak barrel flavors. I get a sweetness upfront that melds into a sourness on the way down. Funky, sort of cheesy brett flavors mix in as the brew finishes with lingering cherry afterthoughts. Yum.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a smooth effervescence of tight bubbly carbonation as it flows down. It's quite refreshing with a nice interplay between the sweet and sour. A bottle of this to myself is truly a treat and I only wish I had more. A tasty treat of a beer from Lost Abbey.

05-30-2008 00:11:48 | More by orbitalr0x
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%

A: A murky red-brown with a tan head.

S: Sour cherry with some funk. Had a far different, somewhat unappealing smell which was unlike most sours I've had. Made me unsure about the beer.

T: Super acidic with tart fruits. Some barrel taste coming through. Awesome sour.

M: Strong carbonation, but a nice medium body.

O: This beer was solid. Loved drinking it. The only thing that threw me off was the smell. Not sure if it was good that it didn't smell like a sour or not, but it wasn't for me. I typically enjoy the strong standard sour smell.

07-15-2013 17:16:27 | More by Kjanisch7
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

09-09-2012 04:11:18 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%

2012 bottling

A - Nice pop as the cork comes out. Pours very deep red/brown with almost four fingers of tan head with a slight pink hue. Head has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. I am surprised how dark this is.

S - Tart cherries, a nice amount of oak, and a good funky base. Small amount of balsamic vinegar.

T - Definitely tart, but not bracingly sour. Also quite a bit of bitterness in the taste, especially on the finish. Earthy and funky with tart cherries. Lots of oak on the finish. Very tasty. Thought it would have more fruit since it is this year's vintage, but I enjoyed it as is.

M - Medium mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the heavy side for the style, but I that isn't a negative.

O - Nice one from Lost Abbey, but not quite up to Rodenbach Grand Cru or Cuvee de Jacobins for the style. Looking forward to seeing what some age does this to this.

06-09-2012 21:16:07 | More by warnerry
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-14-2013 18:39:39 | More by Todd
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-23-2013 02:25:46 | More by Callmecoon
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-05-2014 00:21:32 | More by JakerLou
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Edvice04

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-13-2014 15:47:26 | More by Edvice04
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badbeer

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

Reddish brown color with a nice off-white head that retained pretty good. I got some cherries and cherry pits in the aroma, also a fair amount of sourness and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Taste was sour, some cherries, but didn't really do much to impress me. The complexity of the aroma didn't translate as well into the flavor for me. It was enjoyable, but again, it didn't really stand out to me. Fairly light body with medium carbonation. It was good, but I don't think I'll be worrying about getting this again, especially not at the price. Thanks to doubleo for the chance to try it.

12-28-2008 00:03:12 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this bottle.

2010 vintage. The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is tart with some oak, vanilla, brown sugar and cherry. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries with some oak and lemons mixed in as well. There is also a nice sweetness that resembles brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent beer. So happy I got to try this one.

06-01-2010 03:57:09 | More by Mora2000
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-18-2012 01:07:58 | More by fo1ksguitar
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Altenor

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-28-2013 04:54:27 | More by Altenor
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Prospero

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-27-2012 20:01:43 | More by Prospero
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magictrokini

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours opaque red-brown with a white ring of bubbles. Sour cherry and oak with a nice buttercream and vanilla nose. Taste is a bit the same, but the cherries modulate between sweet and sour, with the sour being very similar to the Tomme. Brown sugar and malt back mixed with the brett to give it a funky finish.

12-12-2008 21:24:27 | More by magictrokini
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-21-2012 20:51:36 | More by standardcherry
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-13-2014 22:58:27 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.