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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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562 Reviews
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Reviews: 562
Hads: 1,850
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 570
Gots: 571 | FT: 43
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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.

The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.
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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 3/31/09
The Lost Abbey
Red Poppy 2009
Flanders Oud Bruin
5% Abv.
12.7oz. Bottle caged and corked into Allagash Snifter

Appearance= Zero carbonation (out of a Lost Abbey beer, what a shock). Zero Head. A thin white rim around the beer, if you call that head. I would say the head that this beer delivers is almost weaker than what my first girlfriend gave. Blackish beer with red hues. Opaque body 4 sho.

Smell= Smells like red wine. Cherries, a little funk to it. I like it, it's different.

Taste= Sour! Cherries, red fruits. I enjoy the sourness/tartness. It is a beer/red wine hybrid. The taste mellows out as I continue to drink it and my taster gets use to it.

Mouthfeel= Thin, just like the beer looks. Finish is good though. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue.

Drinkability= I probably wouldn't have more than two at one sitting. I can't put it down long enough to warm up though! The smell, the appearance and taste tells me, red wine. The finish on the palate tells me, beer. Very interesting. Glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call this a "Barrel aged Flanders Red." The appearance is murky brown stuff with a brief foam. It seems to be injected with clouds of carbonation, so it's quite a pleasing mouthful. Interesting aroma of cedar and raspberries.

Slightly tart, but the fruity and malty undertones balance the acidity better than most beers that are on the sour side. Woody with a long pie cherry flavor. On tap at the Lost Abbey tasting room in Encinitas.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a murky mix of burgundy and mahogany. A thick wall of tan foam rises. Decent retention but eventually subsides to a fairly thick ring around the rim. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S - a complex yet nuanced nose. Notes of leather jump out first followed by malt vinegar and cherries and possibly oranges. Strong presence of wood along with hints of funky brett.

T - flavors of brow bread and hints of sweet toffee hit the tongue first but are quickly washed away by assertive flavors of tart fruit and malt vinegar. More malty character on the backend which slides into a slightly sour finish.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Slick slightly watery mouthfeel. Surprisingly medium carbonation.

O - a well balanced and executed wild ale. While i wasnt crazy about the mouthfeel the aroma and flavors are very nice.

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Photo of bum732
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Some dark cherries, medium strength, some cola flavors. Prominent oak with additional cork, tartness with a bit of funk, some sweet cherry candy.

L: Very dark cloudy brown, tan carbonated head that dissipates to 1/8 inch of foam.

T: Tart cherry malt up front with a puckering lemon like bitterness. Some dark cola-like malt, faint up front. Finishes quite dry and acidic. More cherries with some oak in the finish.

M: Crisp high carbonation, medium bodied.

Pretty good, lacks the punch and flavor of other traditional Flanders Reds.

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Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this one. Small corked bottle, poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Very dark cherry to almost burgundy in color, with a light brown head that shows very good retention and lacing.
Very rich artoma comes in waves out of the glass, sour, almost vinegary, tart and fruity, and as it warms up, oak and more oak.
Very dry, medium bodied, it is mostly acidic and sour, with little to no sweet notes. Very good, but at times the wood notes become a little too much. Drinkability is quite low for the style, but still pleasant and flavorful for such a low ABV beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle into a matching lost abbey stemmed glass (thanks Brett!) The brew appears a dark brown with nearly 3 fingers worth of khaki head. The cap slowly recedes holding with less than a finger of strength which is supported by nearly constantly rising bubbles. Patches of lace stick to the glass. When held to the light, a deep ruby clarity is seen through the body.

The aroma of this brew is pleasantly fruity with a deep pitted cherry scent that is lightly tart. More smells reveal a bit of bacterial funk and lactic character. Through the middle is a deep sweetness reminiscent of vanilla and barrel properties of oak. A little bit of burnt sugary sweetness almost like molassess is smelled all the way in the back. A light cheese and wild aspect come out as it warms. Collectively with the mixture of sweetness, vanilla and cherry this has a faint medicinal aspect about the way it smells but it is still very good.

For how crazy complex and enjoyable smelling this brew is, the first couple of sips are a bit one-noted. It is tart with a bit of unripe cherry flavoring that blends into a bit of brown sugar to toasted grain. Some barrel flavoring is present that is lightly spicy mixed with some mild wild notes of brett. The brew finishes quite crisp and dry with a toasty flavoring that pairs well with the fruity cherry quality.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. I say high carb but it is not overdone. It lightens the overall feel and makes it fairly easy drinking. The alcohol is very well integrated and only provides a mild warmth down the back of the throat. While this was a really enjoyable brew, I found the aroma to be the best aspect of it. I wish the flavor packed as much character as the aroma. If you haven't tried this yet, it is worth a shot.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Even with a reasonably careful pour there is a gigantic massive souffle of ruddy/cream head. I've never really seen a head with that subtle red tint to it. Interesting. Anyway, massive head. Muddy ruddy brown body.

Nose is sharply sour and somewhat... earthy? Some sweet flowers dance at the periphery.

Flavour is likewise an interesting blend of sour expectations (primarily cherry etc) and there's that same earthy note but now joined by almost a hint of some baking spices. Interesting.
FInish is tart and also somewhat bitter. I'm still kind of a n00b when it comes to flanders and other more... tart. Styles. This is a damn fine one though.
Side note: I was wondering if this was what was in my mislabeled bottle, and I don't think it is. Both are quite tasty, but I don't think this is it.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amberish shade of milky brown. Very little head. No retention or lace.

S: Wonderful aroma of tart red berry. Lots of fresh raspberry and dark cherry. Vinegar and oak play a big role as well.

T: Very solid beer. Tart under ripe raspberry with notes of dark tart black cherry. Lots of acidic vinegar, and oak as well. Very subtle chocolate notes. Earthy, funky, and tart. Well done.

M: Medium in body, not much carbonation, a sharp tartness.

D: Very good.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter

A- One finger beige head, slight carbonation, dark reddish brown color, lots of sediment on the bottom, very nice lacing.
S- The aroma is fantastic, cherries upfront, hints of oak, musty barnyard funk, vinegar.
T- The taste lacked something that the aroma brought out, the cherry flavor is there as well as vinegar and sour funkiness, slight taste of oak as well, but I was not as impressed with the overall taste, it lacked that punch I got in the aroma.
M- Medium mouth feel, slight carbonation, dry
O- This is a solid sour beer, from the first initial smell of this beer I was expecting something fantastic but was a little let down with the taste, still enjoyed drinking this beer and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Russian River stemmed glass. The color of this brew is a deep, dark ruby-brown with hints of purple. The head is almost a finger high, vanilla colored, bubbly, and fades rather quickly leaving just a faint dusting in places and a ring around the glass.

The aroma is very sharp and vinegary, sweet tart, very sour cherry, raspberry, maybe some blackberry, and some funk and oak notes. Aroma is pretty nice.

Taste is certainly as the aroma alludes to. Strong sour, tart, sweet cherry taste like I just popped a Warhead in my mouth. A bit of sour apple taste as well. Also there is vinegar or red wine vinegar (better yet apple cider vinegar), acidic notes, a bit of funk, and light notes of oak.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. The consistency is smooth and dry, the carbonation is round, the body is light-medium, and the finish is pretty lasting and dry, like that Warhead sour/tart flavor stays.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Flanders Reds are not exactly something I drink very often, but I do enjoy them from time to time and this is one that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of SalMineo
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Warning: Please make sure to open this delicious treat over the sink to avoid making a mess all over the place. This beverage is extremely carbonated and will foam over all the place like Veuve Clique bottle after it's been shaken in a paint shaker for 15 minutes.

Pour- Has a murky beet red color tint to it. It had great aggressive head upon first that quickly disappears.

Smell-The aroma of this beer is absolutely incredible. Definitely get the smell of oak and a big funky smell with a cranberry/cherry style to it.

Taste-Tart cherries is the first thing that comes to my mind as I drink it. I then receive that love sour flavor I've dying to have. Sour Cherry just overwhelms the rest of my taste buds with a strong presence of acid in there.

Great beer but it's a huge price. $20.00 for a 375! I made the decision to purchase it because it was the last one on the shelf and I knew it was kinda of rare. It was one of those things I would only do once because I certainly not spend another $20 for a bottle like this. The price is just way too steep.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Pours a hazy orange tinted cider color with negligible head nor Belgian lacing. I would have scored it lower if not for the foggy residue swirling about that caught my attention. The smell is full on aggressive malt vinegar (where's my Arthur Treachers?) over sour cherries and dark grapes. The flavor and feel merge into an immediate bright tart burst that's notches shy of 'puckering'. Taste is a good mix of grape and cherries. The texture is light body cleans up quickly...almost dry, but the fruitiness lingers nicely. It's not flat, but the carbonation is hidden beneath the zip from the sour character. A reasonable drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...many thanks to bmanning.

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Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Most expensive beer I've bought to date ($20+tax for a 12.7 oz bottle)

Like a dark schwip schwap, a dark dark brown soda with plenty of fast rising carbonation which sustains the head well,.

Sour cherry soda with something i can't put my finger on. And that something is quite neutral for me, neither wonderful or terrible, yet is the base of the scent

Very sour, cherryish, but also some variation on an orange peel. And of course that thing I can't identify...

It magically adds this weird layer of dryness to the tongue.

Different, quality, but I don't jump for joy. Certainly interesting, but I wouldn't pay that much again for it.

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Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 375 mL bottle, $15 from the brewery. The label is nothing less than elegant. Nice loud pop when I pulled out the cork.

Pours light brown with hints of red, almost like apple cider vinegar. Quite clear with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and a few float up from the bottom of the glass to the top which is crowned with a one-centimeter rose-white head. Fair retention and fine bubbles soon form a ring around the sides of the glass.

Nose is primarily made out of soured fruit, such as turning cherries or other fermented juices. Touch of acetic oak reminds me of a classic Flemish Red, but more sour-focused. Not an intense smell, takes an effort to get a reading, but what is there is good. The beer itself has a relatively high level of sourness. After the initial lactic sour rush there are lemons, slightly funky cherries, and only a touch of oaky vinegar-funk. For me this come off as a tasty American Wild with a high sourness, but incorporates a tip of the hat to an old-world Flemish. Good stuff.

Light to medium body with a soft carbonation. More spritzy and active bubbles would definitely lighten up the body and leave the tongue ready for the next hit of sourness. Lots of acid for your reflux.

Overall, very tasty and something for sourheads to try, though you may want to grab a friend to share this with. Hopefully by the time the 2010 batch is released Lost Abbey will have sorted out the carbonation problems that have plagued it this entire year.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, concentrated cherry color, but shows an almost brilliantly clear, ruby-red color when held up to the light. The aroma is sour and funky; aromas of over-ripe cheese, lactic acid notes, a touch of an acetic edge and funky / woody mushroom notes. Underneath this initial funk is a noticeable fruit character that provides characteristic cherry aromas, but also a touch of cranberry and some sour plum. The aroma is on the sharp side as it seems just a touch too funky, if that makes sense; at first it seems that the beer is a little too wild even compared to a Lambic, though actually now that I think of it, a lot of this sharp character is a mix of the funkiness and a substantial oak character. The oak contributes bourbon-like spiciness, buttery-oak aromatics and a touch of vanillin, each of which seem to clash a bit with the up front funk.

Tart tasting, predominantly lactic, though there does seem to be a tart cherry contribution too. The carbonation, while not wildly effervescent, provides enough zip to tickle the tongue as the beer runs down my throat. The oak flavors are soft at first, but pick up steam as I take a few more sips; spicy wood and ample buttery oak pick up steam in the middle and into the finish were a touch of vanillin is also noticed. Tannins & fruit contribute to a cherry skin flavor and texture up front as well as some bright, cherry flesh notes. The cherries definitely add to the complexity of this brew, yet I wouldn't say this as a fruit beer necessarily; this beer doesn't scream cherry, instead the fruit is really well integrated with the other flavor components. This is quite light and quaffable, the wood / tannis provides some texture to keep this from being anything near thin; the texture may in fact be tone of the best things about this beer.

While the oak is never overwhelming here, it does seem to get in the way of the funky-fermentation notes and the base, beer-ingredient driven flavors & complexities; I think about a quarter of the oak character would be perfect for this beer, keeping it nice and subtle and in more of a supporting role. The buttery oak notes really seem to dominate the aroma of this brew after a bit, though I wouldn't say that it get over-whelming, it just does overwhelm all the other aromatic components. Not bad, even quite good, but the dominant oak keeps it from being incredible for me, though I must admit that I love seeing all this flavor packed into a beer of only 5%abv.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The was a reddish copper color with bubbles crowning the sides of the glass Lacing was not present on the sides of the glass.

Smell - To be blunt, this smells like a Flanders. The cherries are masked by the oakiness in the aroma.

Taste - The initial taste shows the dry sourness of a Flanders. I find myself wanting more cherries, whether sour or sweet. Overall, the effect is dry. The cherries and oak are not upfront, but hide amid the profile of a Flanders. The aftertaste runs quite dry.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is fairly intense, sweeping away all but the most tart aspects of the taste. In some respects, it seems as though I licked the inside of an oak barrel.

Overall - I find myself wanting more cherry from this one. There is not doubt that it is a quality Flanders, but it is really not much different despite the unique characteristics.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the website: 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. The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.

Red Poppy Ale pours up effervescent with streaming bubbles that create a thin whitish head that dissipates rather quickly revealing a slightly hazy reddish copper-cordovan body. The moderately acidic, grainy aroma isn't overly complex but has a nice intermingling of floral-herbal (cherry blossoms, hibiscus, lemongrass), fruitiness (cherry pits, citrus peel, grapeskin-green plum), and funky wildness (earthy barnyard, haylike, horse blanket, etc...) with some mild toasted oak & warm vanilla wafer notes. The flavor starts off rather grainy (biscuity) with a mild fruitiness (cherry turnover, lemon rind, peach pit) and spicy hop bitterness that carries into an acidic, dry-tannic, and slightly yeasty finish. This medium-light bodied fruited American Wild Ale is very enjoyably, but lacks depth & complexity when compared to its Flanders cousins. For those that are Patron Sinners, I'd recommend enjoying a bottle now & cellaring the other one. Here's to The Lost Abbey and the Crusade.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle tried 29 Jun 2009. Courtesy of calinalu, thanks!

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Small tan soapy looking head. Cloudy dark brown color. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of sour cherry pits, somewhat musty. Quite sour with a lot of brown sugar, almost like a vinaigrette. Also dried sour cherries, some cinnamon. Aftertaste and finish is sweet-tart. Medium body. Ethanol very mild.

Nice to try but would probably not get this again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark amber brown with a hazy red color with a light brown lacing. Nose is tart and sour with a earthy note.

Taste is very well balanced, vinegar and a sweet earthy sour cherry with a nice full body with quite a bit of carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of Plenum
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head to speak of. The minimal amount of carbonation was gone before I got from the counter to the couch.

Great red color on this brew. Light seemed to sparkle through it. Absolutely no lacing on the glass, very thin ale.

Very sour, very tart, very sharp. Cherries come through, which was a nice quality.

Was glad to be able to try this brew. I'd try it again, but not sure it's on my list of things to seek out.

Good example of the style though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, California. It cost something like $15.00. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I admire - and the style. 2012 vintage. ABV: 5.00%.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated (in spite of the brewery).

A: Pours a three finger head of really nice cream, great smooth foamy thickness, and great retention (though the ABV is merely average). Colour is a rather dark red-ruby. Nontransparent because of the darkness. Non-opaque; it allows some light in. No yeast particles are visible - likely because of the nontransparency. No bubble show, but the style doesn't usually feature one.

Sm: Luxurious sour cherries accompanied by a subtle oak wood tone. Tart. Yeasty - wild. Bacteria. Sourness. A bit earthy. A moderate strength, nicely subtle aroma. I quite fancy the smell, and I hope the taste fulfills the promise of the aroma.

T: Sourness, bacteria, wild yeast, and dominant sour cherry, with some earthy and even slightly nutty notes (I assert from the brown ale base). A bit too malty for the style methinks. The sourness is wonderful, but I could go for more yeastiness. It's quite delightful, but a bit understated and timid given the style. The tartness is fantastic. Certainly subtle, but it could use more depth and complexity. There's some great layering here. The balance is good but not perfect - largely due to the malt and the brown ale reminiscent notes. Pleasant and enjoyable to drink. No alcohol comes through. I quite like it, but it's not perfect. Not unique, but I'd say it's special. The oak is too backgrounded for me to notice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some light subtle creaminess. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Just coarse enough to coax out the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable for a sour. I could down this all night. I've had better sours, but this one is lovely. I could definitely see it getting better with age. A bit pricey, but worth it all things considered. I'd definitely have this again, preferably aged. Quite delightful. Well executed for the style.

Drank well out of a goblet. This is likely the ideal serving vessel.

A great candidate for aging.

Would pair well with grapes or salad.


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Photo of PHBoiler
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown body with some light white lacing. Smells of tartness on the nose. Not really getting the cherry in the nose or in the body. The acidity drowns out most of the flavors I was hoping for. Given the pricepoint, I'd expect more balance, more cherry flavor. Very acidic for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A major thanks to scottoale for throwing this in as an extra on a trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours brown with a red hue and virtually no head.

Sour aroma with some malt.

Flavor is tart sour with notes of vanilla. Finishes very dry.

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Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Dan! 375 ml bottle dated 2009 on the bottle. Poured into a Chimay chalice. Comes in at 5%.

A-The cork on this was extremely tough to get out of the bottle. When it was pulled out, I was greeted by a minimal pop. When poured, there is just a tiny little ring and a think bit of film. It is almost flat by all appearances. The color is a nice dark brown with reddish hue. There is a noticeable amount of suspended yeast on the side of the glass. Every once in a while a bubble will break the surface. For all its flaws, it still looks pretty good when held to the light.

S-The first thing to hit my nose during every sip is a really odd funk smell that I could not place. It is not offensive, just odd. I get some of the sour cherries, but not nearly as much as I expected, especially after recently having a Cuvee de Tomme. To me it smelled like cherries that had been soaked in vinegar.

T-A huge level of sour and tart slams the tongue quickly. The unusual funk scent that I kept getting in my nose also is present mid-sip. The aftertaste is quite vinegary. Not as much cherry as I expected. The oak becomes more pronounced as it warms. Every few sips I get a tad bit of vanilla. The sour taste lessens as it warms, but that could also be because my mouth gets more used to it.

M-As mentioned in the appearance, this one is pretty flat. The sourness does a good job of keeping my mouth stimulated. Some more carbonation would have helped.

D-The flatness is its one flaw. It is one that is good to sip on and enjoy its nuances. I have never spent so much time to drink a beer that is only 5%.

My first time with Red Poppy. Overall, I hought it was pretty good. The QC issues definitely continue with this one. Would try again once LA has their act together.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.