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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,633 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 524
Gots: 491 | FT: 33
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

melle76a, Sep 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lost Abbey Red Poppy, vintage 2011

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep amber/brown with modest tan head. Each sip leaves behind an arc of foam. The beer itself is clear and sparkling. 

S: Tart cherries, vinegar and damp wood vie for dominant aroma. Mouthwateringly acetic. Additional smells include pickle aromas, a low-grade funk, and a tease of vanilla. 

T: Sourness strikes tongue first, then tart cherries. The acetobacteria is not as sharp as I thought it would, earning an enjoyable and approachable medium on the sourness scale. The other aromas are also expressed on the palate. I will that the beer has vinous character. Red Poppy is like a harmonic that slowly becomes quiet. That is how it finishes. Brettanomyces becomes more evident as I work my way through glass. 

M: Deceptively light body and medium, bright carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. 

O: I love Red Poppy. It edges out La Folie as best American interpretation of the style, and I think it might beat the very best Belgians. I wish it were cheaper and available in Indiana, preferably on tap in my basement. Huzzah!

Wadsey, Jul 21, 2011
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thetomG, Dec 17, 2011
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JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

millerbuffoon, Jun 13, 2014
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browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
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illini4x4, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish-light brown color with notable clarity, although some sediment at the bottle of the glass/bottle.  A large off-white head billows out of the body and lingers for quite a while before resting to a patchy foam.  Moderate lacing. 

S: Really pungent aroma comprised of vinegar, cherries, earthy and funky barnyard characteristics, and some oak.  Really a nicely complex aroma that flows out of the glass and can be picked up yards away. 

T: Vinegar and sour cherries up front provide ample sourness.  Oak and some funkiness linger further in the background, but mesh very well with the dominant flavors.  There is also a flimsy malt profile that provides a subtle sweetness, but it pales in comparison to the puckering sourness. 

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.  Spritzy and crisp.  Nice and tart and pretty drying at the finish. 

D: Absolutely delicious and very drinkable, however, it's great to sip on and enjoy the complexity and balance.  One of the best Flanders that I've had this side of the Atlantic.  

Mississipping, Jul 28, 2011
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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.