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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,577 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 512
Gots: 477 | FT: 35
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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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mattizmyname


3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-29-2012 15:27:14 | More by mattizmyname
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

'11 vintage poured into my RR tulip

Pours muddy brown with red hues and a generous 3 finger off-white head with good retention even though it fades slightly.

Smells of slightly tart cherries and a little vinegar. Not nearly as acidic as I expected it to be.

Acidity comes through a lot more on the flavor. Some good cherry notes, but they soon get overpowered by vinegar with a little bit of wet band aid. Not entirely pleasant.

High carbonation levels despite the Flat Abbey joke with medium to light mouthfeel.

I usually like Flanders, but this one was a bit overboard. There may have been some good things there, but all I could really taste was vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:46:19 | More by jmarsh123
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cute little bottle with a hefty price tag. Pours a muddy, light copper color but sits opaque brownish black. Beige head quickly fizzles away.

Aroma is sweet cherry, pennies, dark cacao and very, very vinaigrette. Taste is tart and steely. No cherries come through at all here. Thin, bubbly carbonation.

What a bland beer. Nothing about it stands out for me at all. For such a highly rated ale I'm not sure what the fuss is about.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:09:04 | More by donkeyrunner
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airohead2001

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with glazeman.

A - Run of the mill reddish/brown of so many sours that I've seen before. No head and no lacing.

S - Sour cherries, barn, and booze. OK, but not great.

T - Sour, citrus tart with some sour cherries through out and some biscuit in the finish.

M - Lots of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, but limited by the sourness. This is a good beer, but not a great beer by any means. It doesn't taste unique or outstanding to me in any way. Compared to other beers, sure, it's better than most, but it's just another sour to me. Certainly not better than the sours from the RR series.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:01:50 | More by airohead2001
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alexhahn82

California

3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Brownish red almost grape juice like color. very light lacing. This is the first Lost Abbey beer I have ever had that popped when uncorked and also had a head (Poured at an elevation of 2500FT or so in Emmet Idaho.)

S - Powerful sourness in the aroma. A sweet smell with a mild cherry smell on the end. Definitely a lot of hints of fruit like scent, kind of similar to smelling a %100 fruit rollup.

T/M -- Light in viscosity at first with a definite upfront flavor of the brown ale. Middle shifts to tartness and definite carbonation with a semi acidic finish. After the palette adjusts from the sourness the presence of cherries is prominent as well as the oak showing up about halfway through the bottle (possibly due to it acclimating itself to a room temperature.)

O - This beer is a very well played sour (though I am NOT a fan of sours. Nice cherry and oak flavors, thats about it with a huge smack of of sour, don't seek and don't destroy.

PP (Price Point) - $18.99 for a 375ml caged and corked bottle is super, super overkill in price. I am not a big sour fan, but this continues on with the trend of Lost Abbey having underwhelming beers at overwhelming prices. Would be more appropriatley priced around $6-$8.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:14:56 | More by alexhahn82
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah the dichotomy that is the Lost Abbey. They make some mind blowing beers and they make some absolute epic fails. The price point seems to be my biggest gripe. Thankfully I have buddies who have pockets that run so deep they can afford to take the risk. Sweemzander is one of those guys. He buys expensive beer like a fat kid buys candy. I really appreciate him shelling out $16 on this 375ml bottle. No fucking way would I ever pay that kinda money for a bottle this size.

Bottle split onto tulips.

A: Cinnamon brown red. Small amount of dirty white head. Tiny amount of soapy lace.

S: Super oaky with tart cherries. Modest hint of spices. Light vinegar sour. The oak is awfully powerful.

T: Mild vinegar sour. Strong oak soaked cherry. A hint of spices. The depth of the flavor is very lacking.

M: Medium body with wait for it... mild carbonation. Score!

O: Well this one turned out to kind of a dud. Nothing horrible but nowhere near a great flanders.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:18:07 | More by beerwolf77
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punkhim

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

04-05-2012 21:55:17 | More by punkhim
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controlfate

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

03-26-2014 03:32:24 | More by controlfate
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

09-12-2013 02:11:04 | More by CityofBals
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

11-18-2013 20:03:09 | More by kdb150
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mogburn1317

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

04-06-2014 05:19:23 | More by mogburn1317
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Jammies

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a deep brown with about an inch of foam. great retention

S-sweet with cherries

T-bitter and sweet. (yes, slightly bittersweet) a bit overbearing with the cherries, but overall not too shabby

M-thin and a little tingly on the palate

O-a bit too sour for my liking

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:30:44 | More by Jammies
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Tiklmelmo

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky reddish brown. For the champagne cork, I was definitely expecting more fizz. Minimal off-white to light brown head.

S - Tart cherries dominate the nose, with some leather and earthy notes.

T - Puckeringly sour, almost unpleasantly so. Fairly one dimentional with some cherries and lots of vinous acidity. Not very balanced. No sweetness to speak of.

M - Slight slickness to the mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D - the 12.7oz is enough for me. The acidity isn't balanced enough to make this really drinkable.

Not bad, but definitely not my favorite. While I enjoy a good sour, this one is a little heavy on the lactic acidity without much else to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:45:24 | More by Tiklmelmo
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one! 2009 Bottle.

A-pours an extremely cloudy lighter brown color with strong red hues shined next to light. The head is rather thick and off white to light tan.

S-the nose has notes of balsamic up front, hints of green olives behind, there is a fair bit of dry oak giving way to a light touch of brett, light acidity and bits of sour cherries.

T-the taste has a stronger acidity and more balsamic, the oak is stronger and more present as the brett works in with the sour cherries. There is some acetic acid towards the back that detracts from the brightness of the cherries.

M-lighter to medium body, slightly grainy on the palate and rather juicy throughout. the finish is slightly undercarbonated and a little flabby also lacking the driness you would like to see with all the acidity.

D-this has some issues, the cherries are overshadowed by oak and acidity, notes of acetic acid in the finish and some random brett notes make this an overly sour slightly muddled beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 14:54:49 | More by cpetrone84
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 vintage poured into a tulip at 60 degrees.

A. A murky Iced tea color,yeast floating all around. One finger off-white colored head. Spotty lacing.

S. I get some tart cherries with some oak.There is a musty fruit smell,But I can't just pinpoint what it is.

T. Pretty much just folows the smell. Some sour cherries and apples With a little wood in the back.

F. Feel is light and well carbonated,moderately sour.

Overall I kind of new to sours but I have had a few and they were a good bit easier to drink than this. Decent flavor profile,I will have to try again onced I'm better versed in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:38:54 | More by Marty30
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Arbitrator

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks for sharing, Roger.

A: Pours a turbid, sedimentary maroon body in the glass. Its off white head rises to about 1.5 fingers in height, retaining for a minute or so before vanishing into a thin collar on the brew. Yes, it's carbonated. Hallelujah.

S: Cherries, lactic sourness, spice, some oak. We screwed up and had this after Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise '02. This didn't even remotely compare.

T: Lactic sourness, some balsamic vinegar with an underlying nuttiness, lemon zest, and of course tart cherries and the accompanying bitterness of their skins. It's not nearly as fruity as I was expecting, though. Tannic finish.

M: Light-bodied; a little sharply acetic in the finish.

D: It's not bad, but if I had to pick a sour beer based on cherries, I'd go with Supplication or LP Kriek first, especially at $17 for 375mL. I know they're not technically the same style, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 21:40:20 | More by Arbitrator
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dmsohyea

California

3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage 375ml cage and cork bottle. Served in a tulip. The cork was very hard to remove.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with light penetration all the way through. Huge 5 finger head like champagne. Not too many floaties, mostly clear.

S: Smells like balsamic or red wine vinegar and soy sauce. A very, very light hint of cherries, but it's very subdued.

T: Strong vinegar taste up front, a strong drying sourness mid palate and finishes slightly tart and bone dry with some grapefruit. This beer needs to be almost room temperature to be properly enjoyed. I always prefer any beverage to be a little colder, but this one is just bad when it's cold. The aftertaste is a touch of chocolate and more vinegar. Picking up some oak, but very little.

M: Mouthfeel is medium carbonation with good body. Nice and smooth, but not watery. Very nice for the style.

O: A solid flanders, but not my favorite. After being blown away by Marron Acidifie, I'm having to downgrade this one slightly. Would like to try this one on draft too.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 06:24:19 | More by dmsohyea
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brystmar

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Thanks to Nate for the bottle!

Needed a corkscrew to pry this baby open. Loud POP as the cork jumped from the neck, no gushing but tons of carbonation.

Nose has oak barrels, sour cherries, funk, a little peaty too. Oak dominates the flavor with sour cherries right behind. Massive carbonation significantly detracts from the experience. Glad I tried this, but won't be seeking it out again.

*** Update 7/14/2012 ***

Just opened my first 2012 vintage and couldn't believe it was the same beer. This year's is significantly better to the point where I'm surprised it's even the same beer. I'd give the '12 somewhere in the 4.15 range.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:35:08 | More by brystmar
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $15.79. Much thanks to all of those in my LIF post that suggested this as review 600, however I will consume this as 599. Into a NB Globe. Very attractive label, that is surprisingly devoid of text on the back. This bottle is noted as 5% abv.

A: Nice brown color with tons of red highlights, enormous off light tan head that keeps growing out of the upper ring of the glass. Pretty impressed by this head, as it has protruded a good 2 inches above the glass. Needless to say, head retention is a non issue. The overall presentation is that of a two toned Easter egg with a ruddy base and tan colored top. Most impressive looking beer from Lost Abbey that I've seen.

S: Definitely funky, much more on the cherry pie filling type of funk as opposed to the more classic barnyard sort of funk, definitely funky though. Smells quite fruity, cherry is dominant. There appears to be an underlying sweetness as well. Smells nice.

T: Nicely tart with distinct notes of cherries and vanilla, decent amount of classic sour notes, decent amount of acetone in the flavor as well. Cherry flavor begins to border on antiseptic/robitussin but never quite reaches that point. Nice amount of caramel malt and a nice sweetness to balance the tart flavors. This is not a bad beer at all, however, there is a distinct metallic note that I've gotten in both of the bottles of this beer I've tried. This is especially on the finish, the flavor is fairly brief on the tongue, but is enough to annoy me and detract from the overall flavor. This would be a solid 4.5 except for the iron aftertaste, which is gonna knock this down.

M: Lighter in body with nice carbonation, finish is just about right, slightly tart and fairly dry. Not bad.

O: For a beer that is priced in this range I would hope for something nearly flawless. The metallic flavor in this beer, at this price point is unacceptable, and I know this is not an isolated incident, as I've had this beer twice and have noticed this in each bottle. I really like the flavors, and think it would be in the top tier of American Oud Bruins if not for the off flavor on the finish. An enjoyable, but frustrating offering from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:20:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
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CrazyLarry

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my style of beer. I think it is a solid Flanders Red. Appearance: dark murky brown ale; Light head; Heavy on the carbonation. Smell: sour cherries and good bacteria. Taste: sharp light and fast, acidic, carbonation, sour cherries was fulfilled, bacteria, no real finish very clean. Mouth feel: light and acidic.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 18:58:22 | More by CrazyLarry
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-18-2013 13:38:33 | More by jtladner
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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-mahogany with an ok cream colored bubbly head with low retention and no lacing.

Bitter smell with notes of sour cherries and balsamic vinegar with just a touch of fruity sweetness.

Flavor is pretty similar. Maybe a touch better. Sour/tart cherries, a touch of balsamic, sour apple and a sour oaky red wine. Doesn't carry a strong sour lingering finish and aftertaste.

Mouth is light and fairly dry with med-low carbonation.

Overall it's a decent beer for the style and possibly a good intro for someone looking to get into the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 06:00:52 | More by MrVonzipper
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

09-05-2013 19:46:04 | More by Ciocanelu
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-05-2013 01:19:31 | More by Atomicskis5
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

10-21-2013 01:40:54 | More by HumanParaquat
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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