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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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562 Reviews
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Reviews: 562
Hads: 1,848
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
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 100floods
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark mahogany brown hue with a ruby tint. Pale, cream white head with pretty good retention. A nice thin layer foam lingers as the head resides.

Sweet and tart aromas. Hints of funk and wood. Everything is blended pretty well. A slight malt backbone.

Dry, semi-sweet start that is rushed into a tart and sour middle with a dry finish. This is a bit drier, and more carbonated than Russian River's Consecration. The lighter body and high carbonation does take away from the flavor, and makes each sip more like a short burst.

Overall a pretty solid effort for an American take on a sour dark ale. I was kinda looking for more wood flavors, but the cherries seem to dominated this one.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as an extra courtesy of guezedude - many thanks! Poured in to a cervoise. 2009 vintage (uh oh).

Appearance: Pours a dull, turgid, muddy sepia, opaque a short distance in from the edge of the glass though partially transparent near the rim, and even the most vigorous of pours from the (adorable, as always) bottle yields only about half a finger of lightly beiged head that disappears completely inside five seconds. The only remnants it ever even existed are a few streaks (and ultimately, a few glittery dots) of side lacing and a thin, wispy dusting of surface lace sitting near the center of the glass. Yep - this one's dead, and, to be fair, it didn't have a lot of margin for error, given the general unattractiveness of the hue to begin with.

Aroma: A dark, sweaty, sweet, and mildly tart brew. Sour cherries and tart apple notes intermingle with fruit cake and other moderately roasted bready notes intermingle nicely, a little heavier than I would have expected, sort of settling low in the nose. The sourness is mostly acidic, coming across like a nice thick vinegar, but there is also a kiss of moderate funk.

Taste: Tart vinegar and mild milky lactic tartness coat the tongue pretty thoroughly, intermingling well with sour cherries, tropical fruits, sour apples, and pears, and a little less well with light toffee and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, oily, and cleansing, but absolutely devoid of carbonation. Given the general brightness of the flavor profile and high level of cleansing, shiny acidity, the lack of carbonation is probably less of a problem (relatively) here than it is with the appearance, but it's still quite offputting, especially after a while.

Drinkability: Well, aside from: 1) the complete lack of carbonation; and 2) the odd blob of yeast that remained intact and was floating around on the surface of this one, somewhat scarily, this seems like it was a pretty good beer - well-made (substance-wise, not process-wise), low in alcohol, and refreshing. I think I have a friend with a 2010 bottle, so I hope to have the opportunity to review it in the spirit it was intended.

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Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is murky and brownish in color with a ruby hue. There is no head to speak of and no visible bubbles. It is sort of ugly, but not a huge departure from the style.

S-The smell gives up a decent hit of cherries, some prune-flavored malts, some dry oak, a mild tartness and a touch of funk. It is a bit underwhelming compared to other, better examples of the style.

T-The taste tracks the smell with bing cherries, light oak, and pruney malts being the major flavors. The acidity is very mild and, to be honest, could be amped up to better balance the lightly sweet fruit flavors.

M-The beer opens with a quick wave of surprisingly assertive carbonation, but the bubbles fade quickly with a slick, watery finish.

O-As a Flanders ale fan (and on the date of the Tour of Flanders bicycle race, no less), I had hopes for this beer, but I am a bit disappointed. The flavors are not very complex and the missing tartness/acidity really hurt the smell and taste score. On the bright side, the mouthfeel is nice.

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Photo of harrymel
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a red and brown ale with excellent clarity. Single finger, peanut colored, soap sud head dissipates within a couple minutes leaving a thin, broken sheet of the same. Little to no lacing.

S: Smells like cherry cola. Hints of apple cider, clove and cinnamon. Smells like it's a little sweet on the tart side.

T: pucker. Good sour on this one. Surprisingly sour and emami. Hints of oak, pepper and more clove. Good for the style.

M: Medium to full for the style. Light carbonation (or over carbed for Lost Abbey) is nice.

O: Well done. Not quite my cup of tea, but a very well done flanders ale.

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Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased during a business trip to SF and take home to NC to sample with my wife.

A light brown with a reddish hue. Seems to be hazy but hard to tell with the dark color. Large bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma is cherries, lemon and green apple. Flavor follows with cherries leading along with a mild tartness and hints of dark fruit. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing as it was thin with too big a burst of bubbles escaping as it hits your mouth.

The flavors are pretty good but the carbonation detracted for me.

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Photo of badbeer
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from Joe during our double brew day. Pours a dark-red/brown color, with a tiny bit of a tan head.

The aroma is vinegary and oaky, with a touch of grape, berries, and cherries with non coming out on top. In the taste, the cherries do win the fruit battle, bringing a rich accent to the malty, funky, vinegar flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and slick, with a low carbonation and a little bit of astringency. I would have liked a cripser cherry flavor, with more lactic acid and a higher carbonation, but this is what the style is so I can't really complain too much.

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Photo of Brew33
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Poppy received via trade.

This beer pours a medium brown with a TON of dark sediment. A cool color but muddled with yeast. The aroma was very good. Oak and a huge blast of tart cherries. Just a ton of cherries.

The flavor is good, not great. Acetic notes more so than lactic. Puckering cherry tartness, much more sour than I anticipated. Something is just a little off. The balance is just not quite there. Little evidence of malt or hops. With a Brown Ale base I would have anticipated a bigger malt presence. The moutfeel is solid, medium bodied with a creamy finish. The drinkability was pretty good but with the sharp finish and puckering tartness it's not great.

I think this beer needs a little more tweaking to get the flavors integrated a little better. All in all, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Vintage 2012.

Poured into a snifter, the beer is a deep, hazed, auburn-brown coloring that pours with a ton of carbonation. Low profile, thin, off-white head that quickly settles out into a filmy ring around the surface. Aromas of juniper and jasmine floral highlights on a dark, rich, black cherry and currant sweet backbone. The increased carbonation keeps the body thin, and gives the sour notes an extra punch. Syrupy sweet flavors transition into an earthy, wine barrel characteristic. The aftertaste is sour and sweet at the same time, with an effervescent feel. The finish is sharp, but light, with a bubbly feel left across your tongue. Tangy and puckering at the end. Good brew.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won from the giving tree during Christmas in July.

The brew is dark brown, almost soda colored in appearance. A huge tan head forms over the beer, which also has tom garnet/plum highlights.

Smells funky and of extremely tart fruit.

Taste starts out with a light malt which gives way to the tart cherry. The finish, is a bit off putting with a strange bitter flavor.

Texture is light and bubbly. Not a great drinkability, but goes down well.

I don't get the strange finish, if not for that, I would have liked the beer.


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Photo of csmiley
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is mostly brown with a reddish tint that really comes through in the light. Head is minimal. Using the word minimal is being generous in this case. It tops out at forming a thin ring around the edges of the glass. This would equate in to zero retention. The ring of foam is able to leave one or to bubbles of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma starts out with a heavy combination of funk and cherry. This beer actually smells straight up like a horse stable. That works for me. Horses, hay, wood, and the list keeps going. Cherry is very tart and pungent. There is a sweeter aroma that barely comes through on the tail end. Reminds me of cane sugar. The aroma for the Red Poppy is home run in my book.

T - Flavor pretty much follows the aroma. Very funky right out of the gate. The wood / oak flavor comes through a little more which works well for this beer. Of course, there is the horse and hay but they stay milder than expected given the aroma. Cherry has a very strong presence as well. It's very tart and sour overall. Could be some caramel that finishes it off.

M - Medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Finish is tart and never actually lets go of the palate.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. The flavors work well together and the alcohol is almost completely hidden. It's very tart but also very smooth. This beer could be something very very special if not for one glaring problem. Even with a little carbonation, this one would be excellent. As is, it's still pretty good but that's about all that can be said.

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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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jimmy J (Draught2012) for bringing this over for a nice beer dinner we had. It was a treat to try a special LA beer.

Poured into my tulip glass and there was not that much of a head. What was there was fizzy and dissipated very quickly. Amber/Red color with lots of light red highlights. Deep color. No lacing.

Wow, the aroma is sharp, tart and sour. Slightly vinegar like. As it wamrs you get more cherry and wood. I think as you get used to the tart nature, you can detect more going on. This is definitely true for the taste as well.

Sour nature is not as sharp as the aroma. Slightly acidic, tart cherry appears more as it warms. The oak really comes out as you adjust yourself and it warms. Gosh, I wish that was just the slightest touch of sweetness. But that's me, not the style...

The mouth feel was acidic but very light. A refreshing beer.

I can't say that I find this completely drinkable, I continue to try and develop a taste for this style. You can tell this was a very good beer and I was happy to have the chance to try it.

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