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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
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1,615 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 521
Gots: 486 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Pours a nice reddish brown with a nice frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Thick but not too syrupy or anything. Smells tart and sour. TONS of cherry on the nose and some subtle oak and vanilla. Tastes sweet and tart. Lots of cherry with a solid funk that really rounds out the beer. I'm really pleased with this one. Well carbonated. Tasty, just sour enough. Overall a great brew

Urbancaver, May 15, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Picked up a few months back at Julio's. I saved this specifically for my 300th review.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep ruby red/nut brown pour with a fizzy one figner head that quickly faded to leave a nice halo and some good thin clouds.

S - Light vinegar, sweet malts, and some earthy oak. Light sour cherry notes too.

T - Good sour vinegar notes up front that are washed away by tart sour cherries and some oak. There are some light sweet malts but for the most part the sourness overpowers everything else, which is to be expected.

M - Medium carbonation here, lots of bubbles in the mouth. A nice sour and crisp slightly dry finish. Very tart and refreshing.

O - Enjoyed this flanders alot. Not quite sure if its worth the hype though as there are other flander's that deliver the tasty that aren't as expensive.

rudzud, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky reddish brown mahagony color with really no head. Pops with very little fanfare just a little "pop". What head there is is just a wispy white head. Really nice sour aroma coming from the nose with a mix of cherries and some oak. Lots of lemon in the nose as well. The taste starts off subtle then builds to a nice level of sourness with hints of lemon and cherries. Some acetone type flavors as well. One of the most sour I have had in a while. The sourness really lingers on this one. Light mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Beer is reddish brown and does not form a head. Carbonation is low and there is a little lacing left on the glass. Beer is relatively clear.

Aroma is a strong sourness, mostly citric based. Kind of a one note aroma but it smells fine.

Strong sour flavor, again citric. There are several late flavors, sweet, strong tart, hits me in the corners of my mouth. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is good. Carbonation plays a role in the connectivity of the beer overall.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of 0110x011
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Pours a ruddy, opaque amber-brown. Nearly zero head, the little carbonation that does make its way to the surface forms a thin, delicate collar around the edge. Nose is sour cherry, dark fruit, vinegar, port wine, and earth. Mostly dark fruits on the palate, with the cherry and earth pretty far in the back. The sourness is quite mild as well. Light bodied, with light, fine carbonation; finish is on the sweet side. Highly drinkable.

I'm used to the Lost Abbey special releases being these huge, over the top beers, so this one came as quite a surprise. A flanders red all the way, but lighter, more delicate, and more refined.

0110x011, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Deep amber with brownish tint, good clarity, low carbonation as a few large bubbles hang around the bottom of the glass. The head is thin leaving a soapy ring. It kind of looks like juice, maybe a bit like wine? Smell is nice, classic sweet and sour cherry mix, a bit vinegary, with a little peppery spice.

Tangy cherry flavor throughout. It peaks after a few seconds, becoming assertively tart but short of a lambic sourness. The woody vinegar presence is also nice, and in the finish you get just a tiny hint of caramel maltiness. Feels like a thin fruit juice on the palate with a high level of sparkly carbonation.

This beer is very nice for the style. It doesn't get as sweet as a few of the well-known examples do, which is key. I am not a fan of the Flanders beers as much as I like more funky lambics, but this beer was very quaffable. Recommended...

bennetj17, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of youradhere
4.15/5  rDev -3%

2011 vintage

Pours murky ruddy brown with off white head that fades to leave chunky lacing. Smells of cherries, brettomyces, vinegar, malt, cider. Taste is sour cherry, citric, malt, white wine. Mouth feel is medium dry, carbonation is medium, drinkability is high. Overall a good bruin, but doubtful worth the pricetag.

youradhere, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Review No. 450

12.7oz corked & caged 2012 vintage bottle, poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Hazy, turbid pond-water brown, hints of blood red...initially a good off-white/yellowish head but it fizzles quickly away...not much lacing...carbonation appears good.

S: Tart cherry, red apples, hints of funk and vinegar, dark fruit, and some vinous notes.

T: Plenty of tart cherry notes but it isn't overwhelming...carbonation does a fine job of cleansing the palate...pretty tasty, and almost balanced...cherry, tartness, touch of lactic sour, funk, lemon, hint of oak.

MF: Tart, moderate-to-light mouthfeel, this thing is well carbed and feels light and refreshing.

O: A really nice beer, and pretty drinkable for the style; not too tart or overwhelmingly sour.

Scotchboy, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

A cute 500 ml bottle. Pours reddish brown with a Caesar white head. Aroma of sour and cherries and wood. Sourness on the tongue, above averge mouthfeel. Some fruit sugarness offsets. This is a sipper. Alcohol warming. A delight. Carbonation is there.
Peter FM had a bottle, and after 3.3 years it stands the taste of time. Great sor finish.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from bottle into a Tulip.

A. pours a murky brownish red. With a off white head. The head lasted through out drinking.

S. Tart/ cherries. Slight funkyness, yeast smell. Slightly cheese odor.

T. those Tart cherries again!slight vinegar. More tart than sour. slight funky/cheese/yeast, tart finish.

M. Medium, highly carbonated.

O. Has great smells! that carry into the flavor.. Very enjoyable.

MetalMountainMastiff, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour has a lovely dark red color and is quite clear, but it has very low carbonation and produces no head at all. The nose is sharp and acidic with notes of cherries, sour apple, and red wine.

Medium-bodied beer. The flavor is sharp and sour, but has just enough sweetness to make it plenty palatable. Sour cherries, lemons, and white grapes smack the palate with lots of pleasing tanginess. Very restrained, almost nonexistent, hop bitterness and lots of mouth-drying tannins on the finish. Very appetizing and refreshing.

Overall, a really nice example of the style. I think it could use more carbonation and just a bit more sweetness, but I'm very grateful I was able to try this. Plus, it is easily one of the most beautiful bottles I have yet seen.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of brandon0350
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

375ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey Tulip

A: good cork pop, hopefullly no carbonation problems, pours brown with a redish tint to it, small head that fades away quickly

S: strong smell of cherries, slight sourness, smell vinegar?

T: very sour, definatly taste the cherries and vinegar, not bad

M: very light easy to drink, strong carbonation

O: as my second sour I am really impressed, it was enjoyable and will definatly look for it again

brandon0350, May 24, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Finally got some bottles of this one as it has eluded me, mainly from lack of trying to acquire it. After trying Double Red Poppy at NOTB and loving it, I decided to get some bottles of this one.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a reddish tint, one and a half fingers of off white head, and moderate carbonation evident. The bottle was a very slow gusher, but didn't lose any of it.

s - Smells of sour cherries, oak, tart dark fruits, vinegar, some funk, and some acedic notes. Very sour and tart, with lots of cherries; I'm a big fan of the nose.

t - Tastes of vinegar, sour dark fruits, wood, funk, acedic notes, light cherries. Very sour and lots of vinegar. A lot more vinegar than the nose, and less cherries. Good, but a definite step down.

m - Medium body and high carbonation, dry mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice sour flanders I enjoyed. I loved the nose, as there was a lot of sour dark fruit, especially tart cherries. The taste was a lot of vinegar so if you like that in a sour, you'll probably love this one. I liked the Double Red Poppy better, but considering that is a beer only available on tap and this is easy to acquire, it's still very good. Would certainly have it again.

mdfb79, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Finally have a chance to try this one; been searching for a long time. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for the trade.

A - Dark brown with reddish hues when held up to light. Thick, foamy brown head with excellent retention. Foam slowly fades to about two fingers and lasts for most of the drink. A beautiful Flanders Red.

S - The aroma hits you as soon as the cork pops. Sour cherries are the initial aroma that come to mind but there is also some balsalmic vinegar, oak and even a touch of leather. Excellent aroma. Cherries are the star but they do not dominate to the point that the other aromas are masked.

T - The taste is a touch of a let down after the incredible nose, though it still is a nice tasting beer. A touch of sweet and sour with a strong vinergary acidity at first sip. Cherries and oak especially come to mind. A light breadiness mid-drink, dark bread comes to mind. Sour cherries carry through the entire beer. Finishes with a tart acidity that lingers long after the last sip.

M - Light to medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation. Very effervescent and I might say it is a touch too carbonated.

O - A very solid beer though I would say it is a touch of a let down, especially given how amazing the nose was. Certainly a good beer and I would not mind having one to lay down for a while.

ckeegan04, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased and consumed at the Toronado Bar in San Francisco last week on my birthday.

Appearance: Ruby to garnet body with a 1 finger foamy off white crown that shows a touch of retention and lacing.

Smell: Cherries, small touch of vinegar, earth, fungus, and a good sourness.

Taste: Loads of dry sour cherries throughout with oak notes showing every so often. Small amount of brett and some biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: lite side of medium bodied with just enough carbonation to get by and certainly more than normal for a LA brew.

Drinkability: For a tart sour and dry brew its fairly drinkable.

koopa, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark brown infused with alot of red. Light off white head creates delicate lacing. Its a beautiful looking brew.

Aromas are soy sauce, vinegary funk, and cherries.

Taste is nicely complex. I get an almost cola like sweetness in the front which is soon washed away by a puckering sourness. Intense is all I can say.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it has a nice playful carbonation. Drinkability is good as there is no alcohol flavor or harshness. Nicely done.

snpub540, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance: Red Poppy pours a murky dark ruby color with lighter ruby highlights. About 1.5 fingers of tan head forms. Lacing and retention are decent. This is definitely not a beautiful beer, but not bad either.

Smell: Sweet and tart cherries show up front, followed by oak, light funk, and tartness. I get a low to medium amount of acidity in this one.

Taste: I get mostly tart and lesser sweet cherries up front along with some oak. Some funk follows as well as sourness. I don't find this beer too acidic overall. It finishes with a lingering oaky sourness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. The carbonation is very fine though, and makes for a nice mouthfeel. This is a beer that I have been wanting to try for a while, and it didn't disappoint. I have a few more of these, and am interested to see how they will age. I've heard that this beer is better fresh, so we'll see.

zhanson88, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

A= pours a dark red color pushing brown with a nice thick off white one finger head rising up out of it. Really nice lacing coming out of the head. Super sticky.

S= Tart vinegar smell with little cherry in it. Super sour smelling. Sort of a headache inducing funk to it as well. Smells dirty sort of. Funky barnyard smell to it.

T= Nice tartness to it. Good sour without the super vinegar that I smell. Nice cherry taste that is still sort of fresh cherry. Nice clean taste which is different from the super dirty smell. Not as funky because the super sourness comes from it.

M= Super dry feeling. Awesome crisp clean feeling as well.

D= Nice sour. Not over the top or crazy at all but still really nice sour. Delicious.

jjanega08, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red mahognay with a soft fizzy off-white head, good lace.

S: Acetic acid/barrel character, cherries, maple syrup.

T: Red wine vinegar, cherries are there but understated from the ale as a whole. Interesting Left Bank Bordeaux type character with a lot of cassis mid-palate after the sweet cherries pass. Sweet malty finish. Pleasantly acidic through and through.

M: Moderate/high acidity, but less than La Folie for sure though beer is reminiscent of that ale in a lot of ways. Not bashful. Quite smooth even though my palate is puckering by the end.

D: This is an excellent Oud Bruin, clearly well made and full of flavour. It's so ridiculously expensive, Rodenbach Grand Cru is 1/3 of the price, so not something I'll buy again unless it's on-tap.

Halcyondays, May 31, 2010
Photo of HopHobo
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Received this beer in a trade with m1ked

A - Poured a reddish brown. Poured into two seperate glasses for my wife and I. The glass with the yeast was a totally different color.

S - smells of cherries and esters

T&M - pretty outstanding, I've had quit a few wild ales from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. This beer is not as sour as those beers, but I think that compared to 90% of those beers this one is easier to drink. Tastes of sour cherries, very smooth on the mouth. Could sip it all night or slug it down in one gulp, Delicious!!

HopHobo, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of mikecharley
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to olibeer22 for the trade
Slight pop from the cork as I pulled it out. Pours a dark carmel. Some red around the edges where the light pokes through. No head, No lacing...
Very sour nose. Some slight vinegar, along with funkiness, and some semi-sweet cherries. Smells wonderful.
Taste is the best sour I've had the chance to try. Not super acidic, but more sudued and drinkable. Starts off with a vineous character to it, followed by a rush of vinegar, horsehair, and woodiness. The finish is all cherries and funk! Wonderful. The taste absolutly lives up the the nose's promise.

The mouthfeel is just not lively enough for the style... This has SOME carbonation, but simply not enough...

mikecharley, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours to a cherry cola toned reddish brown body. Head is just a skim of rich tan foam. Nose has a nice creamy tartness with ripe cherry tones, cola and minerals with some zest. Enters the mouth with a sharp tart tone that is cherry skins. This tartness quickly mellows with mice dark maltiness that really balances the brew. Dark fruit follows all this with some accompanying tannins. Mouthfeel is thick and tart especially on the very back of the tongue. This beer is especially under carbonated. Overall it is nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 12.7oz bottle to tulip glass, 2012 vintage:

Pours a murky, dirty ruby red/brown... a thin fizzy few seconds of off-white head gave way to a slender collar and lively, constant beading.

The nose is stuffed with cranberry funk and spicy wild yeasts. Tart grassy bits, some champagne notes, a bit of blueberry.

Exceedingly tart on the tongue. Various light berry bits, dry fruity finish, tart from start to finish. It's a style that I am far from acquainted with. From the few samples I can recall, though, this one sits right at the top.

yamar68, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Westmalle chalice. I assume this is the most recent bottling

A- pours a dark cherry red, nearly brown, with a one finger tan head that fades after a little bit of time. It's....carbonated! I want to cry, and am giving it an extra half point because of that.

S- cherries, a little funk, and a vinous character. Smells like a good sour should!

T- there is a very strong sour character to this, but it doesn't overpower the cherries, which really shine in the finish. It's not that vinegary sourness that I hate so much too...well done

M- very thin body, loaded with carbonation. It might actually be a little overcarbed

O- not the best I've had, but still very damn good. Lost Abbey puts out some good stuff when their QC issues are under control

bigfnjoe, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of allenson21
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

allenson21, Aug 16, 2014
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