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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 517
Gots: 481 | 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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youradhere

Arkansas

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.

03-27-2011 02:00:02 | More by youradhere
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

04-26-2012 19:01:28 | More by Scotchboy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

01-10-2010 22:03:49 | More by Sammy
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MetalMountainMastiff

California

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.

03-23-2013 02:41:20 | More by MetalMountainMastiff
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

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.

06-23-2013 23:23:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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brandon0350

California

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

05-24-2011 21:13:35 | More by brandon0350
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mdfb79

New York

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.

04-16-2011 00:32:39 | More by mdfb79
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ckeegan04

Texas

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.

09-04-2011 00:27:38 | More by ckeegan04
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koopa

New Jersey

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.

09-11-2009 22:10:10 | More by koopa
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snpub540

California

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.

03-04-2010 21:45:26 | More by snpub540
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zhanson88

California

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.

03-27-2011 00:51:13 | More by zhanson88
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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.

03-09-2010 03:09:19 | More by jjanega08
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Halcyondays

California

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.

05-31-2010 21:18:14 | More by Halcyondays
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HopHobo

Michigan

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!!

04-19-2008 02:17:12 | More by HopHobo
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

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...

08-11-2009 22:26:44 | More by mikecharley
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

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.

02-19-2010 21:26:44 | More by SPLITGRIN
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yamar68

Minnesota

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.

06-23-2012 01:08:07 | More by yamar68
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

10-05-2011 20:34:50 | More by bigfnjoe
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allenson21

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

08-16-2014 07:14:41 | More by allenson21
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle opened on 12.4.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark ruby red-brown with a fizzy tan head that lingers a bit.

S - Tart and acidic, cherry in the end.

T - Tart and oaky, very little cherry in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and oaky with not much of the cherry showing.

12-30-2013 03:39:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Beerzebub

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

2009 375ml bottle, poured in a flute at 53 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden-brown color, attractively bright golden at the rim. Ring of froth and a gentle stream of bubbles.

Aroma of brown sugar and cherries, with a good streak of tartness, almost like cherry pie, and some vanilla-y oak. A hint of sherrylike oxidization develops. Very nice indeed.

Flavors of bright tart fruit, savory dried fruit, brown sugar, and well integrated oak, with a good dose of clean lactic acidity, and a just a bit of vinegar. Good balance. Simple tart oaky finish. Quite tasty overall.

Good medium-bodied texture, smooth carbonation, tingly acidity. Refreshing and quite drinkable.

I could use more of the oxidization that I love in Red Poppy's Belgian counterparts, but this is excellent stuff nonetheless.

06-24-2009 07:33:34 | More by Beerzebub
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

This sucker was expensive, so this better be good...

After the pop, this became a true gusher. Seriously, I lost about half the bottle. Shaken, not stirred right?

A: Dark, yet reddish in tint, with nary a head except maybe a few bubble peeping around the corners of the vat of cherry juice.

S: Deep, tart smell of cherries, pepper, and yeast. A good bit of oak in there as well, which have this sort of a "cherry pie" scent.... dark cherries that is.

T: My jaw started locking and mouth started to dry out the second this hit my palate. The cherries weren't as pronounce on the taste, but still present nevertheless. Not funky, but extremely sour. This is probably the driest beer I've ever tasted.

M: Bitter and peppery on the back end, with plenty of fruit tartness which made me pucker with delight. The lacing was non-existent. A bit of kerosene mixed in as well (this also could be used to describe the texture).

O: I wish I hadn't lost a third of my bottle, because this is one tasty treat. From the looks of it, this one is readily available in certain areas of the country during certain times of the year, so I'll be sure to pick up a couple more bottles then.

09-17-2011 04:01:33 | More by Chaney
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Fweezle

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

I'm a huge Flanders Red fan so when I finally opened this 2009 at a recent tasting I was quite excited. Corked pulled with no pop whatsoever. Flat as tap water. Bummer.
Luckily a Flanders Red can still be somewhat enjoyed with no carbonation. Poured a murky red into my snifter followed by a slight fizz head that vanished as soon as it formed. Smelled pretty wonderful. Cherries, cider vinegar, and oak. Taste was pretty on par for a Flanders, tart cherries, wood, a little sourness and funk. Mouthfeel was a little lacking for obvious reasons, but the drinkability was pretty on point. If it would of had some carbonation it would have carried it alot more.

12-21-2009 17:56:50 | More by Fweezle
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raynmoon

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

It pours a very deep ruby red/ brown with a really off white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Reminds me of champagne.

It smells like a nice Flanders Sour. It's nice a tart smelling. A lot of cherry and balsamic notes. Very dark sweetness.

Right away, the carbonation coats your mouth very nicely. A lot of fizzy bubbles. So far this is right out of the fridge, and the complexity isn't quite there, but is probably being held back because of the cold. There is a decent sourness, but nothing really that tart. Kind of tastes like a light, carbonated red wine.

When it is slightly warmer the sourness starts to creep in.
This beer isn't exactly complex, or make you jump out of your seat, but I find myself wanting to keep going back and sipping.

Good beer though. Better than there Duchesse.

05-06-2012 04:21:06 | More by raynmoon
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a half finger of medium brown head. Surprisingly epic retention for the froth-like head, and generous lacing.

S: Tart cherries and beautiful barrel character (oak and vanilla). Barrel forward in a very good way. A little raspberry. Tartness and funkiness are in very good balance with the wood.

T: Cherry juice-soaked oak cubes, a very slight twang of tartness, a little grating oakiness with cinnamon and caramel, and a light, dry, muddled melange of red fruit. Flavors don't fully come together like they do in the nose. It's like this is just about there, but not quite.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: Good, and quite drinkable given the low ABV and light level of sour, but the flavors don't quite come together as well as they could. This is leaps and bounds above the 2012 vintage (which I rated a 2.75), though, which had a very offensive, funky aroma.

05-01-2013 02:29:08 | More by pmarlowe
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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