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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1422
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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ALSAIL

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from tap, served in a tulip glass. Poured a light coppery brown with a fine head that lingered. Smelled tart fruit, cherries and plums? Moderate to high carbonation, on the thin side. Tart sour cherries with oak in the back, dry tart finish. I'm not overly familiar with these, but I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 02:32:01 | More by ALSAIL
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Literally looks like watered down mud in a glass. Brown, yet no light could possibly pass. Small, quickly dying head. Leaves only a couple of spots for lace.

Strong, sweet red cherry (maraschino?) aroma. If I were blindfolded, I would think this was a Kriek because of the sour nose and slight presence of Belgian yeast.

Tastes like a Kriek, too...almost. But it isn't sweet and there are more "brown" elements like crystal and chocolate malts. Very interesting as it is unusual. Good body with a mildly elevated carbonation.

Certainly not an everyday beer, but a real treat for something delicious and unusual.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 18:42:19 | More by smcolw
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Lothore

California

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a deep ruddy brown hue with little to no head.

s - cherry, plum, candied fruit

t- starts of with a deep sour cherry flavor that ebbs into a strong wheatiness. Dry.

m- thick and effervescent

d- really great beer. Deep sourness rounded out by wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 23:03:42 | More by Lothore
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RaulMondesi

California

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Raul is trying, Raul is trying to say something, but he can't. Like watching Renoir's "The Rules of the Game", Raul is ineffable - pure beauty! Before, with Flanders Red Ales, Raulsky got that vinegar feel - but not with this bad sucker. Pure goodness. Like Christy Brinkley during the 90's - yes please!

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:56:55 | More by RaulMondesi
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Thank God for Black Friday leftovers. All the beer and none of the annoying crowd! (Still the 5.5oz. pours though.)

Attractive: ruddy red-brown color, murky, with a thick ringlet of off white foam. Aroma was slightly tart and woody, notes of cherry and vinegar. Similar taste, biscuity malt base, light cherry, apricot, decently balanced acetic acid, tart but not quite puckering, slightly woody. Pretty strange that this uses a brown ale base, because it barely resembled a brown ale at this point of its life. Medium body, medium carbonation, drying effect in the aftertaste. Nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 04:09:58 | More by Rifugium
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo for their Night with Tomme Arthur before the Belgian Beer Festival. $7 for a 12oz pour in a tulip (not bad considering most stores in Boston sell it for $18+/bottle). Reviewed from notes.

A- Opaque brownish cherry red with about a finger of reddish brown head that fades to leave a still top.

S- Cherries, some raspberries and other fruits, some brown sugar, fairly tart but not nearly as tart as I was expecting.

T- Cherries, raspberries and other fruits, a tiny bit of oak which is mostly hidden from the cherries, finishes off with a decent tartness, nothing too crazy though.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a little bit light, smooth, very easy to drink, nice carbonation.

O- I haven't had too many Flanders Red, but I would probably say this is my favorite so far. It had a nice cherry flavor that finished with a decent tartness that wasn't overly tart. If you like cherries and sours I would definitely recommend trying this beer out. A little bit pricey from the bottle, but definitely worth the $7 for a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 18:44:18 | More by jaasen64
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a small snifter

A brown body with ruby highlights, purple in spots, with a fluffy off-white cap. Recedes quickly and settles to a thin collar.

The nose is full of tart cherries, oak, and balsamic notes. The nose is overly sour with just a touch of fruit sweetness. I get some white wine notes as well.

A sour explosion coats the palate. Tart cherries, dry oak, balsamic vinegar, and white grapes. Sour hits you up front, before the base brown ale come through mid-palate. The finish is a brief rush of sweetness followed by tart cherries and balsamic vinegar. The oak does a nice job drying this one out.

Medium body, tart, refreshing. The carbonation is solid, giving this a creamy feel more so than the prickly feel of most in the style.

A damn fine flanders. Delivers the sour you crave without overpowering. This isn't terribly complex, but it has quite a bit going on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 16:38:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Resurrection Ale House for PBW.

A - Muddled maroon brew, very dark, some hints of violet. There is lacing with a cherry tint left all over the glass. Looks great.

S - Very floral, rosey smell. A lot of vinegar, and a definite sour profile. A little bit of grape, and wood notes on the backend. Definite wine character also.

T - The raspberries are on display very nicely. Very sweet upfront, then the brew transitions into a light vinegar, lactic sour profile. There's vinous characteristics all throughout, finishing with a nice but of oak presence.

M - Mouth is light to medium bodies with medium levels of carbonation. A sweet and sour coating rolls over the mouth coating the taste buds with a vinegar aftertaste.

O - Very well put together, not overly sour, and not overly "winey". This was very refreshing, tasty, but not sure if it's worth the cost per bottle. Glad to have tried though for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 18:15:59 | More by haazer
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

One of those beers whose price tag is so restrictive - excited to try on tap, which was actually MUCH cheaper on a $ per ounce basis

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, rich garnet body, relatively lifeless beige bubbles

smell: big rich nose - oak, cedar, cherry, balsamic, vanilla

taste: really decadent stuff - huge woody notes, cherry, balsamic, vanilla, dark chocolate...not so funky, but a great amount of depth and twangy flavours to explore

mouthfeel: a little big for the style, but still smooth and decadent. carbonation not flat, but low

overall: solid stuff - really enjoyed

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 22:10:59 | More by dirtylou
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notchucknorris

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Murky brown color with a slightly reddish tint and a thin tan head.

S: Huge sour aroma. Big sour cherries and apple cider vinegar with a hint of vanilla and brown sugar in the background.

T: There's a great sour punch right off the bat and the sourness lingers on the tongue forever. Vinegar and dark cherries make up the body of the flavor with a hint of bready malt. The carbonation is absolutely perfect in this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 20:14:48 | More by notchucknorris
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cocoapuph

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap a couple times at the brewery and recently at Downtown Johnny Brown's.

Has a nice dark rose tint with a pinkish thin head. Looks fruity.

Hints of tart fruits, of course cherries, and a little sweet cranberry smell.

Upon first sip, I was hit with a great sour, tart oak sensation. Then dark cherries roll in and dance on the tongue with a little effervescence. Tastes like I was drinking out of a miniature oak barrel for a glass. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is just right. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Glad I can still find this on tap every once in awhile. Looking forward to the next bottle release this winter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 06:22:09 | More by cocoapuph
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown color with less than a finger of cream colored head. The nose is sweet and sour. Vinager and cherries come to mind. The taste is much the same but nicely amped. Lip smacking tartness upfront with some sweet cherry offerings. Delightful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the tartness. Super drinkable and damn tasty as well

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 02:27:07 | More by ChugginOil
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at monks during the lost abbey event.

A- almost three fingers of tanish head a top a ruddy deep red brown brew. Head leaves no lace or stick.

A- good amount of earth red wine vinegar and some sweet and sour cherries but to a lesser extent. The cherries don't give a big bright sour they come off more subdued. Rich malt backbone giving a darker bread touch.

T- opens up with a light sweet and sour cherry and funky oak hit with a touch of red wine vin. Malts come off sweet with some dark brown sugar and bread. Light acidity not the punch I was hoping for, more of a earthy thing going on.

M- a bit above medium in body and lightly carbed. Solid pucker but nothing outstanding.

O- its a good red but the cherries seem to be a bit over the hill and lacking the fresh sour hit. I would like to try the base beer without the cherries and see what that's like. Up against rodenbach gc its got some work to do.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 21:37:01 | More by oglmcdgl
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a somewhat murky deep browned color with some reddish hues attempting to poke through. A thick, slightly rusty head retains for a bit with some webs of lacing.

Plenty of cherries with sourness throughout the nose, heavier earthy notes with oak and some acid. Some dark fruit sweetness and funk as well.

Very cherry forward with a decent amount of sourness delivered by the fruit. Some dark fruits with raisin tones and caramel sweetness throughout the malt bill. Not quite as full flavored and sour as I originally thought it would be, but still pretty tasty. Finishes dry with another gasp of cherry and oak.

Medium thinner body, somewhat watery but really high carbonation. This keg was definitely overgassed, as it took the bartenders about 7 minutes to pour a glass. I'd like to give this a try out of a bottle so I can re-review it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 04:50:47 | More by xnicknj
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown pour, not as sexy as Supplication. . . more brown, didn't have enough of the cherry edge to it, some head and/or lacing with good carbonation. Aroma is wood and fruit, cherry underplayed still.

Cherry comes out moreso on the palate, good sour qualities, almost nothing is sweet about the beer. Oak. Definite brown ale base beer flavor exists and is not overshadowed by the sour and cherry flavors. Harmony. Would actually prefer more cherry and tart flavors v. the brown ale and wood flavor, but its not a liability by any means. Damn this is dry.

What's the deal with the pricing on these? More than $1 an oz? Supplication is better and cheaper, so I can't really recommend this too strongly, worth checking out and special occasions, but damn its pricey.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:15:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at SmallBar on Port/LA Night during Chicago Craft Beer Week.

Appearance -- Pours rusty brown with witha finger fo creamy parchment head. Incredible amount of lacing for the style. Very photogenic.

Smell -- Tart cherry, cider vinegar, wet oak, lightly roasted malt, and a pinch of cocoa malt sweetness. Nice.

Taste -- Lots of bright acetic tartness up front: lemon, granny smith, cider vinegar. Inhaling through the nose made for a singeing sensation. Tart cherry and unripened berry fruitiness lent an additional layer of sour flavor. Rich dark malt evoking wet earth and cocoa.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with gentle prickly carbonation, bordering creamy. However, this could be the fault of the establishment.

Overall -- Very nice, but it wasn't the revelation that I had been hoping for. While being quite sour, the tartness was a detriment to the beer as a whole, somewhat diminishing the cherry addition and the malty/sour interplay that is the hallmark of the style. Still, the cherries were nice, and the definite highlight of this beer.

While I didn't consider cost as a factor for my review, the question must be asked: is a 350mL bottle of this worth as much as a 650mL bottle of La Folie? Methinks not.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 23:34:58 | More by yeahnatenelson
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jlb502

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a goblet of this on tap for $5 and at that price point I thought it was very good. If I were judging it as a $15+ 350ml, I can guarantee that the review would read differently. By differently I mean it wouldn't exist because I wouldn't buy it.

As Flemish Reds go, this is more sour and less sweet. The aroma is cherry juice, wood and a little vanilla. I suppose there's some Balsamic as well.

The taste definitely follows the nose: Sour cherry juice, some more wood and vanilla. Normally I'd probably combine wood and vanilla into oak but here I think the flavors stand apart. There's a little chalk, or maybe just a flattening of the flavor, which eventually gives way to a light but lingering sweetness.

Overall I appreciate that Red Poppy is not as sweet, syrupy and acetic as a Rodenbach but there's a part of me that doesn't fully grasp Lost Abbey's approach here. It seems like some sort of weird middle ground between Flanders Red and American Wild. They've eschewed convention by making it more sour, so why not eschew convention some more and make it the best beer it can be? I guess that's what they did with Double Cherry Red Poppy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 04:43:51 | More by jlb502
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badboyrsl84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at the Alpine pub.

It pours a murky brown into a tulip glass with a 2 inch head that dissapates quickly

Smell- vinegar, tart, acidic, cherries and other acidic fruit. Smells like sweet-tart candy.

Very well put together in the sour department. The body of this is well balanced making it a beer you could enjoy more than one pint of at a time

Taste - lots of tart and some cherries. Aftertaste of cherries and some residual tartness but fades away very quickly unlike a lot of sours I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 21:00:56 | More by badboyrsl84
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Memphis Tap Room Meet the brewer night on 2/23/10. Pours dark burgundy with very little head. Aroma of fig, prune, along with some cherry and dry earth. Just a hint of sweetness in the flavor, then an incredible sour cherry citrus. This was so incredibly balanced and not overpowering. Very clean feel with a nice aftertaste. Even without the head, lively carbonation on the tongue. Definitely glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 04:43:09 | More by ChrisPro
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pennywhistle

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. It's incredibly sour when first sipped, but has a warmer and sweeter aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink. It's foggy and dark red, almost resembling pomegranate juice in the glass. It doesn't look very carbonated, but was surprisingly bubbly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 22:05:29 | More by pennywhistle
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Norsebrew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this gem at the 4th Anniversary party.

Dark reddish brown color wth a small creamy head. Aroma is a pungent lactic character and cherries. The flavor is equally grand with sour tart cherries and a subtle complex mixture of vanilla, carmel, oak aged character. A very enjoyable sour ale that leaves you craving more!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2010 18:43:36 | More by Norsebrew
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femALEist

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Red Poppy Ale by Lost Abbey is a Flanders Oud Bruin style beer and 5.5%. It is a brown ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in oak barrels for over 6 months. It poured a beautiful copper red with a pinky full of a white head. It smelled of citrus, sour cherries and a hint of barnyard funkiness- kind of a one note nose. It tasted like dried sour cherries, Brett, and vinegar. The sour cherriness was pretty well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 19:37:20 | More by femALEist
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark burgundy-brown body. Thin, weak off-white head. Very little lacing, but a nice skim remains throughout.

S: Red wine, dark red cherries, oak, sweet sugar and a hearty earthy-funk.

T: Like the nose, lots of dark fruits are present. Most notably dark cherries fill out the flavor profile from start to finish. Similar to consecration, but lacking the profound tartness and sourness. A bit raw... but presents itself as a lively sweet, vinous brew.

M: Smooth, moderate tartness and sourness. Nice lingering finish. Funkayyy.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit... reminiscent of consecration and la folie... not quite as good as consecration, but probably better than la folie. Would like to see this one with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 04:01:38 | More by callmemickey
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Memphis Taproom, 2/22/10.

A-Pours a rather dark reddish brown, opaque, with a little bit of fizzy head and a spot or two of lacing.

S-Sour cherries and some background funkiness.

T-Delicious big fruit notes in the front, balanced nicely by an oakiness and sour funk. Very rich and flavorful.

M-Medium bodied and a bit slick.

D-A great example of this style. More flavorful than most, but still nicely drinkable.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 18:25:31 | More by sholland119
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this gem at the 2009 GABF. I enjoyed a couple samples on Thursday, but on Friday, when the line was inexplicably short, I easily had 3 or 4 pours. In retrospect, GABF is probably the best setting to consume beer from Lost Abbey. You know you are going to get a carbonated beer, something you can't take for granted with Lost Abbey. Of course, you don't have to pay for it either, which is nice.

Red Poppy was superb. Ample flavor here, but the biggest components are Oak, cherry and vinegar notes. The flavor is a fun balance of sweet and sour. I had multiple samples of this, Cuvee de Tomme, and Duck Duck Gooze. This was my least favorite of the three, but that is a reflection of how incredible the other two were. I would love to get my hands on a bottle of this, it was one tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 15:29:17 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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