Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 560
Gots: 571 | FT: 44
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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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Ratings: 1,802 | Reviews: 556
Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice layers of tart juicy fruit. Loved this!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brick-reddish brown. Almost looks like dried blood. Head is a very light tan, bubbly, and dense. Solid retention keeps a cap for the duration. No lacing.

Smell: Loaded with cherry. Sour cherry skin and juice. A touch of soft yeast. Solidly caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of leather. A touch of citric tartness with a soft lactic element in the back. Oak adds some seriously woody elements. A bit of old wood and damp rock. A touch of vinegar. Warming puts out a ton of oak and some solidly tart cherry skin.

Taste: Tart cherry skin. Cherry juice. Fruit leather. Tons of oak. Musty basement. Some grass and a touch of soft spice. Hint of alcohol in the back. Sharply citric with a strong undercurrent of vinegar. Lemon juice. Cherry flesh. Bing cherry. Did I mention cherry? Undercurrent of mild funk. Malts offer just a touch of toasted flavor. A hint of bread crust. Lightly cooked malt sweetness. Hints of almost cranberry. Some earth. Touch of lime.

Mouthfeel: Slightly effervescent. Medium pushing to light body with a moderate-high carbonation. Mild astringency.

Overall: Such a pretty flower.

So much cherry. It might need a bit more time to really develop, but it's a risk with the cherry. It's solid if not exactly worth the above average bottle price.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3300th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an pretty much perfect malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a world class Flanders red ale style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An insanely amazing offering.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps. Bottle is the 2015A vintage bought from the brewery.

Appearance: dark brown and explosively carbonated. I took the cage off and the cork shot out 2 seconds later. Glints of red through and a bit of sunlight on the edges. Massive foamy head.

Nose: oaky, sour cherries, vanilla, complex lactic nose with the yeast and microbial poking through.

Taste: sour but not bracingly, sour cherries, wood from the barrel aging, very complex and wonderful. Medium to heavy body, more so than I would have expected.

Overall: I bought this after reading about it online and in books. The brewery was beautiful and the beer is nothing less than spectacular. I don't have much experience with this style and need to try more. The complex yeast, Brett and bacteria notes combined with the sourness can be off putting for some but I find it wonderfully complex. I have a second bottle to cellar.

Photo of Immortale25
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. 2014 Vintage.

A- Pours a somewhat murky medium brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice tart cherry funk with some toasty malt in the back. Classic Flanders aroma.

T- Moderate tartness upfront and then the cherries hit with lots of funky undertones interlaced so nicely in the flavor profile. Man, the cherries really drive this one home. The sweet-to-sour ratio is damn near perfect.

M- Prickly and slightly dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side. The dryness builds as the drink progresses, especially once the sediment is introduced.

O- I've had beers this optimally funky and sour before but I've never had one where the fruit provides such a delightful pivot point for the funk and tartness to play off of. Not the best sour I've ever had but definitely in my top 5.

Photo of charvana
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Darn near perfect local sour. On tap @ Craft Kitchen, La Mesa CA.

Photo of 50marathons
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great sour cherry flavor. Very food aroma.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

5.5oz pour went down way too fast. Not overly puckering - just enough. Good dank, dark fruit (plum) quality to temper, with a fairly rich mouthfeel for a wild.

Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at monks cafe.

Dark reddish brown color with a thin cream head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Smell is bright and earthy with notes of cherries.

Taste is a balanced tart sweetness. Not at all cloying. Cherries are present and fresh, not overpowering. Taste fades to mild acidity, not a lengthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing.

Overall one of my favorites from Lost Abbey!

Photo of Beaver13
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, about 4 years old. Pours dark ruby amber with a fizzy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cherries with some vinegary tartness and some woodiness.

The flavor is sweet and very tart sour cherry with some acidic wood notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation that is a little prickly.

Overall, a very nice sour.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.39/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Mabye i'm nuts. I don't get this one... actually poured most of it down the drain .. gasp.. there are better beers for way less with more volume i.e. raspberry tart. gimme a break ya'll.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Dark reddish brown. Hazy. Huge off white head fluffy head on the pour that mostly settles down. Some messy lacing.
smell: tart cherry with vanilla notes. A little aromatic spice and little funk. Quite a nose on this.
taste: Quite dry. Cherry and Vanilla are prominent though not as much as in the nose. Just a hint of tart and funk. Delicious.
overall: Really nice combo of interesting flavors that's surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of jow_42
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A - pours a ruby reddish, murky, brownish color. One finger of off white head, lots of carb, lots of bubbles in the glass.

S - Tons of cherries. Very cherry forward. Little bit of tartness, funk, little bit of the wet horse blanket. Woody, oak from the barrel. Tart cherries.

T - Tart cherries up front, but not overly sour. Vineous, there are vinegar notes, you get the oak from the barrels. Little bit of funkiness, again, the horse blanket. Very light, dry finish.

O - an awesome sour. I wish it were a little more sour than it was, but the cherries are great. The price point is a little high for a 375ml bottle. I'd recommend trading for this one for sure.

Photo of halo3one
3.14/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dry, bitter. Faint cherries at best. Disappointing Flanders.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Belgian style fruity beer from an outstanding brewer.

Photo of Edward_Round
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherries are predominant in scent and flavor. Not too sure if I can pull out the flavor of the poppy. Good sour, but not exceptional in any given aspect.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight up amazing, hands down.

Photo of Hesscabob
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow just wow. Highly sought after brew and tops the charts in the Flanders Category. Thanks Curtis!

Photo of Coldstorage
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured into Hair Of The Dog tulip.

L:Pours with a thick white head that falls quickly. Deep brown with a slight red glow.

S: The best part of the beer perhaps. Nice broad cherry aroma with no syrup or medicinal quality. A big fruity promise with a bit of salty sweat behind it.

T: Medium tart/sourness with much less fruit than I had expected from the nose. Cherry is in the background behind the sour twang and the brightness of the high carbonation.

F: Thin, dry, crisp.

O: At $17 for a split i'm not entirely sure I got my moneys worth, but that's not to say it isn't lovely stuff. Heard people age this which had me suspicious given its only 5% (and has lager blended in?) but now that I tasted it i'm even more confused. If the fruit faded anymore it would be gone altogether. If I hit the bottle shop and cant find anything else to waste money on I may just put one away for a year or two. Glad I had it but... NEXT.

Photo of SLubeski
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a 2014 to celebrate the release of the 2015! Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a .4L Bruery tulip.

L: Pours a murky deep brown, with cranberry hues in the light. a thick cream/beige head forms on the pour and recedes quickly into a fine, but steady, head that laces the glass and falls away within minutes.

S: Tart tart tart, with a subtle hint of funk deep within the glass. Enticing. Subtle cherry in the middle, but you can absolutely smell the sour. Minute alcohol.

T: Oh yes. Just like it smells, really tart, and delicious. But with so much more cherry in the taste. Oak in subtle ways that mellow into farmhouse funky cherry goodness.

F: Dry. Carbonated nicely and finely, but dissipates as it warms. Coats the tongue and cheeks nicely with resiny tartness.

O: Great beer. I drink a large number of sours and this one stands up in its particular category. It is aggressive and may not be for all beer drinkers, or even sour drinkers. If you dig the style go with a classic American interpretation of it.

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 version, and oh so wonderful. Tart, and still very effervescent. Tasting more sour than fruity at this point (but isn't that the point of keeping it until now).

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: Lots of lacing, big head that dissipated after 4-5 minutes, brownish head, beer is a brownish-reddish color, tons of carbonation and bubbles, the head remains foamy due to the massive carbonation.

A: Big tart, sour aromas up front, some cherry in the middle, no alcohol, just smells really sour

T: Big tart, sour flavors, cherries in the middle, getting a slight Belgian yeast flavor, finishes very dry. Picked up some oak at the end, taste really good.

M: Very dry, tons of carbonation but dissipated as the beer warmed, coats the mouth with a sour tart dryness.

O: Not bad, good but not worth $16.99 for a 375 ml, I could see this being worth $9-10, maybe $12 for a 375 ml. Not a big beer, complex yes, but the price knocks me off, it was worth a try, not disappointed but not impressed. I am also not familiar with Flanders Red ales so it could just be me, cheers!

Photo of rickrem
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, I claim no expertise in sour/ lambic/oud bruin beer

Color is a hazy dark reddish brown

Pours with a big head which subsides to a thin tan layer which sticks around most of the way down with minimal lacing

Aroma picks up some dark fruit, a bit of wood maybe soft cedar, a bit of barnyard

A tart mildly puckery taste. A bit of vinegary acidity with the dark fruit and cherry coming through.Maybe a bit of green apple and some wood. A bit of caramely sweetness on the finish

Nice carbonation and brightness to the feel.

Nice sipper for something different. At least for me.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Poppy, on tap at Local 44 in Philadelphia PA.

Appearance: Red-brown, murky-turbid, one-finger bubbly head that lasts for a while. Some lacing.

Smell: Cola, bubblegum, strawberry, Amaro. Tart sweetness, ripe fruit.

Taste: Starts out brutal, puckering, tart, an assault. Then it mellows out. Oakiness all around, and a cherry profile that coats your palate. Vinegar, sour grapes, Granny Smith apple and even a bit of cheddar and chocolate. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, carbonation is just right. Medium body and dry finish.

Overall: Unique, and then some. So much complexity and flavor in a 5.3% beer. Great drinkability too.

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

2014 bottle, opened October 2014

A - Wow, what a beautiful looking beer. Deep, bright cranberry ice tea body. Creamy yellowed-paper head pours 2 fingers high, with great retention and lace for the style.

S - Fantastic. Bold green apple, caramel, bread crust, peaches, wild flowers, and lemon.

T - Tingly sour with bright lemon, brown sugar, tart apple cider, pumpernickel bread, green grapes, sharp black cherries, and soft white oak.

M - Outstanding carbonation with a crisp, medium frame.

O - A stellar example of one of my favorite styles.


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4.63 Red Poppy
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.30 4.75 4.52 10%
S - 4.66 4.66 4.75 4.69 20%
T - 4.70 4.50 4.50 4.57 40%
M - 5.00 4.90 4.50 4.80 10%
O - 4.70 4.70 4.60 4.67 20%

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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