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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 547
Gots: 512 | FT: 34
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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: 1,706 | Reviews: 535
Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Damian
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a corked and caged 12.7 ounces bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Vintage 2013
Served in a tulip

Poured a ruddy, crimson-mahogany with a one-plus finger tall crop of rocky, tan colored foam. The head dropped quickly. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was interesting. Super tart with sour cherry notes. Mild funk. Touch of balsamic vinegar. Quite acidic. The acidity was balanced by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Good dose of brett. There was a slight medicinal quality as well.

The flavor profile was sharp and unrefined. Very sour up front. Strong red wine vinegar notes. Perhaps some red wine in the center. Lots of brett. Crisp and very lemony. Pithy lemon rind. Huge oak and tannin flavors on the back end. The beer finished somewhat astringent with an unpleasant mix of tannins, earthy and bitter hops, and light metallic notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine yet aggressive carbonation. The carbonation settled with time and the liquid felt more plush and creamy.

I decided to pop this 2013 vintage of Red Poppy to get as much sour cherry flavor out of it as possible. Unfortunately, the cherry was surprisingly muted, and the overall flavor profile seemed raw and poorly integrated. This was definitely not worth the $18 I paid for my bottle.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle from the 2011 release. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a hazy looking reddish brown colored body with a full two fingers of fluffy light tan head. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind very little in terms of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick out of the nose are tart cherries and a balsamic vinegar type acidity. after that i get some mild funkiness and some hints of oak barrel.

T- the taste starts out with some of the sour cherries i could smell, but they seem to stay more subtle than the nose would indicate. some balsamic vinegar in the middle. earthy/musty funk and mild oak barrel round this one out.

M- light bodied and acceptably carbonated. dry finish.

O- there is a lot of flavor packed into this little (5% ABV) beer. ill check this one out again if a special occasion arises before its gone form the shelf. at almost $17 a bottle, its a little cheap for every day consumption.

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this one. Small corked bottle, poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Very dark cherry to almost burgundy in color, with a light brown head that shows very good retention and lacing.
Very rich artoma comes in waves out of the glass, sour, almost vinegary, tart and fruity, and as it warms up, oak and more oak.
Very dry, medium bodied, it is mostly acidic and sour, with little to no sweet notes. Very good, but at times the wood notes become a little too much. Drinkability is quite low for the style, but still pleasant and flavorful for such a low ABV beer.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter, 2012 vintage

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown/amber color with almost three fingers of head.

S: Lots of sour cherries upfront with subtle vanilla and some caramel sweetness.

T: Much more complex than the aroma. Sour cherries are still upfront with moderate lactic sourness mixed with plums and clove. A bit of vanilla sweetness in the background.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O: A great Flanders Red - a very nice lactic sourness balanced by dark fruit and vanilla sweetness with a great sour cherry taste. I could use a bit less sourness, but this has been sitting for some months now.

Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DCon
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12.7 OUNCE bottle of this in a trade w/ LarryG. Poured from the Black labeled bottle w/ a Red Poppy on the front into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ... on the back but it was all smudged out... Seems like this happens quite often with Lost Abbey beers.

Aroma- A nicely done aroma here! Sour/Tart attributes including cherries, oak, and a medium amount of funk comes and goes. Very sharp but appropriate for the style.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a deep red colored body with good clarity. Leaves a good amount of suds behind.

Flavor- A very oaked cherry taste starts this one off in the most subtle way. The acidity isn't too overpowering but more easy going and sweet. Complexed and has a long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Lightest Carbonation to the point of almost a flat beer, and has a crisp finish on the palate.

Overall Impression- Wow, what a treat. Not too sour or tart on the taste or mouthfeel but rather on the nose. Enjoyed the subtle character, giving it more of sweet and profound cherry notes. Will be looking for another bottle of this and hopefully going to age!

Photo of kawilliams81
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark ruby/brown with a 2 finger light tan head. A few large blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Light chocolate malts, sour cherries, slight vinegar and funk.

T- Chocolate malt, faint roast, sour/tart cherries, some vinous notes, and some bready notes.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry beer that gives a tingly feeling from the sourness.

O- 6/10 sourness. Very good Flanders Red. Not as sweet and a little more sour than others of the style I have had. Worth it to try once but not one I would buy again because of the price.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ncelauro
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, this strikes me immediately as a fruit-ed lambic (and a darn good one) and not a Flemish Red. This is the angle from which I review this.

A: the color of dark cherries, haha! - dead on - brownish-red...only lightly hazy, at first, until dregs were unpreparedly pourn in later (they really should mark on the bottle that it was refermented or on lees - or maybe I should've known)...huge, fizzy, beige head - spongy/foamy/rocky - collapsed rapidly, screaming "infection!"

S: funky, lambic aromas....smells startlingly Belgian...cherry perhaps in there, far in the background

T: tart/sour as heckfire up front, but with a lovely cherry-perfumy-booze and mild, phantomly- chocolaty malt undertone - just super swell....perhaps some woody flavors and rounded-ness and band-aidy phenolics wafting on the edges....essence of cherry lays on the palate long after a healthy sip, nice and mellow

M: has maybe a touch more body than a typical lambic...close, but not quite bone dry, excellent balance between tannic (oaky) roundness and dry tartness...bit of a numbing sensation on the tip on the tongue....slightest tingle

O: wow! fairly impressed. this could easily be mistaken for an authentic Belgian import....they did a fantastic job (surely leaving a little wiggle room for improvement)....the cherries and oak-aging and whatever other special tweaks they did are the x-factor here....probably the most faithful domestic interpretation of a Belgian lambic I've come across (arguably)

on a side note - the name "Red Poppy" seems to conjure up a particular flavor that I didn't find here (lemon poppy seed muffin?!) - has anyone else had a similar thought?

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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