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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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world-class

1,568 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 510
Gots: 482 | FT: 37
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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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chugalug06

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 2011

A - Wow! What a head! Bottle easily influences itself... Brew has slightly dirty head due to yeast override... Very nice mahogany color with lots of browns and some reds.

S - Lots of big cherry! Also, smells like a dry-er sour... Vanilla and peach dominate the scent. Great citrus too. Not the expect funk scent.

T - Awesome sour cherry flavor! much more sour then the scent represents. Great smoothness and elegant brew. Perfect amount of tart. Better then La Folie...not sure how I feel about this.

M - PERFECT carbonation, couldn't be better. No bitterness and well done sourness...Perfect. Very dry and elegant, I hope to have this brew at my wedding.

O - One of my top five brews of all time. I will be looking for this one for many years to come. Fantastic brew.

2012 update: Big metallic scent, and more sugar then tartness. still good, but it gets knocked down a notch. Also, brew is SUPER dark ruby BROWN! Clarity seems to be in question. Much darker and lower carbonated then in years past. Still An awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 04:48:23 | More by chugalug06
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rowew

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Part of the 09 Sinners club, this is a 12.7 oz bottle corked and caged. Beautiful label with raised printing and metallic letters - but at this price point it better look good.

Appearance: Cork popped with a soft hiss. Pours thick and syrupy, but there is a bit of carbonation evident once its in the glass, but almost no head.

Smell: Bright sour aroma, but it isn't overpowering - there is a bit of an oak aroma there too (but not vanilla).

Taste: Very tart, what seem to be classic Flanders tastes - sour with a bit of fruitiness in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, but there is just enough carbonation in it to keep it bright.

Overall impression: This is a very drinkable beer - frighteningly so consider the price! A good example of an American sour, but I am a bit concerned reading the other reviews that they may have a quality control problem. I didn't see any of the sediment mentioned elsewhere, or have the carbonation problems. Either way - hope they get it straightened out, I've got a lot of money sunk into the Sinners club.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 22:49:39 | More by rowew
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mjtiernan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-15-2011 04:49:51 | More by mjtiernan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Appearance: Very little head; deep, dark ruby-cherry-mahogany

Smell: Sour, hint of vinegar, dominating oak, and a bit of tart cherry. brown sugar, and good balsalmic vinegar. Not a bit of sweetness.

Taste: The oak is a little overbearing, it keeps most of the cherry and any funk from peeping out. This beer is also incredibly dry, I don't think there is a grain of sugar left. A few other flavors - brown sugar, balsalmic vinegar, cranberry, sour plum, vanilla, and a bit of dates. I wouldn't mind a bit more cherry.

Mouthfeel: A tad flat, even for the style. Could have used just a little more carbonation, would have greatly helped the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Would be much better with at least some carbonation; but I appreciate seeing so much flavor in a 5% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 14:53:40 | More by craytonic
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jjayjaye

New York

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

2009 vintage. Pours a hazy orange tinted cider color with negligible head nor Belgian lacing. I would have scored it lower if not for the foggy residue swirling about that caught my attention. The smell is full on aggressive malt vinegar (where's my Arthur Treachers?) over sour cherries and dark grapes. The flavor and feel merge into an immediate bright tart burst that's notches shy of 'puckering'. Taste is a good mix of grape and cherries. The texture is light body cleans up quickly...almost dry, but the fruitiness lingers nicely. It's not flat, but the carbonation is hidden beneath the zip from the sour character. A reasonable drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...many thanks to bmanning.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 19:53:29 | More by jjayjaye
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pwoods

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: A murky reddish brown pour. Medium head with not a ton of retention. A bit of lacing.

S: Nice tart and sour cherries with some currant and added citrus, maybe a light lemon. Lightly funky with the barnyard aromas. Lightly sweet in the back with a good brown base.

T/M: tons of tart and sour cherries. Funk is stronger than the first time I had this. Some tangier flavors, maybe strawberries and light mango. Good sweet brown base. Tart and sour level grows a bunch as it warms further, growing toward a cider vinegar. Body is medium or more and is very nicely smooth.

D: Drinking nice and easy though not quite as much as a lighter sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:16:48 | More by pwoods
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scott2269

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-29-2013 02:18:01 | More by scott2269
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

A great beer, one of my favorites from lost abbey. For an Oud Bruin this has to be my favorite I've had so far in style.

A: Huge tan head with glass coating lacing. Maroon to brown hue with lighter brown highlights with a cloudy look overall.

S: Lactic smell mixed with farmhouse funky malt and some cherry and berry notes to sweeten it up a little bit. Oak barrel vanilla adds in nicely to the mix.

t: Tart berry and cherry taste with oak smoothing out the sourness nicely. Champagne grape notes mix with the dark cherry and semi sweet oak vanilla tastes. Bitter dry back to the flavor. caramel and strawberry flavors are also detectable in this very fine oud bruin.

M: High carbonation, sparkling feel. Still smooth and elegant though, the carbo seems to work with the tart flavors.

O: Really nice Oud Bruin, very excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:22:53 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the website: 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.

Red Poppy Ale pours up effervescent with streaming bubbles that create a thin whitish head that dissipates rather quickly revealing a slightly hazy reddish copper-cordovan body. The moderately acidic, grainy aroma isn't overly complex but has a nice intermingling of floral-herbal (cherry blossoms, hibiscus, lemongrass), fruitiness (cherry pits, citrus peel, grapeskin-green plum), and funky wildness (earthy barnyard, haylike, horse blanket, etc...) with some mild toasted oak & warm vanilla wafer notes. The flavor starts off rather grainy (biscuity) with a mild fruitiness (cherry turnover, lemon rind, peach pit) and spicy hop bitterness that carries into an acidic, dry-tannic, and slightly yeasty finish. This medium-light bodied fruited American Wild Ale is very enjoyably, but lacks depth & complexity when compared to its Flanders cousins. For those that are Patron Sinners, I'd recommend enjoying a bottle now & cellaring the other one. Here's to The Lost Abbey and the Crusade.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 21:22:51 | More by Beertracker
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Allagash flute.

The color is a brownish maroon with two fingers of brownish head that is quick to disappear leaving some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is has some malty flavor with some slight funk flavor holding in the background. There is a nice brett aroma coming off the nose that is giving me ideas of what to expect.

The taste is funk from the gate. Some sour fruity flavors comes out to welcome my tongue. There is a slight sour apple flavor that is the main flavor that is out in front but the sweetness that fills you from behind this apple flavor is more malty and filled with some slight grainy flavor. There some bitterness at the end to make its presence felt but the aftertaste kicks in quickly and is back to a nice sourness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but there still seems an almost light feel to the flavor that it is deceivingly lighter then the expected. A great beer filled with such nice sourness that it makes me want more.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 06:47:07 | More by Duhast500
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-31-2013 04:52:19 | More by derkfromwi
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $15.79. Much thanks to all of those in my LIF post that suggested this as review 600, however I will consume this as 599. Into a NB Globe. Very attractive label, that is surprisingly devoid of text on the back. This bottle is noted as 5% abv.

A: Nice brown color with tons of red highlights, enormous off light tan head that keeps growing out of the upper ring of the glass. Pretty impressed by this head, as it has protruded a good 2 inches above the glass. Needless to say, head retention is a non issue. The overall presentation is that of a two toned Easter egg with a ruddy base and tan colored top. Most impressive looking beer from Lost Abbey that I've seen.

S: Definitely funky, much more on the cherry pie filling type of funk as opposed to the more classic barnyard sort of funk, definitely funky though. Smells quite fruity, cherry is dominant. There appears to be an underlying sweetness as well. Smells nice.

T: Nicely tart with distinct notes of cherries and vanilla, decent amount of classic sour notes, decent amount of acetone in the flavor as well. Cherry flavor begins to border on antiseptic/robitussin but never quite reaches that point. Nice amount of caramel malt and a nice sweetness to balance the tart flavors. This is not a bad beer at all, however, there is a distinct metallic note that I've gotten in both of the bottles of this beer I've tried. This is especially on the finish, the flavor is fairly brief on the tongue, but is enough to annoy me and detract from the overall flavor. This would be a solid 4.5 except for the iron aftertaste, which is gonna knock this down.

M: Lighter in body with nice carbonation, finish is just about right, slightly tart and fairly dry. Not bad.

O: For a beer that is priced in this range I would hope for something nearly flawless. The metallic flavor in this beer, at this price point is unacceptable, and I know this is not an isolated incident, as I've had this beer twice and have noticed this in each bottle. I really like the flavors, and think it would be in the top tier of American Oud Bruins if not for the off flavor on the finish. An enjoyable, but frustrating offering from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:20:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-29-2013 16:22:24 | More by MaseFace
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

09-12-2013 02:11:04 | More by CityofBals
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dfillius

Michigan

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

Poured into a snifter, and enjoyed it with a poached pear and apple cider and clove reduction food pairing. I waited in line for two hours to get it at the brewery in January.
A: Beuatiful ruby red. I'm sharing it with two others and I poured all the yeast into mine! No! Mine's cloudy and the others without the yeast are prettier. It has a thin lace, I would like more head.
S: Sourness, cinnamon, molasses
T: Paired well with the pears. Sourness with definite woody background. Definite cherry aftertaste. I'd like more fruit and less sourness please.
M: Very dry and bubbly
D: I'd like one more glass. I'm not feeling it at all. I wish I'd shared the bottle with only one other person! It's a small bottle for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 22:25:41 | More by dfillius
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-28-2013 03:18:04 | More by DelicateDelirium
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-29-2014 16:09:45 | More by jkball01
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this bottle.

Pours a very murky reddish brown color. Slightly undercarbonated despite a vigorous pour, but the small head that is there for a couple moments is stark white, but soon reduces to a ring around the glass.

Nose is chock full of flemish goodness. Lots of vinegary sourness and some slight cherry flavor.

Taste follows. A well made flemish for sure. Taste starts off with a nice little sweetness, but quickly profresses into that classic vinegary tartness of flemish brews. A decent amount of funk, and some cherry sweetness does peek its head out. Finish is the ideal amount of tartness for the style. Aftertaste is lingering tartness and slight cherry kick.

Mouthfeel is just about right where it should be. Aside from slight but definitely noticeable undercarbonation, not much to dock here.

Drinkability is quite solid for the style. abv is right where it should be and feels just fine. The carbonation does make it a tiny bit akward though.

Overall this is definitely one of the best examples of the style that is brewed inside US borders. Not alot of solid oud bruins being made on our soil, but this is one of them. If the carbonation could be modified slightly this beer would be that much better. This is no cuvee de tomme, but it is a great example of the style and a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:03:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2011 14:25:08 | More by sideshowe
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-23-2014 01:18:08 | More by dwagner003
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-02-2014 23:46:05 | More by JohnParadee
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-17-2011 03:33:01 | More by BarrytheBear
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-15-2012 07:41:30 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

#555!

A big thanks to forgetfu for this bad boy! 375mL brown glass high-shouldered cork & cage bottle. 2011 hand-written on the back.

Cork is hard to remove, really stuck in there. Big pop! Pours a super dark brown, fairly murky looking but not dull. 3/4 inch of khaki-colored head.

Nose is all about "cherry leather." Think real cherry fruit chews, or cherry skins. Some tanned hide, stewed berries, dried blueberries and tree bark.

Palate is super sour and crisp. All about black cherry skins, lime essence, stone fruit pits, sour peach. Reminds me a lot of Sour Warheads. Earthy barnyard funk starts to come out more as it warms up. Rawhide notes and bitter orange rind too.

Notes: A tasty brew, but not quite as exciting as I was hoping. I think it leans a little too dark cherry for me. Would prefer a brighter, "red-er" cherry flavor. And I know you shouldn't judge a beer by the name, but "Red Poppy" makes me think it will be lighter and more floral than it is...just sayin'.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:08:00 | More by SFLpunk
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 17:29:37 | More by BeerThursdays
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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