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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,688 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 533
Gots: 507 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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?

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer that hit it just right and kick you in the balls in the wallet.

First off, its great but where do you draw the line for an old brune. This is too brisk. I don't get a malt definition. The look and odor is all there...tart cherry, balsamic, and an intense lambic floral. Great beer. Rather lean. Just because its sour doesn't give it the excuse of sour is ends all finish. Make it feel thicker... So it down for me like some of the other exceptions. Good. Not worth the 16 bucks. Buy yourself a rodanbach sixer of the plain stuff for 10 instead. Its just as good.

wow... this is the one time that i can safely say that i don't agree with this review after having it a year later. may be a different batch or an older bottle but his was fantastic with a beautiful tart note... nice linkage to the back end of the beer with a hints of chocolate and vanilla. smooth as marbles.

average of reviews.

Photo of brother_kenneth
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jjanega08
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle tried 29 Jun 2009. Courtesy of calinalu, thanks!

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Small tan soapy looking head. Cloudy dark brown color. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of sour cherry pits, somewhat musty. Quite sour with a lot of brown sugar, almost like a vinaigrette. Also dried sour cherries, some cinnamon. Aftertaste and finish is sweet-tart. Medium body. Ethanol very mild.

Nice to try but would probably not get this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a large cream (off-white) head that doesn't look like it's goin anywhere soon. Amazing head on this beer. Scent is funky to say the least. Huge funk aroma coming from this along with red wine vinegar and cherries. This beer smells absolutely fantastic! Taste is just as fantastic! This is one freakin amazing beer! Sorry for all the exclamation marks, I just wasn't expecting to like this beer so much. This beer has so much oak flavor to it, it's ridiculous. Tons of oak and a hint of tart cherries with a bit of vanilla. Some great funky flavors throughout with red wine vinegar. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshingly dry, but not overly dry. Very acidic. Drinkability is very high... I'm wishing I picked up more than just two bottles of this, but Amorosa but a fat dent in my wallet. Overall, this beer is phenomenal. I wish I had more.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.