1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,693 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 545
Gots: 509 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Red Poppy Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,693 | Reviews: 535 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hugonaut13
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 Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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 polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Domvan
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.