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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,693 Ratings
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95
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Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 545
Gots: 509 | FT: 36
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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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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.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Beejay
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing RocPorterFanatic

A: Murky brownish with a lovely red hue. Nice tan head on it.

S: Very tart in the nose. Hints of raspberry and Strawberry. With a touch of vinegar.

T: Very tart with vinegar notes. Almost a touch of almond in there as well. Very nice.

M: There is almost a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is high as expected.

O: Overall very tasty with a nice tartness. It definitely will kill the sour craving. Very nice.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120z bottle into a Chimay branded chalice.

A: Brown/copper - mellow head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Vinegar, cherry and vanilla with a nice strong yeast finish.

T: Sour cherry, somewhat tanic with a crisp woody finish.

M: Dry, light-bodied with nice carbonation.

D: Smooth and light. If I could afford it, i'd drink these all night.

One of the best beers in town at the moment. Worth every penny!

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A: Dark burgundy-brown body. Thin, weak off-white head. Very little lacing, but a nice skim remains throughout.

S: Red wine, dark red cherries, oak, sweet sugar and a hearty earthy-funk.

T: Like the nose, lots of dark fruits are present. Most notably dark cherries fill out the flavor profile from start to finish. Similar to consecration, but lacking the profound tartness and sourness. A bit raw... but presents itself as a lively sweet, vinous brew.

M: Smooth, moderate tartness and sourness. Nice lingering finish. Funkayyy.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit... reminiscent of consecration and la folie... not quite as good as consecration, but probably better than la folie. Would like to see this one with some age on it.

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ncelauro
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

sitting on a year now, more so as it got lost in the shuffle of my cellar...but time to pop it tonight....

a - almost a chocolate brown in appearance with a very thin layer of head that appears to be breathing as i type...

s - cherries right away, tartness on the nose...bit of a vanilla ...

t - explosion in the mouth... a beer that's truly alive... immediate cherries - front and back; tarty mouth puckerer! As my palate calms down a bit, there's a slight note left behind from hits time in the oak..

m - liquid form of soured pop rockets? crazy good!

o - Great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of vinny21bal
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mikereaser
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with half a glass of foam that quickly faded leaving some spotty lacing
S - Nice earthy aroma along with a big hit of cherries and oak
T - Nice tart cherry flavor that dominates over anything else, there is a bit of the brown ale base that shows through but finishes with the tartness
M - crisp carbonation with a nice tartness, medium bodied but very light to drink
D - This is very enjoyable, the tartness isn't overbearing and quite enjoyable. I wish I had another.

2009 bottle reviewed on May 4th, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown with very little foam at all. Very flat pour. The aroma is a bit tart from the cherries and a hint of vinegar. The first sip kind of gets you at your jawline, a bit tart but not overly so. There is a nice vinegary flavor coming through, alot of the cherry flavor is gone but still has that tartness. The body is very thin with low carbonation. Its still very enjoyable but definitely one that should be consumed fresh.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TexIndy
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition. Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into my NBB snifter. The bottle was cool and is one of those short wine bottles that RR used to have. Label art was very cool as well. I read about the carbonation issues on this and some other LA beers lately so was a little worried before I opened it. Uncorked it with a tiny pop - not looking good. Even with a hard pour towards the end there was no head at all - nothing. It was a dark ruby color with brown highlights. No carbonation or lacing.

The aroma was really good. Heavy sour cherry with oak and vanilla. May be lacking in carb but not hurting for aroma or flavor. The excellent aroma got me real hopeful for the taste and it didn't disappoint. Smack in the face sour tart that made the eyes water. Awesome. Starts out sweet with a cherry base and then builds to an amazing tart finish.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend. I find Lost Abbey beers to be major hit or major miss and this one is a major hit. Wish I could get some of it but was lucky to get this so will have to keep searching for it. If available here, I'd drink several of these a year.

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