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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,707 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 545
Gots: 512 | FT: 35
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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Ratings: 1,707 | Reviews: 536
Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AdamP
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 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 kbuzz
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 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!

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 bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 BKotch
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spark3148857
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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