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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,574 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 511
Gots: 481 | FT: 36
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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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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-05-2014 20:50:09 | More by Eighty
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-10-2012 15:00:58 | More by AdamP
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cestlavie

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-09-2012 03:48:09 | More by cestlavie
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork came surprising me with what sounded like a gunshot.

Pours a gorgeous clear, red/mahogany with a 1-finger, light tan head that fell quickly to a ring & partial cover. No lacing but there is a nice, continuous carbonation stream rising from the nucleation point in my snifter.

The smell is some cherry, some wood, some vinegar and a bit of the funk.

The taste centers on the funk but all of the things in the smell surround it giving it a more than the sum of the parts quality.

Mouthfeel is effervescent carbonation, thinnish body and is pretty dry.

Overall: This is a solid beer, both for style and just in general. This is something that II wish came around more often and a little less expensive though I would still buy one once in a while at the going rate in Philly. Highly recommended for sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 01:03:51 | More by meatyard
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-22-2013 21:35:41 | More by IndyDad
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-14-2013 01:10:38 | More by Evan
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-06-2013 23:55:22 | More by pknyc
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 03:04:19 | More by NickThePyro
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful brownish-amber. Like burnt sienna. Foamy, off-white head. Fades very quickly & becomes clear, bubbly liquid.

S: Funk, earth, vinegar.

T: Perfectly tart, funky, earthy. Thin but delicious. Very sour.

M: Smooth, delicious, and awesome.

O: Sours rarely seem to be complex beyond words like "funk" and such but this is damn good. I know that much. Pricey but it's a great beer to try once. Or twice.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:55:35 | More by Gatch
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-19-2014 00:24:37 | More by laxer8811
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-19-2013 21:30:37 | More by kbuzz
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-15-2013 01:52:54 | More by scotv
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-16-2014 22:25:24 | More by jkane101
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Soto

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-20-2013 05:28:45 | More by Soto
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-03-2012 01:18:42 | More by Archemedies
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured with about half an inch of loose & bubbly dark khaki foam which quickly fell to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the ber is a hazy ruby color with some floating sediment.

S - filled the room after the cork popped. the smell is of very strong tart cherries, vinegar, and oak. simple, but wonderful. had to go back and give this a 5, as i've been sniffing it for a good 20+ minutes before every sip.

T - fantastic balance. an initial cherry sweetness turns to tart, sour, vinegar, caramel, then a very drying oak. finishes with a lingering sourness and cherries.

M - just a bit over carbonated and distracting. body is medium, and very prickly, nice and dry but almost to a fault.

D - a wonderfully crafted brew...simple, yet elegant. has all the characteristics of the style and pulls them off. just wish it didnt leave my mouth feeling like sandpaper, though i cant stop sipping it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:32:00 | More by Stigs
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown color with less than a finger of cream colored head. The nose is sweet and sour. Vinager and cherries come to mind. The taste is much the same but nicely amped. Lip smacking tartness upfront with some sweet cherry offerings. Delightful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the tartness. Super drinkable and damn tasty as well

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 02:27:07 | More by ChugginOil
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge sour fan, but excited to try this one. Found at a local beer store. 12.7oz bottle...

A: A deep dark autumn brown with a slight ruby color blended in. A 1 inch tan head that fades very quickly to tiny bubbles atop the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of huge tart cherry upfront with some mild bready scents in the middle and more funk on the backend. Good.

T: I get an acidic cherry upfront that quickly faints into a hint of wheat and barley and some more tartness lingers on the backend. A lot more drinkable for a sour. Still puckering, but the pucker fades quickly. Good.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation. A tart puckering finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good sour. For not being a sour guy, I enjoy this. Definitely try if you like the style. If you're not a sour fan, but open to it, try this if you have access.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:13:48 | More by steve8robin
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ChrisPro

Illinois

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

Draft at Memphis Tap Room Meet the brewer night on 2/23/10. Pours dark burgundy with very little head. Aroma of fig, prune, along with some cherry and dry earth. Just a hint of sweetness in the flavor, then an incredible sour cherry citrus. This was so incredibly balanced and not overpowering. Very clean feel with a nice aftertaste. Even without the head, lively carbonation on the tongue. Definitely glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 04:43:09 | More by ChrisPro
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-25-2013 14:33:58 | More by cosmonick
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-19-2012 16:44:41 | More by OriolesFan1008
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-21-2012 20:51:36 | More by standardcherry
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-13-2011 07:15:38 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

10-21-2013 01:40:54 | More by HumanParaquat
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a deep brown with a 1/4 inch head, no lace. Looks exactly as described.
The smell is pretty intense. Sour cherry, slight vinigar with a slight hint of sweet malts coming through.
The taste has a good sour cherry start that moves into a dry but slightly sweet finish. Very impressive. Goes down well.
I am a big American Wild fan so Flanders Oud Bruin seemed like a good style to branch into. Though my first one was a bit of a miss (Zuur), this one hit the spot. I just wish it wasn't so pricy. I'll grab at least two for the cellar though.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 06:01:44 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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