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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 522
Gots: 486 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Chingringo, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Beerbuddy21, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown body with some light white lacing. Smells of tartness on the nose. Not really getting the cherry in the nose or in the body. The acidity drowns out most of the flavors I was hoping for. Given the pricepoint, I'd expect more balance, more cherry flavor. Very acidic for the style in my opinion.

PHBoiler, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from a very generous individual who shall remain nameless.

12.7 oz cage and corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. Only 60 cases of this were bottled, so I feel quite fortunate to have the opportunity to sample this rare treat, especially living on the other side of the country.

Pours a murky autumn brown color with a half finger head that quickly dies down to a paper thin layer of bubbles which remains throughout. Swirling the glass yields a small amount of lacing, but nothing more. Smell is tart cherries, sour apples, and slight oak notes. Some floral aromas as well. I'm not too familiar with flowers, but there is a bit of a rose scent to it. Pretty funky in the nose through and through, but not overpowering by any means. Sour fruit tartness up front of cherries, grapes, and apple with a leather like flavor as well. The fruit on the tongue isn't nearly as strong as I had expected. An interesting malt character finds its way in the mouth as well. Aftertaste is a tangy wood flavor. This one really has a wonderful feel to it. Fluffy and smooth from start to finish with a perfect carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry and begging for more. The combination of the amazing mouthfeel and low abv makes this pretty easy drinking. What a truly unique beer.

BeerTruth, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Bendurgin
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grant sent this one to me. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a murky brown brown with a large pinkish beige head. Thin soapy lace.

Lots of sweet and tart cherries with vanilla and oak. It's a pretty run of the mill Flanders Red aroma but it's clean and spot on. The pallet mirrors the aroma nicely. A bit more sour than the pallet than the aroma would lead on. Nice rich fresh cherry aroma with hints of vanilla an earthy oak aroma to round it out.

Light body with a little bit much on the carbonation. Overall a pretty on point flanders. I think it's tough to beat red poppy.

Bendurgin, Jul 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Lucnifter, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

kbuzz, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TXhomebrewer, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

leinie13, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of meatyard
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.

meatyard, Jun 26, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle thanks the great viggo - Cheers mate!

Pours a amber, dried blood color which at the top is crystal clear but with the sediment from the bottle, muddies things. A thin layer of head declines to a light collar.

Nose reveals some of the funkiest bugs I've smelt to date - just fantastic. Light vinegar and acidity, hints of wood and cherries.

This beer leans between the lines of a lambic, Flanders red and Oud Bruin - perhaps lacking enough malt presence to remind me of the classics in the Oud Bruin category. Nonetheless, nothing detracted on the score because whatever it is, it's tasty! Real fruity cherries, nice grassy funk with hints of barnyard, chewy wood, light sweetness, full bodied with jumping carb, light lemon-like acidic bite. Both refreshing and flavorful; well made, balanced, and appreciatively drank.

ritzkiss, Feb 19, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -47.4%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

scotv, Jun 15, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Pours a cloudy raisin brown with a pretty active head that settles to a light tan lacing and white powdery looking bubbles.

Smell of strong sour cherry , raisins, oak and vinegar
Taste of a great strong tartness / sour cherry , brown sugar, oak barrels and vinegar. There is a high level of carbonation from champagne yeast I presume, and a thicker than I was expecting mouthfeel. This is great stuff, unfortunately only 12.7 oz which is all too easy to drink. I like being able to get a smaller sized bottle, just can hope it will one day be more readily available.

alpinebryant, Apr 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

cestlavie, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Zuidman, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this gem at the 2009 GABF. I enjoyed a couple samples on Thursday, but on Friday, when the line was inexplicably short, I easily had 3 or 4 pours. In retrospect, GABF is probably the best setting to consume beer from Lost Abbey. You know you are going to get a carbonated beer, something you can't take for granted with Lost Abbey. Of course, you don't have to pay for it either, which is nice.

Red Poppy was superb. Ample flavor here, but the biggest components are Oak, cherry and vinegar notes. The flavor is a fun balance of sweet and sour. I had multiple samples of this, Cuvee de Tomme, and Duck Duck Gooze. This was my least favorite of the three, but that is a reflection of how incredible the other two were. I would love to get my hands on a bottle of this, it was one tasty brew.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 19, 2009
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.