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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,632 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 524
Gots: 491 | FT: 33
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

RichH55, Aug 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Chingringo, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Ajlvt, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the website: 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.

Red Poppy Ale pours up effervescent with streaming bubbles that create a thin whitish head that dissipates rather quickly revealing a slightly hazy reddish copper-cordovan body. The moderately acidic, grainy aroma isn't overly complex but has a nice intermingling of floral-herbal (cherry blossoms, hibiscus, lemongrass), fruitiness (cherry pits, citrus peel, grapeskin-green plum), and funky wildness (earthy barnyard, haylike, horse blanket, etc...) with some mild toasted oak & warm vanilla wafer notes. The flavor starts off rather grainy (biscuity) with a mild fruitiness (cherry turnover, lemon rind, peach pit) and spicy hop bitterness that carries into an acidic, dry-tannic, and slightly yeasty finish. This medium-light bodied fruited American Wild Ale is very enjoyably, but lacks depth & complexity when compared to its Flanders cousins. For those that are Patron Sinners, I'd recommend enjoying a bottle now & cellaring the other one. Here's to The Lost Abbey and the Crusade.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

Beertracker, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $15.79. Much thanks to all of those in my LIF post that suggested this as review 600, however I will consume this as 599. Into a NB Globe. Very attractive label, that is surprisingly devoid of text on the back. This bottle is noted as 5% abv.

A: Nice brown color with tons of red highlights, enormous off light tan head that keeps growing out of the upper ring of the glass. Pretty impressed by this head, as it has protruded a good 2 inches above the glass. Needless to say, head retention is a non issue. The overall presentation is that of a two toned Easter egg with a ruddy base and tan colored top. Most impressive looking beer from Lost Abbey that I've seen.

S: Definitely funky, much more on the cherry pie filling type of funk as opposed to the more classic barnyard sort of funk, definitely funky though. Smells quite fruity, cherry is dominant. There appears to be an underlying sweetness as well. Smells nice.

T: Nicely tart with distinct notes of cherries and vanilla, decent amount of classic sour notes, decent amount of acetone in the flavor as well. Cherry flavor begins to border on antiseptic/robitussin but never quite reaches that point. Nice amount of caramel malt and a nice sweetness to balance the tart flavors. This is not a bad beer at all, however, there is a distinct metallic note that I've gotten in both of the bottles of this beer I've tried. This is especially on the finish, the flavor is fairly brief on the tongue, but is enough to annoy me and detract from the overall flavor. This would be a solid 4.5 except for the iron aftertaste, which is gonna knock this down.

M: Lighter in body with nice carbonation, finish is just about right, slightly tart and fairly dry. Not bad.

O: For a beer that is priced in this range I would hope for something nearly flawless. The metallic flavor in this beer, at this price point is unacceptable, and I know this is not an isolated incident, as I've had this beer twice and have noticed this in each bottle. I really like the flavors, and think it would be in the top tier of American Oud Bruins if not for the off flavor on the finish. An enjoyable, but frustrating offering from Lost Abbey.

pokesbeerdude, May 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

_morandi_, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +11%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

HumanParaquat, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this bottle.

Pours a very murky reddish brown color. Slightly undercarbonated despite a vigorous pour, but the small head that is there for a couple moments is stark white, but soon reduces to a ring around the glass.

Nose is chock full of flemish goodness. Lots of vinegary sourness and some slight cherry flavor.

Taste follows. A well made flemish for sure. Taste starts off with a nice little sweetness, but quickly profresses into that classic vinegary tartness of flemish brews. A decent amount of funk, and some cherry sweetness does peek its head out. Finish is the ideal amount of tartness for the style. Aftertaste is lingering tartness and slight cherry kick.

Mouthfeel is just about right where it should be. Aside from slight but definitely noticeable undercarbonation, not much to dock here.

Drinkability is quite solid for the style. abv is right where it should be and feels just fine. The carbonation does make it a tiny bit akward though.

Overall this is definitely one of the best examples of the style that is brewed inside US borders. Not alot of solid oud bruins being made on our soil, but this is one of them. If the carbonation could be modified slightly this beer would be that much better. This is no cuvee de tomme, but it is a great example of the style and a well crafted beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Jun 09, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

kbuzz, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Beerbuddy21, Mar 10, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

#555!

A big thanks to forgetfu for this bad boy! 375mL brown glass high-shouldered cork & cage bottle. 2011 hand-written on the back.

Cork is hard to remove, really stuck in there. Big pop! Pours a super dark brown, fairly murky looking but not dull. 3/4 inch of khaki-colored head.

Nose is all about "cherry leather." Think real cherry fruit chews, or cherry skins. Some tanned hide, stewed berries, dried blueberries and tree bark.

Palate is super sour and crisp. All about black cherry skins, lime essence, stone fruit pits, sour peach. Reminds me a lot of Sour Warheads. Earthy barnyard funk starts to come out more as it warms up. Rawhide notes and bitter orange rind too.

Notes: A tasty brew, but not quite as exciting as I was hoping. I think it leans a little too dark cherry for me. Would prefer a brighter, "red-er" cherry flavor. And I know you shouldn't judge a beer by the name, but "Red Poppy" makes me think it will be lighter and more floral than it is...just sayin'.

SFLpunk, May 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
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
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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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

cestlavie, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

leinie13, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

fthegiants, Mar 14, 2014
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.