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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,595 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 517
Gots: 481 | 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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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-16-2014 16:54:50 | More by TXhomebrewer
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-14-2011 16:21:07 | More by sbricker
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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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magictacosinus

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-27-2014 01:09:10 | More by magictacosinus
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-19-2011 21:30:19 | More by ritzkiss
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leinie13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-02-2012 00:20:57 | More by leinie13
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

04-20-2010 23:33:31 | More by alpinebryant
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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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-19-2009 15:29:17 | More by BradLikesBrew
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

11-04-2013 16:11:47 | More by PHBoiler
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -47.4%

06-15-2012 23:26:05 | More by carteravebrew
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

So I have the rare chance to try this neat beer. Knowing it's a sour / wild beer I'm curious how it will come across.

A - Pours with a fury but below gusher level. Color is a very cloudy reddish brown, nice light tan head, definitely had sediment get in the glass.

S - spicy sour notes, sour cherries dominate everything

T - Modest acidic sour yeasts (yum!), tart sour cherries, light sweet caramel notes, oak melded into a wonderful medly of liquid satisfaction.

M - light bodied, crisp tart sourness with a light aftertaste. nice steady tingly carbonation.

D - aside from the floaties reducing the visual appeal on this one, this drinks wonderfully! tarte, cleansing on the palate, light bodied and refreshing.

Ok, I think you get the gist. More breweries should make this style of beer!

02-11-2008 19:37:22 | More by barleywinebrewer
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-06-2013 18:12:40 | More by meathookjones
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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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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

06-23-2012 02:55:35 | More by Gatch
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-10-2013 20:04:10 | More by Beerbuddy21
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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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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-12-2013 07:13:49 | More by impending
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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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thereal_adam

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-13-2014 03:26:29 | More by thereal_adam
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

10-21-2013 01:40:54 | More by HumanParaquat
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.