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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 533
Gots: 507 | FT: 36
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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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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won from the giving tree during Christmas in July.

The brew is dark brown, almost soda colored in appearance. A huge tan head forms over the beer, which also has tom garnet/plum highlights.

Smells funky and of extremely tart fruit.

Taste starts out with a light malt which gives way to the tart cherry. The finish, is a bit off putting with a strange bitter flavor.

Texture is light and bubbly. Not a great drinkability, but goes down well.

I don't get the strange finish, if not for that, I would have liked the beer.

DOA

Photo of Shawkabukoo
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a brownish-red with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of tart and sour fruit up front followed by funky farmhouse aromas. There are sweet candy sugar notes as well.

T: lots of sour and tart flavors here with fruity and funky notes dominating. The finish is tart and slightly sweet.

M: light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and dry.

O: a good beer overall. Not extremely complex, but enjoyable and thankfully carbonated.

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Deltrus
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of inandon
1.18/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looking over the reviews I do not know if I just got a bad bottle or what.

the smell itself is over powering. It had a tart, sweet and strong smell to it.

First sip there was too much going on. I love tart and sour in candy but this beer was unlike anything I have ever tasted.This went right down the drain after I had it. It does have lemon and other citrus flavor to it, but it is a malt with way too many strong flavors that all seem to over power one another.

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bertram
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage, 12.7oz bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - A vigorous pour revealed a finger of large bubble cola colored head which quickly fell. Body is clear but a deep amber in color with tons of red, almost to a purple color. No lacing.

S - Super tart on lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry. There is a nice sweetness that comes through. Cherries and raspberries. Very nice.

T - Tons more funk on the tongue. Grapefruit rind. Cherries of course along with some lemon. Super sour with almost no sweetness to it.

M - A thick body and moderate carbonation. Ok.

O - Pretty good beer. Would like to see a bit more sweetness to it to compliment the tart and funk.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, vintage 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a finger of bubbly tan head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves minimal lacing.

S- Nice tart aroma of cherries, lactic acid, and brown sugar / maple syrup.

T- Big burst of tart lactic acidity and cherry flavor up front, which fades into a sweet flavor of maple syrup, dry oak and a bit of vanilla.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a dry, tannic finish.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, the tart cherry flavors are vivid and delicious but also kept in great balance with the malt sweetness and barrel character, awesome stuff.

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown with cherry red highlights, a little bit of gold around the edges and a little bit of sediment floating around.Features a thick, bubbly light tan head which sticks around for a while. Decent lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries, wine grape hulls, sweet oak and vinegar and a touch of funk.

Taste: Wine grape hulls and tart cherries up front followed by a smooth oaky sweetness in the middle before ending with more tartness and just a hint of funky notes at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of bitter grape hulls, oak and funk. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The tartness, while not really puckering, coats the mouth in a film - in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is very enjoyable. I just wish I had more.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is about as good as it gets as far as Flanders Reds go. If you see it, buy it. Yes, it's pricey, but it doesn't disappoint.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown body, clearish with some sediment. Foamy when the bottle opened, some offwhite head with a bit of retention.

Dank nose with serious funk and some basalmic vinegar.

Tart, big sour and a bit of cherry. Balanced by some sweetness and spice. Quite nice, quite bold.

A bit of coarse brightness.

Nice bold Flanders red, with a lot of sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BlastBeats
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. caged and corked bottle of 2012 Red Poppy - poured into my Lost Abbey San Marcos Tumbler.

Appearance: Red Poppy pours a smokey topaz color (reddish brown) with a moderately thin cap of foam.

Smell: somewhat funky tart aroma of "bug" riddled oak and cherries.

Taste: wow. I don't drink sours that often so the first few sips were pretty mouth puckering - thankfully my palate was able to settle in. A flash of sour cherries up front really seem to integrate well with the base brown. Lingering oakiness adds a nice finishing touch.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation really enables the fruit flavors to "pop" but it's not to the point of feeling spritzy.

Overall: as much as I enjoyed this one, I can't see myself buying a lot of it at 18 dollars a pop. It's kind of a "buy a bottle once a year" type beer. That said, it's a really well-made Flanders Red and I'd imagine it being a good candidate for cellaring.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.