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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,637 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 525
Gots: 490 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 1,637 | Reviews: 532 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

kaelingirl, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Archemedies, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

GreyGhost4, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

leinie13, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

cfh64, May 29, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, May 27, 2012
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Rempo, May 26, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muled back from my LA trip! This is #BOTG 43! Poured from bottle into 512 Farmhouse glass. Pours a very hazy brown/reddish color. nice fluffy head fills the glass, an offwhite color. Smell- tart cherries, sour cherry pie, a little bit of a salty aroma as well. Layers of cherries and sugar in the aroma. Taste- hot dr pepper! a nice tart and funky blast of cherries, puckering sour at the end. The tight carbonation makes for a dry finish. Some horse blanket funk coils with the tart sweetness from the cherries. There are layers of flavor with this, its wonderful. One of the better Flanders styles I've ever had.

lnashsig, May 25, 2012
Photo of JimmyTango
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby brown with an off-white head (I'm drinking it in a low-light room, so its hard to get a feel for clarity). The head is bigger and creamier than I'm used to in sours.

S: Dew on brown grass, leather, and oak come together for a nice, almost sweet nose. Complex, tart, and oaky-sweet. Cherries make their way into the sour part of the aroma. The funk is sweet and wet, nice and mellow but very present. I love this nose.

T: Tart at first, followed quickly by some sour cherries. Creamy mid palette with a quick flash of that elusive sweetness form the nose. There is also a touch of cinnamon in the creamy part... It's the oak. The finish is dry with a lingering, clean, lemony tartness. There is a tiny hint of bitterness at the very end, but otherwise there are no hop aromas or flavors.

M: Light bodied, nice fine carbonation.

O: I like this quite a bit. The funk is really integrated, and the sourness is up front but not un-checked by great depth and oaky spice. I like the combo of clean, lemon-like sour flavors and a vinegary sweetness.

JimmyTango, May 23, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Vintage 2012.

Poured into a snifter, the beer is a deep, hazed, auburn-brown coloring that pours with a ton of carbonation. Low profile, thin, off-white head that quickly settles out into a filmy ring around the surface. Aromas of juniper and jasmine floral highlights on a dark, rich, black cherry and currant sweet backbone. The increased carbonation keeps the body thin, and gives the sour notes an extra punch. Syrupy sweet flavors transition into an earthy, wine barrel characteristic. The aftertaste is sour and sweet at the same time, with an effervescent feel. The finish is sharp, but light, with a bubbly feel left across your tongue. Tangy and puckering at the end. Good brew.

GarthDanielson, May 23, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

One of those beers whose price tag is so restrictive - excited to try on tap, which was actually MUCH cheaper on a $ per ounce basis

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, rich garnet body, relatively lifeless beige bubbles

smell: big rich nose - oak, cedar, cherry, balsamic, vanilla

taste: really decadent stuff - huge woody notes, cherry, balsamic, vanilla, dark chocolate...not so funky, but a great amount of depth and twangy flavours to explore

mouthfeel: a little big for the style, but still smooth and decadent. carbonation not flat, but low

overall: solid stuff - really enjoyed

dirtylou, May 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

ityler, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ADTaber, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Monteith, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

crobinso, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

funkel81, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

brez8791, May 12, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 375 mL bottle.

Pours a murky dark ruby brown with a thin dense cream head that fades to a thick collar and minimal lace. Aroma of oak, light vinegar, apple sauce, tart cherry; pleasant blend of acid and sweet. Flavor is oaky and mildy cherry and vanilla sweet through the body before a strong acidic sourness builds long into the finish. Medium thick body with light carbonation. A little too harsh and acidic in the finish, but a nice oak and fruit presence otherwise.

yourefragile, May 10, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma had the expected Brett notes along with some fig and green apple. The flavor was intense in a good way, some dark fruit flavors mixed with a decent amount of funk along with some fig and plum flavors. The mouthfeel left you with a thick coating of sourness on the tongue that lingered after it goes down. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer, however at over $20 for a 12.7 ounce bottle I don't know if I'd pick one of these up again.

jonvan04, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

KBennall, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

kjkinsey, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very deep ruby red/ brown with a really off white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Reminds me of champagne.

It smells like a nice Flanders Sour. It's nice a tart smelling. A lot of cherry and balsamic notes. Very dark sweetness.

Right away, the carbonation coats your mouth very nicely. A lot of fizzy bubbles. So far this is right out of the fridge, and the complexity isn't quite there, but is probably being held back because of the cold. There is a decent sourness, but nothing really that tart. Kind of tastes like a light, carbonated red wine.

When it is slightly warmer the sourness starts to creep in.
This beer isn't exactly complex, or make you jump out of your seat, but I find myself wanting to keep going back and sipping.

Good beer though. Better than there Duchesse.

raynmoon, May 06, 2012
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.