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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 503
Gots: 478 | FT: 38
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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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Kelton

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-14-2011 07:33:39 | More by Kelton
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-14-2011 06:42:08 | More by Travisnin
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt-

Review from notes:

Red Poppy ale pours an amber color w/ a sliver of cocoa head. Lots of sediment in this one. Excellent smelling brew- Sourness, cherries, berry, yeast are the main things I get. Really smooth, and not too bitter. Taste steps it up a notch. This is one of the best beers I've had in this style. Sourness, cherry, and oak are the main things I get, and the brew improves and opens up w/ warming. Feel is smooth, tart w/ a decent amount of acidity. Overall, this is a winner- glad I got to try it. Cheers-

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:39:23 | More by jayhawk73
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber/brown with a finger of thick, off white head. There is some great retention.

Smell: There is a strong sour fruity vinegar smell up front. Some tartness and mild malt sweetness along with some funk.

Taste: This one is very sour. Lots of vinegar and lemony tartness with Some other funky flavors. Fruity notes blend well with the sourness. The finish is bitter with the sourness holding on as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good sour. Very sour and still very easy to drink. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:40:38 | More by oline73
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Larry for sending this down!

Pours brown with a nice tan head. Nice lacing to boot.

Vinegar up front with a slight hint of sweetness hiding way back there. Interesting depth with sour, funk, and cherries all playing around.

I love the super tartness up front. It's like drinking the coating of a Warhead. Vinegar, sour cherries, and a nint of sweetness hanging around.

The feel is luxurious and velvety. Creamy and velvety.

Overall I greatly enjoyed this beer. Nice depth and flavor with a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:32:20 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml corked and caged. I aged this sucker for just over a year in the cellar. My bottle reads 5%ABV
Deep ruby-burgundy color. Creamy khaki colored head. Head holds just ok and won't cling to glass. Very high carbonation. This smells fantastic, and I never use that word. Intense cherry aroma, also cherry-like brett. character, tart to the nose, deep roasted oak. This is like a darker malted Belgian Kriek with little to no wheat character. Low Ph, with an appealing range of acid flavors. Tartness is very enjoyable. I'm glad I aged it. Balanced perfectly. I'm really impressed, this is the best American Sour I've had. Somewhat similar to the Gargamel from Allagash which I also really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:27:13 | More by mlazzaro
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phichifiji00

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance: Burgundy with red hue, pours minimal white head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, red wine vinegar, acidic, barnyard funk, brett, bellpeppers, pepper, spices.

Taste: Sour cherries, red wine vinegar, acidic, barnyard funk, spices, tart fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, tart, acidic.

Overall: wonoderfully sour. Complex. Drinkability is high. Good balance between fruit and sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 04:18:32 | More by phichifiji00
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudy reddish and brown, that starts off with a nice red tan head at the top, and almost no lacing around the glass.

S- Spicy oak barrells up front with a slight hint of cherry at the end, a bit of honey some where in there as well.

T- Very strong up front with the cherries, a wine taste that has a bite, very wild tasting brew, took me 2-3 sips to get accustomed very rare.

MF- Acidic up front, medium mouthfeel, I felt that it was high in carbonation.

D- A nice winter and fall beer, the acidic feel leaves me wondering how much of this I could drink in one sitting, one bottle is enough. Overall a wild beer that is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 13:55:57 | More by thedoubler55
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Bung

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml. 2011. Surprisingly dark brown pour, quite a bit of carbonation throughout. 2 fingers easy of light tan foam which retained very well.

Aroma, Cider vinegar, some cherry, some funk, very light brown sugar.

A puckering sour cherry/lemon upon entry. More yeast and earthy notes after. Cider vinegar, a slight woodiness. Doesn't finish as moisture suckingly dry as some.

Good carbonation, not so much that it's like needles poking the tongue. Lighter bodied, a sipper from the sour, certainly not the abv. Fairly refreshing.

I think this is what one of these is supposed to taste like. Now if they could just impart this magical carbonation into other brews.

Enjoyed this more than the Jacobins Rouge. It's a fine line for me I guess with the implementation of the sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:31:08 | More by Bung
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown color with some tints of red, and about a half inch light tan head. Head retention was OK, and there isn't much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly tart, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes noticeable too. There's also a long lasting tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has high but soft carbonation which eases up some as the beer warms. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, it's easy to drink and quite enjoyable. But because of the high price ($16.99 a bottle), it's going to be a very long time before I consider buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 21:33:49 | More by bluejacket74
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Huge pain in the ass to get this cork out. I ended up decapitating it on accident and resorted to a corkscrew.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown body with a nice, cream colored head. Retention is spectacular as it sustains a nice pillow atop the body. Surprisingly, I have yet to have an uncarbonated Lost Abbey beer.

Smell - Cherries. Lots of cherries. I get a substantial funk behind all of it, though, which is quite welcome in my book. Not so sour smelling, really, which is also a good sign. I find that if I can smell the sour, it's usually a bad sour.

Taste - VERY tart. Overpoweringly, really. It's intense enough to overshadow any other flavors that are there. I get lots of sour cherries with some oaky barrel flavors in the middle. The finish gets a little acetic with the tartness, but it's blended with a bit of funk. The sourness lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel - It's not THAT tart, but the tartness just lasts and lasts. So much so that I find it hard to taste other things. It's light, dry, well-carbonated, but astringent in its acidity.

Overall - Not a balanced Flanders Red, but definitely a tasty one. I'd like to get a bit more complexity out of it, but it's just cherries all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:04:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 vintage poured into a tulip at 60 degrees.

A. A murky Iced tea color,yeast floating all around. One finger off-white colored head. Spotty lacing.

S. I get some tart cherries with some oak.There is a musty fruit smell,But I can't just pinpoint what it is.

T. Pretty much just folows the smell. Some sour cherries and apples With a little wood in the back.

F. Feel is light and well carbonated,moderately sour.

Overall I kind of new to sours but I have had a few and they were a good bit easier to drink than this. Decent flavor profile,I will have to try again onced I'm better versed in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:38:54 | More by Marty30
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spicelab

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to mulder1010.

Dark ruby red, tending towards a muddy brown with the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A few bubbles of carbonation.

Super refined nose of cherries and roses, with distinctive musty, lactic notes providing endless curiosity.

Similar flavours with some acetone, nail-polish character which is present at levels that work well with the perfumy and cherry flavours.

Straightforward and totally inoffensive medium mouthfeel. Seems pretty well perfect for the style.

Great beer. Has an elegant simplicity but oozes class and intrigue at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:22:08 | More by spicelab
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danieelol

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mulder1010

Poured a nice red with a little bubbly carbonation but no actual head.

Smell and taste were extremely enticing. Cherries mixed with roses and general flowery smells (perhaps red poppies are in there too. Some vinegar/acetic notes but they never became overwhelming.)

Acetic mouthfeel and very drinkable really. Was very impressed by my first brush with Lost Abbey beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:54:43 | More by danieelol
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afausser

Montana

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch. Just a little bit of noise as it's popped, so maybe not completely flat...

Appearance: Agitated a lot on the pour into a snifter. There's a few little bubbles around the edge of the glass as well as some swirls of foam on the top of the glass. A dark reddish brown color, hazy and translucent. Doesn't look bad, but the lack of carbonation is alarming (though predictable). The lacing, though, is beautiful--the tiniest bubbles form a sheet down the side of the glass. It doesn't last, though.

Smell: Pretty great. Smells sour and delicious with acidic sour cherry and plum notes. Ideal sour smell in the nose.

Taste: SO SOUR. In the best way. Tastes like white vinegar and sour cherries and plums, with a little bit of a sour/bitter earthy aftertaste. Delicious! But definitely one to sip.

Mouthfeel: ACTUALLY NOT FLAT!! It's a miracle!! Not a ton of carbonation, but there's enough that this one doesn't fall short of its potential the way a lot of Lost Abbey beers have.

Drinkability: The vinegary taste makes it one to sip--but a delicious one. I was excited to find this one in my cellar--what a treat!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:40:28 | More by afausser
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as a trade with Amdy , thank you !

Appearance is reddish brown, dense and with some bubbles. The nose on this flanders is sour, but more sour than any flanders from my recent memory. Some cherries come out too and and spice. Upon sipping it from a tulip glass, I pucker up. Red poppy really delivers on the sour quality. More of the cherries, gummy sweetness. This has a crisp body with funk in the finish. A very good beer, albeit a pricey one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:33:59 | More by mltobin
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Westmalle chalice. I assume this is the most recent bottling

A- pours a dark cherry red, nearly brown, with a one finger tan head that fades after a little bit of time. It's....carbonated! I want to cry, and am giving it an extra half point because of that.

S- cherries, a little funk, and a vinous character. Smells like a good sour should!

T- there is a very strong sour character to this, but it doesn't overpower the cherries, which really shine in the finish. It's not that vinegary sourness that I hate so much too...well done

M- very thin body, loaded with carbonation. It might actually be a little overcarbed

O- not the best I've had, but still very damn good. Lost Abbey puts out some good stuff when their QC issues are under control

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 20:34:50 | More by bigfnjoe
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 4/6/2011, served from a 2011 bottle into a tulip glass at Craft Ale House. Split with Nick.

A: Cloudy and murky mahogany brown body with some amber hues around the top edge. A slightly off-white head formed but settled into a thin foamy cap.

S: Complex and unique fruit and wood aromas come through. Sweet and tart cherries, dry Sherry, oak wood and blackcurrants make up the nose. It's somewhat dry, earthy yet sweet and tart overall, a very interesting blend of flavors.

T: Balanced and complex, just like the nose. Immediately your palate is hit with vinegar-like sour notes infused with woody-cherry flavors. The end palate and finish is rather dry, though no lingering acidic or tart notes are present. While there are certainly some roasted malts they recede and allow the other dark fruit and tart flavors to come full circle.

M: Very prickly, bubbly and medium-bodied; just like you'd expect in the style. Again, the finish is somewhat dry providing a very sharp cut away from any lactic sour notes.

The price per ounce of this beer, in my opinion, is a bit overpriced. It was, however, one of the absolute better Flanders Oud Bruin’s I’ve tried but not something I would stock up on when there are just as good ones available at a more reasonable price. I was glad I was able to try it and thank Nick for splitting the cost to make this easier to swallow.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 17:00:43 | More by ShanePB
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ixodus

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous deep red color with a thin vanilla head that sticks around for the entirety of the glass leaving a beautiful cascade of lacing that slowly falls back to the drink.

S: Smells strong of cherries almost like a cherry pie with some vinegar, oak, and wet hay.

T: Tart sour cherries, vanilla, oaky tannins, and vinegar. The flavor of sour cherries lingers on the pallet for quite awhile.

M: Almost champagnesque, definitely one of the more carbed sours I've had but I really enjoy it.

O: <3333

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:25:15 | More by ixodus
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JCellars

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at BiN2860.
Rich ocher, mahogany color. One finger ivory head, little retention, decent lacing.

Slight sour/tart notes of pomegranate, cranberry lead into the earthy and oaky nose. Lots of dusty, woody aromas. The oak barrel definitely makes itself known. A little loamy, mushroom forest floor notes.

Rich yet electric, bold and balanced. The taste is zippy from the sour fruit esters, with a wonderful undertone of malty richness to even it out. Full bodied for a sour, with a tart cleanliness. The finish is surprisingly light with the cranberry lingering on...

All in all, a beautiful example of the style. Well done Lost Abbey (again)

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 21:57:46 | More by JCellars
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notchucknorris

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Murky brown color with a slightly reddish tint and a thin tan head.

S: Huge sour aroma. Big sour cherries and apple cider vinegar with a hint of vanilla and brown sugar in the background.

T: There's a great sour punch right off the bat and the sourness lingers on the tongue forever. Vinegar and dark cherries make up the body of the flavor with a hint of bready malt. The carbonation is absolutely perfect in this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 20:14:48 | More by notchucknorris
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cocoapuph

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap a couple times at the brewery and recently at Downtown Johnny Brown's.

Has a nice dark rose tint with a pinkish thin head. Looks fruity.

Hints of tart fruits, of course cherries, and a little sweet cranberry smell.

Upon first sip, I was hit with a great sour, tart oak sensation. Then dark cherries roll in and dance on the tongue with a little effervescence. Tastes like I was drinking out of a miniature oak barrel for a glass. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is just right. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Glad I can still find this on tap every once in awhile. Looking forward to the next bottle release this winter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 06:22:09 | More by cocoapuph
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sucker was expensive, so this better be good...

After the pop, this became a true gusher. Seriously, I lost about half the bottle. Shaken, not stirred right?

A: Dark, yet reddish in tint, with nary a head except maybe a few bubble peeping around the corners of the vat of cherry juice.

S: Deep, tart smell of cherries, pepper, and yeast. A good bit of oak in there as well, which have this sort of a "cherry pie" scent.... dark cherries that is.

T: My jaw started locking and mouth started to dry out the second this hit my palate. The cherries weren't as pronounce on the taste, but still present nevertheless. Not funky, but extremely sour. This is probably the driest beer I've ever tasted.

M: Bitter and peppery on the back end, with plenty of fruit tartness which made me pucker with delight. The lacing was non-existent. A bit of kerosene mixed in as well (this also could be used to describe the texture).

O: I wish I hadn't lost a third of my bottle, because this is one tasty treat. From the looks of it, this one is readily available in certain areas of the country during certain times of the year, so I'll be sure to pick up a couple more bottles then.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:01:33 | More by Chaney
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DaveHS

California

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours translucent mahogany with a few errant specks of chunky brown yeast and 1/4 inch of cola brown head. Leaves thick rings of sticky lacing.

S-Macerated tart cherries, balsamic reduction, toasted almonds. Musty wet hay/barnyard funk.

T/M-Very dry, with sharp tart acidity. The mouthfeel is round and smooth, with a nutty, mildly sweet base malt character and a touch of toasted oak. The cherry flavor is underwhelming. Not at all what was promised by the nose. Very one dimensional and unrefined for the style.

O-WAY overhyped. Doesn't even begin to live up to the price. I would take a Rodenbach Grand Cru over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:43:22 | More by DaveHS
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ikats

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby in color with light brown head. Aroma is terrific. Tart cherries, a bit of wood notes, and a solid malty base. Love it. Taste is not as tart as I expected, but tartness is definitely very playful on my tongue. There is a bit of fruit sweetness and wood tannins. Medium body. It's not just about sour cherries. A lovely ale that I picked up in my travels to CA. Glad I have another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 04:46:06 | More by ikats
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