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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,674 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 528
Gots: 500 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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.

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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007)
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Whole Foods some time ago.

Poured into a Cantillon flute, this is a reddish brown with decent clarity and a 1-2 finger off-white head that didn't retain well.

Tart, sour cherry springs up quickly. Faint hints of shaved dark chocolate. Behind the cherry fruit, also detecting a modest prune.

Upfront, intense sour character immediately puckers up the taste buds and curls the tongue. Beyond the strong, prominent sour cherry flavor lies a some softer toasted maltiness. Caramel-like sweetness is buried deep but located with a thorough search. Hops failing to make a case for themselves. Earthy. Lasting sourness remaining on the palette.

Light in body with a moderately-high to high level of carbonation.

Originally I'd opened this bottle to share with my girlfriend but she's bowed out leaving me to savor this one solo. This is a palette-challenging, complexly woven sour brown ale. Certainly one to enjoy slowly but also a bottle that might be a tall order for moderately-skilled sour connoisseur like myself.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Soonami for hitting this want. 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash tulip at 48 degrees. I believe this is last year's vintage (2010?). Pours a brownish hue with reddish highlights; clarity is semi-translucent. Head is loose, one inch and tan-colored and eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch skim. I love the nose on this beer - tart cherries, vinegar, cork and a faint briny character. Taste is somewhat consistent with nose; however, the sour cherries have definitely faded, but there is still quite a bit of residual tartness and acidity as well as the merest suggestion of the barrel. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light). The carbonation is very assertive and a bit prickly; however, not gassy. The carbonation, coupled with the acidity, leaves quite a bit of residual tingle along the sides of the cheeks and across the tongue. Finish is actually quite dry. Overall, I have to say that I prefer this beer fresh as you definitely loose the tart cherry in the flavor profile. That said, this is a very good beer and for someone who really digs the sour component; it will definitely improve with some age.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.