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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,568 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 510
Gots: 482 | FT: 37
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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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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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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dirty red-brown in color and only a very thin ring of a head clings to the glass.  No lacing.

Huge sour funk escapes my snifter.  Lots of tart cherries, maybe even chocolate dipped cherries.  Absolutely no denying the oak barrel treatment here.  The sourness is actually so strong that it seems to singe my nose.

Right up front are cherries, this is actually the cleanest, crispest cherry taste I've experienced in a beer.  Slightly tart and sour, but not mouth puckeringly so.  Big oak undertones.  It finishes tart and funky.  Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is amazing on this one.  Medium-full body and a champagne-like effervescent carbonation.  The carbonation really shines... It let's the flavors flirt with your senses.

This is my first Lost Abbey beer, and overall I thought it was amazing.  I really need to seek out more Flanders Reds and Flanders Ouid Bruins; this and CL Rosso E Marrone are among the best sours I've had the pleasure of having.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:57:08 | More by Adrianized
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally have a chance to try this one; been searching for a long time. Thanks to AleLovinRuskie for the trade.

A - Dark brown with reddish hues when held up to light. Thick, foamy brown head with excellent retention. Foam slowly fades to about two fingers and lasts for most of the drink. A beautiful Flanders Red.

S - The aroma hits you as soon as the cork pops. Sour cherries are the initial aroma that come to mind but there is also some balsalmic vinegar, oak and even a touch of leather. Excellent aroma. Cherries are the star but they do not dominate to the point that the other aromas are masked.

T - The taste is a touch of a let down after the incredible nose, though it still is a nice tasting beer. A touch of sweet and sour with a strong vinergary acidity at first sip. Cherries and oak especially come to mind. A light breadiness mid-drink, dark bread comes to mind. Sour cherries carry through the entire beer. Finishes with a tart acidity that lingers long after the last sip.

M - Light to medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation. Very effervescent and I might say it is a touch too carbonated.

O - A very solid beer though I would say it is a touch of a let down, especially given how amazing the nose was. Certainly a good beer and I would not mind having one to lay down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:27:38 | More by ckeegan04
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miadw3

California

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours dark red with a slight reddish-white head. No lacing.

S - All cherries. Not much sour/tart smell, and instead it's all cherry.

T - Strong tart cherry taste, and not much else beyond that. Not too sour, as the oak helps balance it out, but strong cherry flavor.

M - High carbonation and medium body.

O - Very enjoyable. The oak helps balance out the tartness, and the flavor profile just screams cherry.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:19:34 | More by miadw3
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boralyl

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 375ml bottle. The beer pours a very dark red with some brown present. It produces a big light reddish-tan head that has excellent retention.

S - The aroma smells great. Vanilla, oak, cherries, light vinegar and some sourness. There is a lot going on in the nose.

M - Light in body with sharp carbonation. It has a very dry finish.

T - Sour cherries up front followed by some oak and vinegar. Sourness takes over the end and seems to cling to the insides of your mouth. After your palate adjusts to the sourness trace amounts of vanilla also appear in the finish.

This is a very good American sour. There is a lot of complexity that makes this a great beer. The only sticking point is the price. I'd rather go for some Russian River Supplication which is several dollars cheaper and slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:29:27 | More by boralyl
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Oreo for this bottle. Cheers!

Murky, nearly dirty chestnut body with a reddish tinge. Fizzy sandy brown head rests atop. The retention is decent, head works its way back in a timely fashion. Thick sheet of lacing clings to the glass.

Big, full aroma. The beer can be smelled at arms length. Tart sour cherry and and oak ooze from the glass. Earthy leathery aroma blends well with the oak and cherry. Very well layered and complex aroma.

Tart, acidic hits the palate hard up front. Sour cherry and slight vinegar flavors emerge after the initial bite. Oak comes in to play just beneath. The tartness lingers through out. With warmth the malt base becomes more noticeable. Those never a leading flavor, the slight breadiness mingles well with the more assertive flavors.

Light bodied Flanders style ale. Carbonation is lively, nearly prickly as the beer glides across the tongue. Very dry finish, only a soft sour bite lingers.

Wow, tremendous beer. Lost Abbey layers the flavors and aromas nearly flawlessly. This may just be my favorite Flanders. As much as I enjoy La Roja, I wish it tasted like this. Very drinkable, ridiculously enjoyable. If given the opportunity, this is a beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:18:11 | More by kzoobrew
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

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

A- pours a murky deep red with a finger of off white head with a red tint. Head retention is pretty ppur as the head quickly receded into nothing.

S- big spicy oaky aromas with notes of leather and toast. Tart cherry in the middle. Nice funky earthy characteristics on the finish.

T- tart sour bite right up front. Cherry pits, skin and all comes in next hightening the tartness. Wine like tannins and leather notes intertwined as well. big acidity as well. Finishes with toasted oak with an intense bone dry character.

MF- slick prickly mouthfeel with a medium body and fine soft carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable considering how acidic this beer is.

Overall a great beer with awesome complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:43:52 | More by Viciousknishs
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour delight! Wow this ale pours a murky reddish/amber/brown with enormous head, pillowy soft, very bubbly. Nose is simply enormous, rich, tantalizing, and full of sour cherries & bready/yeasty stuff. Wild sour cherries on the palate, some Belgian estery qualities, and a nice sour finish. Good body too, and drinkable. Wow, love this one except for the price, and fortunately for the Lost Abbey that isn't a review criterion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:15:42 | More by yemenmocha
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doppelme

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish/light brown color with a bubbly white head, leaving behind little lacing. It smells very much like sour cherries. It also has a bit of a lemony zest to it as well. It tastes very much like the nose would suggest. Very tart, makes you pucker at first, but not overly tart that it can't be handled. Very good beer to drink and one you can drink a lot of with a 5.5%abv if you can drink a lot of sour beers. Overall a beer I wish I could have much more of.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:53:54 | More by doppelme
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HosP

Indiana

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

Poured 375ml into Fantome tulip. Got this a few times from different people, most recently Scottfrie.

A- Nice pop when cork comes out. Pours a dark murky, brown in color. A little more red when held up to the light. Nice light brown, bubbly head that leaves great lacing.

S- Cherries dominate the nose. Not as sour aroma as I would expect. Get a faint lemony, citrus smell at the end. Tough to pick out over the cherries though.

T- Follows the nose, with lots of tart cherry flavors! Not overly sour, which is nice. Makes it easier to drink I feel. Tough to get much other flavors past the cherries. Still a nice flavor to it.

M- Lighter body to it. Great carbonation, not over or under done. Not as dry as I expected either.

O- Very good, easy to drink beer. Sometimes I have a tough time drinking something sour or tart, but this is pretty smooth. Glad I have a few bottles of this to open up over some time. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:42:07 | More by HosP
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700. 2010 Vintage. Served in a champagne tulip. My bottle says 5%.

A - A finger and a half of creamy off-white foam settles to a thick cap, and thicker collar, leaving a few specks of lace. Body is a lovely transparent ruby-brown color, with some visible carbonation.

S - A mixture of sweet malts, sour cherries, lactic acidity, a bit of cheesey funk, oak, and some balsamic and leathery notes as well. I'm glad there is still some brown sugar sweetness and that this hasn't become all acetobacter. Cherries have faded a fair bit since this was fresh, but are still moderately present.

T - Much more sourness than the aroma implies. Plenty of oak, lactic acidity, sour cherries, perhaps a bit of vanilla and sweet malt in the finish. Perhaps a bit too much barrel here, and not enough sweetness.

M - Medium-light body, extremely dry, with a hefty dose of tannic oak. Plenty of stomach-melting acidity as well. Get those Tums ready! Pleasant active carbonation and no obvious alcohol.

D - An absolute pleasure to drink, especially considering the lower ABV means one could have a few of these. Would love to try the "double cherry" version at some point, as I think that would offset a bit of the oak. Wish this one was year-round and on-tap more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:22:02 | More by MasterSki
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter

A - A clear red body with a slightly off white head. The red body is very deep and ruby like. The head bubbles and dies quickliy.

S - Bright cherries up front that fade to deep dark cherries in the back and a medium strength oakiness develops in the middle of the nose. There is a nice level of funk detected in the front, middle and back which hint at a sourness and some yeast funk in the taste of the brew.

T & M & D - The taste is very much like the nose. There are bursts of cherries in the front of the beer with some puckering tartness and some sour funk. Then the sugars come through mellowing out the tartness adn introducing a sweet cherry note. Then the oak kicks in on the back and mellows both tart and sweet to finish smooth on the palate. A depth of flavor and a complex taste profile make this a great beer to explore. The body is a light on the palate and carbination is detected throughout despite the lack of head.

O - A fantastice beer. The flavor profile is amazing as it explores tart, funk, sour, sweet, oak, and dark cherry all in one mouthful. Enjoy this beer!

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:52:26 | More by CuttDeez
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Spider889

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Trilogy31 in my first true trade. Review from early spring, taken from notes. Bottle is the 2011 vintage.

Poured into my (at the time) new Lost Abbey tulip. A beautiful beer into a wonderful glass. The perfect pairing. The beer pours with a tall tobacco head, with plenty of visible vigorous carbonation. Excellent head retention. Beneath the long-lasting cap of foam is a burgundy colored brew. Twenty minutes after my initial pour there was still easily 1 finger of head left.

Smells of sweet vanilla and lots of fragrant fresh oak notes. Brett is there, but it is much more mild than it certainly can be (which I appreciate). Caramel syrup continues the vein of sweet aromas. As I continued to dig into this complex beer I began to detect semi-ripened cherries, old leather, and a funky salty cheesiness on the nose.

The flavor begins with a smack of dry carbonation which is almost bitingly harsh. This mellows eventually, and gives way to a large brett character. Cherry lends some acidity, though ultimately the beer shows mostly bretty funk and not outright sourness.

The malt profile here is dark and chewy with flavors of sweet browned barley and bittersweet chocolate. The cherry itself is quite subdued - with mostly greener notions. The oak really begins to take hold mid-glass, as does a rising peat flavor with continued warmth. Finally, there's some vanilla and red wine on the back end of each sip.

The mouthfeel on Red Poppy displays a high level of carbonation. I suppose it is appropriate for the style, however it also feels overdone a tad for me. So much for all of the "flat abbey" comments that were circling around this year... At least carbonation is no issue with this particular beer.

Very dry and oaky. The acidity and carbonation add an element of stinging/prickliness that betrays the 5.5% abv as something higher.

Overall Red Poppy is very well done. One of the best Flanders reds I have ever tried. This is well worth seeking out. Beers like this one are the reason Lost Abbey is so polarizing. Sure, they are known for their mistakes and poor customer service. But when they do something right, it is a truly exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:28:47 | More by Spider889
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2011)

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Dark auburn bordering on brown with ruby highlights. Great carbonation running throughout leaving an inch-high khaki head. Not much lacing at all down the glass.

Tart and sweet aroma. A complex, rich aroma combining sweet cherries, tart sourness, and oaken, earthy wood. A very full, rich, and powerful aroma--just about perfect.

Taste follows the nose nearly identically, though somehow it doesn't seem quite as complex. It's perhaps my favorite within the style--a style I absolutely love, but I wish I could taste a bit more oak. That being said, the tart sourness and the sweet cherries make for an incredible combination.

Tart, biting, highly carbonated, medium bodied.

A near flawless example of the style. There's a reason I pick this one up every year. Thanks Lost Abbey!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:04:02 | More by ehammond1
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unitmonster

California

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

Had on tap at Lost Abbey 5th Anniversary and 2011 Xmas in July party. Also in bottles through the past few years.

A - Nice cherry orange/red which really shines a great color in the light.

S - Sour cherries, lemon, other citrus, and barnyard funk.

T - Really getting the cherry taste and other citrus fruits. Noticeable brett taste on the finish.

M - Pretty viscous for a Flanders, but I could honestly drink this all day.

O - Great beer, and great style. The cost is a little high, so I'll probably drink Supplication over this most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:11:57 | More by unitmonster
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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