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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: 529
Gots: 500 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of 100floods
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark mahogany brown hue with a ruby tint. Pale, cream white head with pretty good retention. A nice thin layer foam lingers as the head resides.

Sweet and tart aromas. Hints of funk and wood. Everything is blended pretty well. A slight malt backbone.

Dry, semi-sweet start that is rushed into a tart and sour middle with a dry finish. This is a bit drier, and more carbonated than Russian River's Consecration. The lighter body and high carbonation does take away from the flavor, and makes each sip more like a short burst.

Overall a pretty solid effort for an American take on a sour dark ale. I was kinda looking for more wood flavors, but the cherries seem to dominated this one.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jayhawk73
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-

Photo of oline73
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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
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.

Photo of thedoubler55
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.

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