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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 546
Gots: 512 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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.
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Poured into my Russian River stemmed glass. The color of this brew is a deep, dark ruby-brown with hints of purple. The head is almost a finger high, vanilla colored, bubbly, and fades rather quickly leaving just a faint dusting in places and a ring around the glass.

The aroma is very sharp and vinegary, sweet tart, very sour cherry, raspberry, maybe some blackberry, and some funk and oak notes. Aroma is pretty nice.

Taste is certainly as the aroma alludes to. Strong sour, tart, sweet cherry taste like I just popped a Warhead in my mouth. A bit of sour apple taste as well. Also there is vinegar or red wine vinegar (better yet apple cider vinegar), acidic notes, a bit of funk, and light notes of oak.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. The consistency is smooth and dry, the carbonation is round, the body is light-medium, and the finish is pretty lasting and dry, like that Warhead sour/tart flavor stays.

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375ml bottle. 2011 vintage.

Reddish brown, mahogany color. 3/8 of an inch of tan head dissipates leaving minimal lacing. Big sour cherry aroma. Wet horse blanket and loam fill out the nose. Huge acidic tartness up front. Sour cherries in abundance mid-palate. Barnyard funk, oak and wet hay fill out the flavor profile. The finish is dry and tart. Feel is light with a fizzy level of carbonation, which adds to the experience. Red Poppy is a wonderful example of a Flanders Red. Tart, dry cherries and a light fizzy body make this a joy to imbibe. A perennial favorite.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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