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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,603
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 520
Gots: 486 | FT: 34
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Photo of MarkVegas


4.93/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured into my Bruery tulip hazy, reddish, maroonish with a brown tint. A 1/2 inch head quickly dissipates leaving almost no lacing.

What a funky brett bomb this beer smells like. The sour cherries are the "cherry" on top making this a GREAT smelling beer to me.

I get the sour cherry up front with the brett coming through shortly there after. Somewhere in the back there goes that oak with the vanilla it often brings, almost surprising you with a certain roundness that only barrel aging can do. Love it.

Crisp, dry and light, very easy drinking. Refreshing after a hot vegas day.

Overall this beer absolutely did not disappoint. I enjoyed every aspect of the beer.

07-19-2011 04:21:10 | More by MarkVegas
Photo of bum732


3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

S: Some dark cherries, medium strength, some cola flavors. Prominent oak with additional cork, tartness with a bit of funk, some sweet cherry candy.

L: Very dark cloudy brown, tan carbonated head that dissipates to 1/8 inch of foam.

T: Tart cherry malt up front with a puckering lemon like bitterness. Some dark cola-like malt, faint up front. Finishes quite dry and acidic. More cherries with some oak in the finish.

M: Crisp high carbonation, medium bodied.

Pretty good, lacks the punch and flavor of other traditional Flanders Reds.

07-19-2011 02:30:02 | More by bum732
Photo of alexhahn82


3.18/5  rDev -25.7%

A - Brownish red almost grape juice like color. very light lacing. This is the first Lost Abbey beer I have ever had that popped when uncorked and also had a head (Poured at an elevation of 2500FT or so in Emmet Idaho.)

S - Powerful sourness in the aroma. A sweet smell with a mild cherry smell on the end. Definitely a lot of hints of fruit like scent, kind of similar to smelling a %100 fruit rollup.

T/M -- Light in viscosity at first with a definite upfront flavor of the brown ale. Middle shifts to tartness and definite carbonation with a semi acidic finish. After the palette adjusts from the sourness the presence of cherries is prominent as well as the oak showing up about halfway through the bottle (possibly due to it acclimating itself to a room temperature.)

O - This beer is a very well played sour (though I am NOT a fan of sours. Nice cherry and oak flavors, thats about it with a huge smack of of sour, don't seek and don't destroy.

PP (Price Point) - $18.99 for a 375ml caged and corked bottle is super, super overkill in price. I am not a big sour fan, but this continues on with the trend of Lost Abbey having underwhelming beers at overwhelming prices. Would be more appropriatley priced around $6-$8.

07-17-2011 01:14:56 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of chugalug06


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Dated 2011

A - Wow! What a head! Bottle easily influences itself... Brew has slightly dirty head due to yeast override... Very nice mahogany color with lots of browns and some reds.

S - Lots of big cherry! Also, smells like a dry-er sour... Vanilla and peach dominate the scent. Great citrus too. Not the expect funk scent.

T - Awesome sour cherry flavor! much more sour then the scent represents. Great smoothness and elegant brew. Perfect amount of tart. Better then La Folie...not sure how I feel about this.

M - PERFECT carbonation, couldn't be better. No bitterness and well done sourness...Perfect. Very dry and elegant, I hope to have this brew at my wedding.

O - One of my top five brews of all time. I will be looking for this one for many years to come. Fantastic brew.

2012 update: Big metallic scent, and more sugar then tartness. still good, but it gets knocked down a notch. Also, brew is SUPER dark ruby BROWN! Clarity seems to be in question. Much darker and lower carbonated then in years past. Still An awesome brew.

07-13-2011 04:48:23 | More by chugalug06
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured red-brown with a half finger cream colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, cherry, and raspberry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The wood characteristic of this one really added to the overall enjoyability (is that even a word???) of the beer. The sour/tart notes were spot on and not too harsh allowing the cherry and raspberry to shine through as well. Just a well put together brew that I enjoyed quite much.

07-11-2011 18:58:22 | More by thagr81us
Photo of BetterWatching


4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Poured a dark brownish red. Finger head into a wide tulip glass.

S- The second i opened the cap on the bottle I got a huge whiff of vinegar. Made me think that it had gone bad. But by the time it was poured into a snifter glass the aroma of this beer exploded. The vinegar was there but faintly present while the cherries and oak mixed in tart funkiness. The smell of this beer is phenomenal.

T- Starts with a flat general funkiness that is followed up by big tart cherries with a touch of oak on the finish. Slightly underwhelmed simply because the nose was so pleasant.

M- Light in the tongue with a pleasantly smooth low carbonation. The tartness sticks to the tongue between sips.

O- One of the best from Lost Abbey, this was a 2011 bottle so I'm anxious to see what it does with a little time. I think it could really mature into something exceptional because it's already damn good.

07-08-2011 06:22:52 | More by BetterWatching
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter

A- One finger beige head, slight carbonation, dark reddish brown color, lots of sediment on the bottom, very nice lacing.
S- The aroma is fantastic, cherries upfront, hints of oak, musty barnyard funk, vinegar.
T- The taste lacked something that the aroma brought out, the cherry flavor is there as well as vinegar and sour funkiness, slight taste of oak as well, but I was not as impressed with the overall taste, it lacked that punch I got in the aroma.
M- Medium mouth feel, slight carbonation, dry
O- This is a solid sour beer, from the first initial smell of this beer I was expecting something fantastic but was a little let down with the taste, still enjoyed drinking this beer and would definitely drink again.

07-05-2011 06:37:28 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of DoctorB2B


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

We did a triple tasting at some point in the last 2 months, we as in galengueuze, viciousknish, and theformula. There were 2 bottles from 2011, and one from 2010.

We started with the 2011, and once the cork was popped the carbonation began to flow. Luckily though, we were able to save most of the beer before catastrophe struck.

The entire group feens for sour, tart and/or funky and this beer hit the spot. I only speak for myself on this, but this is my favorite offering from Lost Abbey.

Tart cherries hit you in the nose upon opening and really shine through in the taste as well. It's a very crisp refreshing beer that makes me wish I lived in CA to have this beer on hand a bit more regularly.

07-05-2011 03:51:16 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of rwmiscik

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

As a lover of sour beers this is one of my absolute favorite beers of all time. It smells amazing and the beer is very effervescent and is extremely drinkable. Not a beer to start off sour beers on as it is quite sour but no acetobacter at all and is extremely clean. I recommend this to anyone that likes sour beer as it is one of the best around.

07-02-2011 15:48:57 | More by rwmiscik
Photo of capeannbass36


3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

Cork popped like a champagne bottle. Immediate smell of sour cherries.
A- A murky dark ruby red, brown. 2 finger off white head that fades quickly. Light lacing.

S- Sour cherries....and I guess what some call "funk".

T- Sour, tart cherries. Some wood. Sour hangs around on lips and tongue.

M- Dry and crisp. Light to medium carbonation.

O- One of the more pricey beers that I have sat on for awhile. Having tried it, would not purchase again. Cannot justify the cost.

06-28-2011 23:51:09 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of tempest


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Split the bottle with a couple friends. Hell of a beer. I'm not always a fan of the Flanders sours, but this tones down the creamy sweetness of a Duchess into a mellow cherry and strawberry character over biting citrus and sour tang. I'm most impressed by the balance of the different flavors, rolling from one to the other instead of just covering each other up. Find this beer.

06-28-2011 00:51:23 | More by tempest
Photo of DaveHack


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Pored from a 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle into an Ithaca tulip.

The coek was a bear to get off, once off Red Poppy came roaring to the top ready to spill out like a champange.

This beer is very datk with a large head, that settled fairly quick. There is evidence of the sediment from the bottom resting on the head.

There is not an overabundance of aroma. I can definately smell that it is going to be a sour beer, with a musty funk smell.

Upon first taste I get a mild earthy, barnyardy taste. It is not as sour as I had expected, but the finish comes up with a very decent sour kick. I'm not really getting any of the cherry that is in here, but it is a tart taste for sure.

It feels nice and rather light. There is great carbonation and drinks easy. Minimal lacing

It's a very good beer, but for the $16.25 I paid for it, I'd really rather have a Consecration.

06-26-2011 22:46:55 | More by DaveHack
Photo of meatyard


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

The cork came surprising me with what sounded like a gunshot.

Pours a gorgeous clear, red/mahogany with a 1-finger, light tan head that fell quickly to a ring & partial cover. No lacing but there is a nice, continuous carbonation stream rising from the nucleation point in my snifter.

The smell is some cherry, some wood, some vinegar and a bit of the funk.

The taste centers on the funk but all of the things in the smell surround it giving it a more than the sum of the parts quality.

Mouthfeel is effervescent carbonation, thinnish body and is pretty dry.

Overall: This is a solid beer, both for style and just in general. This is something that II wish came around more often and a little less expensive though I would still buy one once in a while at the going rate in Philly. Highly recommended for sour fans.

06-26-2011 01:03:51 | More by meatyard
Photo of Casey10


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Wow thought this exceptional for the style bottle poured into my Lion's Pride Chalice. alot is said about Lost Abbey beers this one opened with a loud pop and had nice carbination.

A - Dark Murkyalmost brownish red hue with a bit of lacing.

S - Nice dank cherry like smell.

T - Lambic like sour background some vineagar nice.

M - crispy leaves a real sour feel and stays with you.

O Highly recomended for the style. Worth the try and I felt really good.

06-20-2011 02:11:44 | More by Casey10
Photo of ChugginOil


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured on tap @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown color with less than a finger of cream colored head. The nose is sweet and sour. Vinager and cherries come to mind. The taste is much the same but nicely amped. Lip smacking tartness upfront with some sweet cherry offerings. Delightful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the tartness. Super drinkable and damn tasty as well

06-19-2011 02:27:07 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of jsh420


3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

pours murky reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head that left no lacing

smell is funky - sour and funky - tart cherries and funky barnyard

taste is very tart cherries with fishy funk and oak on the finish - very dry - sure i dont make this sound good but if you enjoy sours this beer is for you

mouthfeel light dry very carbonated - everything i want in a red wine

overall - good flavor and nose but the price tag $17 for 375ml is way too much - one of those beers where after yo try it you can not justify buying another ever!!

06-19-2011 00:04:46 | More by jsh420
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4%

Poured a brown-red hazy body with a short lived beige head. Aroma is sour and is obviously of bitty red cherries. Kinda earthy and super funky tasty. Woah. Cherry flavor isn't maybe as wild and fresh as I expected but that's fine. This beer is beery. Thought I tasted a tootsie roll for a second. Back to cherry. Feel is slightly drying. Delicious.

06-18-2011 05:05:57 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of daveytheformer


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a stemmed Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance is a deep ruby almost brown color. It opens with a big tan head that fades to a lot of lacing.

Smells like cherries, vinegar, and fresh cut wood. Hints of tart lemon.

Tastes are of strong cherries and a little acidic. Strong vinegar taste with a very light caramel flavor hiding in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Pretty smooth for a sour. I like this so much.

Overall is a great beer. I would drink this all the time if it were in Oregon. After a day of IPAs I thought this would be the perfect finish and it certainly was,

06-16-2011 17:41:34 | More by daveytheformer
Photo of mrandypandy


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

375ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Hop City. Cork was a bit tricky to get out.

A- Pours a murky brown with an off tan head. Decent carbonation.
S- Vinegar like acidity and sour cherries in the nose. Musky.
T- Sour, tart. Cherries are subdued.
M- Medium to light body, well carbonated and prickly on the tongue. Nice.
O- Had this sitting my cellar for a few months and decided to pop it open. Glad I did. A well done Flanders Red with a crisp acidic bite to it. I would like to try this fresher o see if I get more cherries, but still very enjoyable.

06-12-2011 19:10:21 | More by mrandypandy
Photo of rudzud


4.15/5  rDev -3%

Picked up a few months back at Julio's. I saved this specifically for my 300th review.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep ruby red/nut brown pour with a fizzy one figner head that quickly faded to leave a nice halo and some good thin clouds.

S - Light vinegar, sweet malts, and some earthy oak. Light sour cherry notes too.

T - Good sour vinegar notes up front that are washed away by tart sour cherries and some oak. There are some light sweet malts but for the most part the sourness overpowers everything else, which is to be expected.

M - Medium carbonation here, lots of bubbles in the mouth. A nice sour and crisp slightly dry finish. Very tart and refreshing.

O - Enjoyed this flanders alot. Not quite sure if its worth the hype though as there are other flander's that deliver the tasty that aren't as expensive.

06-12-2011 03:32:59 | More by rudzud
Photo of Brewbro000


3.73/5  rDev -12.9%

A- Pours a 2 finger off white head of fairly large bubbles that recedes quickly. This bugger is very carbonated as per the loud pop when it was opened and the wave of bubbles constantly rising from the walls of my tulip glass. The head recedes by half in a matter of seconds. Nut brown color but with hints of ruby when held to the light.

S- Funky barnyard notes mixed with sour, acidic hints that allow the cherries to show through. The aroma hints at the oak but doesn't make it a priority. Some lemony tartness also shows through.

T- Some lactic tartness leads a sweet but not as complex as i expected first sip. Lemony tartness takes hold and then mild cherry sweetness shows through. The cherry flavor is well integrated and the finishing thought is of dry, lightly oaken barrels.

M- Very spritzy due to the carbonation with moderate spikey carbonation on the tongue.

O- A pretty good Flanders Red but sort of one dimensional, not as complex as was expected. For the price i would probably just buy something from Russian River instead, but please not, price was not a factor in this review, tasty brew none the less.

06-09-2011 16:35:21 | More by Brewbro000
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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Reviewed on 3/30/11

Poured in to a tulip. 1.5 finger, fluffy, off-white head. Dark red body that showed some murkiness. Head held really well.

Smell was of tart cherry and acidity with a touch of vinegar. Slightly funky with some Brett. Notes of oak and light maltiness.

Taste was good. Nice tart cherry flavor. Mildly acidic. Notes of oak and dark fruit. Again, slightly funky with some farmhouse characteristics.

Mouthfeel was very good. Light body, medium/high carbonation. Nice and dry.

Good drinkability on this one. Nicely tart while maintaining drinkability.

06-08-2011 23:17:11 | More by riored4v
Photo of oglmcdgl


4/5  rDev -6.5%

On tap at monks during the lost abbey event.

A- almost three fingers of tanish head a top a ruddy deep red brown brew. Head leaves no lace or stick.

A- good amount of earth red wine vinegar and some sweet and sour cherries but to a lesser extent. The cherries don't give a big bright sour they come off more subdued. Rich malt backbone giving a darker bread touch.

T- opens up with a light sweet and sour cherry and funky oak hit with a touch of red wine vin. Malts come off sweet with some dark brown sugar and bread. Light acidity not the punch I was hoping for, more of a earthy thing going on.

M- a bit above medium in body and lightly carbed. Solid pucker but nothing outstanding.

O- its a good red but the cherries seem to be a bit over the hill and lacking the fresh sour hit. I would like to try the base beer without the cherries and see what that's like. Up against rodenbach gc its got some work to do.

06-08-2011 21:37:01 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of xnicknj


3.73/5  rDev -12.9%

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a somewhat murky deep browned color with some reddish hues attempting to poke through. A thick, slightly rusty head retains for a bit with some webs of lacing.

Plenty of cherries with sourness throughout the nose, heavier earthy notes with oak and some acid. Some dark fruit sweetness and funk as well.

Very cherry forward with a decent amount of sourness delivered by the fruit. Some dark fruits with raisin tones and caramel sweetness throughout the malt bill. Not quite as full flavored and sour as I originally thought it would be, but still pretty tasty. Finishes dry with another gasp of cherry and oak.

Medium thinner body, somewhat watery but really high carbonation. This keg was definitely overgassed, as it took the bartenders about 7 minutes to pour a glass. I'd like to give this a try out of a bottle so I can re-review it.

06-08-2011 04:50:47 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Murky brown pour, not as sexy as Supplication. . . more brown, didn't have enough of the cherry edge to it, some head and/or lacing with good carbonation. Aroma is wood and fruit, cherry underplayed still.

Cherry comes out moreso on the palate, good sour qualities, almost nothing is sweet about the beer. Oak. Definite brown ale base beer flavor exists and is not overshadowed by the sour and cherry flavors. Harmony. Would actually prefer more cherry and tart flavors v. the brown ale and wood flavor, but its not a liability by any means. Damn this is dry.

What's the deal with the pricing on these? More than $1 an oz? Supplication is better and cheaper, so I can't really recommend this too strongly, worth checking out and special occasions, but damn its pricey.

06-07-2011 19:15:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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