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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 525
Gots: 491 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of ikats
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.

ikats, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Adrianized
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.

Adrianized, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
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.

ckeegan04, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of miadw3
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.

miadw3, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of boralyl
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.

boralyl, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
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.

kzoobrew, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
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.

Viciousknishs, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
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.

yemenmocha, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of doppelme
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.

doppelme, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of HosP
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!

HosP, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
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

CuttDeez, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Spider889
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.

Spider889, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of 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!

ehammond1, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of unitmonster
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.

unitmonster, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with half a glass of foam that quickly faded leaving some spotty lacing
S - Nice earthy aroma along with a big hit of cherries and oak
T - Nice tart cherry flavor that dominates over anything else, there is a bit of the brown ale base that shows through but finishes with the tartness
M - crisp carbonation with a nice tartness, medium bodied but very light to drink
D - This is very enjoyable, the tartness isn't overbearing and quite enjoyable. I wish I had another.

2009 bottle reviewed on May 4th, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown with very little foam at all. Very flat pour. The aroma is a bit tart from the cherries and a hint of vinegar. The first sip kind of gets you at your jawline, a bit tart but not overly so. There is a nice vinegary flavor coming through, alot of the cherry flavor is gone but still has that tartness. The body is very thin with low carbonation. Its still very enjoyable but definitely one that should be consumed fresh.

mikereaser, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A - Solid pop as I pull the cork. Dark brown pour that casts ruby red highlights along the sides of my Lost Abbey chalice.

S - Big earthy funk followed by tart cherries and a bit of acetone. Some malt sweetness gives the impression of cherry pie for a moment before more funk wafts up.

T - Puckering sour immediately followed by big oaky vanillin. Earthy funk, green apple, sour cherries and sweet malt, with a light acedic character in the finish. Very refreshing. More barrel character here than I was expecting, but it's quite enjoyable.

M - Classic Flanders sweet and sour leaves this medium bodied brew feeling both full and light on the palate.

O - One of my favorite brews from Lost Abbey, and this bottle did not disappoint. If you have not had the pleasure, seek this out.

SummitVA, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of CurtisLoew
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at 99 bottles in Seattle. Drank in my hotel room out of the hotel bathroom glass (Oh the horror!)

My first lost abbey beer so i was pretty excited. I spent way too much for the bottle.

Pours dark red, light brown. Nice head/carbonation

Nice smell of cherries/vinegar/sour

taste sourness cherries vinegar oak. Pretty much like the smell. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: good? Not really sure how to grade mouthfeel with this style.

Overall: Good beer. Not worth the price I paid for it, but I'm glad I tried it. I prefer the RR sours by a mile, they are world class.

CurtisLoew, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish-light brown color with notable clarity, although some sediment at the bottle of the glass/bottle.  A large off-white head billows out of the body and lingers for quite a while before resting to a patchy foam.  Moderate lacing. 

S: Really pungent aroma comprised of vinegar, cherries, earthy and funky barnyard characteristics, and some oak.  Really a nicely complex aroma that flows out of the glass and can be picked up yards away. 

T: Vinegar and sour cherries up front provide ample sourness.  Oak and some funkiness linger further in the background, but mesh very well with the dominant flavors.  There is also a flimsy malt profile that provides a subtle sweetness, but it pales in comparison to the puckering sourness. 

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.  Spritzy and crisp.  Nice and tart and pretty drying at the finish. 

D: Absolutely delicious and very drinkable, however, it's great to sip on and enjoy the complexity and balance.  One of the best Flanders that I've had this side of the Atlantic.  

Mississipping, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

Appearance: dark red, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: flowery, cherries, and a malty yeast.

Taste: slight sourness, cherry sweetness, and a faint floweryness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a very pleasant brew that is similar to sours. The cherry flavor isn't overbearing and is just enough for a good balance.

megahurts4, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted a 2008 and 2010 side by side

A: The 2008 is dark pastel chestnut brown in color. Forms a thin surface coating of head. The 2010 is slightly darker brown color, without the pastel coloration. Head is also livelier, but still on the small side.

S: The ’08 presents with an obvious sour tartness. Lots of fruit, particularly cherries and berries. The ’10 is less pleasant, almost dirty smelling. Still has the fruit, but it is less pronounced, and, surprisingly, less bright.

T: The ’08 offers up a pleasant blend of fruit. Sour cherries, raspberries, and a little bit of fruity wine like a grenache or beaujolais. There is a noticeable sourness, but it is not at all distracting. The ’10 is similar, but is more abrasive and less balanced. The sourness is more pronounced and comes off closer to red wine vinegar than red wine itself. The flavors do not seem to play as well together in the younger version.

M: Medium bodied and tart. Lighter carbonation. As with the taste, the ’10 is more abrasive and harsher on the tongue.

O: A very nice beer, but I obviously preferred the aged version to the newer, having found the flavors to mellowed, blended, and balanced more in the aged version. I guess the lesson learned is to let this beer sit for a few years to be fully enjoyed.

Florida9, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. 2010 Vintage. Thanks to readbaron for opening this with me.

Appearance: This pours a hazy medium dark brown with a murky beet red tint that is more obvious at the edges. Although I started the pour gently, it took an aggressive pour right into the center of the glass to populate a foamy tan head with small but visible bubbles. The head fades at it's leisure, eventually leaving a ring around the edge of the glass and a few spots of lace down the side.

Smell: The aroma is the strength of this beer. Although for a Flanders Red Ale I would normally expect the aroma and flavor to be quite similar, the nose on this is actually more complex than the flavor. Obvious tart cherries are the first entrant into my olfactory system, but as I adjust I sense some oak, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of cinnamon. With a few swirls of the glass, a vibrant funk rises into my nostrils, adding further complexity.

Taste: A blast of tart cherries assaults my tongue up front with just a touch of balsamic sweetness, more of a pure sour flavor than I am used to in a Flanders Red. Once my palate acquaints itself with the flavor, I get nuances of oak and red wine in the middle, but the flavor pretty much has one gear -- sour and cherry. This bottle has a year on it already, which I imagine has led to it being more sour than when it was fresh, and I can't help but wonder if it would get better with even more time to develop.

Mouthfeel: The tartness up front causes my mouth to salivate profusely right away. There is no doubt that this has a strong vinegar character and a fairly acidic feel. Lots of tannins present at the end. The body is actually a bit lighter than I would expect from a beer of this style, with the carbonation falling into the abyss somewhere between creamy and crisp. A bit of creamy, relaxed carbonation would suit this a bit better.

Overall: When the bottle was opened I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the aroma, only to be let down a little bit by the flavor. It was good, but nothing about this truly differentiated itself from other beers in the style. Why spend the effort to track this down and pay premium money for this when there are better options that are both cheaper and more readily available?

KickInTheChalice, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage - poured into portsmouth tulip.

Pours out a somewhat murky reddish brown with a small ring of white bubbles - no foam or lacing.

Smell is good - sour, acetic, cherries, some oak, occasional hints of solvent, and quite a bit of funk when you swirl the glass.

Taste is more straitforward than the nose - no funk to speak of - just sour with cherries. A couple sips here and there had something odd going on - ashes/solvent finish - but that was the exception, not the rule.

Mouthfeel is decent. A little flat and heavy. Not as crisp and refreshing as some sours can be.

Overall, a tasty beer. I'm glad I have another, but I don't know that it's worth the $16 price tag. Probably won't seek this one out in the future.

readbaron, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small tasting glass and a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF and to AleWatcher for these bottles!

Tasted a 2008 vintage (courtesy of Jeff) alongside the newer vintage from the BIF. Both pour a cloudy russet-sunset sienna topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose of the '08 comprises light vinegar, cherries, cinnamon, raspberries, and a rich red wine. The newer vintage, on the other hand, comprises red apple, cinnamon, maple syrup, oak, graham crackers, and light chocolate. Definitely more tart fruit in the aged version. The taste of the '08 holds notes of tart-ish black cherry, raspberries, black currant, light cocoa, graham crackers, cinnamon, and clove. The newer version is somewhat similar, with notes of tart cherry, black currant, mandarin orange, clove, and sharp raspberry. Both bodies weigh in at light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a great beer with or without a few years on it. I think I prefer the older vintage, but it's not too big of a disparity.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky brown with a creamy taupe head

S - smells of cherries with caramelized brown sugar and a tinge if oak

T - starts of with mouth puckering cherry tartness. This dances around the tongue a bit until some caramelized brown sugar and a touch of vanilla enter but are overtaken by sour citrus notes. A lingering oak and a tinge of vinegar is on the finish. It is like a cherry pie filling in liquid form, pretty solid.

M - a little thin on the carbonation but it works well with this as it complements the medium body.

D - this is a solid Flanders red. The cherries really popped out ofthis one and made this one of the better beers I have had from Lost Abbey. Recommended!

birchstick, Jul 23, 2011
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.