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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,594 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 516
Gots: 480 | FT: 34
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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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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3%

Semi-live review of a 375 mL bottle.
A: Reddish murky brown with a decent dark tan film and good lacing.
S: Woody cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, apple cider vinegar, some lemon, nice well-rounded musty sour with a clean finish in the aroma. It has a light caramel and pecans with brown sugar. Good.
T: Nice acidity; cranberry, red wine, and apple cider, with brown sugar too and cherries that don't really dominate except in the sweet lingering finish, which is softer than you'd expect from the harsh sour beginning. Pretty good.
M: Thinner with a kind of spritzy carbonation.
D: Great.

02-19-2011 02:41:48 | More by ne0m00re
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Brew33

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

Red Poppy received via trade.

This beer pours a medium brown with a TON of dark sediment. A cool color but muddled with yeast. The aroma was very good. Oak and a huge blast of tart cherries. Just a ton of cherries.

The flavor is good, not great. Acetic notes more so than lactic. Puckering cherry tartness, much more sour than I anticipated. Something is just a little off. The balance is just not quite there. Little evidence of malt or hops. With a Brown Ale base I would have anticipated a bigger malt presence. The moutfeel is solid, medium bodied with a creamy finish. The drinkability was pretty good but with the sharp finish and puckering tartness it's not great.

I think this beer needs a little more tweaking to get the flavors integrated a little better. All in all, an enjoyable beer.

02-18-2011 13:19:14 | More by Brew33
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Huge thanks to petesuphi for this corked and caged 12.7oz. bottle. Shared with friends on 2/1/11.

A - Poured a slightly hazy reddish orange liquid with an amber cherry glow, mild carbonation and an off-white ring around the glass.

S - Cherries and wood greet the nose and combine artfully to unveil an intensely tart aroma with some funky Brett notes and sweet cherry juice.

T - This reminds me of a liquified Sour Patch Kid. Red Poppy exhibits lots of cherry tartness with a mild oaky astringency and notes of woody tannins. Delicious!

M - Medium bodied with bristly carbonation. Finishes quite dry and sour on the palate with a pleasant puckering tartness.

D - This is definitely one of the best sours I've had to date. Red Poppy beautifully blends cherries and oak to create an extremely drinkable and approachable sour beer.

02-03-2011 15:09:14 | More by ffejherb
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

From notes:

Pours a dark ruby/golden mahogany edges with a half finger foamy, off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of vinous dark fruit, oak tannis and musty barnyard notes. The prominent characteristic in the nose is dark, tart cherries but there s also hints of earthy, musty oak and wild bugs.

Nice tart, puckering mouthfeel that isn't very acidic making it very easy to drink. Vinous with sour dark cherry being the dominant flavor. Plenty of earthy funk and dry brett add to the tartness but the fruit is so prominent that it is excellently balanced.

Edit: the fruit fades in this beer rather quickly so it should be drunk closer to it's release to enjoy it at it's full potential.

01-17-2011 08:14:35 | More by corby112
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%

Bottle is poured into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to mikesgroove and irishgurl4 for both sending me a bottle of this as an extra.

A - Hazy ruby red body with a small white head.

S - Tart cherries and vinegar mingle. A hint of sweetness at the end brings it all together. Wow

T - Wow. I love this. Fantastic tart cherry flavor, slightly vinegar like, and a nice big sour flavor. No real funky notes but plenty of sour and cherry flavor. I am blown away.

M - medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D - This bottle has disappeared a lot quicker than I would have liked. Fantastic cherry flavor and plenty of sourness for me. I really really like this beer. I need to get more of this.

01-13-2011 01:55:18 | More by jpmclaug
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sharing a bottle with my wife tonight. Bliss.

2009 vintage.

The beer appears a crimson sunburst hue, with an eighth inch of head that quickly settles to a thin layer and holds. The aroma is fabulous, with funk, cherries, wild yeast, and oak. The taste follows suit, and makes my cheeks pucker in delight upon the first sip. Insanely good, I want to trade for more of this immediately. The finish contains a healthy dose of vinegar and acetic notes, but is no way harsh. Quite the opposite, I wish I had a growler of this. My new favorite Flanders Oud Bruin.

01-07-2011 03:31:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one! 2009 Bottle.

A-pours an extremely cloudy lighter brown color with strong red hues shined next to light. The head is rather thick and off white to light tan.

S-the nose has notes of balsamic up front, hints of green olives behind, there is a fair bit of dry oak giving way to a light touch of brett, light acidity and bits of sour cherries.

T-the taste has a stronger acidity and more balsamic, the oak is stronger and more present as the brett works in with the sour cherries. There is some acetic acid towards the back that detracts from the brightness of the cherries.

M-lighter to medium body, slightly grainy on the palate and rather juicy throughout. the finish is slightly undercarbonated and a little flabby also lacking the driness you would like to see with all the acidity.

D-this has some issues, the cherries are overshadowed by oak and acidity, notes of acetic acid in the finish and some random brett notes make this an overly sour slightly muddled beer.

12-27-2010 14:54:49 | More by cpetrone84
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a one-finger, cream colored head of foam. It was short lived and left minimal lacing.

S - Like a great sour beer lots of dark cherries and sourness. Just a touch of funkiness, too.

T - Sour but not overpowering with a strong black cherry flavor. There are mild yeasty notes and some light caramel flavors, too.

M - It'll make you pucker but not too much. It is medium bodied and very dry.

D - This is another fabulous beer from The Lost Abbey. I'll liking sour beers more and more each time I try great examples of the style like this one.

12-18-2010 16:58:05 | More by zeff80
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -39.7%

2009 bottle. Pours a muddy burgundy with a soapy head. Nose is typical lost Abbey Brett, very tight in that regard, with light balsamic vinegar and a fair dose of acidity. Mouth is highly acidic, some dark sour cherries, vinegar. Acetic. Decent base "brown ale" underneath but too many things going wrong here, starting with the acidity. Body is kind of watery and empty, with a flabby finish. Nah.

I've had a couple bottles of this and it's really overrated even being in the A range. Very mediocre Oud Bruin type of a beer with an unacceptably high acidic level.

From another bottle. Despite standing upright in a cool cellar for a month, this is muddy, flabby, overly acidic, boring, one dimensional. Why people rate this beer highly is beyond me.

12-05-2010 21:11:24 | More by JAXSON
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nkersten

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -33.9%

Served from 2009 bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Pours a murky brown with a very small amount of head-like bubbles that fade quickly. Cork made no noise when removed. Uh oh. This stuff looks like flat cola. With lots sediment. Smell is an improvement over appearance, but that isnt saying much. Has the familiar lost abbey wild characteristics, sour lactic acid, a bit spicy, sour cherries in the background. Maybe a hint of yeast as well. Taste is what I remember red poppy tasting like. Very sour with a hint of ripe red cherries, no residual sweetness, mostly just lacto sourness. Mouthfeel is pretty bad. This beer is still, the mouthfeel is medium heavy, and the sourness of the beer gives you the feeling in the back of your throat like you just ate a bag of sour patch kids. Some bubbles would have done wonders for this beer. Drinkability is low too due to the lack of carbonation. This one may end up a drain pour - the mouthfeel kills any potential this beer may have had.

11-21-2010 03:26:35 | More by nkersten
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airohead2001

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -25.7%

Bottle shared with glazeman.

A - Run of the mill reddish/brown of so many sours that I've seen before. No head and no lacing.

S - Sour cherries, barn, and booze. OK, but not great.

T - Sour, citrus tart with some sour cherries through out and some biscuit in the finish.

M - Lots of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, but limited by the sourness. This is a good beer, but not a great beer by any means. It doesn't taste unique or outstanding to me in any way. Compared to other beers, sure, it's better than most, but it's just another sour to me. Certainly not better than the sours from the RR series.

11-17-2010 04:01:50 | More by airohead2001
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -14%

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a snifter and split with airohead2001.

A: The beer pours a ruby red in color with a bit of brown. The head measures 1/3 of a finger and is off-white in color. The head has moderate retention and no lacing.

S: Sour cherries up front and then musty at the finish. Not a very complex nose in my opinion. I don't get any oak out of the nose.

T: The first thing I thought of was "how did this win best of show at FoBAB." This isn't to say that the beer isn't good, it's just that there were so many better beers there and this is somewhat run of the mill to me as far as sours go. I don't get much oakiness at all from the barrel aging. The cherries, on the other hand, do come through and taste pretty good. There's not all that much yeasty funk, but some sour berries throughout. Mostly cherries, but a little bit of strawberry also.

M: Pretty good. I appreciate that this has fairly low carbonation, as anything more, in combination with the sourness, would have been too much. Nice aftertaste and feel on the palate.

D: Half of a 375ml bottle was enough for me. This isn't really the type of beer I'd like to have several of in a night. It tasted pretty good, but was not as complex as I would have liked.

11-17-2010 03:57:35 | More by glazeman
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Mages64

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to craytonic for this bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark red and brown with only a little head. No sure if pics are allowed but here it is seconds after pouring: http://twitpic.com/379up8

S: dates, prunes, grapes, cherries, cranberries, raspberries(one of those) and oak. Also sweet tarts. I feel like you can tell it is about to be a little sour.

T: Dr. Pepper with sourness and Oak and vanilla in the background. Sour but not too much. Finish is sweeter and woodier. cherries.

M: Delightfully carbonated(must have been fresh;) and sticky. Hits the back of your throat hard but leaves quickly and the only remains are on your tongue and lips.

D: It's an amazing beer but I'm not the right person to ask if I would drink it all night. Special occassion beer perhaps? MUST go well w/ chocolate!

Beer it Forward.

11-16-2010 04:44:55 | More by Mages64
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scottfrie

California

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%

350ml bottle into Delirium Tremens glass. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up this one.

A: Pour a very dark clear dirty-brown cherry color with a finger of light brown head that quickly receded into a faint scum and collar. Some wispy lacing.
S: Musty notes of oak and dark tart cherries. Faint hints of other sweet berries and aged malt.
T: Rich flavors of cherry pits, prunes and old bark. I'm actually getting a lot of prunes on the palate with notes of lemon rind in the finish. Aftertaste is musty with notes malt from the brown ale. Tart fruits are very well integrated, and the base brown ale for this beer is not overshadowed.
M: Medium-full body with delicate carbonation that foams up on the palate a little bit. Bitterness is medium and well integrated. Finish is dry, but not a desert. There are hardly any chalky tannins.
D: Definitely the best LA beer I've had to date, although I haven't had lot of their rarer ones. Very easy to drink and fairly refreshing. I hope I can get some more of this stuff! Thanks again Jeff for this one!

EDIT: 2011 bottle consumed Feb 2013:
Great long-lasted head this time. Dryer and more tart with the age, reminiscent of cranberry juice. Puckering and more tannic than when fresh. Definitely an improvement with some age.

11-10-2010 20:52:43 | More by scottfrie
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armock

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Poured a brown with a ruby hue color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of tart cherries and funk

T - Just like the smell lots of tart cherries withe some funk

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is some awesome stuff I could drink this all day long love the tart flavor if you like sours this is a must hunt down and try beer

10-31-2010 20:41:04 | More by armock
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to domtronzero for this one!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark burnt sienna color that produced a good frothy tan head with good retention. Some foamy lace left behind.

(S)- A lovely sour funk with a light vinegar acidity. A brief cherry fruitiness with a dry oaky wood component. A lovely balance of sour funk and fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big acidic sourness that stays with you to the finish. A good dry woody funk bite with a lightly creamy fruit finish.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that pricks up on the tongue. A good balance of acidic sourness, funk, and subtle fruits.

(D)- A great take on the style. Everything you would expect from the style too, if, with just some hints at a wild ale too. Great taste and aroma. I would like to have more of this please.

10-04-2010 18:08:42 | More by sweemzander
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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

A: poured brown with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely smell of tartness consisting of corky musty brett notes with lovely cherry aromas but I did detect adic vinegar character, oak, slight floral, and faint booze.

T: the ingredients mesh quite well sour cherries and acidic vinegar being the most dominate but had corky oaky, a touch of vanilla, apple, and floral accents; love beers like this.

M: the brew was medium in body with a perfect amount of prickly carbonation which had an acidic, slight sweet, sour, and dry finish.

D: very drinkable flanders that is very tasty and very glad to have a stash for future tastings. This one is definitely worth trying or trading for if you don't have access to it.

10-04-2010 07:33:39 | More by Gobzilla
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teamizm

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

2009 bottle poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

Pours a nice, dark brown with almost no head at all. Some residual lacing lingers in the glass. Smell of cherries, citrus, and some brown sugar. Nice, mellow sourness with a nice amount of sweetness/maltiness. Cherry flavors are pretty apparent, nice lingering tartness.

Not as sour as I would've liked, but a very drinkable sour. I feel like it just holds back a little too much on the flavor and sourness, but still a very good beer.

10-04-2010 04:26:07 | More by teamizm
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

One of the first beers brought out for our weekend tasting during an impromptu session on Friday night after returning from the GLBC event at Fatheads. Thanks to treyrab for bringing Red Poppy out.

Poured into a 6-oz snifter, the body is a mahogany brown rich with highlights of ruby and garnet. Each sip creates a foamy ring that slips back into the beer over time, much like legs in a fine wine.

Raspberry undertones amid a primarily cherry aroma. There are hints of oakey tannic notes. Of course, with any oud bruin, there is a compelling funk and sourness. The taste is very similar with cherry dominating the fruit profile, while other berries, especially raspberry lurk beneath. The sourness is nicely balanced with a funky brett profile.

Medium consistency and a very low level of carbonation. The sourness is not too overwhelming and really lets the beer's own characteristics shine through. To me, I could drink this as an everyday sour if it were more accessible.

10-03-2010 13:37:39 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3%

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky reddish brown mahagony color with really no head. Pops with very little fanfare just a little "pop". What head there is is just a wispy white head. Really nice sour aroma coming from the nose with a mix of cherries and some oak. Lots of lemon in the nose as well. The taste starts off subtle then builds to a nice level of sourness with hints of lemon and cherries. Some acetone type flavors as well. One of the most sour I have had in a while. The sourness really lingers on this one. Light mouthfeel.

10-01-2010 13:14:14 | More by kbutler1
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rtepiak

Poland

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

a beer that hit it just right and kick you in the balls in the wallet.

First off, its great but where do you draw the line for an old brune. This is too brisk. I don't get a malt definition. The look and odor is all there...tart cherry, balsamic, and an intense lambic floral. Great beer. Rather lean. Just because its sour doesn't give it the excuse of sour is ends all finish. Make it feel thicker... So it down for me like some of the other exceptions. Good. Not worth the 16 bucks. Buy yourself a rodanbach sixer of the plain stuff for 10 instead. Its just as good.

wow... this is the one time that i can safely say that i don't agree with this review after having it a year later. may be a different batch or an older bottle but his was fantastic with a beautiful tart note... nice linkage to the back end of the beer with a hints of chocolate and vanilla. smooth as marbles.

average of reviews.

09-22-2010 07:54:43 | More by rtepiak
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crusian

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev 0%

375ml bottle from some random place in CA.

pours a deep rich dark brown...
smells like a sour... but better than others I have had.
blah blah blah... cutting to the chase here.

this is the best sour I have ever had. I am not a huge fan of the style, but saw it and had to try it based on the hype... and honestly... may be the only beer I have had that is actually worth the hype. Damn good. if you see it, buy it.
as a sour it is the most balanced... sours, typically hit me ad dont finish well, but this one really does.

09-04-2010 21:42:15 | More by crusian
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a white wine glass. Special thanks to Tom for the hook-up!

A: Tiny pop when I pulled the cork. Barely any pressure behind it. Pours a murky dark carmel brown with a thin layer of off-white foam on top. The head quickly disappears and leaves a pretty lifeless looking beer.

S: Vinegar, sodden oak, and tart cherries. Quite fragrant.

T: See above with a slight (and welcome) sweet caramel flavor. Tart green apple and more oak than in the nose.

M: Tart, tangy, and quite acidic. Pretty darn astringent.

D: Dry, acidic, and actually quite refreshing. Gonna need a drink of water after this one.

09-04-2010 17:09:57 | More by GbVDave
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.63/5  rDev -15.2%

2009 Vintage. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml. bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A: Cork comes out with little more than a pop and I can already tell... the saga of Flat Abbey continues. Pours no head, just a ring of coarse, white bubbles at the edge of the glass. Beer is a pretty, clear, deep amber. Lacing is stringy, with moderate stick.

S: Cherry, oak, vinegar, ethanol, raspberry puree. Overall feel is of musty fruit and red berry soy sauce syrup.

T: Cherry tartness is surprisingly present upfront. Slight yeasty bitterness. Vinegar, ethanol, wood, moss, and dirt. Dry and puckering finish leads to a tart-all-over aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, very low to no carbonation, oily, and sticky in the mouth. Finish is dry and aftertaste is messy and sticky.

D: Another what-could've been beer from Lost Abbey. Properly carbonated, I'd think that this beer would be much better than its already-above-average-but-flat incarnation. Good subtle but dense flavor has nice complexity that carbonation might serve to separate well. Also, may spice up a mouthfeel that is a bit lifeless at times.

08-02-2010 00:32:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +15.7%

Big thanks out to cmurren25 for this wonderful brew. Pours a hazed and sedimentated amber color. Foam is nice for a sour and lacing is even better. Pretty looking bruin.

Nose is light vinegar and sour cherries. A little bit of wood and vanilla. Even some smoke comes in at the end. Nice and complex, puckers up quick and then dies off.

Plenty tart but not super sour, seems like barrel aging at its finest! Balances the sour, wood and fruity tartness perfectly. Little bit of brettomyces comes through...WOW, this is incredible. I knew I shouldnt have shared this! I could drink one of these every day till the day I died, easily one of the top 5 beers I have ever had. In fact, I feel my review suffers because I didnt even want to put my glass down to write anything while enjoying the experience.

08-01-2010 18:19:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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