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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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1,427 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1427
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


Brewed by:
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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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Treb0R

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa brown body with hints of red. High carbonation. Cafe ole colored head.

Full of sour black cherries, oak, toasted coconut, very well balanced and complex. Not as sour as one would think before tasting it. Has a bit of funk to it. The aroma is reminiscent of your typical Cali sour ales.

The mouthfeel is on point. Smooth as silk and that high carbonation fizzles away rather quickly after pouring.

I like Supplication a bit more overall, but Red Poppy is a bit more complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 23:30:00 | More by Treb0R
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy dark red- brown with a big flufly tan head and nice lace.

S - very pleasant aroma of Roeselare yeast (barnyard, lacto, pedio) with soft floral hops, bubblegum, cherry and a hint of coconut from the barrel. Not intense, but a pleasure to whiff.

T - like the aroma. It has a nice balance of the typical Flanders flavors and none of them completely trump the others. The sour cherry and lacto stand out a bit. The vinegar character is subdued compared to many Flanders ales, but it's definitely there.

M - medium body and creamy with robust carbonation. It has a nice sour cherry finish that isn't over the top. If Oude Tart is an 8/10 on the sourness scale, then Red Poppy is 6/10.

O - as a Flanders fan, it's hard to find a fault in this beer beyond the $16/12oz. price tag. I'd rate it higher, if it had a little more vinegar in the flavor, but really enjoyed it "as is". There are more assertive Flanders at much lower prices, but this beer made me appreciate balance for the style. If money and variety weren't a consideration, then I'd be glad to drink this quite often.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:00:05 | More by GuzzLah
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel as part of the DC bottle share. Bottle brought by mgbhoo much thanks. From notes.

Decent sample pouring brings a light tan caramel body, not much head given, other bigger pours show about the same. Fairly clear and pleasant, not much red hue to it, perhaps a bit bronze.

Nose has a light to moderate funk bent, with an interesting huge clove sweetness. Good hints of chopped wood and splinters. Interesting mix of spice funk and mild sweetness. Good acid bent without being overly tart.

Taste sort of lets down on the palate. Very thin bodied for they style, with out the hinting malt sweetness or depth. Quite wet also, with moderate carbonation , but most surprising is how noticeably grainy tasting this is. Tartness is about expected hinting from the nose without too much acid or extreme vinegar sensations.

It has a very distinct nose and decent sense of what might be coming, but the palate just doesn't deliver, the wet grainy taste is a real disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 15:43:13 | More by smakawhat
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for this mini-bottle that was double parked on my wants list for a looong time. Sippy-cup size 375ML bottle, split with my wife.

First there's the matter of the cork, which yielded only after it was tortured with a pliers. The pop is convincing. Pour is ruby red held up to the light, much more than it is any kind of brown. Nose is a slash of sour red fruits, red vinegar, sour but not biting. Almost like a toned-down wine. Like.

Red Poppy marches down the vinous path. The cherries are closer to tart than sour, which is good by me. Oak dries this down to the bone, red wine vinegar. But really the DNA on this is simple: sour cherries. Nice to drink down, this ought to come in bigger bottles. Fo sho.

Lovely sour that's just my speed. Very good beer that's damn close to excellent. My wife has proclaimed it her favorite sour ever...which is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:18:14 | More by maximum12
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, this strikes me immediately as a fruit-ed lambic (and a darn good one) and not a Flemish Red. This is the angle from which I review this.

A: the color of dark cherries, haha! - dead on - brownish-red...only lightly hazy, at first, until dregs were unpreparedly pourn in later (they really should mark on the bottle that it was refermented or on lees - or maybe I should've known)...huge, fizzy, beige head - spongy/foamy/rocky - collapsed rapidly, screaming "infection!"

S: funky, lambic aromas....smells startlingly Belgian...cherry perhaps in there, far in the background

T: tart/sour as heckfire up front, but with a lovely cherry-perfumy-booze and mild, phantomly- chocolaty malt undertone - just super swell....perhaps some woody flavors and rounded-ness and band-aidy phenolics wafting on the edges....essence of cherry lays on the palate long after a healthy sip, nice and mellow

M: has maybe a touch more body than a typical lambic...close, but not quite bone dry, excellent balance between tannic (oaky) roundness and dry tartness...bit of a numbing sensation on the tip on the tongue....slightest tingle

O: wow! fairly impressed. this could easily be mistaken for an authentic Belgian import....they did a fantastic job (surely leaving a little wiggle room for improvement)....the cherries and oak-aging and whatever other special tweaks they did are the x-factor here....probably the most faithful domestic interpretation of a Belgian lambic I've come across (arguably)

on a side note - the name "Red Poppy" seems to conjure up a particular flavor that I didn't find here (lemon poppy seed muffin?!) - has anyone else had a similar thought?

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 07:42:43 | More by Bouleboubier
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Rainblows

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle. Pours an opaque orange brown with only a hint of the red color I expected. A fluffy white head formed in the tulip that lasted without any lacing. Smell is vinegar, funk, oak barrel, cherry. Taste is similar, sour vinegar cherries, funk, vanilla spice and smoothness from the barrels. Very easy to drink for something so sour, great Flanders red. Too bad it's so pricey

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 14:54:46 | More by Rainblows
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kevanb

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Vintage 2012 printed on the bottle, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, very opaque, touches of ruby when struck by the light, a few bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Atop the beer is a finger high, bone colored head, light and fizzy that recedes quickly leaving behind a touch of film and no lacing. The aroma is of pungent sour cherry, barnyard funk, woody oak, light vanilla with touches of brown grain lingering behind. Sour cherry hits the tongue straight away, acidic and vinegary, funk, vanilla, dark, sweet grain with some mild funk coming out. There is a nice amount of barrel character on the tongue leaving behind some pleasant oak flavors that also bring out a touch of char. There is potential for a nice pie filling-esque flavor here, but the acidity and vinegar flavors really hurt this beer. The body is very lively, medium to high carbonation that really dances on the tongue, the finish is rather smooth and moderately dry.

Verdict: A good rendition of a Flanders Red from The Lost Abbey. Certainly not their finest work, but this is sure to satisfy anyone who enjoys a sour beer or who loves cherries.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:22:02 | More by kevanb
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Vintage 2013B. Served in a Chimay Goblet

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with 1 finger of a frothy light tan head. Leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, lactic sourness, and vinegar, with some hints of oak and leather

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Sour cherry, vanilla, tart apple, some bready notes, oak, with a slightly bitter finish. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Another winner from Lost Abbey. This one ranks up there as one of the best American takes on a Flanders Red. Price tag is a bit of a deterrent, but still worth picking up a bottle if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 04:51:32 | More by Jonada
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Great clarity, deep ruby red with shades of brown. Two fingers of large-bubbled, sand colored head settles shortly, but can be revived with a strong swirl. A single delicate ring of lacing is all that remains of the receding head.

S: Tart cherry, oak, brown cocoa, brown bread and pie crust. Faint cinnamon and nutmeg spice scents. Acidic smells of lime and green apple. A complex and well-balanced nose, if not a bit understated.

T: Chocolate covered cherries are the dominant flavor profile. Puckering sour taste with token green apple. Acidic. Chocolate truffles and cocoa powder. Touch of bread crust. Caramel. Drying oak accentuates nicely without becoming overbearing. Finishes with sour cherries, drying oak, and bakers chocolate.

M: Stodgy medium body. Extremely creamy and velvety. Very little carbonation. Delightfully smooth. Luscious. This is one of the best mouthfeels I've ever come across in a sour.

O: Truly one of the most creative and well-executed American-made sours. A deft balancing act, and a delight to drink from start to finish. Wort the price of admission if sours are your thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:08:26 | More by ryan1788a5
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dbc5

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce corked and cage bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: Pours a brown with ruby highlights. Moderate pour yields about a 1 finger cream colored head. Even after receding, a nice froth sticks around on the top of this beer and laces its way down the glass.

S: Definite cherries, but also picking up a surprising amount of the barrel, a burnt character, and even some caramel. The burnt character is a bit strange and throws me off just a bit. Doesn't smell as sour as I was expecting, might even smell more funky than sour. The nose suggests this might not be as dry as some other sours.

T: Cherries are very present and the sourness is far more apparent on the palate than it is on the nose. Do taste some of the vanilla and even a bit of the caramel that was apparent on the nose at the end of this one. As suspected, not as dry as some other sours. Cherries are the standout in this one.

M: Medium to high carbonation, medium body.

O: A really enjoyable beer, and one of the more cherry forward sours I have had. It really showcases the featured ingredient. I could stand for this one being a slight bit drier on the finish, but that is just my personal preference with sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:48:55 | More by dbc5
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dogfishandi

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Grant35 for the bottle!

12.7 oz caged and corked bottle at about fridge temp. "Vintage 2012 C" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours out a nice looking, slightly hazy deep red almost brown color. Very nice ruby red al most pink highlights when held to the light. A rather fizzy off white/ light tan colored head that quickly turned itself into a small ring. No lacing.

Big aromas of tart sour cherries. Only a bit of horsey funk, I definatly expected more, a bit of tart apples. Some rich spicey dark malt comes in as it warms. Maybe a bit of wine.

Very nice tart sour pie cherry flavors, lots of acidic sourness takes over the palate. Kind of a rich dark sugar, dark malt flavor, hint of rich oak, and just hints of horsey funk.

This beer is pretty intensely sour. A very tart sour pie cherry sourness really lingers on and on complimented by a high amount of carbonation.

Definatly one of the better examples of the style. Similar to oude tart. Not super funky, but definatly intensely sour and full of bright cherry flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 23:30:26 | More by dogfishandi
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sfprint

Germany

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Most expensive beer I've bought to date ($20+tax for a 12.7 oz bottle)

Like a dark schwip schwap, a dark dark brown soda with plenty of fast rising carbonation which sustains the head well,.

Sour cherry soda with something i can't put my finger on. And that something is quite neutral for me, neither wonderful or terrible, yet is the base of the scent

Very sour, cherryish, but also some variation on an orange peel. And of course that thing I can't identify...

It magically adds this weird layer of dryness to the tongue.

Different, quality, but I don't jump for joy. Certainly interesting, but I wouldn't pay that much again for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:53:46 | More by sfprint
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BilbosNuts

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 350mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, muddy brown color. A frothy, tan colored had sits on top with great retention. An ample amount of carbonation creates a lively appearance.

S: Sour and tart cherries and lots of funk.

T: Identical to the aroma with a blend of sour and tart cherries. A solid souring effect finishes it off.

M: Light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Definitely has a big puckering effect and leaves a dry finish.

O: This is a solid sour, one of the better ones I've tried. Just solid all around. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 05:29:05 | More by BilbosNuts
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Thank God for Black Friday leftovers. All the beer and none of the annoying crowd! (Still the 5.5oz. pours though.)

Attractive: ruddy red-brown color, murky, with a thick ringlet of off white foam. Aroma was slightly tart and woody, notes of cherry and vinegar. Similar taste, biscuity malt base, light cherry, apricot, decently balanced acetic acid, tart but not quite puckering, slightly woody. Pretty strange that this uses a brown ale base, because it barely resembled a brown ale at this point of its life. Medium body, medium carbonation, drying effect in the aftertaste. Nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 04:09:58 | More by Rifugium
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep candied brown like root beer. The head is large, tan and rocky, but it mellows down to a half fingers width with time, while lacing is droopy and thin. The beers body is clear of sediment with light carbonation bubbles traveling up the sides of the glass. The beer smells much mustier than I expected for the style. Sour hints of cherry and fruit leather are present along with a caramel malt background. Musty funk is definitely present though, and suggests a hint of church basements, and perhaps that of a lost abbey…

The beer tastes largely sour with definite notes of sour cherries, though they are weaker than I would hope for. Caramel malts are present in the background as a faint hint, but the sour cherry funk is the dominant thing. Yeast notes give a slight sour apple and slight barnyard and hay notes, as well as slight buttery notes in the middle of the taste, and the beer is nice to sip slowly. The mouthfeel has strong under-pricklings, but overall the beer is smooth and creamy. The tongue is left slick with saliva and a slight after taste of cherries and sour apples, the middle of the tongue is also dry but sticky. The real star of the mouthfeel, however, is how the beer mellows its own effervescence out into a smooth velvety embrace on your tongue. Overall this is another tasty Flanders red. I didn’t like this as much as Oude Tart, but I think I liked it more than Rodenbach’s Grand Cru. It’s worth a try for sour lovers, and I am very happy to sample a full bottle from The Lost Abbey, though their pricing on the East Coast is a far too much for my budget. Worth a try, but not worth continued sampling.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:48:05 | More by Maxwell
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suspect

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter glass. Big thanks to rocporterfanatic for hooking me UP on this one in the This is Me in a Box BIF.

A: Pours a thick mahogany brown color. Less-than-aggressive pour leads to a fizzy 2 finger head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves a nice thin ring around the outside of the top of the brew. Some lacing but not enough to write home about.

S: The full fledged cherry aroma is obviously numero uno when it comes to the nose. However, the subtle breakdown of the oak barrels really shine through. I'm picking up a bunch of other smells too but I can't really identify them. It's undoubtedly the aroma of a sour but the nose isn't overpowering.

T: Bam. Sour cherries wage a full on assault of the palate. Little fizzies lift the sourness off of my tongue and slam it back down again not stopping, no way no how. This is one sour m-effing beer and I love it! Made me pucker immediately and I went back for more as soon as I could. Again the cherries are the most prevalent flavor but the oak really does add many layers of complexity that I can't entirely pinpoint.

M: Sharp, biting finish makes me stretch out my mouth and chomp my teeth down. Plenty of carbonation (which was somewhat of a concern after reading all of the Lost Abbey complaints).

O: Easily the sourest and tastiest of the Flanders Red Ales I've had (although my experience is limited). It has all the makings of a top tier sour. This one is one that not only am I glad I tried but one that will forever be on my wants list. Thanks again RocPorterFanatic...I am eternally grateful for the chance to drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:58:03 | More by suspect
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter, 2012 vintage

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown/amber color with almost three fingers of head.

S: Lots of sour cherries upfront with subtle vanilla and some caramel sweetness.

T: Much more complex than the aroma. Sour cherries are still upfront with moderate lactic sourness mixed with plums and clove. A bit of vanilla sweetness in the background.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O: A great Flanders Red - a very nice lactic sourness balanced by dark fruit and vanilla sweetness with a great sour cherry taste. I could use a bit less sourness, but this has been sitting for some months now.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:35:46 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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jegross2

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey out of California.
Score: 93

Bottle is from the March 2012 release. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark rosewood color that fades to a ruby color at the bottle of the glass. Three fingers of soapy, light beige head at pour settles to a thin foggy layer atop the glass with a thick clump of head in the middle. I am shocked a Lost Abbey beer has this much carbonation! Average lacing, below average retention. 4/5

Smell: Slightly tart cherries, oak, plum and a little vinegar. Hint of cinnamon. There is a touch of plastic at the end of the whiff. From the bottle, I can distinctly smell candied raspberries too, but out of the snifter the raspberry aroma is extremely faint. Hint of bakers chocolate too. I was expecting a much more "sour" nose. 4.25/5

Taste: OK, there is the sourness! The taste is much more tart than the nose led on. Sharply tart and acidic cherry flavor with a light plastickiness in the finish. Plum, oak, cocoa, candied sugar and tart vinegar follow through the finish. The cherry flavor really lingers past the swallow on the middle of the tongue. There is a nice, layering pucker. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus bodied. Tart, juicy mouthfeel that is slightly sweet and faintly dry after the swallow. 4.25/5

Overall: I had very low expectations for this beer, but walked away surprisingly satisfied. Drinks like a pucker-inducing cherry gueuze. Still, there are plenty of other beers, most of which are 22+ oz, that I would rather have for the price.

Recommendation: If you like cherries and tart gueuzes, then this beer is up your alley. I doubt casual beer drinkers will enjoy this much.

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $17.99 for a 375 ml bottl

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:31:02 | More by jegross2
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo for their Night with Tomme Arthur before the Belgian Beer Festival. $7 for a 12oz pour in a tulip (not bad considering most stores in Boston sell it for $18+/bottle). Reviewed from notes.

A- Opaque brownish cherry red with about a finger of reddish brown head that fades to leave a still top.

S- Cherries, some raspberries and other fruits, some brown sugar, fairly tart but not nearly as tart as I was expecting.

T- Cherries, raspberries and other fruits, a tiny bit of oak which is mostly hidden from the cherries, finishes off with a decent tartness, nothing too crazy though.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a little bit light, smooth, very easy to drink, nice carbonation.

O- I haven't had too many Flanders Red, but I would probably say this is my favorite so far. It had a nice cherry flavor that finished with a decent tartness that wasn't overly tart. If you like cherries and sours I would definitely recommend trying this beer out. A little bit pricey from the bottle, but definitely worth the $7 for a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 18:44:18 | More by jaasen64
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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2012B. Approximately four months old.

A: Fizzy-brief tan head. The beer is mahogany and translucent.

S: Gentle scents. Wood ageing is not lost on the nose. Lightly tart, vinegar-sour, and pleasantly fruity-sweet.

T: Oh damn. This is good. This is great. This is delicious. Complex and multi-layered. There are three waves of flavour...the first is tart and puckery, heavy on fruit; the second is mature vinegar sharpness, reminiscent of a nice balsamic, carrying the oak barrel influence; the third is a lingering and enduring acidity that is my least favourite, if only because it reminds me distinctly of olives. Lightly dry and always engaging.

M: Lively, tart, puckery, smooth, sharp, and dry. All told, a wild ride.

O: I'm not huge on sour ales, but this one is excellent. The sour cherry gives the first half of the flavour an addicting taste that leaves me wanting more. The latter half of the flavour tempers this, with a more moderate, developed flavour profile. Recommended. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 05:20:47 | More by AgentMunky
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark ruby/brown with a 2 finger light tan head. A few large blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Light chocolate malts, sour cherries, slight vinegar and funk.

T- Chocolate malt, faint roast, sour/tart cherries, some vinous notes, and some bready notes.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry beer that gives a tingly feeling from the sourness.

O- 6/10 sourness. Very good Flanders Red. Not as sweet and a little more sour than others of the style I have had. Worth it to try once but not one I would buy again because of the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 01:30:55 | More by kawilliams81
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Drinkerofales

California

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won from the giving tree during Christmas in July.

The brew is dark brown, almost soda colored in appearance. A huge tan head forms over the beer, which also has tom garnet/plum highlights.

Smells funky and of extremely tart fruit.

Taste starts out with a light malt which gives way to the tart cherry. The finish, is a bit off putting with a strange bitter flavor.

Texture is light and bubbly. Not a great drinkability, but goes down well.

I don't get the strange finish, if not for that, I would have liked the beer.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 10:34:02 | More by Drinkerofales
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n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a brownish-red with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of tart and sour fruit up front followed by funky farmhouse aromas. There are sweet candy sugar notes as well.

T: lots of sour and tart flavors here with fruity and funky notes dominating. The finish is tart and slightly sweet.

M: light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and dry.

O: a good beer overall. Not extremely complex, but enjoyable and thankfully carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:45:27 | More by n2185
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inandon

Massachusetts

1.15/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looking over the reviews I do not know if I just got a bad bottle or what.

the smell itself is over powering. It had a tart, sweet and strong smell to it.

First sip there was too much going on. I love tart and sour in candy but this beer was unlike anything I have ever tasted.This went right down the drain after I had it. It does have lemon and other citrus flavor to it, but it is a malt with way too many strong flavors that all seem to over power one another.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 19:18:18 | More by inandon
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Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage, 12.7oz bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - A vigorous pour revealed a finger of large bubble cola colored head which quickly fell. Body is clear but a deep amber in color with tons of red, almost to a purple color. No lacing.

S - Super tart on lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry. There is a nice sweetness that comes through. Cherries and raspberries. Very nice.

T - Tons more funk on the tongue. Grapefruit rind. Cherries of course along with some lemon. Super sour with almost no sweetness to it.

M - A thick body and moderate carbonation. Ok.

O - Pretty good beer. Would like to see a bit more sweetness to it to compliment the tart and funk.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:04:53 | More by RuckusDu
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