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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,568 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 510
Gots: 482 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 375 mL bottle.

Pours a murky dark ruby brown with a thin dense cream head that fades to a thick collar and minimal lace. Aroma of oak, light vinegar, apple sauce, tart cherry; pleasant blend of acid and sweet. Flavor is oaky and mildy cherry and vanilla sweet through the body before a strong acidic sourness builds long into the finish. Medium thick body with light carbonation. A little too harsh and acidic in the finish, but a nice oak and fruit presence otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:24:21 | More by yourefragile
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jonvan04

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma had the expected Brett notes along with some fig and green apple. The flavor was intense in a good way, some dark fruit flavors mixed with a decent amount of funk along with some fig and plum flavors. The mouthfeel left you with a thick coating of sourness on the tongue that lingered after it goes down. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer, however at over $20 for a 12.7 ounce bottle I don't know if I'd pick one of these up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:41:08 | More by jonvan04
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KBennall

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-07-2012 05:51:25 | More by KBennall
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-06-2012 22:24:23 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2012 20:39:19 | More by Texasfan549
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2012 17:28:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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raynmoon

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very deep ruby red/ brown with a really off white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Reminds me of champagne.

It smells like a nice Flanders Sour. It's nice a tart smelling. A lot of cherry and balsamic notes. Very dark sweetness.

Right away, the carbonation coats your mouth very nicely. A lot of fizzy bubbles. So far this is right out of the fridge, and the complexity isn't quite there, but is probably being held back because of the cold. There is a decent sourness, but nothing really that tart. Kind of tastes like a light, carbonated red wine.

When it is slightly warmer the sourness starts to creep in.
This beer isn't exactly complex, or make you jump out of your seat, but I find myself wanting to keep going back and sipping.

Good beer though. Better than there Duchesse.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 04:21:06 | More by raynmoon
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HopsJunkiedotcom

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-05-2012 23:29:18 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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nickfl

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-04-2012 18:44:46 | More by nickfl
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle and was rather amazed it was still on the shelf. Score. Poured from corked 375mL bottle to Cuvel tulip the beer pours a dark amber brown, opaque and cloudy. The red tones of the amber are highlighted in the edges in the light. 2 finger off-white/tan head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of sour, oak, vinegar, funk, dark fruits, and tart apple. Blended well together the aroma is appealing. Similarly the flavor begins with an oaky funk at first that develops to a tart, slightly sour, vinegar cherry sweetness. Mildly bitter and well balanced. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes tart and sweet with a lingering full palette sour. Very good. Overall, the price tag has kept me at bay for years but I am glad to have pulled the trigger finally. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 15:37:07 | More by hopfacebrew
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

okay, so I got ripped off on this bottle. $25 ooofff.

A-murky reddish brown with almost zero head.

S-lots of oak and cherry followed by a pit fruit and raisin/prune smell. Sweet with a nice tartness to it.

T-tart cherries hit first with then a nice dose of oak and pruniness. almost like a bitterness in there too, almost chocolate like. Well done but again, a Rodenbach would do just fine at $7 a 750ml.

M-medium bodied with nice carbonation. very easy drinking.

Overall I really enjoy this one but the pricetag just really sucked. Not the breweries fault.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:19:39 | More by danedelman
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-02-2012 14:21:12 | More by hoppymcgee
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Poppy '12
375ml
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Murky reddish brown color on the pour. Better carbonation that I expected and had read about. Nice little pop on the cork. And I did get a nice little head out of it.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Crap apples. Funk. Cherries. Typical

T: A good amount of tartness on the front of the palate. Then you get that apple cider vinegar flavor, but after having the Rodenbach Vintage '09 it wasn't as much. It's a nice dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 13:39:22 | More by inlimbo77
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-02-2012 05:16:01 | More by mhaugo
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cork caged 375 from the 2012 vintage into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark, slightly murky brown. When held to the light it reveals a deep redish fading into amber around the edges. Pours a nice two finger khaki head that dissapates nicley and leavs a little bit of lacing.

S: a very complex, very inviting aroma, oak and sour funk, light hints of red wine vinegar, tart fruit aromas of dark cherry, along with hints of sour green apple, kiwi? And pear. Again a very very. Implied and Inviting nose with all the aromas playing together very nicley.

T: taste does not dissapoint, as complex and intriguing as the nose. The taste actually follows it quite closely. Funk and oak upfront, blending into a very light vinegar touch burried beneath a very nice sour cherry flavor, cherry skins, I also get tart apple and pear, particularly in the finish. The sour/sweetness works perfectly here with the oak. A beatiful display of intermingling flavors.

M: medium mouthfeel with a nice medium tight bubble carbonation, has a very nice lush and almost fluffy mouthfeel, carbonation is spot on for the brew. A bit tart and dry on the finish, with a bit of tannins, I'm guessing from the cherry skins and oak.

O: one of my favorite sours. Displaying a beautiful display of well balanced complexities that become more and more inviting
With each sip and whiff of the glass.... Love it!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:40:56 | More by PeterIngemi
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2beerdogs

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-01-2012 19:11:09 | More by 2beerdogs
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-01-2012 14:03:44 | More by wdarcy77
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bvdubn

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-01-2012 01:56:15 | More by bvdubn
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-29-2012 23:10:58 | More by CADMixes
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-29-2012 21:08:52 | More by Agold
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shleepy

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 375 bottle into snifter glasses at City Beer in San Francisco. Writing based on 3-week-old notes.

A: Chocolate brown. Medium off-white head with decent retention.

S: Oak, Brett funk, cherries, chocolate / mocha. Pretty aromatic.

T: Fresh cherries, dipped in chocolate and gingerbread crumbs. The sourness and oak appear after the initial flavors. Clean finish.

M: Fizzy and decently carbonated. Fairly light-bodied.

O: Very solid, and I'm not usually a huge Lost Abbey fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:09:12 | More by shleepy
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-28-2012 23:20:03 | More by jwat
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review No. 450

12.7oz corked & caged 2012 vintage bottle, poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Hazy, turbid pond-water brown, hints of blood red...initially a good off-white/yellowish head but it fizzles quickly away...not much lacing...carbonation appears good.

S: Tart cherry, red apples, hints of funk and vinegar, dark fruit, and some vinous notes.

T: Plenty of tart cherry notes but it isn't overwhelming...carbonation does a fine job of cleansing the palate...pretty tasty, and almost balanced...cherry, tartness, touch of lactic sour, funk, lemon, hint of oak.

MF: Tart, moderate-to-light mouthfeel, this thing is well carbed and feels light and refreshing.

O: A really nice beer, and pretty drinkable for the style; not too tart or overwhelmingly sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:01:28 | More by Scotchboy
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-26-2012 00:41:46 | More by Schlais
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Ajax84

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-22-2012 16:58:27 | More by Ajax84
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.