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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1419
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%

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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Photo of sfoley333


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taster at the release in a small port wine glass. It was suppose to be on tap but for some reason this one was from a bottle. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with white head nice lacing.( the guy next to me had a clear reddish brown, guessing I got a sample from towards the bottom of the bottle) Nose is sour cherry with Lost Abbey funk and hint of malt and oak. Taste is smooth in fact very smooth for a sour. Nice balance with cherries that are both sour and tart, malt sweetness, and mild dry oak finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with a good carbonation level and dryness. This is a great drinking Oud Bruin very easy to drink for the style and very balanced and layered. Bravo

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 05:50:27 | More by sfoley333
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle of Red Poppy Ale courtesy of IntriqKen, Thanks Ken!

12.7oz caged/corked bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - clear, reddish-brown color with a light beige head that stayed as a layer all the way through.

S - sour cherry and oak.

T - sour cherry flavor upfront is smoothed out with a woody oak flavor, very dry bitterness on the finish.

F - silky smooth.

D - a very special treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 21:26:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of DrJay


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this bottle in a recent trade.
This one poured a hazy, sort of murky, reddish orange with a smattering of soapy bubbles. A thin, fine cap appeared as CO2 slowly came out of solution and this finally settled into a thin collar. Some spotty, short-lived lacing clung to the glass and there was a slow, steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface throughout. Tart, fruity aroma of freshly picked berries still unwashed, cherry skins and mild vinegar. Quite earthy, with notes of tobacco and musty hay. Some bread and oak were present too. The taste was fruity and tart up front, a mixture of lactic sourness and just a bit of vinegar, with a raspberry quality yet more of a cherry flavour. This gave way to brown sugar and bread, plus a hint of toffee and chocolate towards the end. The occasional flash of vanilla appeared as well. Earthy notes of tobacco and berry skins, with just a bit of oak flavour, added some depth. Lingering, tart finish. Medium bodied with a bit of a sugary texture and lingering dryness from the oak tannins. Carbonation was average, perhaps a little on the high side. Highly drinkable, but definitely worth savouring. Great balance, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 00:52:15 | More by DrJay
Photo of hopdog


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One of those smaller ones that make it look like you are getting more than you are...

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of cherries, wood, some funkiness, leather, and caramel. Tastes of wood, cherries, fruity, and lightly funky. Lighter sour and tart finish.

Notes from 3/5/08

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:37:51 | More by hopdog
Photo of antilogic


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taster @ LA Barrel Tasting Night II. Tomme said the version we had was not as sour as the 2009 release will be. Too bad, I thought it was fantastic as is.

Hazy red/brown color with a minimal white head. Smell was of cherry, oak, fruits and a slight sour funk. Slightly sour, but well balanced and very drinkable. I quite enjoyed it and will do my best to get my share next release..

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 05:31:45 | More by antilogic
Photo of HopHead84


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured into my Russian River tulip, the beer is a dark copper with a red tint. As I expected, a tiny head is the result of a vigorous pour and there is no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly sweet and dominated by sour cherries, with some lactic acid and barnyard characteristics. The aroma denotes a mild tartness. Some plum and chocolate notes are evident, as well as currants. The flavor is much like the aroma. The black cherry flavor is pervasive. The beer is minimally sour and fairly tart. The lactic acid is noticeable. The chocolate is subdued and the plum is present. The finish is dry, crisp, slightly sweet, and tart with cherry flavor.

Red Poppy is medium bodied with medium carbonation. It is light on the palate and dry. Astringency is low.

A great representation of the style. I can't believe this stuff comes out of San Marcos. I prefer this vintage to the first, though the Double Cherry Red Poppy is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 05:58:27 | More by HopHead84
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood BBQ for breaking this one out.

Pours a clear red/brown color with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of tart cherries with good amounts of oak and funk. As it warms the tartness becomes even more pronounced.

Tastes great. Tart cherries flavors up front turn into very tart cherry flavors midway through the sip. Also present is a good amount of oak and a lot of dryness. This beer is on the threshold of being too much but as it stands it's perfect.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could sip on these for a long time.

Overall this was a very good representation of the style and one I'm happy to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:28:07 | More by glid02
Photo of Stigs


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured with about half an inch of loose & bubbly dark khaki foam which quickly fell to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the ber is a hazy ruby color with some floating sediment.

S - filled the room after the cork popped. the smell is of very strong tart cherries, vinegar, and oak. simple, but wonderful. had to go back and give this a 5, as i've been sniffing it for a good 20+ minutes before every sip.

T - fantastic balance. an initial cherry sweetness turns to tart, sour, vinegar, caramel, then a very drying oak. finishes with a lingering sourness and cherries.

M - just a bit over carbonated and distracting. body is medium, and very prickly, nice and dry but almost to a fault.

D - a wonderfully crafted brew...simple, yet elegant. has all the characteristics of the style and pulls them off. just wish it didnt leave my mouth feeling like sandpaper, though i cant stop sipping it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:32:00 | More by Stigs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever-generous viggo for the share. Been after this one for a while.

My pour came from the second half of the bottle and benefitted from a good shot of yeast. The disparity between the initial pours and the latter was stark, with the former having a crystal clear mahogany appearance and the latter adding a new level to murky. A thing film of a head keeps up shop for the duration. Sweet fruit vinegar nose mixes with a lactic sourness. Before the addition of the yeast this struck me as a highly drinkable flanders, but lacking in the sourness I love in the style - the dregs of the bottle more than remedied this. Very prominent fruit vinegar sourness, cherries, raspberry, demerera sugar and lemon. Really complex, and nicely-balanced. Medium-light body makes this one very drinkable.

A great example of the style, and deservedly up with the best. I can't really fault this beer on any count - thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 14:44:33 | More by bobsy
Photo of Knapp85


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a real gem, I had been hunting this one down for a while now, thanks to the spinnerstown hotel for helping me out with this one. I ordered a bottle that I debated over for a while and finally gave in.

The beer was uncorked by the bartender Jack, who did a nice job with it. The beer poured out as a murky brownish red color that looked quite interesting. The head was white and fizzy, it vanished shortly after the pour. It was a very bubbly beer with loads of carbonation with every sip.

The aromas were of fresh tart fresh cherries, fresh cut wood, and several intense spices in the blend of smells coming out of this beer. The flavors were similar in the same respect. The cherries came first and they bite the tongue and hold on for a while. The wood comes through in the aftertaste leaving a really smooth natural fresh flavor on the pallet. Mouthfeel is very good too!

This beer was worth the wait, I am not even a fan of sour ales but this one far beyond any I've had in the passed. Really nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 05:09:18 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Adrianized


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:57:08 | More by Adrianized
Photo of spicelab


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to mulder1010.

Dark ruby red, tending towards a muddy brown with the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A few bubbles of carbonation.

Super refined nose of cherries and roses, with distinctive musty, lactic notes providing endless curiosity.

Similar flavours with some acetone, nail-polish character which is present at levels that work well with the perfumy and cherry flavours.

Straightforward and totally inoffensive medium mouthfeel. Seems pretty well perfect for the style.

Great beer. Has an elegant simplicity but oozes class and intrigue at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:22:08 | More by spicelab
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Raul is trying, Raul is trying to say something, but he can't. Like watching Renoir's "The Rules of the Game", Raul is ineffable - pure beauty! Before, with Flanders Red Ales, Raulsky got that vinegar feel - but not with this bad sucker. Pure goodness. Like Christy Brinkley during the 90's - yes please!

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:56:55 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Kegatron


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

12.7 oz corked & caged bottle into a Russian River Tulip.

Pours a hazy dark ruby (I said the hell with it and dumped the yeast in to) that possesses some lighter shades towards the bottom. The heads stands about 1 ½ fingers tall and seems pretty effervescent with an off-white color. As the glass settles I can actually see bits of cherry skin mixed in with the yeast at the bottom. A thin, creamy layer of retention skims the surface and sticks around pretty solidly at about a ½ finger or so. This just doesn't budge and flairs up nicely, leaving behind a fantastic looking cascade of lace when swirled. The aroma is a blast of cherries and tart Brett notes that are followed by a fairly pungent flush of astringent oak character.

The taste is tart cherry character that is accentuated by an additional crisp bite of Brett, with more oak notes coming out towards the end. It finishes with nice lingering notes of sourness that impart a dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while not possessing a ton of carbonation, still has more of a slick feel to it that really helps move all of that tart character around across the palette.

This is a very nice and well crafted offering here. While I understand that this may have lost some of its' cherry freshness from when it was first brewed, the character still seemed quite pungent to me and worked well the Brett to create a mix that was more refreshing tartness than sour. Another tasty work of art from Tomme and company at the Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 18:21:52 | More by Kegatron
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle popped open from the latest 2009 release. Looks like I may be the first to review the 2009 batch. Had it on tap at the brewery but was too busy enjoying it. Drinking it while reviewing.

Poured into my Russian River Barrel Beers tulip. While pouring there was no head, even while pouring a little harder. Appearance is a nice red with amber tints to it.

Smells of sour cherries and bret funkyness. The cherries really come through. Smells great.

Taste is wonderful. I am not a huge fan of sours but this may very well be my gateway sour. Nice cherry/tart balance. Tart hits the tip and especially the sides of the tounge. The cherries and the malt hit the back of the tounge. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little low on the carbonation than I expected but the malt balance with the other things going on in the beer is great.

Drinkability. I could drink this alot. Will drink many bottles of this. I had last years release and it was not that great but this year is a winner. Glad I went to go pick some up. Thanks Lost Abbey!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:58:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of Douglas14


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I probably would have rated this beer higher but it was flat when I poured it...the cork didn't pop...unfortunate for me, nevertheless, still an awesome beer.

It has an increaibly dark reddish-brown color with lots of dark red coming through. I even have what looks like a chunk of a cherry flaoting around in my glass...ill make sure to fish it out at the end. The taste is awesome. It's got a nice balance between sourness and maltiness, the latter coming through more in the end. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 21:33:34 | More by Douglas14
Photo of SpdKilz


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

Appearance - Pours into my Russian River Tulip with an absolute ruddy brown/mahogany color. There was an initial "POP" which put to rest my fears of "Flat Abbey". There is about a finger of off white head that honestly has stayed there for well over 10 minutes as I let the beer warm up a bit. It is leaving great looking lacing.

Smell - The beer is a couple feet away and the aroma, as it warms up, is very clear. I love when I can smell a beer when it is sitting a ways away. Lots of earthy funk, barnyard, wet hay, massive oak tannis and dark cherries. This smells great, and finishes with even more must.

Taste - Okay, I admit, I rip on LA beers from time to time. I still think the price is high for the beer. However, this beer has a great taste. An immediate tart, puckering dark sour cherry flavor is experienced. Damn, there really is just such amazing cherry flavor. I freaking am really enjoying this. The flavor is relatively dominate, but there is some nice barnyard funk, a hint of must (not as much as the nose), the brett, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, decent carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability - For how expensive this beer was, my glass emptied faster than I wanted. Color me impressed. I will have to get another of these and split it with my brother-in-law. I think he would enjoy the amazing cherry flavor as much as I did. Now to try a Cuvee de Tomme...hopefully that will impress me too!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:57:27 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Arenbeer


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

12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass at fridge temp.

2011 Vintage

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a 1 finger frothy off white head with tons of small bubbles. Plenty of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing but some pretty decent legs on the side of the glass for only %5.

S- Strong cherry notes up front with hints of apple, funk, and musty wet wood.

T- Just like the aroma. Sour tart cherries dominate, granny smith like flavor, slight vinegar and Brett. In the finish you get oak and vanilla flavors that compliment the beer very nicely and provide a tasty finish.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice sour finish.

Worth every penny.


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 18:57:07 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of Bmoyer0301


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


Tonight I am using but of course, my Lost Abbey snifter that was an amazing gift from my wife. I have seen all kinds of glasses for beer, wine, and liquors but this one is the coolest that I have ever some across with its flowing curves and odd shaped bulb. I pulled the tiny cork and caged bottled out of the fridge a few minutes early so that I could let it warm up just a bit to try and pull out more aromas. After unwinding the wire cage I gave a tug on the cork and it slipped out with no stress or strain with a little pop at the finish. The pour was pretty smooth and uneventful which left me with a one finger thick cream colored prickly head that crackled with anger. As I hold my glass up to the light I am getting deep plum and ruby red colors that are hazy and yet so full of tiny bubbles. On a viscosity check there is just a faint amount of head that is clinging to my glass walls and overall it seems pretty thin.


Wow, this baby is acidic! Sharp acid and vinegar hits your nostrils right up front followed by cherry pie and grassy funky nuances. Almost reminds me of some weird cheeses that I had when I was over in England and not that its a bad thing its just a strange descriptor for a beer. The final huge component of this beer is the oak, and it sitting bright and clear right behind of the funk giving some homemade furniture store qualities to the aroma.


This is another one of those beers where you need to see my face while I am taking the first sip. I think the sourness caught me off guard a little bit and made me almost wince on the initial sip. Again cherries and oak are the front and center here followed by some musty undertones that are almost moldy but are quite delicious. Vanilla and some slight spice that is maybe coming from the wood are really pushing through as my glass warms up. I am finding myself licking my lips after ever sip because it is just so damn good and refreshing. In the finish is just so dry on the palate and quick moving across your taste buds and when you swallow it just seems to draw you back for another sip.


Boy oh boy am I glad that I have a few more of these because I know that they are only going to be better better with some age. This was a real treat for me today and was a perfect dessert for my Easter dinner. When it comes to sours this is where it is at, a great balance between tart and sweet and dry refreshing flavors. This is one of those beers I am going to say that you need to try and hunt down and fast! Go! Leave now and good luck on your search because when it hits the shelf's it usually is sold out quick. Maybe you can find a generous beer trader out there somewhere

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 18:33:25 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces


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

this is an exceptional beer and underrated particularly for such a competitive category.

A: Huge carbonation, three finger head that climbs and subsides gradually, dark red, dried blood with orange amber hues at the edges, head sits with hold like a rootbeer float

S: sour cherries, sweet nose, a bit of a funkiness, a bit of the cork with a woodiness

T: the sour cherry is very pronounced, it is very light on the palate with a bittering grape skin flavor, flavor passes quickly with intensy layers, tart pomegranate sweetness to it, the sweetness is like a cherry jolly rancher for a moment and the bitterness overtake quickly

M: very thin and refreshing, easy to drink for any occassion, if not price prohibitive, an excellent session beer that doesnt overddry the palate despite all the tart notes, taste hits hard on the frontend and leaves with little resides or coating in the mouth.

D: very drinkable, perhaps session is a bit strong but certainly 2 or 3 would be reasonable, if you enjoy the tartness and wild ale character, you could drink this all day given the abv and the lack of weight to the beer. The average consumer might not be on board with this style but I find it to be refreshing with bright notes.

Narrative: They huddled in the cold dark holding cell, awaiting release "You number 34724?" A tense overseer inquires. He nodded with trepidation, awaiting the release, and at just that moment the cork gateway was opened, releasing him and his cherry bretheren, sour and full of misgivings upon the awaiting masses. "DONT GET CAUGHT ON THE FRONT LINE, WE ARENT HERE FOR SWEET" He had been told this many times, the initial sweet sentry tastebuds fell effortlessly under his tart scimitar. With an aerialists grace he imparted sweet blood on the front gates of the toungegrounds, charging directly to the back. This smash and grab had been rehearsed time and time again within the confines of his 6 month conditions, directly to the bitter, hit the sour and escape. With rote skill and a pike jump the bitter taste faction was seamlessly integrated, their sensory necks broken, neurons lithely hitting the ground as the tary cherry warrior continued his flay into the dark abyss. His job was done. The tart was communicated and his purpose was served.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 07:20:44 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:05:57 | More by kbnooshay
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New Jersey

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

A: Gorgeous deep red color with a thin vanilla head that sticks around for the entirety of the glass leaving a beautiful cascade of lacing that slowly falls back to the drink.

S: Smells strong of cherries almost like a cherry pie with some vinegar, oak, and wet hay.

T: Tart sour cherries, vanilla, oaky tannins, and vinegar. The flavor of sour cherries lingers on the pallet for quite awhile.

M: Almost champagnesque, definitely one of the more carbed sours I've had but I really enjoy it.

O: <3333

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:25:15 | More by ixodus
Photo of BilbosNuts


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
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

375ml bottle for $16, poured into a 10 oz snifter.

A: Dark and opaque with a light tan 1 finger head with modest retention and great lacing.

S: Sour grapes and sour cherries, heavy on the cherries, not too funky, acidity with citrus notes, really nice.

T: Sour grapes and cherries true to the nose, not too heavy on the cherries, can't really pick out any oak notes, fruity sweetness and acidity lingers, very nice but could have emphasized the oak and cherries more.

M: A tad over-carbonated, but smooth and coats the tongue, not too dry not too wet, pretty good.

O: I really enjoyed this, probably wouldn't buy again for the price though. It isn't on the level of Supplication, but it's a good AWA.

Serving type: bottle

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