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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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562 Reviews
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Reviews: 562
Hads: 1,850
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 570
Gots: 571 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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.

The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.
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Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

2014 bottle, opened October 2014

A - Wow, what a beautiful looking beer. Deep, bright cranberry ice tea body. Creamy yellowed-paper head pours 2 fingers high, with great retention and lace for the style.

S - Fantastic. Bold green apple, caramel, bread crust, peaches, wild flowers, and lemon.

T - Tingly sour with bright lemon, brown sugar, tart apple cider, pumpernickel bread, green grapes, sharp black cherries, and soft white oak.

M - Outstanding carbonation with a crisp, medium frame.

O - A stellar example of one of my favorite styles.

4.63 Red Poppy
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.30 4.75 4.52 10%
S - 4.66 4.66 4.75 4.69 20%
T - 4.70 4.50 4.50 4.57 40%
M - 5.00 4.90 4.50 4.80 10%
O - 4.70 4.70 4.60 4.67 20%

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, 12.7oz, corked & caged. The beer is clear, dark rusty colored, with no head at all. As I drank it I noticed the carbonation was really light too, not sure if the carbonation fell off with 1 year of age.

The beer smells just about perfect, so strong and funky. Both tart cherries and barnyard wild notes, but mainly the sour seems to come from the cherries. Only a hint of vinegar, so much better than other oud bruins I've had in terms of that. And it only gets better when I taste it. Very fruity and sour, basically fermented cherry juice with some brett. If I'd tried this 2-3 years ago I might have objected to the pucker-inducing sourness but now I've come to crave this attribute. This is bracing and pungent, massive in aroma and flavor.

The real downside for me is the low carbonation. Lost Abbey's struggles with carbonation have been well documented in their strong beers, but their sour beers have usually been fine. In this case I'm guessing it's the age, and it really doesn't hurt the drinking experience all that much. The light body seems to suit the style, very drinkable. This will be on my eternal wants list, and I'll actively trade for it each year it's released.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300

2010 bottle served in a De Ranke tulip

pours dark murky brown with hints of copper. light creme head, very light retention.

light cherry upfront with strong hints of sourness and vinegar. light oak. dry smell. very clean.

light sourness up front. light hints of vinegar and oak kick in. a nice cherry flavor begins to finish this off with the brown ale completing the finish. great cherry flavor!

nice moderate carbonation. slight dryness. cherry flavor lingers on the teeth and mouth.

very well done. not too much of anything, anywhere. tons of flavor and complexity, but balanced. cost could be a bit less, and this would be a 5.0.

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Photo of m1ked
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure to wait in line, and have a taster at the release. I waffled whether I should get the $3 taster, or $8 pint. I went with the taster and I am glad I did. It is an excellant sipping beer, so I think a whole pint would have been overload, for me. Great time at the release though. Cracked one open last night to share with my oenophile wife.

A- Light orangey/brown. Like weak coffee or ice tea appearance. Nearly no head that quickly dissipates.

S- Bright & tart sour cheeries, with a hint of orange. Light wood, slight phenol at the end.

T- Tart, sour cherries, tangy wood, sour cherries, and sour cherries.

M- Thin. Quickly slides off my tongue, light carbonation. Makes my salivary glands work overtime.

D- If you enjoy this style, or sour in general this is a great brew. 1 bottle is definetly enough for me. I think this would pair excellent with food.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter

A - A clear red body with a slightly off white head. The red body is very deep and ruby like. The head bubbles and dies quickliy.

S - Bright cherries up front that fade to deep dark cherries in the back and a medium strength oakiness develops in the middle of the nose. There is a nice level of funk detected in the front, middle and back which hint at a sourness and some yeast funk in the taste of the brew.

T & M & D - The taste is very much like the nose. There are bursts of cherries in the front of the beer with some puckering tartness and some sour funk. Then the sugars come through mellowing out the tartness adn introducing a sweet cherry note. Then the oak kicks in on the back and mellows both tart and sweet to finish smooth on the palate. A depth of flavor and a complex taste profile make this a great beer to explore. The body is a light on the palate and carbination is detected throughout despite the lack of head.

O - A fantastice beer. The flavor profile is amazing as it explores tart, funk, sour, sweet, oak, and dark cherry all in one mouthful. Enjoy this beer!


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Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Pours a cloudy raisin brown with a pretty active head that settles to a light tan lacing and white powdery looking bubbles.

Smell of strong sour cherry , raisins, oak and vinegar
Taste of a great strong tartness / sour cherry , brown sugar, oak barrels and vinegar. There is a high level of carbonation from champagne yeast I presume, and a thicker than I was expecting mouthfeel. This is great stuff, unfortunately only 12.7 oz which is all too easy to drink. I like being able to get a smaller sized bottle, just can hope it will one day be more readily available.

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Photo of boralyl
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 375ml bottle. The beer pours a very dark red with some brown present. It produces a big light reddish-tan head that has excellent retention.

S - The aroma smells great. Vanilla, oak, cherries, light vinegar and some sourness. There is a lot going on in the nose.

M - Light in body with sharp carbonation. It has a very dry finish.

T - Sour cherries up front followed by some oak and vinegar. Sourness takes over the end and seems to cling to the insides of your mouth. After your palate adjusts to the sourness trace amounts of vanilla also appear in the finish.

This is a very good American sour. There is a lot of complexity that makes this a great beer. The only sticking point is the price. I'd rather go for some Russian River Supplication which is several dollars cheaper and slightly better.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour delight! Wow this ale pours a murky reddish/amber/brown with enormous head, pillowy soft, very bubbly. Nose is simply enormous, rich, tantalizing, and full of sour cherries & bready/yeasty stuff. Wild sour cherries on the palate, some Belgian estery qualities, and a nice sour finish. Good body too, and drinkable. Wow, love this one except for the price, and fortunately for the Lost Abbey that isn't a review criterion.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muled back from my LA trip! This is #BOTG 43! Poured from bottle into 512 Farmhouse glass. Pours a very hazy brown/reddish color. nice fluffy head fills the glass, an offwhite color. Smell- tart cherries, sour cherry pie, a little bit of a salty aroma as well. Layers of cherries and sugar in the aroma. Taste- hot dr pepper! a nice tart and funky blast of cherries, puckering sour at the end. The tight carbonation makes for a dry finish. Some horse blanket funk coils with the tart sweetness from the cherries. There are layers of flavor with this, its wonderful. One of the better Flanders styles I've ever had.

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Photo of jow_42
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A - pours a ruby reddish, murky, brownish color. One finger of off white head, lots of carb, lots of bubbles in the glass.

S - Tons of cherries. Very cherry forward. Little bit of tartness, funk, little bit of the wet horse blanket. Woody, oak from the barrel. Tart cherries.

T - Tart cherries up front, but not overly sour. Vineous, there are vinegar notes, you get the oak from the barrels. Little bit of funkiness, again, the horse blanket. Very light, dry finish.

O - an awesome sour. I wish it were a little more sour than it was, but the cherries are great. The price point is a little high for a 375ml bottle. I'd recommend trading for this one for sure.

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Photo of pfhanlon
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours as a dark amber and mahogany with athick head of tan foam. Decent retention but eventually subsides to a fairly thick ring around the rim. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S - A complex mix of smells including malt and a strong cherry aroma from the bottle. Less fruity in the glass.

T - More malty character on the backend which slides into a slightly sour finish.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Slick watery mouthfeel with wonderful carbonation.

O - A well balanced and executed ale.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle picked up in the greater San Diego area, unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - dark brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), carbonation was a fizzy brown head on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , minor alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of pungent sour (especially vinegar) notes admixed with those brown ale roastiness

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, the sour is not overwhelming - tastes a bit like stale bread; in the middle of the mouth, some of the cherry and vinous qualities start to rear their head from the oak aging; the 5.5% ABV is present but certainly not overwhelming in the taste; really a nice balance of malt and sourness!

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-high bodied and appropriately carbonated for an American wild ale

O: 9/10 - another solid offering from The Lost Abbey; I think that they picked it up spot on with the combination of brown ale and sour cherry flavors; I picked up a bottle on a recent trip to San Diego and wish that I had about three more...definitely recommended!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sent by from AleWatcher. Reviewed completely blind.

This one was a C&C 375ml bottle marked "w/GF Drink last. Tulips." Ohh boy!
A- This poured out really nice. Such a pretty color. Deep ruby red that glows and shimmers like a precious stone. There is a small, crackly head with no retention and spotty lace. The second glass, my girlfriend's, had a little sediment that got stirred up from stopping the pour, then starting again. 4.5

S- Stinky cheese and vinegar, this is going to be sour. Its very briny at times with a strong lactic presence. It opens up nicely with black cherry skin or plum skin. Swirling brings out lots of barnyard funk. This is highly lactic and vinegary. I commented about Flanders reds as we were smelling. 4.5

T- The first sip is SHOCKINGLY sour! We both were knocked back from the intense pucker. Its painfully awesome. Strong, under-ripe citrus with vinegar and acidity. Sweet berries with underpinnings of under ripe cherry and crab apple. 4.5

M- Strongly puckering and highly acidic. The finish is very dry. 4.5

D- Woah, this is really nice. Very strong and in your face with its acidity and sourness. 5

I was thinking Russian River or Lost Abbey. Sanctification just came out, could it be that? I think Red Poppy was recently released as well.

The reveal:
Lost Abbey Red Poppy! I was right when I was comparing it to a Flanders red! Really great stuff. I love the classy label. This was a long time want!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

Thanks Beerzebub, for the hook-up.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with reddish tinges at the edges. Despite being obviously undercarbonated, it still manages a persistent wispy cap.

S - The aroma is sharply tart and pungently musty; the former being a fusion of acetic, lactic and isoamyl - and the latter being imparted strongly with oak character. After a few sips the cherry and tart fruity aspects develop in the nose, and perhaps suggestions of red apples and mulled spices.

T - Quite sour and tart. The oak character seems to be foremost, with a lactic tartness finishing a close second. The fruit is subtle, and mostly available in the finish. Up front the acetic competes with the lactic, and on the finish the sour segues into an isoamyl, both of which suggest solvent qualities. My first reaction is that this is a strongly sour brew, and despite the fruit inclusion, there is very little sweetness to be found. As it airs out it gets sweeter, especially the finish, and fruit sweetness starts to work its way into the character.

M - This is undercarbonated, but it still has some sharpness, and overall the feel works fairly well.

D - The beer is quite good, but without a doubt overpriced. So drinkability is less than perfect.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date, but I would assume it is from the latest vintage.

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one, it has been on my 'must try' list for years!

Appearance: The cork shot out as soon as the cage is undone, but thankfully the gush was very slow and not a drop was spilled.
The body is a deep, murky brown and displays red edges when held to the light. A gentle pour yields a massive, off white head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving only a few small patches of lace.

Smell: Wow, this smells absolutely delicious! The nose almost seems to be a cross between that of a Flanders red and an Oud Bruin. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and old oak dominate the nose, with light earthy funk, red wine and a touch of spices also present. As the beer warms the brown ale base becomes apparent with notes of spiced dark fruit and a touch of toasted malt.

Taste: Wow, this is far tarter than I was expecting - it even causes a light puckering sensation! As with the nose, the flavour is made up of notes that I associate with both Red Ales and Oud bruins. Notes include: Tart cherries (although a touch of sweetness is noted on occasion), balsamic vinegar, old oak, a mineral/metallic character (typical of Flanders Red Ales), light funk, underlying spiced dark fruit and brown malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a medium-high level of fairly smooth carbonation. Red Poppy is quite a lot tarter than I expected and yields light mouth puckering.

Overall: Flanders Reds are one of my favorite beer styles and Red Poppy is right up there with the best Belgian renditions. I will certainly have to make a point of getting a few more bottles of this!

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Photo of Treb0R
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my White Birch glass. The beer is a murky amber/brown with ruby edges. There is a thick frothy bone white head that slowly fades, leaving sticky foamy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is vinegar, tart cherries, brown sugar and barrel. The brown sugar and tart cherries combine in the nose to create a very inviting candied sugar scent. The sweetness is pleasant, but it's definitely overpowered by the vinegar and sour cherries.

The taste matches the smell perfectly. The tart cherries hit the tongue first, followed by intense citrus sourness; mostly lemon juice and orange peels. Beyond the initial burst of sour there is a nice brown sugar sweet note that introduces the musty barrel flavors well, creating a slight balance before the vinegary sour finish.

The beer is light bodied, well carbonated and just balanced enough to not be too-sour. The low abv compliments the flavors well, and the dry finish and tartness of the beer invite further drinking. This is a good beer that I will definitely seek out in the future.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a nice, ruby red with a cherry tinted beige head that lasts for a while and fades to a film.

Smells first of sour cherries, then vanilla and oak, followed by some musty character. More musty smelling as it warms.

Well it smelled a lot more sour than it tastes and there was more mustiness in the taste as well. Not disappointing just different. A very enjoyable sweet and sour cherry taste up front that melds in with the vanillin and woodiness. Then a long lingering mustiness/bitterness stays on my tongue that is actually quite pleasant. A little more sweet vanilla and mustiness as it warms.

Nice and dry. Easy as hell to drink. I just want to keep taking sips but as its my only bottle I have to conserve it.

This is a really great Oud Bruin. I have only had one better and that was Aardmonnik but I will never get to try that one again haha. This one was just a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a couple of these from synesthesia and SQNfan after largadeer convinced me that I needed to try this. Thanks guys! Got some good news at work today, so I'm pretty psyched. Chilled and into my Duvel tulip

A: First up, Red Poppy is the most gorgeous bottle of beer I've seen, visually stunning in its simplicity and elegance. The beer itself is not too bad either, mostly a clear deep crimson until a little bit of yeast slips right into the glass. There's a thin tan head that rises briefly and settles into a disk. As I drink this, it leaves a nice amount of foam on the side of my glass

S: The nose is where it's at with this beer. A combination of vinegary sourness along with a fruity (cherry-like) sweetness are most prominent but behind these lie a very appetizing amalgamation of oak, vanilla and a hint of sharp Roquefort-like funk

T: Opens up with quite a good amount sourness that's a mix of vinegary and tart cherries up front. Once the sourness begins to fade,the oak and the vanilla really come out front, very delicate and very tasty. The oak has a rather soft character which makes me think the barrels were only lightly toasted and the vanilla is subtle and sublime. Mildly tannic, this beer finishes dry and tart.

M: Excellent carbonation that prods the palate up front with a great finish

D: This is definitely drinkable, I need a case or two of this.

**Edit 20 March 2012**

I drank my 3 bottles of the '09 fresh, and held onto 1 '08, simply because of how nice the label is. The time is here.

The nose has a very nice and complex blend of acetic and cherry derived aromas, with red wine vinegar, sour cherries and black raspberries. A robust leather and mildly earthy tone is present, rather umami-like. An excellent nose. The palate is a lot more robustly tart with plenty of vinegar, a blend of balsamic and red wine with a cherry skin tannins tempering and complementing the bright sourness. The cherry fruit itself has fallen off here, all that's left is the fruit pits and skin. Robustly leathery and earthy on the mid-palate, with a little vanilla for respite. There is some lactic acid that's also present, cleaning up on the finish.Light in body with supple tannins, moderate carbonation and cleaning lactic acid character. Not particularly funky, I imagine a blend of HotD Michael (at age 1) and Rodenbach vintage would taste similar. Nowhere close to what it was fresh-ish, but better than more recent batches IMO. Still very well-structured. 4.5/4.5/4/4/4

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 375ml bottle. I had this beer with some friends at a restaurant and there is a big difference in appearance depending on where your pour comes from in the bottle. Bright ruby from the top and much more brown and murky from the bottom.

S- I got a lot of sour notes in this beer. I also get cherries and dark breads from the yeasts.

T- I really love this beer. I should say I didn't always like cherries but this beer and a few other lambics changed that. This is an incredible Belgian-style sour. You get many sour notes from the bacteria but not an astringent taste. There are also some sweet malt and cherry flavors that come through also. This beer is a great balance of sweet and sour.

M- A nice level of carbonation in this beer. A bit syrupy but not overly sticky.

D- Keep bringing them on. This is a great beer and it is only 5.5% alcohol so you can drink this all night. If you can find that much of it!

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Photo of suspect
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version. Poured from a fresh 375ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A dark brownish very clouded color with a slight hint of ruby red. A large almost 2 finger light brown head coats the glass when swirled. Amazing head. Yeast settles at the bottom of the glass.

S: Sour fruit jumps out with vinegar, cherry and wood notes soon overtaken by the very strong aroma of the brett. The barnyard smells on this were amazing. Wet hay, straw, horse blanket and even some (I know this sounds weird) slight manure smell.

T: Tart and sour up front with the dark fruit and cherry flavor. Some slight woody notes coupled with the vinegar and the straw flavor. Yeast and funkiness from the brett lingers and seems to keep pounding the mouth. This beer is amazingly sour. Finish has a touch of sweetness before the tartness takes over. Flavors linger in the mouth. Incredible.

M: Sour, tart, yeasty and well carbonated. Sourness lingers.

O: This is a tremendous beer that you just want to sit and enjoy. The aroma and flavor produce a beer that you will never forget. Legendary.

This is one expensive beer, so savor it. Is it worth the price tag? Each person will have to decide that on their own. I personally think it is worth it in small quantities. This is one to save for that perfect moment in which you want to immerse yourself in a beer. I have another bottle that I'm going to age to see how it changes. Awesome.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark copper with a garnet hue. The head is tan, somewhat rocky and not long for this world which I blame on the high acidity.

S: Red currents, tart cherries and some leather. A light touch of barnyard funk.

T: Supper tart and fruit with a strong acidic tartness and fruit flavors of red current and tart cherries. The oak barrel comes through next mostly with vanilla but a touch of cinnamon. There is some malt rounding out the mild but the balance here is very tart with a dry finish. Lingering fruit flavors and tartness.

M: medium bodied with a strong carbonation.

O: A sour beer of arrival, one should love tart sours before approaching this one. Tart, fruity, vanilla, tart and oak with a touch of vinegar acidity.

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Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle: Thanks to Jason for this one...
Explosive cherry tartness, fruity, leathery, earthy. Plenty of oak on the back end that lends it balance and traditional flavors. Black cherry through and through. A mild balsamic vinegar note blends into the funky barrel aroma, a mixture of wet stone an sea foam fade in curious directions...spicy oak reminds me of Enigma. Mild tartness, nothing off the charts. Awesome stuff!

2008 bottle, 01-04-2009

Served at 50º into a Duchesse de Bourgogne glass.

Deep scarlet body in the light, thin layer of dirty foam that leaves a substantial ring at the edge. A skim returns with a swirl of the glass. Tiny trails of bubbles feed into the foam ring. Aroma is nice and funky, farmhouse cheese, lactic with some vanilla traces. Damp forest floor with wood, earth, wet leaves and wild mushrooms. Flavors of bitter and tangy cherry pits, leather, soil, with a dominant horseblanket brett taste as it warms. Dry and oaky finish. Medium body that is right on, and the brett character makes you slow down and sip.

Huge thanks to TheBlackMallard for this one!

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly deep ruby-brown color with a finger width head. A fruity cherry aroma with a good amount of funk. taste is a beautiful biting tart flavor with a trace of the barrel aging mixed in. A carbonated mouthfeel and this beer rises above many others. Love it.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.