Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey
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4.15/5 rDev -3%
Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky dark iced tea brown with hints of amber around the edges. There is a short-lived off-white head that lingers as a ring throughout with traces of lacing.
The aroma is wonderful on this with sweet and sour cherries and a slight funky tartness on top. There is an underlying earthy oak smell that gets bigger as it warms.
The taste leans more on the sour side with less of the sweetness and more of the funk. The vinegar is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma though there was a bit of brown sugar underneath.
The mouthfeel is dry in the finish from the oak and fairly astringent with decent carbonation.
This is one of the better Flanders ales I've had as it was complex and not overly sour. Very nice.
10-21-2008 03:03:09 | More by gford217
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Pours a ruddy, opaque amber-brown. Nearly zero head, the little carbonation that does make its way to the surface forms a thin, delicate collar around the edge. Nose is sour cherry, dark fruit, vinegar, port wine, and earth. Mostly dark fruits on the palate, with the cherry and earth pretty far in the back. The sourness is quite mild as well. Light bodied, with light, fine carbonation; finish is on the sweet side. Highly drinkable.
I'm used to the Lost Abbey special releases being these huge, over the top beers, so this one came as quite a surprise. A flanders red all the way, but lighter, more delicate, and more refined.
10-19-2008 18:25:40 | More by 0110x011
4.58/5 rDev +7%
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
10-16-2008 02:13:30 | More by DefenCorps
4.45/5 rDev +4%
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.
09-11-2008 18:21:52 | More by Kegatron
3.7/5 rDev -13.6%
The poured murky burnt red to brown in color with a very thin head that dissipated pretty quickly. The nose showed some funk along with red fruit and spice (cinnamon, pepper). In the mouth it was tart and dirty showing more funk than the nose would suggest along with less fruit. There was a distinct bitterness that began in the midpalate and lingers on. The acidity in the midpalate was very well integrated and overall the midpalate was well balanced but gave way to the bitterness in the finish.
09-11-2008 00:31:27 | More by SQNfan
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Purchased a bottle at Toronado's Lost Abbey night.
Appearance: ruby and copper with haze and not a great deal of head. As a result of the substantial quantity of yeast in the bottle, a few random little globs are floating in my glass. Perhaps my dinner will be bottle conditioned by it later this evening.
Smell: Definitely some sour cherry smells in there. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a McDonalds cherry pie in the 80s, in a good way. Okay, maybe a higher quality pie.
Taste: This is a really interesting flavor. I've never had anything remotely like it. The flavor starts out quite tart, but not mouth puckering. Cherries. Very little sweetness. Then fades into a dry, astringent finish. Very nice. I'm not keeled over by any presence of sour punch sugar straws.
Mouthfeel: As mentioned above, an interesting astringent quality.
Drinkability: It's not like you're going to pound this. Although I don't give this high drinkability marks, I don't even think it's fair to weigh that in the ranking. This is a sipping beer and given the price tag, who's going to drink more than one at once in any event? (unless you're one of those lucky people who got it on tap)
Overall, a great beer.
09-03-2008 03:13:16 | More by waltonc
3.93/5 rDev -8.2%
Thanks to nflmvp for this one. Small corked bottle, poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Very dark cherry to almost burgundy in color, with a light brown head that shows very good retention and lacing.
Very rich artoma comes in waves out of the glass, sour, almost vinegary, tart and fruity, and as it warms up, oak and more oak.
Very dry, medium bodied, it is mostly acidic and sour, with little to no sweet notes. Very good, but at times the wood notes become a little too much. Drinkability is quite low for the style, but still pleasant and flavorful for such a low ABV beer.
08-16-2008 19:39:43 | More by brdc
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Got this at the Release, had a few in line (thanks Port for the great service!) and got a few bottles. I traded away too many and wished I kept a few for myself haha.
Poured a pale hazy and cloudy brown with hint of red. No head at all. Looks like a nice amount of goop in the bottom.
Very pungent but pleasant aroma of cherries, a vinegar and sour bite.
Complex taste, an odd complex of sweet and sour. The sweetness is not sugary or syrupy, more refined. Definitely sour, almost astringent but not puckering. Nice cherry flavor that is in the back, not overwhelming or artificial tasting.
This is one heckuva beer, I think it can be great after another 6 months to a year. I hope Tomme and the Port make this an annual release.
08-09-2008 05:35:16 | More by mrkrispy
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-08-2008 00:52:15 | More by DrJay
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours a rusty red-brown with no head. Tons of sediment. Aroma is dead-on apple pie, with an acetic sourness. Flavor is a balance between sweet and sour. Tastes like a caramel covered crab apple. Also some cherry notes in the tartness. Sharp with a mostly dry finish. Undercarbonated, but who cares? Delicious.
08-05-2008 06:44:12 | More by illidurit
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Deep amber with brownish tint, good clarity, low carbonation as a few large bubbles hang around the bottom of the glass. The head is thin leaving a soapy ring. It kind of looks like juice, maybe a bit like wine? Smell is nice, classic sweet and sour cherry mix, a bit vinegary, with a little peppery spice.
Tangy cherry flavor throughout. It peaks after a few seconds, becoming assertively tart but short of a lambic sourness. The woody vinegar presence is also nice, and in the finish you get just a tiny hint of caramel maltiness. Feels like a thin fruit juice on the palate with a high level of sparkly carbonation.
This beer is very nice for the style. It doesn't get as sweet as a few of the well-known examples do, which is key. I am not a fan of the Flanders beers as much as I like more funky lambics, but this beer was very quaffable. Recommended...
07-30-2008 05:45:24 | More by bennetj17
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks to dukedebourgogne for the hook up with this rare gem.
A-Would have thought it an IPA if you kept it more than 5 feet away from me! Slightly hazy (I left most of the yeast in the bottle)copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin ring with some lace.
S-The unmistakable blast of Brett with sour cherries and a bit of oak astringency in the background.
T-Intensely sour with a nice mellowing effect from the oak. Some vanilla and a nice tangy bite from the cherries. All of this comes together very nicely.
M-Medium-light body with sharp crispness. Some dryness in the end from the oak.
D-Great flavour melding with that wonderful sour bite. I have noticed lately that I have become almost as big a fan of "sours" as I have always been with hops. I guess it is all about the extreme flavours. Red Poppy certainly lives up to the extreme flavour moniker. Nicely done, but who would expect anything less from Tomme? He has set the bar very high for himself....but he seems to keep clearing it over and over again!
07-02-2008 22:57:42 | More by Deuane
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a murky redish orange with tons of sediment. offwhite head, some lacing. Nose- really barnyard funky, fresh cherries. Taste- bitter cherries, moderate tartness but not overwhelming. Not too sweet or too sour. Some wood in the finish. Exceptional drinkability.
06-29-2008 01:36:40 | More by oakbluff
4.58/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-18-2008 23:27:43 | More by thickerfreakness
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-15-2008 21:26:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
"The great events of life often leave one unmoved. They pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion."
Cherry tomato red with Sunkist highlights when backlit with morning sunshine. The golden ecru crown is a quality slice of foam that reaches two fingers on the initial pour and lasts impressively long. Thick swaths of Belgian lace contribute to a wonderful look for a beer of this style.
The nose is exceptional. The first word that comes to mind is 'rich'. The second, third and fourth are 'sour', 'cherries' and 'oak'. It smells like this Flanders oud bruin will have an ideal combination of all the elements that make beer of this style so complex and so delicious. For specifics, keep reading.
Red Poppy is definitely the real deal. It's more bitter than most, and not quite as sour, but that's rarely a problem for the hopheaded among us. I might have started it out a little too cool, so let's see how it changes over the next 10-15 minutes. So far it's impressive.
Thankfully, the brown ale base is not lost among the sexier facets of the flavor profile. Each mouthful delivers a brisk uppercut of balsamic vinegar-like sweet and tart acidity... then a right cross of tangy sour cherry puree... followed by an oakiness that tightens things down like a vise and ushers in the finish.
The initial bitterness has calmed down to some extent, though I'd like to see it even more in the background. As the ounces fly by, I'm becoming aware of just how dry this beer is. Those little yeasties must have had their fill of all the fruit sugars. Have some cool water handy if you plan to drink more than one bottle at a time.
The mouthfeel has an intriguing combination of lightness, silkiness, suppleness and soft-edged carbonation. I'll resist the impulse to call for something bigger because it probably wouldn't improve things one iota.
Port Brewing Red Poppy Ale is the second best Flanders oud bruin that I've ever had the pleasure to consume. Compared to the perfect symphony that is Liefmans Goudenband, it's slightly (very slightly) out of tune. It's still a tremendous effort from one of America's best breweries. Thanks to tayner for the bottle.
06-15-2008 12:51:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Light bronze in color with a full, silky head of foam. Nose is nearly perfect, with hints of sour cherries, Pinot Noir, oak & funk. Flavor is outstanding, perfectly balanced and complex. Hints of lightly toasted oak, vanilla, sour cherries and Pinot Noir. Really stunningly good.
06-09-2008 00:53:09 | More by Crosling
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
2010 vintage - new style 375ml bottle: 4.5/4/4/4.5/4
Pours a deep brown color with red highlights and two fingers of bubbly khaki head on top. Aromas of dense oak and wood meet a bright sour cherry. Tart, earthy accents run throughout along with a touch of spice. Nice!
First sip brings crispness and dry oak flavors upfront. Tannic with a solid kick of tart cherry. Spice and earthy funk but the wood has really seeped in this year. Flows down dry and puckering with lingering cherry accents.
Crisp with solid carbonation. A good sipper and a tasty treat to savor. Oak seems more forward this year but overall it's still a tasty treat.
Pours into my glass a deep burgundy red with a creamy half inch of light tan head sitting atop the brew. Plenty of active carbonation too. Aromas jump out with bold tart cherries upfront. Nice tannic woody, oak aromas meld in alongside some funky, cheesy brett characteristics. A subtle malty, caramel sweetness lurks underneath. Really enticing.
First sip brings a nice crisp malt with a hint of caramel upfront that is immediately met by a rush of vibrant tart cherry flavors. It almost has a syrupy quality to it as it moves into woody, oak barrel flavors. I get a sweetness upfront that melds into a sourness on the way down. Funky, sort of cheesy brett flavors mix in as the brew finishes with lingering cherry afterthoughts. Yum.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a smooth effervescence of tight bubbly carbonation as it flows down. It's quite refreshing with a nice interplay between the sweet and sour. A bottle of this to myself is truly a treat and I only wish I had more. A tasty treat of a beer from Lost Abbey.
05-30-2008 00:11:48 | More by orbitalr0x
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to ALECOHOLIC for this.
Pours murky amber with a small tan head that fades pretty quickly.
Smell: Tart Cherries, Apple Skin, Oak, Vinegar, Lactic Acid Sourness.
Taste: Sour Cherries, Lemon, Oak, Leather, Very Dry and Tart there is a bit of Fruity sweetness in there too. Medium Carbonation and Body. Very Refreshing.
05-26-2008 04:29:41 | More by TheBlackMallard
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
a: This was a slightly cloudy yellowish amber color. It pours with a long lasting, creamy white head that leaves some lace in it's wake.
s: This smell is unique to me and difficult to decipher, let alone describe. There are fruit aromas of cherries and grapes. Musty damp grains blunt the fruit somewhat. In addition, I smell the sweet powder that they put on sour candies. There is something else sour here that I don't have a word for.
t: This is my first sample of this style, so you should ignore this review. Mildly prickly sour flavors permeate throughout. The cherry flavors are, of course, sour, yet somewhat sugary at the same time. There are some grape flavors and a powerful sour grain finish. Overall, this is nice and funky, just not as confrontational as some.
m: This has a very thick body, bordering on syrupy. The carboantion is lush, long lasting, and gentle.
d: Huge thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this rarity. These are well worth seeking out. I look forward to trying more of this style.
05-20-2008 10:44:23 | More by DIM
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
375ml. cork-finished brown bottle with a single wrap around label.
This was the first brew released for the Patron Sinners club, and a tasty one at that.
Poured into a tulip, a medium-dark hazelnut brown with a small beige head with some lavender tint to it. The head remains small...the visible carbonation is near perfect.
Sweet malt and cherries upfront with a tart, yeasty brett following right behind. Smells really yummy.
Initially goes in sweet with notes of cherries and syrupy malt, then quickly becomes tart and pleasantly sour to the finish. A nice earthy malt pulls through in the linqering aftertaste.
Mild ABV, medium body and just the right carbonation for this ale are really making me wish I had another, on this hot, sunny San Diego day.
This ale paired nicely with some spicy, cheesy pan fried potatoes that my girlfriend made.
05-19-2008 22:32:40 | More by scottoale
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Big thanks to oakbluff for hooking me up with this rare brew!
Pours a cloudy chunky orange/red, kind of like grapefruit juice, thick white head, some solid lace spots, settles to a nice layer and thick ring. Smell is sour and tart, very acidic, cherries, bread, lots of fruit, quite intense, oak, nice. Taste is similar, very oaky, some caramel, vanilla, cherries, tart fruit, acidic, lemons, vanilla, acidic fruit in the finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Fantastic sour beer, no rough edges, very nice. Thanks Scott!
05-10-2008 04:37:48 | More by Viggo
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!
375ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled may 9/08.
pours hazy brownish-red with a big dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is great. malt vinegar. lemon. brown sugar. grapefruit. orange peel. bread and crackers. bit of alcohol. lots of funk and sourness. some horse blanket and barnyard. hint of spice.
taste is great. lemon and malt vinegar up front, then a nice bread and cracker malt and a nice light spice in the finish. a little less depth in the citrus than i got in the aroma, but nice. mostly lemon with a bit of orange peel. touch of yeast. leather. horse blanket. sour cherry coming out as it warms. vanilla. i like the nice spiced-cake character too. medium-low bitterness level.
mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation. fairly light body.
drinkability is great. great depth to the funk and sourness. nice malt profile hiding in behind. balanced and highly enjoyable.
05-10-2008 04:32:07 | More by grub
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a GI Reserve goblet. Thanks to MiScusi for giving me the chance to try this one.
A - Could see a ton of carbonation trailing up in this one. Reminded me a lot of champagne as you could just see the carbonation floating up the whole time. Because of this, there was a constant stream of bubbles trailing up in it. Color of cherry wood with hues of gold and orange. It is a bit cloudy in the appearance as well. Didn't get much of a head on this in the goblet glass but there was a ton of carbonation on the side as well. Actually a very nice looking beer. As a note, I poured the rest of this into a flute and really still has no head or lacing at all.
S - Smell is of tart cherry that just wafts up. Also get a hint of sugary sweetness as well that cuts through the tart flavors. Also get a bit of an earthy and musty note that reminds me a bit of that distinctive Orval bretty smell.
T - Upfront the flavor is pure, tart cherry that just comes up. If this was the only flavor in the beer, it would not be that great but of course those masterminds at LA, had to just keep this packed with complexity. Later, I can just taste the funk that brings out the earthy, barny and, I always think, blue cheese like flavor. It is one of those things that is almost so nasty that it is good. At the end, get a slight hint of oak as well that just sneaks up. Really, I would not be surprised if someone told me this was just Orval's new beer brewed with cherries. The aftertaste just keep lingering around and leaves the Brett flavors hanging around. Also finishes a bit dry.
MF -like a fine champagne, it manages to have a ton of carbonation, yet it feels so velvety on the tongue. It has a great body for this type of beer which I feel should be a bit on the thinner side.
D - Overall, this is a great beer that I could see drinking with some cheese and crackers as an apetif. It is a really easy drinking beer and one that just calls you back. It has such a unique flavor that I want a chance to experience more and more of it. Each sip is different and I can't wait to open up that other bottle I received from my trade. Wished I lived somewhere close that kept this stocked as I would easily drink this a lot more esp in situations where I have champagne but the celebration does not necessarily call for champagne.
05-04-2008 23:46:31 | More by jeonseh
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
Received this brew from metallitone1 in a recent trade. This is my first brew from The Lost Abbey side of things and I look forward to this one. By far the best looking bottle I've ever had the pleasure of sampling a beer from. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.
Appearance- On first pour it's a crystal clear pink with nice foamy bright white head. Once you empty the bottom of the bottle it turns to a dark brownish red with the same perfectly white head. Leaves a nice cap and collar with plenty of chunky lacing.
Smell- Very tart with a light sour cherry start. Full of lactic goodness with small amounts of oak that lend a subtle vanilla. This thing sort of reminds me of a Brett filled red wine (if there is such a thing). Sharp, fruity and funky this is one inviting scent.
Taste- The sour cherries are the first thing that hits me on my first sip. Very tart and lactic it starts big and brash. Not as vinegary as other beers of this type but the sourness of the cherries makes up for the lack of yeastly pucker. The original punch quickly fades leaving a soft resounding vanilla woodiness. The oak coats the back of my throat leaving a sweet woody residual finish.
Mouthfeel- Considering the beer the mouthfeel is fairly solid and sturdy with sharp/crisp carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability- This is a really great beer that I wish I could drink anytime I'm in the mood for the style. It's ridiculously drinkable and freakishly tasty. I'm not sure how this stands up to some other Lost Abbey brews but if they've done any style as tasty as they've made this one, I'll be really pleasantly surprised. Big thanks to Tim for the opportunity!
04-29-2008 02:16:37 | More by younger35
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.