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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

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1,660 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 526
Gots: 499 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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.

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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sirsteve42, Oct 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Strelnikov, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

fdig23, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

primrose54, Sep 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

quine, Sep 25, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very murky dark red/brownish color, leaves a nice thick tannish brown head and slowly goes away leaving thick lacing around the glass

S: Loads of sour/ tart cherry! and there is a very nice floral aroma mixed with it, assuming some of it is the red poppies. Can get hints of sweetness in it, I'm getting a very light caramel, vanilla aroma, presumably from the barrel aging, smells outstanding!

T: Sour/tart cherries! Can get a slight hint of sweet cherry in there as well. There's a very nice funk taste to it as well, I wanna say it is brett but not too sure. Then the slight bread, caramel, vanilla sweet malt comes in on the finish. The sourness level is perfect, it makes your face pucker only a little, and this makes it enjoyable to keep drinking to see if it will continue to make you pucker, fantastic in flavor!

M: Lots of carbonation, medium bodied, slightly oily but leaves a nice dry finish

O: Very well rounded beer, the smell hit me immediately and I knew it was going to be a fantastic beer, if you ever have the opportunity to get this beer, you need to get this beer!

bpasquini, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 24, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

MNishCT77, Sep 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

tswater, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.