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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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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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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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RZPrice

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2014 15:56:11 | More by RZPrice
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Jdotswizz

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-30-2014 16:17:33 | More by ThePaleRider
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California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-29-2014 02:10:10 | More by starkmarvelo
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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Greece

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-27-2014 07:12:32 | More by rouhlas3
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treywinkle

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-27-2014 03:44:40 | More by treywinkle
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mrkdwrds

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-26-2014 00:28:53 | More by mrkdwrds
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Chibeerguy1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-25-2014 04:18:46 | More by Chibeerguy1
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robear

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-24-2014 16:49:29 | More by robear
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-24-2014 03:27:23 | More by Rimbimhoot
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Twal

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-23-2014 00:32:42 | More by Twal
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joesteinkamp

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-23-2014 00:18:45 | More by joesteinkamp
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brianmandell

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-21-2014 23:01:39 | More by brianmandell
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flayedandskinned

California

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage
Poured into a standard tulip

Appearance: (4)
Pours a dark, murky mahogany with deep red undertones. A loosely bubbled, 1 finger tall tan head quickly rises and recedes almost immediately, leaving no lacing behind it's wake.

Aroma: (3.75)
Aromas of slightly tart cherries immediately shoot out of the glass upon pouring; Buried beneath the fruity acidity is a lightly acetic red wine vinegar character, but it is kept in balance by a rich, almost toffee like malt bread-y-ness. There is a very light barnyard funkiness imparted by some Brettanomyces. As the beer warms, some vanilla tones from the barrels become more apparent.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer touches your tongue, you're blasted by clean, juicy lactic acidity; tart cherry pie filling as well as both lemon and cherry juice. As the tartness fades on your palate, you are greeted by the flavors of the actual dark cherry flesh intermingling with notes of vanilla and almonds from the barrel. The beer finishes very dry with a flourish of slightly sweet, caramel-y malt. Long lingering notes of juicy cherry flesh, tart cherry flesh, bready malt and a deep vanilla character from the wood. light brettanomyces funk and tannins.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
light bodied with high, peppery carbonation. Refreshing, but I feel that the very high carbonation overwhelms the some of the more subtle aspects of this beer.

Overall: (4)
With Red Poppy, Lost Abbey ages their sour brown with cherries in used wine barrels. What comes out is a great sour that really showcases the essence of the whole cherry; the skin, flesh, juice and even the pit. I really appreciated the strong vanilla character imparted by the oak barrels that is often missing in a lot of sour beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 05:33:58 | More by flayedandskinned
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from bottle.

A- Iced tea color, off-white head. Little lacing and tons of effervescence. Lots of yeast swimming in the bubbles.

S- Sour and tart nose. Cherries and fruit up front with undertones of noir grapes, wine, and raisons. Very dank and old smelling. Hint of oak.

T- Lots of depth here. Sourness up front gives way to a complex taste of earthy florals, slight cherries, tart fruits, wine, vinegar, and alcohol present. Little to no aftertaste.

M- Light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation helps move the tartness around in the mouth.

O- Pleasure to drink and quite enjoyable. If you like a sour ale, this is it. Im not a huge fan of cherries so I was happy when the smell of them was there, but not so much in the taste. Taste brought me back in time for some reason, very old tasting and earthy with a smooth finish once you get past the initial tart. Also tastes a little wine-like. My biggest complaint was the price of this bottle. I dont think I'll shell out the money again so unfortunately this might be my one and only red poppy. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 16:06:02 | More by EveningCordial
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-15-2014 00:01:02 | More by Mayo2323
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.