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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

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1,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,659
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 526
Gots: 498 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sarmartay, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy brown to slight red color with a a nice light tan head and minimal lace

S-sour cherries, red wine vinegar, slight red wine and funk, hint of sweetness

T-sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, light caramel sweetness, slight funk, light red wine and vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and dry finish

O-tasty Flanders Red ale with nice flavors, but a little high priced for what you get relative to alternatives

MDDMD, Jul 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Highfire, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jaeone, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bccocx, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

fox227, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jbwimer, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Chiquetet, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

srw, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Raziel313, Jul 07, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you very much for this, Jason!

Cherryish, murky brown color with a decent head. Intense vinous aromas, along with ripe sour-cherries, which get covered up by a tart sourness and oakiness, giving a lot of character to the nose, resulting in a more-wine-than-beer impression, very intriguing melange.

Begins with a fantastic tart sourness, which strikes the palate from the very first moment. Comes along with a lively carbonation, leading to a refreshing fruit impression, as cherries become detectable. This taste gets mixed up with earthy, wooden oak in a very convincing way, while a sparkling wine impression still adds up with the gentle cherry sweetness, which tastes almost like marmelade. All ingredients are in fantastic balance to each other, the cherries to not dominate the palate, due to a very leathery oak presence, coated up by buttery malts. At the same time acidic sourness gives the cherries a zingy fruitiness, with results in a complex vinous body, containing hints of vinegar. Enjoyable, matured, mild cherries define the finish, supported by earth, soft malts.

This beer has a great taste, which is defined by a complex, fantastic composition.

aleigator, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

devilfluff, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ddedhed, Jul 05, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased during a business trip to SF and take home to NC to sample with my wife.

A light brown with a reddish hue. Seems to be hazy but hard to tell with the dark color. Large bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma is cherries, lemon and green apple. Flavor follows with cherries leading along with a mild tartness and hints of dark fruit. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing as it was thin with too big a burst of bubbles escaping as it hits your mouth.

The flavors are pretty good but the carbonation detracted for me.

GJ40, Jul 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

smekermann, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BKotch, Jul 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

heygeebee, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

solo103, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

gator79, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Stork_Brewz13, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sanitarium16, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rdooley, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Phil_H, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Roze, Jun 28, 2014
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.