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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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95
world-class

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 512
Gots: 477 | FT: 35
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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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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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-20-2014 02:13:11 | More by KCBeerNerd
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-20-2014 01:23:23 | More by cjgator3
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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-19-2014 20:54:45 | More by Thishops4u
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-19-2014 00:24:37 | More by laxer8811
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510a

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-18-2014 15:37:23 | More by 510a
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EveningCordial

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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Mayo2323

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-15-2014 00:01:02 | More by Mayo2323
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JWallace1013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2014 19:55:14 | More by JWallace1013
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ktenneydenver

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-13-2014 23:02:06 | More by ktenneydenver
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-13-2014 22:58:27 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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CLCardinal84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-13-2014 17:15:06 | More by CLCardinal84
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy brown.

S - Tart nose.

T - Less fruity and less sweet than Rodenbach Grand Cru. More aggresively sour. Very refreshing.

M - Fizzier than RGC.

O - Hugely overpriced, to the point where it makes me slightly angry. It's about twice the price of La Folie per oz, which is in turn almost twice the price of Rodenbach Grand Cru. You get nothing for that mark up. It is a good beer though. It's fizzy and sour which leaves it feeling pretty harsh.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 04:45:31 | More by abeeronthebeach
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musicman7070

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-12-2014 02:56:45 | More by musicman7070
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TickleMeTony

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2014 16:42:11 | More by TickleMeTony
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-11-2014 05:01:23 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-11-2014 02:10:26 | More by MNPikey
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DTown

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-10-2014 13:01:57 | More by DTown
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Cfeezy

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-09-2014 21:47:12 | More by Cfeezy
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Oakhtar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-09-2014 05:21:50 | More by Oakhtar
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-07-2014 01:15:49 | More by Jd2391
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McNazz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-06-2014 21:30:35 | More by McNazz
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NJB145

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-06-2014 14:24:00 | More by NJB145
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nabit

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-06-2014 02:56:18 | More by nabit
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.