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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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562 Reviews
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Reviews: 562
Hads: 1,850
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 570
Gots: 571 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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.
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Photo of EgadBananas
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany red, light haze, yellow colored head, dissipates quickly. Funky aroma with a mild sour nose, slight fruit notes, caramel and bread with some acidity. Carries a much similar taste, lightly sweet with fruit notes, a tart, lightly sour taste, with some bready funk notes. Lighter body, carbonation was good(especially for Lost Abbey).

Enjoyable, but Love Child 3 toaster in the night was better.

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Photo of Zive
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 bottle, cellared for fourteen months, poured into champagne flute.

Appearance: Looks like a classic brown ale with a half finger of khaki head that dissipates quickly. When held up to light it takes on a more amber/deep ruby red hue.

Smell: Oak and vanilla at first, the sour scent associated with most wild ales is present to a lesser extent. The cherry aroma has faded considerably, most likely due to cellaring, and is barely detectable.

Taste: First taste is a mild tartness, though not puckering like many other sours due to the mellowness of the barrels and the sweetness imparted by the cherries and malts. There's no doubt that the base beer here was loaded with dark malts which lend a caramel character to the taste. I was concerned that this would be overly fruity, but between the barrels and cellaring that's not the case.

Mouthfeel: Silky with lots of small CO2 streaming from the base of the glass. The acidity from the wild yeast strains adds to the stinging feeling of the carbonation. A bit more mellow on the palate than most wild and sour ales I've had (Lindeman's, Cantillon, etc).

Overall: I enjoyed this beer mostly for its uniqueness. The brewing process was well thought-out here, balancing the acids produced by the wild yeast with the mellowing and sweetening effects of barrel aging and cherries. I would be interested in trying this beer either from a fresh bottle or on tap for comparison. Although this is an excellent beer and worthy of much of the hype surrounding it, I don't believe it's great enough to justify the $20 price-tag.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked bottle poured into a small Chimay chalice.

AP: Rusty brown colour with a 1/2" cream/tan head that dissipates to 1/4" with bubbles still escalating to the top. Nice lacing on the glass when tilted.
AR: Has that classic Flanders Red Ale aroma that I associate with German sourdough pretzels (the hard kind). Apple cider and other fruits like white grape and tart cherries are discerned as well with Belgian yeast funk.
T: Very very nice. A lot of what I got in the nose with grape and cherry skins prominent on the finish and tart apple flavour weaving in and out from start to finish. The sour note is just about right, not too strong but vivid enough for instant recognition and enjoyment. It starts strong at the beginning then softly fades but lingers throughout. Well done.
M: Assertive carbonation, acidic, dry and tart on the finish but does coat your tongue and teeth nicely with what bit of sweetness there is.
OV: A very well done Flanders style Red Ale that would match any from the region itself and I've had my share of them being a fan of sours. The flavours on this are very tasty and the sour note is just right with acidic tartness and not too much of a vinegar aspect. A definite sessionable sipper that offers good flavours and cleanses your palate at the same time.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.

There's no date or batch number on the bottle but I would guess I've had it in my cellar for about 2-3 years. Strangely, there isn't any loose sediment but I do see it stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Red Poppy Ale is a deep redish brown with tight off-white head. It settles fairly quickly but maintains a thin layer on top.

The aroma is enough to make my throat tighten. This is going to be sour! Sour cherries and the oak barrel aging comes through.

The flavor is exactly what I expected after that aroma - hugely sour and tart with the tannins that hit right in the back of he mouth. The cherries are there with a hint of vanilla from the oak. The malt base is along the lines of a brown ale but it is really the wild yeast that stands front and center.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nicely carbonated like a bottle conditioned Belgian would be.

Overall a stunningly powerful beer. I would like to try this side by side with La Folie as they seem to have similar characteristics, from what I remember.

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Photo of KDawg
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 into a sniter. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

The aromas of red apples, tart red cherries, some funk, vinegary notes, and some cedar planks are extremely balanced and have a lot of depth. The notes are very savory to go with the depth.

Medium bodied with a real nice tart acidic streak. The feel is very smooth along with notes of red apples, roses, tart red cherries, and some vinegar tones.

This is as good as it always is. One of the best Flemish Reds out there. I only wish Lost Abbey would make more of this and do it more often.

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Photo of Lledd
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle served into Hill Farmstead snifter (two 6oz pours)

A: Deep clear red. It looks like dark red wine or red wine vinegar. Very small, quickly fading head. No visible carbonation. <4>

S: I can actually smell this beer while its on the table in front me. It smells like wine. Plum notes, sour notes, bright black cherry aromas. It's exciting to sample a beer with abundant aroma, which is why I gave this a four for smell. <4>

T: Tastes more like wine than beer. It has a very unique taste, especially the aftertaste. Very tart and sour. Dark sour fruit notes, black cherry, plum, apricot. Maybe some burnt wood? But the fruit notes are not obvious or out front. The aftertaste has a very delicate, nuanced flavor. It's best when I exhale through my nose. I can taste a floury (not flowery) sweetness, reminiscent of a sugar cookie, and believe it or not, almost a flavor of rose petals. Delicate is the best word for the aftertaste, which is where I think this offering shines. <4.25>

M: It has a champagne texture, but with finer bubbles. Its fizzy and quick to expand in your mouth. Very dry finish. I think the body of this beer is perfect for the flavor profile. It allows you to notice the features of the drink, without making them obvious. It's very fun. <4>

O: This is a great beverage. I would have liked a higher abv but I trust Port knew what they were going for. This isn't what you'd expect from a "beer" but it's a lot of fun to investigate thi with your senses. The features are there, and you have to go find them. I don't know if I'd buy it again at $16.99 but yum yum. <4.5>

Note: it often doesn't make sense for the "overall" to have a higher rating than any other category, but really the whole is greater than the sum. All of the features really play into each. It's like alchemy.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a half finger of medium brown head. Surprisingly epic retention for the froth-like head, and generous lacing.

S: Tart cherries and beautiful barrel character (oak and vanilla). Barrel forward in a very good way. A little raspberry. Tartness and funkiness are in very good balance with the wood.

T: Cherry juice-soaked oak cubes, a very slight twang of tartness, a little grating oakiness with cinnamon and caramel, and a light, dry, muddled melange of red fruit. Flavors don't fully come together like they do in the nose. It's like this is just about there, but not quite.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: Good, and quite drinkable given the low ABV and light level of sour, but the flavors don't quite come together as well as they could. This is leaps and bounds above the 2012 vintage (which I rated a 2.75), though, which had a very offensive, funky aroma.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy, orange-tinted brown with a small, foamy, tan head. It fades slowly to a spotted cap.

S: The aroma consists of a good deal of lactic funk and a little bit of tartness. Sour cherries added a fruity sweetness as well. Oak and vanilla complement the funky aromas. As it warms I pick up a big dose of balsamic vinaigrette.

T: The beer opens with flavors of oak and some some funky vinegar. Quickly sour red cherries rush to prominence and produce a fruity, tart mid-palate. Light caramel malt makes up much of the body. Brett introduces its characteristic tart flavor which lasts long into the finish. The finish has a very dry character, almost vinous like white wine.

M: At first is was incredibly carbonated, almost hard to drink. The carbonation quickly dies down a bit to a manageable level. It is medium-thin bodied and fairly dry.

O: A great beer. The sour cherries really work well with the vinegar and tartness.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great thanks to st9647v3 for this 375ml bottle.

I have only had a few Lost Abbey beers, but each has given me reason to take this brewery seriously. The bar is set pretty high for this one: I love cherry sours, Lost Abbey, and Flanders reds, and let's face it, the poppy conjures up thoughts of Cantillon.

Poured into a Duvel glass, this is a foamy beast. I probably was a little too vigorous. It's murky and brown, and smells tangy, but not too sharp. I think I smell cherries, but then again, I am expecting them.

On the tongue, it still only hints of cherries, but it is certainly tasty. Even though this has seen 6 months in oak, the oak is restrained. It's quite tart, and really light and satisfying to drink. At 5%, this is one I could drink all day and all night. If I have any criticism, I'd say it's slightly under-carbonated. But that's a tiny quibble. It's a delicious beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 100th BA review.

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip. Vintage date is impossible to read.

Appearance- Dark purple/red/tawny color with very quick bubbly off-white head. Hold it up to a light and it's beautiful red.

Smell- Lemon vinegar, oaky vanilla, tart cherys, oaky funk. Beautiful smell. Oak is very prominent.

Taste- Very tart cherry up front soon gives way to vanilla and oak flavors. Mild musty funk comes through lightly. Cherry is prominent throughout. Finish is sweet and sour cherry. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and crisp. Quite sour, but not overly puckering. Really great balance.

Overall- This is a beautiful beer. I wish I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle poured into a CCB Snifter.

A: Pours a deep reddish body that almost appears brown. Light tan fizzy head with a faint red hue builds up and leaves little lacing, but settles and lasts throughout the duration of the drink. Bright red pieces of sediment float in the ring of head.

S: The smell is dominated by sour, tart cherries. Some funk and hints of oak and citrus. Very nice aroma.

T: Lots of tart cherries to follow the nose. Some citrus and even some white wine grapes. A good amount of oak to balance the sweetness and the funk.

M: Light-Medium body, High carbonation, dry, but a bit more creamy than I would've imagined from the appearance and the style.

O: Very nice balance of sweet, funk, and oak. I really enjoyed this one. I'm curious what a bit of age would do for it - I'll have to try and find a way to wrestle up another bottle.

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Photo of yankeepride
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm pretty new in the world of sours, but this is exactly what I had in mind when I was jonesing for one tonight. I was hoping for a bit more crimson on the pour, because let's face it, I like to be shallow and judge my beer by its looks at first. It was more of a brownish color, with a hint of blood to it. I used a tulip, and it foamed up right away. I had to let it sit to finish the bottle, and as it fell, it left some nasty-looking splotches on my glass. Since the looks didn't quite work out, I had to go after the personality. First off, it just blew sour cherries in my nose, followed by a tart, sour cherry flavor, and then a crisp, satisfying finish of, you guessed it - sour cherries. It wasn't that eye-closing sour, but indeed it was tart. It didn't linger too long, leave too much of a puckering aftertaste, but instead was watery enough to do its thing and then pick up and go home. I genuinely loved this beer, but for the price, I'd only have it again as a gift.

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Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is murky and brownish in color with a ruby hue. There is no head to speak of and no visible bubbles. It is sort of ugly, but not a huge departure from the style.

S-The smell gives up a decent hit of cherries, some prune-flavored malts, some dry oak, a mild tartness and a touch of funk. It is a bit underwhelming compared to other, better examples of the style.

T-The taste tracks the smell with bing cherries, light oak, and pruney malts being the major flavors. The acidity is very mild and, to be honest, could be amped up to better balance the lightly sweet fruit flavors.

M-The beer opens with a quick wave of surprisingly assertive carbonation, but the bubbles fade quickly with a slick, watery finish.

O-As a Flanders ale fan (and on the date of the Tour of Flanders bicycle race, no less), I had hopes for this beer, but I am a bit disappointed. The flavors are not very complex and the missing tartness/acidity really hurt the smell and taste score. On the bright side, the mouthfeel is nice.

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Photo of Damian
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a corked and caged 12.7 ounces bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Vintage 2013
Served in a tulip

Poured a ruddy, crimson-mahogany with a one-plus finger tall crop of rocky, tan colored foam. The head dropped quickly. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was interesting. Super tart with sour cherry notes. Mild funk. Touch of balsamic vinegar. Quite acidic. The acidity was balanced by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Good dose of brett. There was a slight medicinal quality as well.

The flavor profile was sharp and unrefined. Very sour up front. Strong red wine vinegar notes. Perhaps some red wine in the center. Lots of brett. Crisp and very lemony. Pithy lemon rind. Huge oak and tannin flavors on the back end. The beer finished somewhat astringent with an unpleasant mix of tannins, earthy and bitter hops, and light metallic notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine yet aggressive carbonation. The carbonation settled with time and the liquid felt more plush and creamy.

I decided to pop this 2013 vintage of Red Poppy to get as much sour cherry flavor out of it as possible. Unfortunately, the cherry was surprisingly muted, and the overall flavor profile seemed raw and poorly integrated. This was definitely not worth the $18 I paid for my bottle.

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Photo of MCain04
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle for $16, poured into a 10 oz snifter.

A: Dark and opaque with a light tan 1 finger head with modest retention and great lacing.

S: Sour grapes and sour cherries, heavy on the cherries, not too funky, acidity with citrus notes, really nice.

T: Sour grapes and cherries true to the nose, not too heavy on the cherries, can't really pick out any oak notes, fruity sweetness and acidity lingers, very nice but could have emphasized the oak and cherries more.

M: A tad over-carbonated, but smooth and coats the tongue, not too dry not too wet, pretty good.

O: I really enjoyed this, probably wouldn't buy again for the price though. It isn't on the level of Supplication, but it's a good AWA.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Tulip.

A. pours a murky brownish red. With a off white head. The head lasted through out drinking.

S. Tart/ cherries. Slight funkyness, yeast smell. Slightly cheese odor.

T. those Tart cherries again!slight vinegar. More tart than sour. slight funky/cheese/yeast, tart finish.

M. Medium, highly carbonated.

O. Has great smells! that carry into the flavor.. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you bought a La Folie and dumped it in a 375ml bottle; and then charged even more for it...well, this is what you would have.

The local liquor store charged $16.99 for this 375ml bottle, right next to it was La Folie 750ml for $16.99.

Wish I would have read my own post before purchase; where is my DeLorean?

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with an eighth of a finger high beige head that hardly died down.
S: There are aromas of cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of cherries with some sourness and tartness but there is also bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly easy to drink, especially since it isn't that tart or sour. I really enjoyed this and would definitely try it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly murky reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has slightly less than a quarter finger tall dense light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of sour cherries and tartness with a light amount of oak. Some subtle notes of vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel sweetness but that is quickly overshadowed by moderate to strong flavors of sour cherries. The beer has a light to moderate amount of tartness with some more subtle notes of oak and vinegar.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Overall this is a really enjoyable beer and is quite easy to drink, especially for the style. Nice amounts of tartness without the over the top tartness/vinousness. Good flavors contributed by the sour cherries and a good amount of complexity.

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Photo of tut2528
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to matttYCE for this one!

2012 Vintage

A: pours a deep cola brown, that created highly carbonated "fizzy" head that quickly dissipated.

S: big sourness, tart cherries and oak right up front and its balance is awesome. some subtle vinegar presence is also noticeable. i also pick up on a caramel and sugary sweetness

T: a massive blast of tart cherries crushes the palate (awesome), big wine like characters from the oak barrel, high acidity, slight barnyard funk, caramel and a dry finish.

M: on the lighter side of medium bodied, the taste buds freak out with each sip causing intense salivation. it leaves a very vinous feel on the palate. high carbonation and dry.

O: Nice flavor profile, great balance, its one hell of a brew, and this will be one that I will most likely seek out int he future. Only wish is that it was in a larger format, because I'm left wanting a second glass

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Photo of Treb0R
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa brown body with hints of red. High carbonation. Cafe ole colored head.

Full of sour black cherries, oak, toasted coconut, very well balanced and complex. Not as sour as one would think before tasting it. Has a bit of funk to it. The aroma is reminiscent of your typical Cali sour ales.

The mouthfeel is on point. Smooth as silk and that high carbonation fizzles away rather quickly after pouring.

I like Supplication a bit more overall, but Red Poppy is a bit more complex.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy dark red- brown with a big flufly tan head and nice lace.

S - very pleasant aroma of Roeselare yeast (barnyard, lacto, pedio) with soft floral hops, bubblegum, cherry and a hint of coconut from the barrel. Not intense, but a pleasure to whiff.

T - like the aroma. It has a nice balance of the typical Flanders flavors and none of them completely trump the others. The sour cherry and lacto stand out a bit. The vinegar character is subdued compared to many Flanders ales, but it's definitely there.

M - medium body and creamy with robust carbonation. It has a nice sour cherry finish that isn't over the top. If Oude Tart is an 8/10 on the sourness scale, then Red Poppy is 6/10.

O - as a Flanders fan, it's hard to find a fault in this beer beyond the $16/12oz. price tag. I'd rate it higher, if it had a little more vinegar in the flavor, but really enjoyed it "as is". There are more assertive Flanders at much lower prices, but this beer made me appreciate balance for the style. If money and variety weren't a consideration, then I'd be glad to drink this quite often.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel as part of the DC bottle share. Bottle brought by mgbhoo much thanks. From notes.

Decent sample pouring brings a light tan caramel body, not much head given, other bigger pours show about the same. Fairly clear and pleasant, not much red hue to it, perhaps a bit bronze.

Nose has a light to moderate funk bent, with an interesting huge clove sweetness. Good hints of chopped wood and splinters. Interesting mix of spice funk and mild sweetness. Good acid bent without being overly tart.

Taste sort of lets down on the palate. Very thin bodied for they style, with out the hinting malt sweetness or depth. Quite wet also, with moderate carbonation , but most surprising is how noticeably grainy tasting this is. Tartness is about expected hinting from the nose without too much acid or extreme vinegar sensations.

It has a very distinct nose and decent sense of what might be coming, but the palate just doesn't deliver, the wet grainy taste is a real disappointment.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for this mini-bottle that was double parked on my wants list for a looong time. Sippy-cup size 375ML bottle, split with my wife.

First there's the matter of the cork, which yielded only after it was tortured with a pliers. The pop is convincing. Pour is ruby red held up to the light, much more than it is any kind of brown. Nose is a slash of sour red fruits, red vinegar, sour but not biting. Almost like a toned-down wine. Like.

Red Poppy marches down the vinous path. The cherries are closer to tart than sour, which is good by me. Oak dries this down to the bone, red wine vinegar. But really the DNA on this is simple: sour cherries. Nice to drink down, this ought to come in bigger bottles. Fo sho.

Lovely sour that's just my speed. Very good beer that's damn close to excellent. My wife has proclaimed it her favorite sour ever...which is saying something.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, this strikes me immediately as a fruit-ed lambic (and a darn good one) and not a Flemish Red. This is the angle from which I review this.

A: the color of dark cherries, haha! - dead on - brownish-red...only lightly hazy, at first, until dregs were unpreparedly pourn in later (they really should mark on the bottle that it was refermented or on lees - or maybe I should've known)...huge, fizzy, beige head - spongy/foamy/rocky - collapsed rapidly, screaming "infection!"

S: funky, lambic aromas....smells startlingly Belgian...cherry perhaps in there, far in the background

T: tart/sour as heckfire up front, but with a lovely cherry-perfumy-booze and mild, phantomly- chocolaty malt undertone - just super swell....perhaps some woody flavors and rounded-ness and band-aidy phenolics wafting on the edges....essence of cherry lays on the palate long after a healthy sip, nice and mellow

M: has maybe a touch more body than a typical lambic...close, but not quite bone dry, excellent balance between tannic (oaky) roundness and dry tartness...bit of a numbing sensation on the tip on the tongue....slightest tingle

O: wow! fairly impressed. this could easily be mistaken for an authentic Belgian import....they did a fantastic job (surely leaving a little wiggle room for improvement)....the cherries and oak-aging and whatever other special tweaks they did are the x-factor here....probably the most faithful domestic interpretation of a Belgian lambic I've come across (arguably)

on a side note - the name "Red Poppy" seems to conjure up a particular flavor that I didn't find here (lemon poppy seed muffin?!) - has anyone else had a similar thought?

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.