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Red Poppy Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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:
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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to oakbluff for hooking me up with this rare brew!

Pours a cloudy chunky orange/red, kind of like grapefruit juice, thick white head, some solid lace spots, settles to a nice layer and thick ring. Smell is sour and tart, very acidic, cherries, bread, lots of fruit, quite intense, oak, nice. Taste is similar, very oaky, some caramel, vanilla, cherries, tart fruit, acidic, lemons, vanilla, acidic fruit in the finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Fantastic sour beer, no rough edges, very nice. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 04:37:48 | More by Viggo
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2012 17:28:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 15:43:13 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours slightly hazy ruby/brown color with large bubbles forming when poured. Very little retention and very small bits of lace forms.

S: Nice sour cherry straight away with a little bit of oak, vanilla, and vinegar.

T: Again, lots of sour cherry, it dominates the flavor profile. Underneath there is a good bit of oak and a little vanilla. Rather sweet with a great level of sourness. A touch of vinegar.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: Big fan of this beer, and of the style in general. Very easy drinking, would have no problem drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 16:56:22 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown pour, not as sexy as Supplication. . . more brown, didn't have enough of the cherry edge to it, some head and/or lacing with good carbonation. Aroma is wood and fruit, cherry underplayed still.

Cherry comes out moreso on the palate, good sour qualities, almost nothing is sweet about the beer. Oak. Definite brown ale base beer flavor exists and is not overshadowed by the sour and cherry flavors. Harmony. Would actually prefer more cherry and tart flavors v. the brown ale and wood flavor, but its not a liability by any means. Damn this is dry.

What's the deal with the pricing on these? More than $1 an oz? Supplication is better and cheaper, so I can't really recommend this too strongly, worth checking out and special occasions, but damn its pricey.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:15:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this bottle in a recent trade.
This one poured a hazy, sort of murky, reddish orange with a smattering of soapy bubbles. A thin, fine cap appeared as CO2 slowly came out of solution and this finally settled into a thin collar. Some spotty, short-lived lacing clung to the glass and there was a slow, steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface throughout. Tart, fruity aroma of freshly picked berries still unwashed, cherry skins and mild vinegar. Quite earthy, with notes of tobacco and musty hay. Some bread and oak were present too. The taste was fruity and tart up front, a mixture of lactic sourness and just a bit of vinegar, with a raspberry quality yet more of a cherry flavour. This gave way to brown sugar and bread, plus a hint of toffee and chocolate towards the end. The occasional flash of vanilla appeared as well. Earthy notes of tobacco and berry skins, with just a bit of oak flavour, added some depth. Lingering, tart finish. Medium bodied with a bit of a sugary texture and lingering dryness from the oak tannins. Carbonation was average, perhaps a little on the high side. Highly drinkable, but definitely worth savouring. Great balance, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 00:52:15 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

09-02-2013 06:02:22 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Czoch75 beat the hell out of me in the Fight Club Rnd 2 BIF.. this was an incredible score. Clint is beyond generous.

Shared this one with Inflatablechair a while back... Sam is good people. Reviewed from paper notes.

Lite tan head.. no real lace.. only descent retention... the brew is a slightly hazed deep orange/red.

Nose is cherries with lite funk and pretty abundant acetic elements..

Cherries are less pronounced than the aroma, but are still prevalent... plenty of vinegar and some mild lactic presence.. with warmth some balsamic characteristics show.. maybe some oak, but I could easily be imagining things.

very very refreshing.

Thanks again Clint.. unheard of generosity.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 08:53:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood BBQ for breaking this one out.

Pours a clear red/brown color with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of tart cherries with good amounts of oak and funk. As it warms the tartness becomes even more pronounced.

Tastes great. Tart cherries flavors up front turn into very tart cherry flavors midway through the sip. Also present is a good amount of oak and a lot of dryness. This beer is on the threshold of being too much but as it stands it's perfect.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could sip on these for a long time.

Overall this was a very good representation of the style and one I'm happy to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:28:07 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-27-2012 05:53:19 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-07-2012 13:07:09 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-22-2014 20:10:03 | More by afsdan
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a dark brown color with a thin fizzy off-white head covering the top. The head faded to cling to the sides of the glass where it left moderate lacing.

The aroma is sharp with some cherry tartness and some acidic sourness to it. I can also get a little of the oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. The taste shows a lot of the tartness and acidicness the nose suggested. The cherries really come through in the finish leaving a very nice cherry aftertaste on the palate. There is also some hints of the oak and vanilla flavors as well helping the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice sour flavor to it. I've said before though that I'm very impartial to cherries, I just love them. Adding real cherry flavor to anything is a positive thing to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 00:13:54 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured into my Russian River tulip, the beer is a dark copper with a red tint. As I expected, a tiny head is the result of a vigorous pour and there is no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly sweet and dominated by sour cherries, with some lactic acid and barnyard characteristics. The aroma denotes a mild tartness. Some plum and chocolate notes are evident, as well as currants. The flavor is much like the aroma. The black cherry flavor is pervasive. The beer is minimally sour and fairly tart. The lactic acid is noticeable. The chocolate is subdued and the plum is present. The finish is dry, crisp, slightly sweet, and tart with cherry flavor.

Red Poppy is medium bodied with medium carbonation. It is light on the palate and dry. Astringency is low.

A great representation of the style. I can't believe this stuff comes out of San Marcos. I prefer this vintage to the first, though the Double Cherry Red Poppy is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 05:58:27 | More by HopHead84
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2011 03:35:22 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

One of those beers whose price tag is so restrictive - excited to try on tap, which was actually MUCH cheaper on a $ per ounce basis

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, rich garnet body, relatively lifeless beige bubbles

smell: big rich nose - oak, cedar, cherry, balsamic, vanilla

taste: really decadent stuff - huge woody notes, cherry, balsamic, vanilla, dark chocolate...not so funky, but a great amount of depth and twangy flavours to explore

mouthfeel: a little big for the style, but still smooth and decadent. carbonation not flat, but low

overall: solid stuff - really enjoyed

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 22:10:59 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, 12.7oz, corked & caged. The beer is clear, dark rusty colored, with no head at all. As I drank it I noticed the carbonation was really light too, not sure if the carbonation fell off with 1 year of age.

The beer smells just about perfect, so strong and funky. Both tart cherries and barnyard wild notes, but mainly the sour seems to come from the cherries. Only a hint of vinegar, so much better than other oud bruins I've had in terms of that. And it only gets better when I taste it. Very fruity and sour, basically fermented cherry juice with some brett. If I'd tried this 2-3 years ago I might have objected to the pucker-inducing sourness but now I've come to crave this attribute. This is bracing and pungent, massive in aroma and flavor.

The real downside for me is the low carbonation. Lost Abbey's struggles with carbonation have been well documented in their strong beers, but their sour beers have usually been fine. In this case I'm guessing it's the age, and it really doesn't hurt the drinking experience all that much. The light body seems to suit the style, very drinkable. This will be on my eternal wants list, and I'll actively trade for it each year it's released.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 01:39:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-12-2011 23:13:45 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a somewhat murky deep browned color with some reddish hues attempting to poke through. A thick, slightly rusty head retains for a bit with some webs of lacing.

Plenty of cherries with sourness throughout the nose, heavier earthy notes with oak and some acid. Some dark fruit sweetness and funk as well.

Very cherry forward with a decent amount of sourness delivered by the fruit. Some dark fruits with raisin tones and caramel sweetness throughout the malt bill. Not quite as full flavored and sour as I originally thought it would be, but still pretty tasty. Finishes dry with another gasp of cherry and oak.

Medium thinner body, somewhat watery but really high carbonation. This keg was definitely overgassed, as it took the bartenders about 7 minutes to pour a glass. I'd like to give this a try out of a bottle so I can re-review it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 04:50:47 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-30-2012 01:59:02 | More by rolltide8425
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-24-2013 19:12:48 | More by Zaphog
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-23-2013 16:34:52 | More by GraduatedCashew
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

09-08-2013 15:37:50 | More by liamt07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly red-hued brown with more than an inch of sudsy head that falls to less than a finger quickly. Lots and lots of lace.

Aroma is funky, quite musty and horsey, with a strong undercurrent of sour cherries. Quite puckering flavor with fresh sour cherries, mineral and metallic notes, must, funk, and light sweetness. Delightfully tart. Trace of woody, oaky notes. Tart, wine-like finish, dry, kriek-like. Delicious.

Medium thin-bodied with fizzy carbonation and a drying finish, leaving you puckering up and looking for more. As this beer sits the fresh cherry flavor really explodes. Very tasty, very real, and unfortunately, very expensive.

Thanks Ryan for such a top notch extra!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 15:06:25 | More by tobelerone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
5% ABV, 2011

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this one for another one of our Tickerazzi events!

A - Hazy dark brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - Awesome bruin aroma of mild vinegar and brown malt. Wood, oak barrel is hinted at with a pinch of sweetness. A swirl brings out some faint wild yeast funk.

T - Spiciness and cherry overshadows the rest of the beer a but too much but nice vinegar sourness comes through the finish with a wild yeast complexity on the back end.

M - Highly carbonated and medium-bodied, Red Poppy is mildly tart with a faint vinegar sour finish.

O - For $16? Are they nuts? While it's a good beer, it's certainly not worth that in the least. Decent and drinkable but hardly worth getting again, for me anyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 17:24:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.