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Double Red Poppy - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 84
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flanders style Red Ale with Sour Cherries (double normal amount)

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 01-18-2009)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Night of the Barrels 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dirty dark garnet color with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The cherries really dominate throughout. Regular Red Poppy has enough when fresh, but this takes it to another level. Interesting to note is that Tomme said that no new cherries are added; rather, the regular version is combined with extra cherry juice when kegging. Good lactic character with a bit of oak, as well as some acetic acid. The latter is mild.

The flavor does a beautiful job combining acidity with the fruit and then throwing in a bit of oak and tannin for good measure. Nice complexity and a dominant fruit presence. Supremely tart with mild notes of acetic acid. Oak carries through the finish. Fantastic brew. Well done.

Thorpe429, May 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is the same murky mahogany color that Red Poppy is, with a nice off-white head.

S: The cherries are certainly noticeable, and that's what I was expecting. Good oak notes as well, a mild mustiness, and a hint of acetic acid along.

T: The flavor is completely dominated by the cherries and the wood. The two battle back and forth, each sip seems to alternate which characteristic is more prevalent. There is a more complex flavor than with regular Red Poppy, that seems to have additional some yeast esters. Not overly sour, but nicely tart.

M: The body is medium with a rolling and smooth carbonation. This one is bone dry.

D: As to whether I like this or "regular" Red Poppy more, I can't really say. Both were quite enjoyable and different in their own ways.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I'm a fan of the regular Red Poppy I made sure that I grabbed some of this at the EBF 2012. The beer poured out as a cloudy looking brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell was BIG, this sucker has lots and lots of sour aromas coming off of it. The sour cherry and wooden barrel aromas are one of the strongest I've smelled in a beer here. The taste of the beer made me realize how much strong this beer can be, I actually made a face when swallowing this brew. The oak flavors with all that extra cherry really kick you in the teeth. The mouthfeel was similar the regular version I thought. Overall it's a very tart beer with a lot to offer to people who really enjoy this style. I still prefer the original version over this one though.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store, enjoyed a few of these during their Lost Abbey event for SF Beer Week.

Murky and opaque reddish-brown in the glass, looks like a glass of bile, quite frankly. It's got an almost grey color to it. On a more positive note, the head retention is great.

The aroma is absolutely incredible, like cutting into a fresh tart cherry; you get all the complexity and depth of a whole piece of fruit. To my surprise, there's more to be found: the dark malt base is subtle but present, lending a light toasty, bready character; there's also a touch of brown sugar, vanilla and restrained lacto sourness.

It tastes equally amazing, like biting into a fresh tart cherry. Sweeter than the regular Red Poppy, but nowhere near cloying; there's plenty of balancing sourness and a touch of oaky astringency. I get toasty dark malt, brown sugar and vanilla beneath the massive fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full, the additional fruit adds a richness that the regular Red Poppy doesn't have, yet this is still incredibly drinkable. The finish is sweet and tart, lightly oaky and with a hint of vanilla lingering beneath the cherries.

Having tried the standard Red Poppy on tap the day before, this version is very different but equally delicious. This is nowhere near the subtle, balanced beer that bottled Red Poppy is; the fruit character is dominant and remarkable. What a great beer.

largadeer, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Kegatron, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey for Lost Abbey takeover.

Pours a light fizzy head, dark murky brown color.

Nose has dark fruits, tart fruits, a sour mash malt, lots of fruit, hint of caramel, brown malts, etc.

Taste is super fruity, lots of tart cherry, sour malt, brown malt, almost but not quite cough syrupy like, plenty of balotin cherry, sweet malts and syrup, bit of acidity, not flemmy either, dry finish, super tart as well, more cherry and a bit of fruit lingering. Fairly sweet overall.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, decent flanders, nice fruits, malts, sour and tart flavors, not really acidic or flemmy, fairly drinkable.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

oline73, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Night of the Barrels up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a murky ruby red color with less than an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, sour raspberries, vinegar, oak, and other tart fruits. Little bit of funk as well, but not too much; much more of a sour fruit thing going on in the nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, and some funk. A little more oak and funk than the nose, but that tart cherries is up front again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A really great sour from Lost Abbey. Unfortunately I haven't had the normal Red Poppy yet, but would love to have this one again. Lots of tart cherries and sour fruits in the nose and taste.

mdfb79, Mar 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

yourefragile, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on my phone back in March. The pour yields a color of hazy brownish coloration, a bit of redness somewhat reminiscent of overly ripe cherries. An off-white head forms across the top. When swirled, it regains about a fingers strength and displays a lighter brown color.

The smell of this brew is tangy initially with some funk aspect, minerals and earth following. Again here the smell picks up a distinct character of overly ripened cherries. As the brew warms up some indications of vanilla and wood almost leathery at times evolves with a scent of brown sugar.

The taste is sour and sharp with a funky aspect somewhat like stinky cheese, vinegar and a peculiar plastic-like sourness. More sips reveal a minorly puckering quality. This brew displays a pitty, earthy quality from the funky elements yet displays a bright, fresh cherry flavor that contrasts some rotten or overly ripe cherry flavoring. Collectively, the light alcohol incorporation, cherry flavor and herbal aspect form a medicinal taste that lingers in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is fairly smooth in the feel. It boasts a modest level of carbonation and a big salivation factor. Quite easy drinking with a nice depth of flavor. This was a brew I was very anxious to try. When I finally got the chance I was a little let down, it doesn't provide much beyond the base brew. When I learned what made this a "double" version I was also a bit let down. Simply dumping cherry juice into the base and aging it longer didn't provide that much benefit in my opinion.

stakem, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during the O'Brien's anniversary celebration. This was blended solely for this occasion.

The beer is a deep red with a small head and minimal retention. The aroma is of...sour cherries! Are you surprised? There is much more tart cherry to this than the original red poppy, though I haven't had it for quite some time. Other aromas are of oak and vanilla.

The flavor is of cherries as well. Very very cherry. Nice and tart and a very nice level of fruity sourness. There's some lacto, vanilla, and some oak. The finish is long and sweet, sour, and tart.

The carbonation is good and the drinkability is good as well. I love this stuff and I'm anticipating the 09 release of Red Poppy.

HopHead84, Jan 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Armsby Abbey on the Lost Abbey takeover night. Enjoyed as an 8 ounce pour.

A - Pours a light ruddy brown, nice garnet hue with a nice over one finger head that left really good lacing and a thin white cloud.

S - Smell is excellent of great tart cherries and sourness. Good vinegar notes too along with some nice brown sugar qualities.

T - Taste is very good too, though I don't get much difference in taste as I do the regular Red Poppy. Lots of those sour cherries, sugar, and vinegar notes. Not quite as vinegary as the regular, but the cherries do shine a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel I thought was a little worse than the regular version. Not quite as carbonated and crisp as before. Still good though.

O - Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. I do love Flanders Reds and this shows off why. Great sourness, fruits, and funk.

rudzud, Feb 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ColForbinBC, Apr 27, 2012
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Double Red Poppy from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.