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Double Red Poppy - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 83
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 01-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Flanders style Red Ale with Sour Cherries (double normal amount)
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 20
Photo of womencantsail
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orange brown with quite a bit of sediment. Some ruby highlights, maybe.

Smells like bursting cherry and oak notes. Very solid flavor, like drinking ripe, soured cherries dropped with oak chips and a bit of ... spice? Hmm...maybe that's some component of the aging process.

Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. A fair amount of carbonation. Really enjoyed.

Photo of Chambic
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a murky, light brown

S: cherries are definitely there!

T: yes, the cherries, but also brown sugar and some kind of spice. When I mentioned cinnamon, Tomme neither confirmed nor denied. The mellow tartness let all those other flavors shine.

M: great level of carbonation

D: highly quaffable, this is a great Lost Abbey treat

Photo of pwoods
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5oz or so pour at the toronado SD.

A: Murky brown. No head but decent lacing.

S: Good tart and sourness. Lots of sour cherries.

T/M: Loads of sour cherries with a healthy puckering tartness. A bit funky. Fuller mouthfeel.

D: easy drinking but damn expensive.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store for their Lost Abbey night. From notes jotted down after I got home.

A: It's funny that largadeer referred to this as looking like bile, because that was my first (unspoken) thought upon seeing the glass. It's a murky puce body that doesn't look all that appealing. Swirling produced a nice head that lasted for a minute or so.

S: Beautiful cherry aroma. Brown sugar, toast, oak, vanilla.

T: Tart red cherries up front, with a delicious brown sugar and toast flavor that defines a wonderful backbone. Great flavor contrast that prevents the beer from being too sweet or too tart. Small sourness in the mid-taste, with a tannic finish that brings out light vanilla.

M: Light-bodied... Well-carbed. I forgot to pay attention to how dry it was (if it was), but I had no trouble finishing the pour and don't seem to recall any lingering sweetness.

D: Well deserving of an A. Great beer. My only complaint is that I HATE the Lost Abbey pricing structure ($15 / 375mL, FML) and I just don't see myself getting more than one bottle, if that.

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special version brewed just for O'Briens 15th Anniversary, even better than the normal version if you can believe that, reviewed from notes, color was a medium brown mixed with red tones, thin 3/4 inch slightly creamy tan head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, aroma is full of loads of cherries first and foremost, balsamic vinegar, oak, tart, earthiness, some mild spice, and fruit juice, flavor is like Red Poppy but with a lighter acidic feel and a lot more luring sweetness, taste is real nice and more mellow, finish still lasts almost a full minute, tastes like cherry juice was infused with the original batch, tart, sweet, lightly acidic, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink a whole lot of this, sweetness might takes it toll after a while but pretty easy to drink considering how much fruit went into this, one big thing I noticed from this one is the presence of more fruit, much sweeter and juicier but that is not a bad thing at all, wish the recipe stayed this way, wow the massive amounts of cherries that went into this did wonders, hope to see more of it in the future, recommended

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Double Red Poppy from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.