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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
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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Double cherry was on tap at the brewery during the V009 release. Reviewed from notes. Served in a taster glass.

Pour is light reddish brown with reasonably high amount of head. Bubbles are very large and porous similar to regular red poppy.

Smell is vinegar, red wine, and some brown sugar. The cherries come through in a nice brightness.

Tastes very sour. Tons of cherry and vinegar. The flavor profile is similar to regular red poppy, but the vinegar is toned down and the fruit is turned up. Tastes much better, but also much more sour than the regular version.

Body is a little thin, and carbonation is medium high.

Overall, a good, and very sour beer. The lower acetobacter was a huge improvement over regular poppy. This one is also good reasonably cold, which I can't say for the standard.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at EBF 2011 Night of the Barrels.

Looks like I expected, deep red in color with a very light head which Ive come accustomed to with my LA experiences.

Smell reaks of cherries with slight oak and funky undertones.

Cherries come out really nice in this, then the oak and a little tart with a subtle funkiness on the finish. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel is near perfect. Carbonation is not too high and not too low, just where it needs to be.

This was very drinkable and I wish this was bottled. Picked up some of 2011 Red Poppy the next day and am looking forward to trying it, hopefully I wont be let down.

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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell yeah, thanks to cloudskipper for sharing this tick at Lost Abbey night at City Beer after it ran out. Over on the other site this is listed as an alias of Red Poppy, but that's BS in my opinion, as this is a considerably different brewski (and a superior one if you ask me).

Cloudy deep burgundy in color with a small off-white head. Looks more or less how it should, if not particularly attractive.

The aroma is massive cherries, really intense. Some oakiness and funk as well as slight vinegar as well.

Huge, huge cherry flavor. Just jumps out of the glass at you. Damn tasty, oaky, mildly funky and tart.

Slight acidity on the palate with a nice tingling from the fruit and tartness that is typical of Lost Abbey sours.

I like this one a lot. Good job, Tomme.

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