Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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.

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.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

BEER STATS
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#660
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,985
pDev:
9.11%
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red Poppy (on draft) is a fine example of Flanders Reds, one of my favorite styles. But somehow this beer doesn't quite jump up and hit me over the head with its excellence. Make no mistake, I really really like it. But it doesn't strike me as noticeably better than other fine examples of this style.

It pours a red amber color, with hardly any head, but a ton of lacing. The aroma is a bit understated. The taste is big, full of fruit (cherries), and full of oak. It's quite dry. It's a bit tart, but nowhere near the "mouth puckering" quality that I associate with the term sour.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Similar flavors to Rodenbach Grand Cru, but more than twice the cost. Good to tick once.

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.27/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured to a Post Scriptum taster glass.

A: The body is coppery to red and brown. A little bit dirty and hazy. The head is beige with a a good retention and some good lacing.
S: The aroma is totally overthrown by brett. There's some funky touches as well. There's some barleywine-y touch, like a spotless malt roasting.
T: The taste starts with a power funky touch, a bit boozy. There's a big brett flavour, peachy, pear-y like dryness. It's rich and flavourful.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Tartness is high. Alcohol is unnoticed.
O: It' a very interesting sour, although I guess Flanders is not my preferred style.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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