Red Poppy | 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): 6.50%

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
Ranking:
#1,159
Reviews:
595
Ratings:
2,012
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle shared with BA carlos poued in a glass

the color is ruby with dark bronze hues and thin tan head with tiny bubbles.
Smell is fruity and tart cherry with very aromatic wild yeast aroma
the feel is very tart with a dry back and moderately carbonated with mild astringency
The taste is earthy dry and tangy cherry with slight woody aspect and mild alcohol with lots of acidity and lingering fruit with a drying quality
Overall a solid wild red with fruit, the poppy seed adds to the dry and cherry sourness is enjoyable throughout

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured from 375 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice clear ruby hue with highly active carbonation jets fueling a 1-2 inch frothy light tan head with good retention.
S: Lovely cherries dominate the aroma. Hints of cinnamon, soft caramel, and an earthy spice note too.
T: Tart cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cinnamon, black pepper, and a good amount of oaky tannins.
M: Light-medium body. Tart and sour with some berry sweetness. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Nice tart berries and cherries. Goes well on its own, but would be even better paired with food.

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Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle poured into a snifter. A copper-red color with a faint tan head. Cherries and bread on the nose, with faint floral esters. A slick, not too tart, stone fruit flavor. Lots of Belgian esters but more accessible than the usual Flanders Reds. Clean and dry finishing. High carbonation. Outstanding.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Poppy Pours a dark reddish/brown color, with a big fizzy head. Tart aroma, with hints of oak. Flavor is big, full, tart oak, hints of chart cherries, and a sour finish. Not overpowering, but very body. Overall, a fantastic beer, very full bodied, slightly sour, nice fruit flavors.

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Photo of npachl
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep mahogany topped by a dense finger and a half of cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of delicious sourness with some bright cherries, leather, oak, vanilla, and light caramel. Slight hints of funk as well. Huge complexity on the nose.
T: Taste is pretty sour up front with a lot of funk, oak, sour cherry, leather, slight vanilla and even more funk. Good fruity undertones throughout. Swallow is funk and oak with some lingering cherry and leather.
M: This beer has a mouthfeel that is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is quite effervescent which is nice and keeps things moving across the palate. The beer has a drying finish from the acidity and attenuation.
O: Overall this is a very well executed Flanders Red. It's a little heavy on the funk but it's also pushing five years old. Overall it's still well balanced and drinks well with a really nice complexity. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter

Solid dark brown liquid crowned by a taupe two finger foam cap, some lacings

Aroma is tart, sour cherries

Tart taste , get some of the oak as well. But, I get an off taste in this beer . Musty,

Good sudsing,

Good beer

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, cork and cage, served in a stemless glass. Medium brown body, one finger white head, short retention, not much lacing. Smell is huge lactic acid, cherries, slight toffee, lemon, oak, a bit vinous. This is an aggressive smelling Flanders red in terms of the lactic acidity, which actually dries out the palate a fair amount. I like the smell better than the flavour here. It's quite heavy on the lactic acidity, with a bit of cherry flesh; slight toffee sweetness adds a bit of balance, and the vinous oak character rounds it out. Carbonated (!), medium lighter body, nice drinking flanders despite the heavy lactic acidity, and actually not that far off from the likes of Rodenbach.

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Photo of cd34
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Soneast
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chilmer
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silverblaze540
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark mostly opaque brown with some light around the edges; bubbles like a soda, with a head that dissipates quickly.

S - Cherries; grapes; sweet tart fruits.

T - Medium sour cherries; like a cider.

M - Crisp and carbonated; Medium body.

O - Sourness is not overpowering and smell is pleasant.

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Photo of Duncian
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
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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Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,012 ratings