Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 1,965 ratings
Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
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
Ranking:
#625
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,858
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
599
Trade:
40
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Ratings: 1,965 |  Reviews: 582
Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at monks during the lost abbey event.

A- almost three fingers of tanish head a top a ruddy deep red brown brew. Head leaves no lace or stick.

A- good amount of earth red wine vinegar and some sweet and sour cherries but to a lesser extent. The cherries don't give a big bright sour they come off more subdued. Rich malt backbone giving a darker bread touch.

T- opens up with a light sweet and sour cherry and funky oak hit with a touch of red wine vin. Malts come off sweet with some dark brown sugar and bread. Light acidity not the punch I was hoping for, more of a earthy thing going on.

M- a bit above medium in body and lightly carbed. Solid pucker but nothing outstanding.

O- its a good red but the cherries seem to be a bit over the hill and lacking the fresh sour hit. I would like to try the base beer without the cherries and see what that's like. Up against rodenbach gc its got some work to do.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Saltee
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of starshockey9
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not going to do the average rating, all I'm going to say is this is a fresh 2014 bottle. I had a '13 semi fresh bottle maybe 2-3 months after it was released last year and it was great. This years needs a little age on it but it can easily be a high 4 with some age.

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Smurf2055
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip, finger of off white head. Sediment is at the bottom.

Smell is tart and balanced.

Taste is strong cherry. Sour, almost bitter. Candied, almost.

Very smooth and balanced. Sits on the tongue quite well.

Very well done, but I don’t think it’s worth the price tag.

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

2014 Vintage
Poured into a standard tulip

Appearance: (4)
Pours a dark, murky mahogany with deep red undertones. A loosely bubbled, 1 finger tall tan head quickly rises and recedes almost immediately, leaving no lacing behind it's wake.

Aroma: (3.75)
Aromas of slightly tart cherries immediately shoot out of the glass upon pouring; Buried beneath the fruity acidity is a lightly acetic red wine vinegar character, but it is kept in balance by a rich, almost toffee like malt bread-y-ness. There is a very light barnyard funkiness imparted by some Brettanomyces. As the beer warms, some vanilla tones from the barrels become more apparent.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer touches your tongue, you're blasted by clean, juicy lactic acidity; tart cherry pie filling as well as both lemon and cherry juice. As the tartness fades on your palate, you are greeted by the flavors of the actual dark cherry flesh intermingling with notes of vanilla and almonds from the barrel. The beer finishes very dry with a flourish of slightly sweet, caramel-y malt. Long lingering notes of juicy cherry flesh, tart cherry flesh, bready malt and a deep vanilla character from the wood. light brettanomyces funk and tannins.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
light bodied with high, peppery carbonation. Refreshing, but I feel that the very high carbonation overwhelms the some of the more subtle aspects of this beer.

Overall: (4)
With Red Poppy, Lost Abbey ages their sour brown with cherries in used wine barrels. What comes out is a great sour that really showcases the essence of the whole cherry; the skin, flesh, juice and even the pit. I really appreciated the strong vanilla character imparted by the oak barrels that is often missing in a lot of sour beer. Recommended.

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Photo of berkey
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. From notes 07/18/10.

The cork was released with a reassuring 'pop'. Beer pours a ruby tinted dark brown color with a fairly large moderately well retained khaki colored head.

Smell is surprisingly spot on for the style. Wood and a mildly pungent funkiness are primary while the sour cherry aroma plays a secondary role just like most in the style that don't actually have any fruit added. I was wondering why this is called an Oud Bruin and not an American Wild Ale but so far it makes sense.

Flavor mostly mirrors the aroma which is a good thing. Funk stays under control while cherries stay subtle. Oak continues to play a big part though the vinegar-like notes are milder than expected. Overall still fairly similar to the more familiar European varieties out there. I half expected this to be more along the lines of RR Supplication but the restrained sourness and more subtle fruit take this in a slightly different direction. I prefer that beer for it's uniqueness but this is solid as well. My only (small) gripe is a wish for a little more intensity on the flavor. Not as excited about it at half way through the glass as I was on my first sip.

One of the better American versions of the style I've tried. I'd prefer a little more tartness but if you like the European versions like Rodenbach then this one is worth a shot. Just be aware it's a little more subdued.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my 100th beer advocate review I thought I would drink something that was different from the normal styles I love. This is my first Red Flanders Style Ale.

Cage & cork 12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: It a body is a dark brown and deep red color tone. The head is a real gusher that has seems t remain at a bit smaller that I fingers head that is khaki in color. Lacing is sticking all over the side of the glass.

Smell: Intense cherries. Some funkiness and vinegar like smell.

Taste: Intense sour cherries and funk. I dont really taste the oak barrel at all in this beer. As the cherries fade, the funk takes over in the aftertaste. Its not off putting at all it actually quite interesting.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing body that is smooth. Carbonation is very lively and would consider it a touch more than moderately carbonated.

Overall: This was a very interesting and enjoyable beer. It makes me want to try more sour beers! The biggest down fall is the price! At over 15 dollars for 12oz bottle this beer will be reserved for special occassions only!

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Photo of tim007007
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boatshoes
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a monster box from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. 375ml bottle. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a dark, very slightly crimson tinged, hazy brown into my snifter. A moderately aggressive pour yields about a finger of slightly tan head on top which to my surprise sticks around for quite awhile. Eventually dies back to a sheet across the top. Lots of beading carbonation in the body of the beer and a very small amount of lacing.

Smell- Very vinous with lots of oak present. Smells of dark tart cherries, some red wine grapes, and barrel. A little bit of vanilla even perhaps, not sure exactly where I'm getting that from, but maybe off of the barrel. Finishes with a strong whiff of lactic tartness.

Taste- Once again, very tart and very vinous. Lots of tart fruit flavors. Barrels really show through as well, adding a rich woodiness to the palate as well. Finishes on a very strong acidic note.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was good for the style with enough, but not too much, carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for me as well given the good flavor profile and nice tartness. However, I'm a sour head, and if you aren't this may be a touch tart for you.

Overall, a very solid shot at an oud bruin from Lost Abbey. I'm generally very impressed by the sours I've had of theirs and this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of femALEist
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Red Poppy Ale by Lost Abbey is a Flanders Oud Bruin style beer and 5.5%. It is a brown ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in oak barrels for over 6 months. It poured a beautiful copper red with a pinky full of a white head. It smelled of citrus, sour cherries and a hint of barnyard funkiness- kind of a one note nose. It tasted like dried sour cherries, Brett, and vinegar. The sour cherriness was pretty well balanced.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks awalk1227

A: Big pop from the cork, pours an almost opaque shade of redish brown. This thing has a really frothy and bubbly looking cream head that just wont get lost. Sort of Guinness looking in texture.

S: Lactic presence, vinegar and under ripened cherry tartness. Perhaps some vanilla or brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose quite nicely. Similar to many Oud Bruins except with more assertive tartness. Funk and tart up front, rolling into unripe cherries and brown malt base. Slightly puckering, definitely mouthwatering in the finish.

M: Surprisingly creamy, medium carb.

O: Overall, a great example of the style. Though I must say Im sort of getting lost in Flanders type sours. I cant exactly say what would make this one stand out in the crowd. Given the price and availability of this beer, I cant see seeking it out again in the midst of other "off the shelf" Flanders options available to me. Still, a great beer in its own right.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown color with less than a finger of cream colored head. The nose is sweet and sour. Vinager and cherries come to mind. The taste is much the same but nicely amped. Lip smacking tartness upfront with some sweet cherry offerings. Delightful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the tartness. Super drinkable and damn tasty as well

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Photo of Kplummer82
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 1,965 ratings
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