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
Ratings:
1,948
Reviews:
575
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get this bottle as an extra courtesy of BrewerB, thanks Brian! Thank god. I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

This beer pours a dark and dirty creek water brown. It has a billowing three finger beige colored, frothy head that resembles that of a rootbeer float. It smells of both sweet and sour cherries. It has a superb tartness. The flavors are sweet and tart simultaneously. The cherry flavors are pretty complex and superbly crafted for the style. This is instantly one of the best Flanders Oud Bruins that I've tried to date. The finish is both dry and sticky. Overall this beer is phenomenal. It has great flavor and isn't vinegar ridden like some FOB can be. I greatly recommend this one.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is reddish brown and does not form a head. Carbonation is low and there is a little lacing left on the glass. Beer is relatively clear.

Aroma is a strong sourness, mostly citric based. Kind of a one note aroma but it smells fine.

Strong sour flavor, again citric. There are several late flavors, sweet, strong tart, hits me in the corners of my mouth. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is good. Carbonation plays a role in the connectivity of the beer overall.

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Photo of BEER88
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great thank you goes out to jtrockchalk who included this want as an extra in a recent trade!

This one is russet-brown with very little head after a vigorous pour. It smells of a high quality balsalmic vinegar; wood; sour, tart monticello cherries with a background note of warm caramel. This is very nice!

The taste mirrors the smell with a very slight lactic tang and citrus zest presence. I am digging this! Not quite as sour as say Rodenbach Grand Cru or cirrca 2005 Panil Barriquée, but not nearly as sweet as Rodenbach Alexander or the Duchesse.

Mouthfeel is right for the style - vinous and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is excellent as I was through the bottle way to quickly for my liking.

If it weren't so difficult to obtain, I could see myself making this a staple.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 4/6/2011, served from a 2011 bottle into a tulip glass at Craft Ale House. Split with Nick.

A: Cloudy and murky mahogany brown body with some amber hues around the top edge. A slightly off-white head formed but settled into a thin foamy cap.

S: Complex and unique fruit and wood aromas come through. Sweet and tart cherries, dry Sherry, oak wood and blackcurrants make up the nose. It's somewhat dry, earthy yet sweet and tart overall, a very interesting blend of flavors.

T: Balanced and complex, just like the nose. Immediately your palate is hit with vinegar-like sour notes infused with woody-cherry flavors. The end palate and finish is rather dry, though no lingering acidic or tart notes are present. While there are certainly some roasted malts they recede and allow the other dark fruit and tart flavors to come full circle.

M: Very prickly, bubbly and medium-bodied; just like you'd expect in the style. Again, the finish is somewhat dry providing a very sharp cut away from any lactic sour notes.

The price per ounce of this beer, in my opinion, is a bit overpriced. It was, however, one of the absolute better Flanders Oud Bruin’s I’ve tried but not something I would stock up on when there are just as good ones available at a more reasonable price. I was glad I was able to try it and thank Nick for splitting the cost to make this easier to swallow.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

12.7 oz.
2009 Edition
Caged/Corked

Poured into a tulip a brownish color, not much carbonation at all, tiny fizzy off-white head, if any, basically not much sticky lacing. The nose is malty, soury, cherries, slight spice. The taste is malty, pretty soury, cherries, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, even though not much carbonation, it still is tasty, thanks Bill.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured brown with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely smell of tartness consisting of corky musty brett notes with lovely cherry aromas but I did detect adic vinegar character, oak, slight floral, and faint booze.

T: the ingredients mesh quite well sour cherries and acidic vinegar being the most dominate but had corky oaky, a touch of vanilla, apple, and floral accents; love beers like this.

M: the brew was medium in body with a perfect amount of prickly carbonation which had an acidic, slight sweet, sour, and dry finish.

D: very drinkable flanders that is very tasty and very glad to have a stash for future tastings. This one is definitely worth trying or trading for if you don't have access to it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with a couple friends. Hell of a beer. I'm not always a fan of the Flanders sours, but this tones down the creamy sweetness of a Duchess into a mellow cherry and strawberry character over biting citrus and sour tang. I'm most impressed by the balance of the different flavors, rolling from one to the other instead of just covering each other up. Find this beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque murky brown colour with a thin layer of light, bubbly dirty white head.

S - Acidic, funky, sour cherries.

T - Acidic and tart. Sour cherries, barnyard funk, sour cherries. Some oaky/tanic notes.

M - Medium body. Dry and tart. Light to moderate carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm very surprised to find this in a couple stores. I'm also very surprised to see it marked at $16.49 and $18.99 per 375 ml corked and caged bottle. Wish me a good journey. On to the beer:

Poured into my Falke chalice, this ale features a dark amber color (leaing towards brown) for the most part, with hues of red and light orange. The second pour creates a more murky color. Head forms a finger's thick on top, gently going down to a thin lace on top. Upfront in the smell are a lot of sour/tart cherries. There's also some liquid caramel playing along beautifully.

First sip is really tart and sour. Oh, but it is bliss. A dab of sweet butterscotch is the first note to hit. Shortly after, you get a bombardment of cherries and puckering tart/sour flavor. Very puckering. Somehow, it manages to be addictive without being too much of a good thing. Moderate acidity. Long and lingering in the aftertaste is the tartness. Very pleasant in the mouth....the liquid is on the lighter side, but the tartness makes me forget how light it is. Some sprinkles of carbonation add zest. The beer goes down really easy, and it is very difficult to slow down my rate of consumption.

Tart Tongues™, rejoice! Red Poppy Ale is, without a doubt, outstanding beer. If you see it, pick it up.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmwgirl9606 for sending me this bottle.

2010 vintage. The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is tart with some oak, vanilla, brown sugar and cherry. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries with some oak and lemons mixed in as well. There is also a nice sweetness that resembles brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent beer. So happy I got to try this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark reddish brown.

The aroma has tart cherries, a Flanders red fruitiness and tart vinegar.

The flavor follows with tons of tartness in the front along with red tart cherries. There is a tinge of sweetness along with some vinegar tart qualities.

A very tart and fruit forward version of the Flanders red style. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly red-hued brown with more than an inch of sudsy head that falls to less than a finger quickly. Lots and lots of lace.

Aroma is funky, quite musty and horsey, with a strong undercurrent of sour cherries. Quite puckering flavor with fresh sour cherries, mineral and metallic notes, must, funk, and light sweetness. Delightfully tart. Trace of woody, oaky notes. Tart, wine-like finish, dry, kriek-like. Delicious.

Medium thin-bodied with fizzy carbonation and a drying finish, leaving you puckering up and looking for more. As this beer sits the fresh cherry flavor really explodes. Very tasty, very real, and unfortunately, very expensive.

Thanks Ryan for such a top notch extra!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful bottle, definitely really classy. I love the image of the poppy on black with the heavy glass, and I love the name. I guess Poppies will always be associated with Flanders after the "Flanders Field" association. Pours a murky reddish/orange brown with a slight head, but what head there is surprisingly sticks around as a swirl of light foam for a very long time. Smells quite acetic, with some red fruit, a bit of leather, and a touch of funk right at the end. Taste is marvelous, and quite complex. Starts sour with a bit of spiciness and more red fruit and plum. It becomes more minerally, funkier, and woodier. The finish is both spicy and funky with flavors of aged, runny cheese. The fruity sourness persists throughout. Delicious and very balanced. The oak contributes some funkiness, and some light tannins, but there is no flavor of new oak or vanilla. The mouthfeel is pure and acetic, but benefits from the light tannins lending some structure. A complex beer, as complex as much stronger beers. Tremendously drinkable and ebjoyable.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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