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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
Ranking:
#624
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,969
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of mcallister
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I can see where the name comes into play a red ruby garnet type coor with little spritzy head that quickly fades into a ring around the glass.

Christ that is some nose. Wonderful woodsy aromas sour cherry, red currant, brett sour esters, dried berries, lavender and more. Amazing nose.

Just an amazing beer. Great oak notes follow the thick sour mouth puckering entry and middle. Full of tart fruits and berries cherry leading the way a nice acidic character on the finish and middle. Mouth is round and puckering and a beer I could sip on daily if available.

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Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

375ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled may 9/08.

pours hazy brownish-red with a big dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. malt vinegar. lemon. brown sugar. grapefruit. orange peel. bread and crackers. bit of alcohol. lots of funk and sourness. some horse blanket and barnyard. hint of spice.

taste is great. lemon and malt vinegar up front, then a nice bread and cracker malt and a nice light spice in the finish. a little less depth in the citrus than i got in the aroma, but nice. mostly lemon with a bit of orange peel. touch of yeast. leather. horse blanket. sour cherry coming out as it warms. vanilla. i like the nice spiced-cake character too. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation. fairly light body.

drinkability is great. great depth to the funk and sourness. nice malt profile hiding in behind. balanced and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a corked and caged 12.7 ounces bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Vintage 2013
Served in a tulip

Poured a ruddy, crimson-mahogany with a one-plus finger tall crop of rocky, tan colored foam. The head dropped quickly. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was interesting. Super tart with sour cherry notes. Mild funk. Touch of balsamic vinegar. Quite acidic. The acidity was balanced by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Good dose of brett. There was a slight medicinal quality as well.

The flavor profile was sharp and unrefined. Very sour up front. Strong red wine vinegar notes. Perhaps some red wine in the center. Lots of brett. Crisp and very lemony. Pithy lemon rind. Huge oak and tannin flavors on the back end. The beer finished somewhat astringent with an unpleasant mix of tannins, earthy and bitter hops, and light metallic notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine yet aggressive carbonation. The carbonation settled with time and the liquid felt more plush and creamy.

I decided to pop this 2013 vintage of Red Poppy to get as much sour cherry flavor out of it as possible. Unfortunately, the cherry was surprisingly muted, and the overall flavor profile seemed raw and poorly integrated. This was definitely not worth the $18 I paid for my bottle.

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Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EB1
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

375 ml corked bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.

There's no date or batch number on the bottle but I would guess I've had it in my cellar for about 2-3 years. Strangely, there isn't any loose sediment but I do see it stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Red Poppy Ale is a deep redish brown with tight off-white head. It settles fairly quickly but maintains a thin layer on top.

The aroma is enough to make my throat tighten. This is going to be sour! Sour cherries and the oak barrel aging comes through.

The flavor is exactly what I expected after that aroma - hugely sour and tart with the tannins that hit right in the back of he mouth. The cherries are there with a hint of vanilla from the oak. The malt base is along the lines of a brown ale but it is really the wild yeast that stands front and center.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nicely carbonated like a bottle conditioned Belgian would be.

Overall a stunningly powerful beer. I would like to try this side by side with La Folie as they seem to have similar characteristics, from what I remember.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at GABF 2009...don't kill me, I'm not done yet...and then had it straight from the barrel at Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting 2009.

Here is the my review from GABF that I wrote down earlier but did not post because of the "don't review from beer fests" guideline:
Another great sour from the Flat - I mean Lost - Abbey. Just kidding Tomme, for all the heat you take, you shut us up with some great beers. This is one of them. Bottle pours hazy dark reddish-amber with a small, lasting off-white head. Aroma is tart berries with cherries standing out, oak, red wine vinegar, sweet malt, and funk. Flavor is tart, but not too much so, with some sweetness to balance lending caramel and toffee notes. Loads of cherries, raspberries, and red wine. Also some oaky barrel notes and vinegar/lemon tartness on the finish. Palate is medium-bodied and sharp with higher than average carbonation. This is a great beer overall.

So I was all set to give this a high review once I got a fair pour of it. Then I got a fair pour of it at this at the Barrel Tasting, and to be honest, dogg, I wasn't too impressed. Had sort of an odd funkiness to it that I didn't pick up the first time that threw it off a little bit. I love a good sour, but the balance has to be just right, and for some reason this time was a little off.

So I'm going to more or less average the ratings from the two times I've had this, maybe a little heavier on the good experience since that wasn't straight from the barrel and was more how this is meant to be served. Figure that's a fair assessment. Would like to try it out of the bottle sometime.

First time was an A, second was a B. Overall I'll give it a low A-.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a brown with a ruby hue color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of tart cherries and funk

T - Just like the smell lots of tart cherries withe some funk

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is some awesome stuff I could drink this all day long love the tart flavor if you like sours this is a must hunt down and try beer

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Photo of charlzm
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed April 30, 2010. Consumed at 48 degrees F, poured into a Triple Petrus snifter.

This beer is a hazy reddish-brown with lots of particulate matter suspended in it. Even though the cork made a cute little pop as it came out of the bottle, the beer is not carbonated to speak of. A tiny ring of tan foam rims the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sour and tart with a hint of earthiness.

Flavor is a bit wince-inducing at first, but not in a bad way. The beer, true to the promise of the nose, is tart and sour. Slightly bitter wood flavor and some red wine vinegar. A soft, possibly floral or cherry component is almost drowned beneath the more assertive notes. Potent stuff.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and would benefit from a touch of carbonation.

If you have crow's feet, they'll get a workout with this one. While this seems to be more or less true to the style, it's not something I really could say I enjoyed. Certainly a departure from what most people think of when they hear the word "beer".

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Photo of spark3148857
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Great clarity, deep ruby red with shades of brown. Two fingers of large-bubbled, sand colored head settles shortly, but can be revived with a strong swirl. A single delicate ring of lacing is all that remains of the receding head.

S: Tart cherry, oak, brown cocoa, brown bread and pie crust. Faint cinnamon and nutmeg spice scents. Acidic smells of lime and green apple. A complex and well-balanced nose, if not a bit understated.

T: Chocolate covered cherries are the dominant flavor profile. Puckering sour taste with token green apple. Acidic. Chocolate truffles and cocoa powder. Touch of bread crust. Caramel. Drying oak accentuates nicely without becoming overbearing. Finishes with sour cherries, drying oak, and bakers chocolate.

M: Stodgy medium body. Extremely creamy and velvety. Very little carbonation. Delightfully smooth. Luscious. This is one of the best mouthfeels I've ever come across in a sour.

O: Truly one of the most creative and well-executed American-made sours. A deft balancing act, and a delight to drink from start to finish. Wort the price of admission if sours are your thing.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Crosling
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light bronze in color with a full, silky head of foam. Nose is nearly perfect, with hints of sour cherries, Pinot Noir, oak & funk. Flavor is outstanding, perfectly balanced and complex. Hints of lightly toasted oak, vanilla, sour cherries and Pinot Noir. Really stunningly good.

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Photo of Devman171
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Duffman79
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,969 ratings
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