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:
#651
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,979
pDev:
9.11%
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0
 
 
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Photo of kristougher
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of spark3148857
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%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a great trade with Mikesgroove recently. Thanks a lot for this great beer!

Tones of brown and ruby come together in the body to create a dark, burnt ornage color that lets just a little bit of light through. Short strands of carbonation bubbles attached to the side of the glass are noticeable throughout the beer. A large amount of clumpy sediment is throughout the beer. Very small off-white head that disappears very quickly. Doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Tartness comes through right away in the odor, a little bit like vinegar. A good dose of cherries along with some oak/woody aroma comes through.

This is extremely tasty. Up front is a nice, powerful tartness and sour cherry. A little malty sweetness comes through also. The oaky, woody notes are pretty powerful in this one also. Notes of wood and the slighest hint of vanilla. The mix of the oak and the sour cherry is a winner in this one. If you like both flavors, you will definitely like this beer.

Medium to light bodied and highly carbonated despite the lack of head.

This has great tartness with a lot of depth added by the oak flavor. These two flavors balance each other out and make this rather drinkable. Consider that with the light, unfilling body of Red Poppy and it becomes a beer I could drink all night.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Had a chance to try a taster of this at the brewery, then chilled/cracked a bottle when I returned home.

Pours a hazy ruddy brown color. Maybe half an inch head. Decent looking beer.

Smells like sour cherries, some sort of plum/fig/raisin background, and some oakiness. Taste is quite tart, with a delicious hint of sour cherry pulp (it's not a strong cherry flavor, which was surprising given the smell and color) layered over some serious wood/oak tones.

There's some malt sweetness in here, and maybe a hint of lighter fruits ... maybe some plums or figs. The overriding flavor, though is a semi-acidic soury base over oak. Delicious, very drinkable. The mouthfeel is a fascinating dry, champagne-esque finish that really makes the flavors in this pop. Perfect carbonation. One of the most enjoyable "mouthfeelable" beers I can recall. I love the dryness.

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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 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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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 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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