Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Pours to a cherry cola toned reddish brown body. Head is just a skim of rich tan foam. Nose has a nice creamy tartness with ripe cherry tones, cola and minerals with some zest. Enters the mouth with a sharp tart tone that is cherry skins. This tartness quickly mellows with mice dark maltiness that really balances the brew. Dark fruit follows all this with some accompanying tannins. Mouthfeel is thick and tart especially on the very back of the tongue. This beer is especially under carbonated. Overall it is nicely drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a corked and caged 375ml bottle and into a small snifter. The ale appears a slightly murky crimson brown color with two fingers of light tan foam. Aromas and flavors consist of cherry, plum, oaky vanilla, a mild citric pucker, light roasted grain, mild vinegar, nice and quenching. The Bruin is amply carbonated with a medium body and a lingering and pleasing sour, fruity twang. Very nice overall.

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3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks for sharing, Roger.

A: Pours a turbid, sedimentary maroon body in the glass. Its off white head rises to about 1.5 fingers in height, retaining for a minute or so before vanishing into a thin collar on the brew. Yes, it's carbonated. Hallelujah.

S: Cherries, lactic sourness, spice, some oak. We screwed up and had this after Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise '02. This didn't even remotely compare.

T: Lactic sourness, some balsamic vinegar with an underlying nuttiness, lemon zest, and of course tart cherries and the accompanying bitterness of their skins. It's not nearly as fruity as I was expecting, though. Tannic finish.

M: Light-bodied; a little sharply acetic in the finish.

D: It's not bad, but if I had to pick a sour beer based on cherries, I'd go with Supplication or LP Kriek first, especially at $17 for 375mL. I know they're not technically the same style, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Shockingly red color, orange highlighting, turns a murky brown with the final pour and settling. Great lacing on this initial pour, and there's more than a little head the whole time. Very good.

The cherries are well represented in the aroma, with a full complement of tartness and woodiness. Great start, and if the flavor is as complex and interesting, we should be good.

I drank this fine ale in a hotel room in Northern California, and was unfortunately granted what amounts to a whiskey tumbler to enjoy it out of. Red Poppy still met and exceeded expectations.

The flavor of the tart fruits are well-mixed with the brown ale base. Vinegar is kept largely under control, but definitely is a strong presence. Less sour than others of the style. Oakiness leaves a dry finish. Fairly bitter, surprisingly.

Very dry, again. Finishes light but full of carbonation and action. A live beer. I am extraordinarily impressed by this Flanders Oud Bruin, and would seek this out whenever I could.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

A - After a physical workout to remove the cork, this pours a slightly muddy dark brown caramelly color. Two fingers of fizzy and foamy head sits on top with a pale khacki color and showing good staying power. Mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Big aroma...filled with tart/sour cherries up front. Quite tart overall, extending beyond the fruit. Good amount of earthy funk too - brett is doing its job quite well here. Smells more alcoholic than the 5% on the label. Mild malt with hints of caramel in the background.

T - Tart but not as much as the aroma would indicate. Lots of sour cherry flavor. Background malt, a bit of caramel. Noticeable funk that adds some earthy character to the malt base. Oaky, woody barrel additions. Mild candy sugar-like sweetness. Despite aroma, no trace of alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M - Body is on the thin side. Carbonation is high, a bit foamy and gives a nice prickly feel too. Tart and funky and filled with cherry. Each sip gives a bit of a puckering effect. Perhaps a bit on the intense side of tartness for the style, but this is a positive attribute for me.

O - Overall a very tasty Flanders red. Tons of cherry, plenty of tart, nice woody notes and earthy funk. Balance of these aspects is very good. Don't buy this often enough. Have to make a note to pick up a few more bottles next time this one comes around.

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

Thanks Beerzebub, for the hook-up.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with reddish tinges at the edges. Despite being obviously undercarbonated, it still manages a persistent wispy cap.

S - The aroma is sharply tart and pungently musty; the former being a fusion of acetic, lactic and isoamyl - and the latter being imparted strongly with oak character. After a few sips the cherry and tart fruity aspects develop in the nose, and perhaps suggestions of red apples and mulled spices.

T - Quite sour and tart. The oak character seems to be foremost, with a lactic tartness finishing a close second. The fruit is subtle, and mostly available in the finish. Up front the acetic competes with the lactic, and on the finish the sour segues into an isoamyl, both of which suggest solvent qualities. My first reaction is that this is a strongly sour brew, and despite the fruit inclusion, there is very little sweetness to be found. As it airs out it gets sweeter, especially the finish, and fruit sweetness starts to work its way into the character.

M - This is undercarbonated, but it still has some sharpness, and overall the feel works fairly well.

D - The beer is quite good, but without a doubt overpriced. So drinkability is less than perfect.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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