Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.22 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:
#618
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,858
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
9.24%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
598
Trade:
40
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Photo of KDawg
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 into a sniter. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

The aromas of red apples, tart red cherries, some funk, vinegary notes, and some cedar planks are extremely balanced and have a lot of depth. The notes are very savory to go with the depth.

Medium bodied with a real nice tart acidic streak. The feel is very smooth along with notes of red apples, roses, tart red cherries, and some vinegar tones.

This is as good as it always is. One of the best Flemish Reds out there. I only wish Lost Abbey would make more of this and do it more often.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle served into Hill Farmstead snifter (two 6oz pours)

A: Deep clear red. It looks like dark red wine or red wine vinegar. Very small, quickly fading head. No visible carbonation. <4>

S: I can actually smell this beer while its on the table in front me. It smells like wine. Plum notes, sour notes, bright black cherry aromas. It's exciting to sample a beer with abundant aroma, which is why I gave this a four for smell. <4>

T: Tastes more like wine than beer. It has a very unique taste, especially the aftertaste. Very tart and sour. Dark sour fruit notes, black cherry, plum, apricot. Maybe some burnt wood? But the fruit notes are not obvious or out front. The aftertaste has a very delicate, nuanced flavor. It's best when I exhale through my nose. I can taste a floury (not flowery) sweetness, reminiscent of a sugar cookie, and believe it or not, almost a flavor of rose petals. Delicate is the best word for the aftertaste, which is where I think this offering shines. <4.25>

M: It has a champagne texture, but with finer bubbles. Its fizzy and quick to expand in your mouth. Very dry finish. I think the body of this beer is perfect for the flavor profile. It allows you to notice the features of the drink, without making them obvious. It's very fun. <4>

O: This is a great beverage. I would have liked a higher abv but I trust Port knew what they were going for. This isn't what you'd expect from a "beer" but it's a lot of fun to investigate thi with your senses. The features are there, and you have to go find them. I don't know if I'd buy it again at $16.99 but yum yum. <4.5>

Note: it often doesn't make sense for the "overall" to have a higher rating than any other category, but really the whole is greater than the sum. All of the features really play into each. It's like alchemy.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a half finger of medium brown head. Surprisingly epic retention for the froth-like head, and generous lacing.

S: Tart cherries and beautiful barrel character (oak and vanilla). Barrel forward in a very good way. A little raspberry. Tartness and funkiness are in very good balance with the wood.

T: Cherry juice-soaked oak cubes, a very slight twang of tartness, a little grating oakiness with cinnamon and caramel, and a light, dry, muddled melange of red fruit. Flavors don't fully come together like they do in the nose. It's like this is just about there, but not quite.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: Good, and quite drinkable given the low ABV and light level of sour, but the flavors don't quite come together as well as they could. This is leaps and bounds above the 2012 vintage (which I rated a 2.75), though, which had a very offensive, funky aroma.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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