Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
BA SCORE
4.28/5
1,969 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:
#624
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,969
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy, orange-tinted brown with a small, foamy, tan head. It fades slowly to a spotted cap.

S: The aroma consists of a good deal of lactic funk and a little bit of tartness. Sour cherries added a fruity sweetness as well. Oak and vanilla complement the funky aromas. As it warms I pick up a big dose of balsamic vinaigrette.

T: The beer opens with flavors of oak and some some funky vinegar. Quickly sour red cherries rush to prominence and produce a fruity, tart mid-palate. Light caramel malt makes up much of the body. Brett introduces its characteristic tart flavor which lasts long into the finish. The finish has a very dry character, almost vinous like white wine.

M: At first is was incredibly carbonated, almost hard to drink. The carbonation quickly dies down a bit to a manageable level. It is medium-thin bodied and fairly dry.

O: A great beer. The sour cherries really work well with the vinegar and tartness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great thanks to st9647v3 for this 375ml bottle.

I have only had a few Lost Abbey beers, but each has given me reason to take this brewery seriously. The bar is set pretty high for this one: I love cherry sours, Lost Abbey, and Flanders reds, and let's face it, the poppy conjures up thoughts of Cantillon.

Poured into a Duvel glass, this is a foamy beast. I probably was a little too vigorous. It's murky and brown, and smells tangy, but not too sharp. I think I smell cherries, but then again, I am expecting them.

On the tongue, it still only hints of cherries, but it is certainly tasty. Even though this has seen 6 months in oak, the oak is restrained. It's quite tart, and really light and satisfying to drink. At 5%, this is one I could drink all day and all night. If I have any criticism, I'd say it's slightly under-carbonated. But that's a tiny quibble. It's a delicious beer.

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My 100th BA review.

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip. Vintage date is impossible to read.

Appearance- Dark purple/red/tawny color with very quick bubbly off-white head. Hold it up to a light and it's beautiful red.

Smell- Lemon vinegar, oaky vanilla, tart cherys, oaky funk. Beautiful smell. Oak is very prominent.

Taste- Very tart cherry up front soon gives way to vanilla and oak flavors. Mild musty funk comes through lightly. Cherry is prominent throughout. Finish is sweet and sour cherry. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and crisp. Quite sour, but not overly puckering. Really great balance.

Overall- This is a beautiful beer. I wish I could drink this every day.

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