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

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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel as part of the DC bottle share. Bottle brought by mgbhoo much thanks. From notes.

Decent sample pouring brings a light tan caramel body, not much head given, other bigger pours show about the same. Fairly clear and pleasant, not much red hue to it, perhaps a bit bronze.

Nose has a light to moderate funk bent, with an interesting huge clove sweetness. Good hints of chopped wood and splinters. Interesting mix of spice funk and mild sweetness. Good acid bent without being overly tart.

Taste sort of lets down on the palate. Very thin bodied for they style, with out the hinting malt sweetness or depth. Quite wet also, with moderate carbonation , but most surprising is how noticeably grainy tasting this is. Tartness is about expected hinting from the nose without too much acid or extreme vinegar sensations.

It has a very distinct nose and decent sense of what might be coming, but the palate just doesn't deliver, the wet grainy taste is a real disappointment.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for this mini-bottle that was double parked on my wants list for a looong time. Sippy-cup size 375ML bottle, split with my wife.

First there's the matter of the cork, which yielded only after it was tortured with a pliers. The pop is convincing. Pour is ruby red held up to the light, much more than it is any kind of brown. Nose is a slash of sour red fruits, red vinegar, sour but not biting. Almost like a toned-down wine. Like.

Red Poppy marches down the vinous path. The cherries are closer to tart than sour, which is good by me. Oak dries this down to the bone, red wine vinegar. But really the DNA on this is simple: sour cherries. Nice to drink down, this ought to come in bigger bottles. Fo sho.

Lovely sour that's just my speed. Very good beer that's damn close to excellent. My wife has proclaimed it her favorite sour ever...which is saying something.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, this strikes me immediately as a fruit-ed lambic (and a darn good one) and not a Flemish Red. This is the angle from which I review this.

A: the color of dark cherries, haha! - dead on - brownish-red...only lightly hazy, at first, until dregs were unpreparedly pourn in later (they really should mark on the bottle that it was refermented or on lees - or maybe I should've known)...huge, fizzy, beige head - spongy/foamy/rocky - collapsed rapidly, screaming "infection!"

S: funky, lambic aromas....smells startlingly Belgian...cherry perhaps in there, far in the background

T: tart/sour as heckfire up front, but with a lovely cherry-perfumy-booze and mild, phantomly- chocolaty malt undertone - just super swell....perhaps some woody flavors and rounded-ness and band-aidy phenolics wafting on the edges....essence of cherry lays on the palate long after a healthy sip, nice and mellow

M: has maybe a touch more body than a typical lambic...close, but not quite bone dry, excellent balance between tannic (oaky) roundness and dry tartness...bit of a numbing sensation on the tip on the tongue....slightest tingle

O: wow! fairly impressed. this could easily be mistaken for an authentic Belgian import....they did a fantastic job (surely leaving a little wiggle room for improvement)....the cherries and oak-aging and whatever other special tweaks they did are the x-factor here....probably the most faithful domestic interpretation of a Belgian lambic I've come across (arguably)

on a side note - the name "Red Poppy" seems to conjure up a particular flavor that I didn't find here (lemon poppy seed muffin?!) - has anyone else had a similar thought?

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Rainblows
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle. Pours an opaque orange brown with only a hint of the red color I expected. A fluffy white head formed in the tulip that lasted without any lacing. Smell is vinegar, funk, oak barrel, cherry. Taste is similar, sour vinegar cherries, funk, vanilla spice and smoothness from the barrels. Very easy to drink for something so sour, great Flanders red. Too bad it's so pricey

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kevanb
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Vintage 2012 printed on the bottle, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, very opaque, touches of ruby when struck by the light, a few bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Atop the beer is a finger high, bone colored head, light and fizzy that recedes quickly leaving behind a touch of film and no lacing. The aroma is of pungent sour cherry, barnyard funk, woody oak, light vanilla with touches of brown grain lingering behind. Sour cherry hits the tongue straight away, acidic and vinegary, funk, vanilla, dark, sweet grain with some mild funk coming out. There is a nice amount of barrel character on the tongue leaving behind some pleasant oak flavors that also bring out a touch of char. There is potential for a nice pie filling-esque flavor here, but the acidity and vinegar flavors really hurt this beer. The body is very lively, medium to high carbonation that really dances on the tongue, the finish is rather smooth and moderately dry.

Verdict: A good rendition of a Flanders Red from The Lost Abbey. Certainly not their finest work, but this is sure to satisfy anyone who enjoys a sour beer or who loves cherries.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Photo of Jonada
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Vintage 2013B. Served in a Chimay Goblet

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with 1 finger of a frothy light tan head. Leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, lactic sourness, and vinegar, with some hints of oak and leather

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Sour cherry, vanilla, tart apple, some bready notes, oak, with a slightly bitter finish. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Another winner from Lost Abbey. This one ranks up there as one of the best American takes on a Flanders Red. Price tag is a bit of a deterrent, but still worth picking up a bottle if you can find it.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,965 ratings.
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