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
Ratings:
1,948
Reviews:
575
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2012B. Approximately four months old.

A: Fizzy-brief tan head. The beer is mahogany and translucent.

S: Gentle scents. Wood ageing is not lost on the nose. Lightly tart, vinegar-sour, and pleasantly fruity-sweet.

T: Oh damn. This is good. This is great. This is delicious. Complex and multi-layered. There are three waves of flavour...the first is tart and puckery, heavy on fruit; the second is mature vinegar sharpness, reminiscent of a nice balsamic, carrying the oak barrel influence; the third is a lingering and enduring acidity that is my least favourite, if only because it reminds me distinctly of olives. Lightly dry and always engaging.

M: Lively, tart, puckery, smooth, sharp, and dry. All told, a wild ride.

O: I'm not huge on sour ales, but this one is excellent. The sour cherry gives the first half of the flavour an addicting taste that leaves me wanting more. The latter half of the flavour tempers this, with a more moderate, developed flavour profile. Recommended. Would have again.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark ruby/brown with a 2 finger light tan head. A few large blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Light chocolate malts, sour cherries, slight vinegar and funk.

T- Chocolate malt, faint roast, sour/tart cherries, some vinous notes, and some bready notes.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry beer that gives a tingly feeling from the sourness.

O- 6/10 sourness. Very good Flanders Red. Not as sweet and a little more sour than others of the style I have had. Worth it to try once but not one I would buy again because of the price.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won from the giving tree during Christmas in July.

The brew is dark brown, almost soda colored in appearance. A huge tan head forms over the beer, which also has tom garnet/plum highlights.

Smells funky and of extremely tart fruit.

Taste starts out with a light malt which gives way to the tart cherry. The finish, is a bit off putting with a strange bitter flavor.

Texture is light and bubbly. Not a great drinkability, but goes down well.

I don't get the strange finish, if not for that, I would have liked the beer.

DOA

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a brownish-red with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of tart and sour fruit up front followed by funky farmhouse aromas. There are sweet candy sugar notes as well.

T: lots of sour and tart flavors here with fruity and funky notes dominating. The finish is tart and slightly sweet.

M: light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and dry.

O: a good beer overall. Not extremely complex, but enjoyable and thankfully carbonated.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Deltrus
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of inandon
1.18/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looking over the reviews I do not know if I just got a bad bottle or what.

the smell itself is over powering. It had a tart, sweet and strong smell to it.

First sip there was too much going on. I love tart and sour in candy but this beer was unlike anything I have ever tasted.This went right down the drain after I had it. It does have lemon and other citrus flavor to it, but it is a malt with way too many strong flavors that all seem to over power one another.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage, 12.7oz bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - A vigorous pour revealed a finger of large bubble cola colored head which quickly fell. Body is clear but a deep amber in color with tons of red, almost to a purple color. No lacing.

S - Super tart on lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry. There is a nice sweetness that comes through. Cherries and raspberries. Very nice.

T - Tons more funk on the tongue. Grapefruit rind. Cherries of course along with some lemon. Super sour with almost no sweetness to it.

M - A thick body and moderate carbonation. Ok.

O - Pretty good beer. Would like to see a bit more sweetness to it to compliment the tart and funk.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, vintage 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a finger of bubbly tan head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves minimal lacing.

S- Nice tart aroma of cherries, lactic acid, and brown sugar / maple syrup.

T- Big burst of tart lactic acidity and cherry flavor up front, which fades into a sweet flavor of maple syrup, dry oak and a bit of vanilla.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a dry, tannic finish.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, the tart cherry flavors are vivid and delicious but also kept in great balance with the malt sweetness and barrel character, awesome stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown with cherry red highlights, a little bit of gold around the edges and a little bit of sediment floating around.Features a thick, bubbly light tan head which sticks around for a while. Decent lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries, wine grape hulls, sweet oak and vinegar and a touch of funk.

Taste: Wine grape hulls and tart cherries up front followed by a smooth oaky sweetness in the middle before ending with more tartness and just a hint of funky notes at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of bitter grape hulls, oak and funk. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The tartness, while not really puckering, coats the mouth in a film - in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is very enjoyable. I just wish I had more.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is about as good as it gets as far as Flanders Reds go. If you see it, buy it. Yes, it's pricey, but it doesn't disappoint.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,948 ratings.
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