Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.28 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:
#623
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,858
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
599
Trade:
40
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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of raynmoon
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very deep ruby red/ brown with a really off white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Reminds me of champagne.

It smells like a nice Flanders Sour. It's nice a tart smelling. A lot of cherry and balsamic notes. Very dark sweetness.

Right away, the carbonation coats your mouth very nicely. A lot of fizzy bubbles. So far this is right out of the fridge, and the complexity isn't quite there, but is probably being held back because of the cold. There is a decent sourness, but nothing really that tart. Kind of tastes like a light, carbonated red wine.

When it is slightly warmer the sourness starts to creep in.
This beer isn't exactly complex, or make you jump out of your seat, but I find myself wanting to keep going back and sipping.

Good beer though. Better than there Duchesse.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle and was rather amazed it was still on the shelf. Score. Poured from corked 375mL bottle to Cuvel tulip the beer pours a dark amber brown, opaque and cloudy. The red tones of the amber are highlighted in the edges in the light. 2 finger off-white/tan head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of sour, oak, vinegar, funk, dark fruits, and tart apple. Blended well together the aroma is appealing. Similarly the flavor begins with an oaky funk at first that develops to a tart, slightly sour, vinegar cherry sweetness. Mildly bitter and well balanced. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes tart and sweet with a lingering full palette sour. Very good. Overall, the price tag has kept me at bay for years but I am glad to have pulled the trigger finally. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of danedelman
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

okay, so I got ripped off on this bottle. $25 ooofff.

A-murky reddish brown with almost zero head.

S-lots of oak and cherry followed by a pit fruit and raisin/prune smell. Sweet with a nice tartness to it.

T-tart cherries hit first with then a nice dose of oak and pruniness. almost like a bitterness in there too, almost chocolate like. Well done but again, a Rodenbach would do just fine at $7 a 750ml.

M-medium bodied with nice carbonation. very easy drinking.

Overall I really enjoy this one but the pricetag just really sucked. Not the breweries fault.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Poppy '12
375ml
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Murky reddish brown color on the pour. Better carbonation that I expected and had read about. Nice little pop on the cork. And I did get a nice little head out of it.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Crap apples. Funk. Cherries. Typical

T: A good amount of tartness on the front of the palate. Then you get that apple cider vinegar flavor, but after having the Rodenbach Vintage '09 it wasn't as much. It's a nice dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied beer. Very drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cork caged 375 from the 2012 vintage into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark, slightly murky brown. When held to the light it reveals a deep redish fading into amber around the edges. Pours a nice two finger khaki head that dissapates nicley and leavs a little bit of lacing.

S: a very complex, very inviting aroma, oak and sour funk, light hints of red wine vinegar, tart fruit aromas of dark cherry, along with hints of sour green apple, kiwi? And pear. Again a very very. Implied and Inviting nose with all the aromas playing together very nicley.

T: taste does not dissapoint, as complex and intriguing as the nose. The taste actually follows it quite closely. Funk and oak upfront, blending into a very light vinegar touch burried beneath a very nice sour cherry flavor, cherry skins, I also get tart apple and pear, particularly in the finish. The sour/sweetness works perfectly here with the oak. A beatiful display of intermingling flavors.

M: medium mouthfeel with a nice medium tight bubble carbonation, has a very nice lush and almost fluffy mouthfeel, carbonation is spot on for the brew. A bit tart and dry on the finish, with a bit of tannins, I'm guessing from the cherry skins and oak.

O: one of my favorite sours. Displaying a beautiful display of well balanced complexities that become more and more inviting
With each sip and whiff of the glass.... Love it!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of shleepy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 375 bottle into snifter glasses at City Beer in San Francisco. Writing based on 3-week-old notes.

A: Chocolate brown. Medium off-white head with decent retention.

S: Oak, Brett funk, cherries, chocolate / mocha. Pretty aromatic.

T: Fresh cherries, dipped in chocolate and gingerbread crumbs. The sourness and oak appear after the initial flavors. Clean finish.

M: Fizzy and decently carbonated. Fairly light-bodied.

O: Very solid, and I'm not usually a huge Lost Abbey fan.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review No. 450

12.7oz corked & caged 2012 vintage bottle, poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Hazy, turbid pond-water brown, hints of blood red...initially a good off-white/yellowish head but it fizzles quickly away...not much lacing...carbonation appears good.

S: Tart cherry, red apples, hints of funk and vinegar, dark fruit, and some vinous notes.

T: Plenty of tart cherry notes but it isn't overwhelming...carbonation does a fine job of cleansing the palate...pretty tasty, and almost balanced...cherry, tartness, touch of lactic sour, funk, lemon, hint of oak.

MF: Tart, moderate-to-light mouthfeel, this thing is well carbed and feels light and refreshing.

O: A really nice beer, and pretty drinkable for the style; not too tart or overwhelmingly sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And why wouldn't I be drinking a $17 beer???

Appearance. Pours a really deep, but pretty clear amber-red with two+ fingers of thick, plae orange-tan head that lasts a while. Looks nice and expensive.

Smell. Funky and woody wine, some nice cherry and light fruits. The smell has an expensive quality.

Taste. Nice tart cherries, some sour grapes and green apples, woody, especially in the finish. Acidic with just a little sweetness. Tastes super expensive.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body and below medium, but fine and lively carbonation. Felt a bit thin, but quite expensive.

Overall. I liked it. For some reason I had really high expectations for this one. I'd say the best thing about this beer is the value for my hard earned money.

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Photo of tanarm
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2012.

Dark Brown, slight haze. Good head retention. Carbonation looks nice and bubbly.

Aroma is pineapple, kiwi... over-ripe fruit. Touch of strawberry. Cherry is very faint, instead there is more complex stuff going on here. Touch of oak.

Cherry comes out a lot more in the taste. Tart cherry, oak comes through in the finish now, and lingers on. Melon... pineapple. Lactic bite cuts through the sweetness. More subtle oak. SO complex. Lots of fruity flavors all melding together.

Medium body, good viscosity, especially for a 5% beer! Carbonation is perfect. nice and bubbly.

An extremely refreshing, complex, delicious, beautiful sour ale. I wish I had a bigger bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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