Red Poppy | 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): 6.50%

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:
#676
Reviews:
587
Ratings:
1,993
pDev:
9.11%
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a small snifter

A brown body with ruby highlights, purple in spots, with a fluffy off-white cap. Recedes quickly and settles to a thin collar.

The nose is full of tart cherries, oak, and balsamic notes. The nose is overly sour with just a touch of fruit sweetness. I get some white wine notes as well.

A sour explosion coats the palate. Tart cherries, dry oak, balsamic vinegar, and white grapes. Sour hits you up front, before the base brown ale come through mid-palate. The finish is a brief rush of sweetness followed by tart cherries and balsamic vinegar. The oak does a nice job drying this one out.

Medium body, tart, refreshing. The carbonation is solid, giving this a creamy feel more so than the prickly feel of most in the style.

A damn fine flanders. Delivers the sour you crave without overpowering. This isn't terribly complex, but it has quite a bit going on.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

A - Nice pop as the cork comes out. Pours very deep red/brown with almost four fingers of tan head with a slight pink hue. Head has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. I am surprised how dark this is.

S - Tart cherries, a nice amount of oak, and a good funky base. Small amount of balsamic vinegar.

T - Definitely tart, but not bracingly sour. Also quite a bit of bitterness in the taste, especially on the finish. Earthy and funky with tart cherries. Lots of oak on the finish. Very tasty. Thought it would have more fruit since it is this year's vintage, but I enjoyed it as is.

M - Medium mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the heavy side for the style, but I that isn't a negative.

O - Nice one from Lost Abbey, but not quite up to Rodenbach Grand Cru or Cuvee de Jacobins for the style. Looking forward to seeing what some age does this to this.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of haazer
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Resurrection Ale House for PBW.

A - Muddled maroon brew, very dark, some hints of violet. There is lacing with a cherry tint left all over the glass. Looks great.

S - Very floral, rosey smell. A lot of vinegar, and a definite sour profile. A little bit of grape, and wood notes on the backend. Definite wine character also.

T - The raspberries are on display very nicely. Very sweet upfront, then the brew transitions into a light vinegar, lactic sour profile. There's vinous characteristics all throughout, finishing with a nice but of oak presence.

M - Mouth is light to medium bodies with medium levels of carbonation. A sweet and sour coating rolls over the mouth coating the taste buds with a vinegar aftertaste.

O - Very well put together, not overly sour, and not overly "winey". This was very refreshing, tasty, but not sure if it's worth the cost per bottle. Glad to have tried though for sure.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant nose with tart, black cherries and dried figs, with mineral and vanilla oak overtones.

Flavors are rich and coat the palate with tart, yet ripe cherries and green apples providing lots of acidity. After the initial mouth-puckering, it gives way to a long and seductive sweetness, fruits and finishes with dry tannins.

It is hearty yet refreshing, delicious from beginning to end.

I already yearn for next time...

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Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of lnashsig
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muled back from my LA trip! This is #BOTG 43! Poured from bottle into 512 Farmhouse glass. Pours a very hazy brown/reddish color. nice fluffy head fills the glass, an offwhite color. Smell- tart cherries, sour cherry pie, a little bit of a salty aroma as well. Layers of cherries and sugar in the aroma. Taste- hot dr pepper! a nice tart and funky blast of cherries, puckering sour at the end. The tight carbonation makes for a dry finish. Some horse blanket funk coils with the tart sweetness from the cherries. There are layers of flavor with this, its wonderful. One of the better Flanders styles I've ever had.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby brown with an off-white head (I'm drinking it in a low-light room, so its hard to get a feel for clarity). The head is bigger and creamier than I'm used to in sours.

S: Dew on brown grass, leather, and oak come together for a nice, almost sweet nose. Complex, tart, and oaky-sweet. Cherries make their way into the sour part of the aroma. The funk is sweet and wet, nice and mellow but very present. I love this nose.

T: Tart at first, followed quickly by some sour cherries. Creamy mid palette with a quick flash of that elusive sweetness form the nose. There is also a touch of cinnamon in the creamy part... It's the oak. The finish is dry with a lingering, clean, lemony tartness. There is a tiny hint of bitterness at the very end, but otherwise there are no hop aromas or flavors.

M: Light bodied, nice fine carbonation.

O: I like this quite a bit. The funk is really integrated, and the sourness is up front but not un-checked by great depth and oaky spice. I like the combo of clean, lemon-like sour flavors and a vinegary sweetness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Vintage 2012.

Poured into a snifter, the beer is a deep, hazed, auburn-brown coloring that pours with a ton of carbonation. Low profile, thin, off-white head that quickly settles out into a filmy ring around the surface. Aromas of juniper and jasmine floral highlights on a dark, rich, black cherry and currant sweet backbone. The increased carbonation keeps the body thin, and gives the sour notes an extra punch. Syrupy sweet flavors transition into an earthy, wine barrel characteristic. The aftertaste is sour and sweet at the same time, with an effervescent feel. The finish is sharp, but light, with a bubbly feel left across your tongue. Tangy and puckering at the end. Good brew.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

One of those beers whose price tag is so restrictive - excited to try on tap, which was actually MUCH cheaper on a $ per ounce basis

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, rich garnet body, relatively lifeless beige bubbles

smell: big rich nose - oak, cedar, cherry, balsamic, vanilla

taste: really decadent stuff - huge woody notes, cherry, balsamic, vanilla, dark chocolate...not so funky, but a great amount of depth and twangy flavours to explore

mouthfeel: a little big for the style, but still smooth and decadent. carbonation not flat, but low

overall: solid stuff - really enjoyed

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Monteith
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Red Poppy from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,993 ratings