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:
#623
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,969
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 1,969 |  Reviews: 582
Photo of von_kaiser
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fievel
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefbigjon
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Flanders. Tons of strawberry jam, some tropical notes. Not overly sour. Perhaps just a tad expensive. There are several Flanders out there that are easier to get and just as good, if not better.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is an opaque dark brown with a huge light brown head. Smell is a very nice tart cherry with a hint of funk on the back end. Taste is sour cherries galore. Not a melt your face off sour, but a nice strong tart. Feel is light but with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and I would definitely seek it out if it was available anywhere near me.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown hue.

Smell - Light tart, light funk.

Taste - Very tart with slight sweetness from the cherries. Tasty!

Mouthfeel - Light. High level of carbonation. High attenuation.

Overall - Nice sour

Grade (A-)

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Even with a reasonably careful pour there is a gigantic massive souffle of ruddy/cream head. I've never really seen a head with that subtle red tint to it. Interesting. Anyway, massive head. Muddy ruddy brown body.

Nose is sharply sour and somewhat... earthy? Some sweet flowers dance at the periphery.

Flavour is likewise an interesting blend of sour expectations (primarily cherry etc) and there's that same earthy note but now joined by almost a hint of some baking spices. Interesting.
FInish is tart and also somewhat bitter. I'm still kind of a n00b when it comes to flanders and other more... tart. Styles. This is a damn fine one though.
Side note: I was wondering if this was what was in my mislabeled bottle, and I don't think it is. Both are quite tasty, but I don't think this is it.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass.

A - Dark red body, like crimson black cherry flesh. Fizzy off-white head bubbles then dissipates. No lacing.

N - The finest attribute of this beer: cherry sweetness and cherry tartness, coupled with an oak body calling to mind a good red wine.

T - Cherry sweetness at the front, falling to a nice tart kick on the back end.

M - The carbonation fills the mouth like countless pillows of air.

O - Solid beer. Complex, tart. I think I've smelled it more than I've sipped it. The price point is high. I won't say I'm WOWed, but I am pretty darn impressed.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of winningwes91
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful beer by tla. Pours a dark ruby red color with a pinkish white head that won't go away. Smells like cherries, vinegar and some barrel character. Taste follows suit with a nice sourness - but not overly so. Nice mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste . Not their best, but really great stuff!

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Photo of JArt
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -Rick
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dirty red look. You know you have a sour here with one smell. The taste is bitter sour with cherries and strawberries on the finish. I liked this beer a lot, but at $17 for a 375ml, I might pass next time. Glad I tried it though

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Photo of J-Rye
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Bigger bubbles than expected, not too much lacing, a very hazy but very nice mahongany.

Smell: Beauftiful malty, salty sour scent, funky oak. Can't wait to taste.

Taste: Pow! Rush of tart. Overlayed by nice malt. Fruit peaks through. Then there's something interesting I've never quite tasted before. Another review wrote balsamic vinegar, but it's less sweet, more subtle umami in the background. Shadowy, mysterious. Holy smokes this is a fantastic beer.

Feel: Sharply carbonated. Dry finish, nice linger.

Overall: Whoa, better than anticipated, even for Lost Abbey!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious mixture of tart cherries, white wine, apples and balsamic vinegar. Very dry but lightly sour. It has a dry full mouthful with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of gibgink
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guityler83
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep maroon with crimson red hue when held to a light source. Long lasting head made of medium sized bubbles that fizzed the entire time - color very similar to cola - dark cream to tan or light brown. Small layer of sediment was left in the bottle but the beer still haze a slight haze.

S: Moderate tart cherry - like jam or pie filling - medium lemon tartness that gives a nice fruit juice - lemonaid w/ cherries vibe. Mild toasty, pie crust, biscuity malt aromoa. No alcohol or off aromas - very pleasant.

T: Moderate tartness with the similar cherry-aid flavor as the aroma indicated. No hop flavor or bitterness detected. Sweetness is moderate with toasted breadcrust, biscuity and strawberry like flavors. Balance is on the sourness - mild amount of funky brett character and oaky tannins are noticable in the finish.

M: Very high carbonation and the prickly carbonic bite adds some body to the thinner beer underneath. Tartness hits on the center of the tongue and fades away after a few seconds - not harsh. No alcohol warmth. But the higher carbonation leaves a drying sensation after a few sips.

O: A very nice beer, but the carbonation on this bottle was way to high. I think if that was dialed back more the tartness and cherry flavors would have come through even more without the prickly sensation hindering the overall impression. Id get the beer again just to see if I got bad bottle. - Cheers

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captainkrad
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice layers of tart juicy fruit. Loved this!

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brick-reddish brown. Almost looks like dried blood. Head is a very light tan, bubbly, and dense. Solid retention keeps a cap for the duration. No lacing.

Smell: Loaded with cherry. Sour cherry skin and juice. A touch of soft yeast. Solidly caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of leather. A touch of citric tartness with a soft lactic element in the back. Oak adds some seriously woody elements. A bit of old wood and damp rock. A touch of vinegar. Warming puts out a ton of oak and some solidly tart cherry skin.

Taste: Tart cherry skin. Cherry juice. Fruit leather. Tons of oak. Musty basement. Some grass and a touch of soft spice. Hint of alcohol in the back. Sharply citric with a strong undercurrent of vinegar. Lemon juice. Cherry flesh. Bing cherry. Did I mention cherry? Undercurrent of mild funk. Malts offer just a touch of toasted flavor. A hint of bread crust. Lightly cooked malt sweetness. Hints of almost cranberry. Some earth. Touch of lime.

Mouthfeel: Slightly effervescent. Medium pushing to light body with a moderate-high carbonation. Mild astringency.

Overall: Such a pretty flower.

So much cherry. It might need a bit more time to really develop, but it's a risk with the cherry. It's solid if not exactly worth the above average bottle price.

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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