Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale
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94.6%
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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:
#625
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,858
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
598
Trade:
40
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt-

Review from notes:

Red Poppy ale pours an amber color w/ a sliver of cocoa head. Lots of sediment in this one. Excellent smelling brew- Sourness, cherries, berry, yeast are the main things I get. Really smooth, and not too bitter. Taste steps it up a notch. This is one of the best beers I've had in this style. Sourness, cherry, and oak are the main things I get, and the brew improves and opens up w/ warming. Feel is smooth, tart w/ a decent amount of acidity. Overall, this is a winner- glad I got to try it. Cheers-

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Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber/brown with a finger of thick, off white head. There is some great retention.

Smell: There is a strong sour fruity vinegar smell up front. Some tartness and mild malt sweetness along with some funk.

Taste: This one is very sour. Lots of vinegar and lemony tartness with Some other funky flavors. Fruity notes blend well with the sourness. The finish is bitter with the sourness holding on as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good sour. Very sour and still very easy to drink. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Larry for sending this down!

Pours brown with a nice tan head. Nice lacing to boot.

Vinegar up front with a slight hint of sweetness hiding way back there. Interesting depth with sour, funk, and cherries all playing around.

I love the super tartness up front. It's like drinking the coating of a Warhead. Vinegar, sour cherries, and a nint of sweetness hanging around.

The feel is luxurious and velvety. Creamy and velvety.

Overall I greatly enjoyed this beer. Nice depth and flavor with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml corked and caged. I aged this sucker for just over a year in the cellar. My bottle reads 5%ABV
Deep ruby-burgundy color. Creamy khaki colored head. Head holds just ok and won't cling to glass. Very high carbonation. This smells fantastic, and I never use that word. Intense cherry aroma, also cherry-like brett. character, tart to the nose, deep roasted oak. This is like a darker malted Belgian Kriek with little to no wheat character. Low Ph, with an appealing range of acid flavors. Tartness is very enjoyable. I'm glad I aged it. Balanced perfectly. I'm really impressed, this is the best American Sour I've had. Somewhat similar to the Gargamel from Allagash which I also really enjoyed.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance: Burgundy with red hue, pours minimal white head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries, red wine vinegar, acidic, barnyard funk, brett, bellpeppers, pepper, spices.

Taste: Sour cherries, red wine vinegar, acidic, barnyard funk, spices, tart fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, tart, acidic.

Overall: wonoderfully sour. Complex. Drinkability is high. Good balance between fruit and sour.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudy reddish and brown, that starts off with a nice red tan head at the top, and almost no lacing around the glass.

S- Spicy oak barrells up front with a slight hint of cherry at the end, a bit of honey some where in there as well.

T- Very strong up front with the cherries, a wine taste that has a bite, very wild tasting brew, took me 2-3 sips to get accustomed very rare.

MF- Acidic up front, medium mouthfeel, I felt that it was high in carbonation.

D- A nice winter and fall beer, the acidic feel leaves me wondering how much of this I could drink in one sitting, one bottle is enough. Overall a wild beer that is very tasty.

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

375ml. 2011. Surprisingly dark brown pour, quite a bit of carbonation throughout. 2 fingers easy of light tan foam which retained very well.

Aroma, Cider vinegar, some cherry, some funk, very light brown sugar.

A puckering sour cherry/lemon upon entry. More yeast and earthy notes after. Cider vinegar, a slight woodiness. Doesn't finish as moisture suckingly dry as some.

Good carbonation, not so much that it's like needles poking the tongue. Lighter bodied, a sipper from the sour, certainly not the abv. Fairly refreshing.

I think this is what one of these is supposed to taste like. Now if they could just impart this magical carbonation into other brews.

Enjoyed this more than the Jacobins Rouge. It's a fine line for me I guess with the implementation of the sour.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown color with some tints of red, and about a half inch light tan head. Head retention was OK, and there isn't much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly tart, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes noticeable too. There's also a long lasting tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has high but soft carbonation which eases up some as the beer warms. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, it's easy to drink and quite enjoyable. But because of the high price ($16.99 a bottle), it's going to be a very long time before I consider buying it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Huge pain in the ass to get this cork out. I ended up decapitating it on accident and resorted to a corkscrew.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown body with a nice, cream colored head. Retention is spectacular as it sustains a nice pillow atop the body. Surprisingly, I have yet to have an uncarbonated Lost Abbey beer.

Smell - Cherries. Lots of cherries. I get a substantial funk behind all of it, though, which is quite welcome in my book. Not so sour smelling, really, which is also a good sign. I find that if I can smell the sour, it's usually a bad sour.

Taste - VERY tart. Overpoweringly, really. It's intense enough to overshadow any other flavors that are there. I get lots of sour cherries with some oaky barrel flavors in the middle. The finish gets a little acetic with the tartness, but it's blended with a bit of funk. The sourness lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel - It's not THAT tart, but the tartness just lasts and lasts. So much so that I find it hard to taste other things. It's light, dry, well-carbonated, but astringent in its acidity.

Overall - Not a balanced Flanders Red, but definitely a tasty one. I'd like to get a bit more complexity out of it, but it's just cherries all the way.

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Photo of Marty30
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 vintage poured into a tulip at 60 degrees.

A. A murky Iced tea color,yeast floating all around. One finger off-white colored head. Spotty lacing.

S. I get some tart cherries with some oak.There is a musty fruit smell,But I can't just pinpoint what it is.

T. Pretty much just folows the smell. Some sour cherries and apples With a little wood in the back.

F. Feel is light and well carbonated,moderately sour.

Overall I kind of new to sours but I have had a few and they were a good bit easier to drink than this. Decent flavor profile,I will have to try again onced I'm better versed in the style.

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

Bottle thanks to mulder1010.

Dark ruby red, tending towards a muddy brown with the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A few bubbles of carbonation.

Super refined nose of cherries and roses, with distinctive musty, lactic notes providing endless curiosity.

Similar flavours with some acetone, nail-polish character which is present at levels that work well with the perfumy and cherry flavours.

Straightforward and totally inoffensive medium mouthfeel. Seems pretty well perfect for the style.

Great beer. Has an elegant simplicity but oozes class and intrigue at the same time.

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

Thanks to mulder1010

Poured a nice red with a little bubbly carbonation but no actual head.

Smell and taste were extremely enticing. Cherries mixed with roses and general flowery smells (perhaps red poppies are in there too. Some vinegar/acetic notes but they never became overwhelming.)

Acetic mouthfeel and very drinkable really. Was very impressed by my first brush with Lost Abbey beers.

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Photo of afausser
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch. Just a little bit of noise as it's popped, so maybe not completely flat...

Appearance: Agitated a lot on the pour into a snifter. There's a few little bubbles around the edge of the glass as well as some swirls of foam on the top of the glass. A dark reddish brown color, hazy and translucent. Doesn't look bad, but the lack of carbonation is alarming (though predictable). The lacing, though, is beautiful--the tiniest bubbles form a sheet down the side of the glass. It doesn't last, though.

Smell: Pretty great. Smells sour and delicious with acidic sour cherry and plum notes. Ideal sour smell in the nose.

Taste: SO SOUR. In the best way. Tastes like white vinegar and sour cherries and plums, with a little bit of a sour/bitter earthy aftertaste. Delicious! But definitely one to sip.

Mouthfeel: ACTUALLY NOT FLAT!! It's a miracle!! Not a ton of carbonation, but there's enough that this one doesn't fall short of its potential the way a lot of Lost Abbey beers have.

Drinkability: The vinegary taste makes it one to sip--but a delicious one. I was excited to find this one in my cellar--what a treat!

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

I got this bottle as a trade with Amdy , thank you !

Appearance is reddish brown, dense and with some bubbles. The nose on this flanders is sour, but more sour than any flanders from my recent memory. Some cherries come out too and and spice. Upon sipping it from a tulip glass, I pucker up. Red poppy really delivers on the sour quality. More of the cherries, gummy sweetness. This has a crisp body with funk in the finish. A very good beer, albeit a pricey one.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Westmalle chalice. I assume this is the most recent bottling

A- pours a dark cherry red, nearly brown, with a one finger tan head that fades after a little bit of time. It's....carbonated! I want to cry, and am giving it an extra half point because of that.

S- cherries, a little funk, and a vinous character. Smells like a good sour should!

T- there is a very strong sour character to this, but it doesn't overpower the cherries, which really shine in the finish. It's not that vinegary sourness that I hate so much too...well done

M- very thin body, loaded with carbonation. It might actually be a little overcarbed

O- not the best I've had, but still very damn good. Lost Abbey puts out some good stuff when their QC issues are under control

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