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:
1,956
Reviews:
579
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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567
Gots:
595
For Trade:
39
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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip, finger of off white head. Sediment is at the bottom.

Smell is tart and balanced.

Taste is strong cherry. Sour, almost bitter. Candied, almost.

Very smooth and balanced. Sits on the tongue quite well.

Very well done, but I don’t think it’s worth the price tag.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber copper with a one finger off white head. Nice and thick, can hardly see through it with just a touch of a reddish tint of light showing through.

Smells of a red wine note coming right out of the bottle as soon as I cork it. In the glass I get a much more dark sweet raspberry/cherry tartness. Touches of a leather note.

Taste hits straight away with a tart dark red fruity character and immediately includes some sour sweetness. There's a woody character mid way through along with some funky barnyard. The fruity characters fade off towards the end to leave a tart raison like musty aftertaste. Belgian yeast notes can be found mid to the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with what I would say feels like a high amount of carbonation in the likes of a champagne. Still has some fatness to it that makes me think this could be slightly viscus without all the carbonation.

Overall, this is tasting great and it's really standing out for me. One to try, one to buy, and one to put away to see how it changes over time.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany red, light haze, yellow colored head, dissipates quickly. Funky aroma with a mild sour nose, slight fruit notes, caramel and bread with some acidity. Carries a much similar taste, lightly sweet with fruit notes, a tart, lightly sour taste, with some bready funk notes. Lighter body, carbonation was good(especially for Lost Abbey).

Enjoyable, but Love Child 3 toaster in the night was better.

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Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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