Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

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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

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570
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1,926
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.22%
 
 
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Photo of Stigs
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured with about half an inch of loose & bubbly dark khaki foam which quickly fell to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the ber is a hazy ruby color with some floating sediment.

S - filled the room after the cork popped. the smell is of very strong tart cherries, vinegar, and oak. simple, but wonderful. had to go back and give this a 5, as i've been sniffing it for a good 20+ minutes before every sip.

T - fantastic balance. an initial cherry sweetness turns to tart, sour, vinegar, caramel, then a very drying oak. finishes with a lingering sourness and cherries.

M - just a bit over carbonated and distracting. body is medium, and very prickly, nice and dry but almost to a fault.

D - a wonderfully crafted brew...simple, yet elegant. has all the characteristics of the style and pulls them off. just wish it didnt leave my mouth feeling like sandpaper, though i cant stop sipping it.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown color with a hint of rusty red and some reddish on the edges. Small, off white head that left behind some alright lacing.

S - Not overly complex, but pretty potent. Huge vinegar influence on this, and nicely sour.

T - Sour, a bit of a cherry taste, big oak and vinegar influence. It's not bad, but I was expecting something with more complexity, and possibly with some more fruit in it.

M - Just a touch too heavy for this style for me, might be due to the carbonation, would like something that seems more effervesant.

D - Not super hard to drink, but between the weight and the not-sweet-sour it's one that is easy to put down.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a bruery tulip

Looks cloudy brown with little head, some lacing, oud bruin for sure!

Smells tart and sweet , oak and cherries as the label says, vinegar.

Hell yes! balanced sour and sweetness with nothing overpowering. A decent oak character, caramel and cherries, maybe some clove. Nicely complex this one.

Mouthfeel is spot on.

Highly drinkable and refreshing , but does have a high $

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300

2010 bottle served in a De Ranke tulip

pours dark murky brown with hints of copper. light creme head, very light retention.

light cherry upfront with strong hints of sourness and vinegar. light oak. dry smell. very clean.

light sourness up front. light hints of vinegar and oak kick in. a nice cherry flavor begins to finish this off with the brown ale completing the finish. great cherry flavor!

nice moderate carbonation. slight dryness. cherry flavor lingers on the teeth and mouth.

very well done. not too much of anything, anywhere. tons of flavor and complexity, but balanced. cost could be a bit less, and this would be a 5.0.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Tony for opening this up during a March tasting.

It pours a cloudy copper with deep red highlights at the edges. A bone colored head recedes quickly into a nice ring of bubbles around the perimeter

The nose of this beer is exactly what I dream of when I open up an example of my favorite style. It has a nice balance of acetic, cherry, oak, and sweet notes. The addition of actual cherries in this beer leave more cherry aroma than I've had in others but it is a welcome addition. The smell was so inviting I just kept smelling it for several minutes before I dived into the actual liquid.

The cherry is definitely present in the taste but it isn't overpowering. The tart and sour notes have are really well integrated with a fair amount of vinegar taste but not too much to label it over the top. My only gripe with the flavor is that the cherry flavors and the sourness mask a lot of the base beer and I wold like to have more of the brown ale show through.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the present carbonation compliments the beer nicely. it is pretty dry which I really like and allows a mouth puckering beer to be drank without much palette fatigue.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 375ml bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru class. 2010 version.

The beer pours a medium brown with a light tan head. It rises about a finger, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is strong but only really shows off one smell. You get mostly all sourness with a very light hint of vinegar at the end.

The taste is ok nothing special. It starts off pretty sours then gives off a oak and vinegar finish. I don't taste any cherries.

The feel is ok, warm to the touch, with a slight dry finish.

Overall, this is ok, nothin spcial for an oud bruin, decent American effort.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks for sharing, Roger.

A: Pours a turbid, sedimentary maroon body in the glass. Its off white head rises to about 1.5 fingers in height, retaining for a minute or so before vanishing into a thin collar on the brew. Yes, it's carbonated. Hallelujah.

S: Cherries, lactic sourness, spice, some oak. We screwed up and had this after Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise '02. This didn't even remotely compare.

T: Lactic sourness, some balsamic vinegar with an underlying nuttiness, lemon zest, and of course tart cherries and the accompanying bitterness of their skins. It's not nearly as fruity as I was expecting, though. Tannic finish.

M: Light-bodied; a little sharply acetic in the finish.

D: It's not bad, but if I had to pick a sour beer based on cherries, I'd go with Supplication or LP Kriek first, especially at $17 for 375mL. I know they're not technically the same style, though.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/6/10. Shared with Eddy from Monk's. Thanks dude!

A- Brilliant deep amber with a lasting off white head, excellent lacing. Mildly hazy, ruby hues. 4.5

S- Rich sourness, lots of vinegar and sweetness of cherries, hint of caramel, and red wine. Simply fantastic. 4.5

T- Very similar to the aroma. Lots of sour cherry tartness mingling with a touch of earthiness. A lovely blend of flavors that leaves a lingering sweet and sour aftertaste. 5.0

M- Light bodied but carbonation gives a fuller perception, dry finish. 4.5

D- This is one of the best sours I have ever had. Period. 5.0

Note- reviewing this does not do it justice. If you ever get a chance to try this beer, it will be in your favor.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A really interesting color light-medium brown near the top and a deep garnet dark red brown to the bottom. Fairly clear in the light. Low head retention, off white head.

S: This one is nice, aromas of tart cherry, grannysmith apple, and lemon zest seem to ring through for me.

T: More spice then I would have guessed... spiced tart bitter(like lemon) apple. Interesting stuff.

M: sharp acid in the back of the throat.

D: Pretty low points for me too much for me in the back of the throat.

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Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a dark brown color with a thin fizzy off-white head covering the top. The head faded to cling to the sides of the glass where it left moderate lacing.

The aroma is sharp with some cherry tartness and some acidic sourness to it. I can also get a little of the oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. The taste shows a lot of the tartness and acidicness the nose suggested. The cherries really come through in the finish leaving a very nice cherry aftertaste on the palate. There is also some hints of the oak and vanilla flavors as well helping the complexity of the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice sour flavor to it. I've said before though that I'm very impartial to cherries, I just love them. Adding real cherry flavor to anything is a positive thing to me.

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Photo of femALEist
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Red Poppy Ale by Lost Abbey is a Flanders Oud Bruin style beer and 5.5%. It is a brown ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in oak barrels for over 6 months. It poured a beautiful copper red with a pinky full of a white head. It smelled of citrus, sour cherries and a hint of barnyard funkiness- kind of a one note nose. It tasted like dried sour cherries, Brett, and vinegar. The sour cherriness was pretty well balanced.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought this after finishing my GMAT. 375 ml caged and cork bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Finger and a half light tan head. Very hazy brown color. Takes awhile to reside to a patchy layer of foam with a bunch of small to medium sized bubbles. The head clings to the sides of the glass after it resides, already showing evidence of lacing. The lacing is actually ridiculous. A serious wall of foam.

Very sour smelling. Smells of sour cherries. Evidence of oak and peaty wood. Very vague roasted malt and caramel.

Sour red cherry, a light caramel/vaguely roasted malt, peat, oak, smoke, vanilla. A tiny bit of bitter resiny hops. An interesting nutty aftertaste with hints of vanilla. Seriously complex.

Light bodied. Kinda of low carbonation. Small bubbles that touch the tongue and move on, not very prickly.

A fantastic sour. Solidly drinkable. Reminds me of a lighter bodied Supplication or Cuvee de Tomme, but still tons of flavor for the abv.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 6% abv Snifter

This beer started with a nice pop of the cork.

A fizzy head dissipated to tiny brown ring around the rim. Brown to ruby red in color. Some moderate lacing.

Smell was wonderful, cherries with a sweet brandy barrel essence, followed by some sour funk.

Taste started out lighter than I expected. Cherry bitterness with a dominate malt flavor in middle of sip with just a touch of sourness at the end. Not much barrel flavors. Aftertaste has a touch of sweetness that lingers pleasantly in the mouth. fuzzy dry mouthfeel. Carbonation was great!!

This is a very drinkable beer, its a record breaking 71 degrees here in Seattle, and this is a perfect beer to drink in the afternoon sun. Seems to me, the flavors will develop more complexity in the future. Nice beer.

Cheers.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ratman for a taste of this one. To state up front, I'm not really a fan of sours, so I approached this one with a bit of trepidation. Poured into a tulip of some sort, reddish brown, with a bit of carbonation. On the nose, I picked up red wine vinegar, oak and some tartness, but oddly (?) not a whole lot of cherry. This one was a bit funky on the palate; not a whole lot of sour going on, and somewhat lacking in cherry flavor. Again, not a huge sour fan, but this one seemed a bit restrained, almost a "training wheels" type of beverage. Pretty good, and one I'd love to try again.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Pours a hazy orange tinted cider color with negligible head nor Belgian lacing. I would have scored it lower if not for the foggy residue swirling about that caught my attention. The smell is full on aggressive malt vinegar (where's my Arthur Treachers?) over sour cherries and dark grapes. The flavor and feel merge into an immediate bright tart burst that's notches shy of 'puckering'. Taste is a good mix of grape and cherries. The texture is light body cleans up quickly...almost dry, but the fruitiness lingers nicely. It's not flat, but the carbonation is hidden beneath the zip from the sour character. A reasonable drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...many thanks to bmanning.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: murky bronze with cherry syrup red tones, nominal head and lacing

S: red wine vinegar, cherries, fungal/earthy character, wood/straw

T: potent yet mild tartness, big mouthful of cherries, very light red wine vinegar on finish, very faint earthy/floral in background

M: very light stickiness in the back of the throat but surprisingly clean finish, light palate feel

D: amazingly drinkable, very mellow, approachable sour, cannot wait to have another

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is brownish-red and murky with a dirty white thin head that recedes relatively quickly. Small amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is sexy. Vinegar, cherries, earthy, very fragrant.

Taste kind of surprised me. It's a mild sour that is very pleasing to taste. Strong cherry notes dominate, but there's some earth, some oak. Begins sweet and finishes with a crisp tartness... Vinuous is a good adjective... sorry I stole that one from the other reviews, but it's better than "wine-like"

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated, oily, tongue humbling.

Dangerously drinkable! At least IMHO... Very pleasant to me, and I think I could down this like a non-alcoholic soda/juice even though I prefer to enjoy it slowly over time.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark burgundy-brown body. Thin, weak off-white head. Very little lacing, but a nice skim remains throughout.

S: Red wine, dark red cherries, oak, sweet sugar and a hearty earthy-funk.

T: Like the nose, lots of dark fruits are present. Most notably dark cherries fill out the flavor profile from start to finish. Similar to consecration, but lacking the profound tartness and sourness. A bit raw... but presents itself as a lively sweet, vinous brew.

M: Smooth, moderate tartness and sourness. Nice lingering finish. Funkayyy.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit... reminiscent of consecration and la folie... not quite as good as consecration, but probably better than la folie. Would like to see this one with some age on it.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a dark red color pushing brown with a nice thick off white one finger head rising up out of it. Really nice lacing coming out of the head. Super sticky.

S= Tart vinegar smell with little cherry in it. Super sour smelling. Sort of a headache inducing funk to it as well. Smells dirty sort of. Funky barnyard smell to it.

T= Nice tartness to it. Good sour without the super vinegar that I smell. Nice cherry taste that is still sort of fresh cherry. Nice clean taste which is different from the super dirty smell. Not as funky because the super sourness comes from it.

M= Super dry feeling. Awesome crisp clean feeling as well.

D= Nice sour. Not over the top or crazy at all but still really nice sour. Delicious.

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Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown infused with alot of red. Light off white head creates delicate lacing. Its a beautiful looking brew.

Aromas are soy sauce, vinegary funk, and cherries.

Taste is nicely complex. I get an almost cola like sweetness in the front which is soon washed away by a puckering sourness. Intense is all I can say.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it has a nice playful carbonation. Drinkability is good as there is no alcohol flavor or harshness. Nicely done.

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Memphis Taproom, 2/22/10.

A-Pours a rather dark reddish brown, opaque, with a little bit of fizzy head and a spot or two of lacing.

S-Sour cherries and some background funkiness.

T-Delicious big fruit notes in the front, balanced nicely by an oakiness and sour funk. Very rich and flavorful.

M-Medium bodied and a bit slick.

D-A great example of this style. More flavorful than most, but still nicely drinkable.

HV

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Photo of nectar14
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown color. Off white head that stirs up with swirling, fades with sittin' still.

S: Nice nutty oak backing up sour bretty funk; very enticing.

T: Decent depth to the cherry, brett, and oaky flavors. Finishes a bit short in flavor, but the acidity lingers.

M: Medium to full in body. Pleasantly carbonated. Like the texture.

D: Sip after sip, this is one that goes down pretty easy and makes you want another.

Glad I got a chance to try this. Not many made in USA like it.

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Photo of Popkas
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing a side by side of 2009 and 2010 with my wife - review based on 2010.

A: Pour is an auburn color with a very thin head. Note 2010 did open with a nice pop where 2009 was more of "pff".

S: Tart cherries, sour funk.

T: Strong taste of cherry and nice mouth puckering sour kick.

M: The mouth feel is thin, but there is some carbonation to it and I have no complaints. The 2009 is a different story, very thin and no fiz at all.

D: 2010 is drinking nicely. 2009 is still a tasty beer, just not as good as the new release.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a cherry cola toned reddish brown body. Head is just a skim of rich tan foam. Nose has a nice creamy tartness with ripe cherry tones, cola and minerals with some zest. Enters the mouth with a sharp tart tone that is cherry skins. This tartness quickly mellows with mice dark maltiness that really balances the brew. Dark fruit follows all this with some accompanying tannins. Mouthfeel is thick and tart especially on the very back of the tongue. This beer is especially under carbonated. Overall it is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up some of this brew at the Port Brewery Feb 13,2010 so we know it's as fresh as can be.

Popped it open Feb 17, 2010 and by the sound of the cork, not much cabonation in this brew. Poured into a snifter.

A: Poured murky brown with very small head, almost like root beer.
S: Wow, I can definitly get the whiff of the sourness that comes from those cherries and slight oak/earthy smell. Very interesting.
T: Actually quite acidic with sour cherry notes from start to finish. Get a slight viniger tinge at the end.
M: All I need to say is tart to almost lemmony with a small ammount of cabonation for full flavor to explode in your mouth.
D: Good beer but did not knock my socks off. The sour tart flavor is definitly not to my palate. If you are into trying somwthing very new, Red Poppy ale is the one.

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