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:
1,960
Reviews:
580
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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568
Gots:
599
For Trade:
41
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Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color. Subtle haze allows some light through. White head. Minimal retention and no lacing.

Standard aroma of a Flanders red. Balsamic and berry vinegarette. Deep cherry and subtle poppy seeds.

Heavy dose of acetic acid imparting wine like, balsamic qualities. Middle to end, tart cherries compliment the sour, malty quality. Finishes with a flirty Brett funk.

Moderate body. Soft, playful bubbles bring the flavors to life. Residual malt sugars and yeasty dance to the tongue. Finishes dry on the tongue and sticky on the lips.

Exceptional fruited sour red ale. Elegant, complex and tasty.

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Photo of JLK7299
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krl2112
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docrock
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dogleg
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5-22-16 - Enjoyed in my backyard. Poured from a caged and corked bottle that I picked up from the brewery in early April. Poured into my Teku tall stemmed logo glass (that I also picked up at the brewery in early April). I had this ale once before at the Tomme dinner at Monk's earlier this year. So when I made my pilgrimage to the brewery in San Marcos, I picked up a bottle to enjoy today. A true sour ale, but very approachable. I took my time with this one due to the complexity of flavors. Slight white head that returns with a quick swirl. The latter sips were the best as the ale had sat for 20 minutes or so. Good to know for the next time. Oh so good.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

heroin alkaline plecktch

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Photo of madelf66
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unoriginal
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/15/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour cherries and grapes, wild Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with tart flavors of cherries and grapes followed by some wild Belgian yeast. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,960 ratings.
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