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:
#626
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,858
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
568
Gots:
599
Trade:
40
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Ratings: 1,965 |  Reviews: 582
Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a one-finger, cream colored head of foam. It was short lived and left minimal lacing.

S - Like a great sour beer lots of dark cherries and sourness. Just a touch of funkiness, too.

T - Sour but not overpowering with a strong black cherry flavor. There are mild yeasty notes and some light caramel flavors, too.

M - It'll make you pucker but not too much. It is medium bodied and very dry.

D - This is another fabulous beer from The Lost Abbey. I'll liking sour beers more and more each time I try great examples of the style like this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour cherries are heavily dominating. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep oak notes with some cherry flavor also discernable. Very complex taste and some what similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru. I thought cherries would have been more prominent but they were somewhat loss in the mix.

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

2008 bottle.

Appearance - Ruddy brown, quite hazy and distinctly unfiltered. The head retained remarkably well in an oversized wine glass. This beer should be decanted carefully; the bottle has a ton of sediment at the bottom.

Smell - Wonderfully musty and oaky. Pronounced vanilla with mild barnyard funk and sourness. Cherries are present but not as dominating as they are on the tongue.

Taste - Sour, tangy cherries make up the backbone, while oak provides depth and balance. Acidity is fairly low despite the tart flavor. Vanilla appears more and more as the beer warms, blending harmoniously with the sour cherries. The finish is dry and long, revealing more of the young oaky flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied and crisp on the tongue; slighty drying to the palate. Certainly not quaffable despite the light body; small sips provide a ton of flavor.

Overall - The 08 and 09 batches are outstanding. A Flemish style sour without all the acetic acid, and a great balance between oak and fruit. Later batches are solid but not as exceptional.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3300th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an pretty much perfect malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a world class Flanders red ale style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An insanely amazing offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikesgrove for this one.

Opened the cork with the slightest pop.

Poured into Ommegang chalice.

Pours hardly any head, but the little that is there is a murky brown. Color is a hazy ruby copper brown with sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries, some funk, wood/oak, vinegar/acidic aromas. The aroma is really making my mouth water.

Taste: Wow, this beer is sour. Big sour cherry taste, oak, vinegar with acidic flavors. Definitely has a funky taste to it.

Mouthfeel: One of the sourest beers I have ever had. Makes my mouth pucker. Very tart. Medium body with a low amount of carbonation. Ends with a bittersweet clean aftertaste.

Overall, a fantastic beer. I am really enjoying this and I know I will want more when this bottle is gone. I really enjoy how tart the cherries are. A must have if you enjoy tart, sour beers.

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Drinking a 2010 bottled version fresh and just wanted to comment a bit on it. The abv is lowered to 5% and it is not near as sour. I have heard many people enjoy this fresh, but I say to put some age on it. It develops more of a vinegar flavor but gets a lot more sour. The nose on this starts out odd, but then gets better as it warms. Not as sour as it turns out to be.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly murky reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has slightly less than a quarter finger tall dense light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of sour cherries and tartness with a light amount of oak. Some subtle notes of vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel sweetness but that is quickly overshadowed by moderate to strong flavors of sour cherries. The beer has a light to moderate amount of tartness with some more subtle notes of oak and vinegar.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Overall this is a really enjoyable beer and is quite easy to drink, especially for the style. Nice amounts of tartness without the over the top tartness/vinousness. Good flavors contributed by the sour cherries and a good amount of complexity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for opening this at a recent tasting.

2009 Vintage. 375mL bottle.

A: Poured a slightly-browned red with a bit of a cream-colored head.

S: Aromas of cherry are definitely present atop some funk and vinegary acid.

T: The cherries are not as strong in the taste department as with the smell, and the slightly-puckering acidity takes over. Good balance between the sweet and tart nature of the cherries with the predominate sour qualities of this one.

M: Pretty low carbonation, fairly tart, and somewhat mouth-drying.

D: Quite drinkable. Fairly complex.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 nickfl
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call this a "Barrel aged Flanders Red." The appearance is murky brown stuff with a brief foam. It seems to be injected with clouds of carbonation, so it's quite a pleasing mouthful. Interesting aroma of cedar and raspberries.

Slightly tart, but the fruity and malty undertones balance the acidity better than most beers that are on the sour side. Woody with a long pie cherry flavor. On tap at the Lost Abbey tasting room in Encinitas.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz corked & caged bottle into a Russian River Tulip.

Pours a hazy dark ruby (I said the hell with it and dumped the yeast in to) that possesses some lighter shades towards the bottom. The heads stands about 1 ½ fingers tall and seems pretty effervescent with an off-white color. As the glass settles I can actually see bits of cherry skin mixed in with the yeast at the bottom. A thin, creamy layer of retention skims the surface and sticks around pretty solidly at about a ½ finger or so. This just doesn't budge and flairs up nicely, leaving behind a fantastic looking cascade of lace when swirled. The aroma is a blast of cherries and tart Brett notes that are followed by a fairly pungent flush of astringent oak character.

The taste is tart cherry character that is accentuated by an additional crisp bite of Brett, with more oak notes coming out towards the end. It finishes with nice lingering notes of sourness that impart a dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while not possessing a ton of carbonation, still has more of a slick feel to it that really helps move all of that tart character around across the palette.

This is a very nice and well crafted offering here. While I understand that this may have lost some of its' cherry freshness from when it was first brewed, the character still seemed quite pungent to me and worked well the Brett to create a mix that was more refreshing tartness than sour. Another tasty work of art from Tomme and company at the Abbey.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has acetic tartness, toasted malt, barnyard notes and light caramel. Taste has a light tartness, acetic notes, basamico, red apple skin, toasted malt and burnt sugar.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Thank God for Black Friday leftovers. All the beer and none of the annoying crowd! (Still the 5.5oz. pours though.)

Attractive: ruddy red-brown color, murky, with a thick ringlet of off white foam. Aroma was slightly tart and woody, notes of cherry and vinegar. Similar taste, biscuity malt base, light cherry, apricot, decently balanced acetic acid, tart but not quite puckering, slightly woody. Pretty strange that this uses a brown ale base, because it barely resembled a brown ale at this point of its life. Medium body, medium carbonation, drying effect in the aftertaste. Nice overall.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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 smithj4
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

2014 bottle, opened October 2014

A - Wow, what a beautiful looking beer. Deep, bright cranberry ice tea body. Creamy yellowed-paper head pours 2 fingers high, with great retention and lace for the style.

S - Fantastic. Bold green apple, caramel, bread crust, peaches, wild flowers, and lemon.

T - Tingly sour with bright lemon, brown sugar, tart apple cider, pumpernickel bread, green grapes, sharp black cherries, and soft white oak.

M - Outstanding carbonation with a crisp, medium frame.

O - A stellar example of one of my favorite styles.


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4.63 Red Poppy
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.30 4.75 4.52 10%
S - 4.66 4.66 4.75 4.69 20%
T - 4.70 4.50 4.50 4.57 40%
M - 5.00 4.90 4.50 4.80 10%
O - 4.70 4.70 4.60 4.67 20%

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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