Double Red Poppy | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders style Red Ale with Sour Cherries (double normal amount)

Added by HopHead84 on 01-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store, enjoyed a few of these during their Lost Abbey event for SF Beer Week.

Murky and opaque reddish-brown in the glass, looks like a glass of bile, quite frankly. It's got an almost grey color to it. On a more positive note, the head retention is great.

The aroma is absolutely incredible, like cutting into a fresh tart cherry; you get all the complexity and depth of a whole piece of fruit. To my surprise, there's more to be found: the dark malt base is subtle but present, lending a light toasty, bready character; there's also a touch of brown sugar, vanilla and restrained lacto sourness.

It tastes equally amazing, like biting into a fresh tart cherry. Sweeter than the regular Red Poppy, but nowhere near cloying; there's plenty of balancing sourness and a touch of oaky astringency. I get toasty dark malt, brown sugar and vanilla beneath the massive fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full, the additional fruit adds a richness that the regular Red Poppy doesn't have, yet this is still incredibly drinkable. The finish is sweet and tart, lightly oaky and with a hint of vanilla lingering beneath the cherries.

Having tried the standard Red Poppy on tap the day before, this version is very different but equally delicious. This is nowhere near the subtle, balanced beer that bottled Red Poppy is; the fruit character is dominant and remarkable. What a great beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during the O'Brien's anniversary celebration. This was blended solely for this occasion.

The beer is a deep red with a small head and minimal retention. The aroma is of...sour cherries! Are you surprised? There is much more tart cherry to this than the original red poppy, though I haven't had it for quite some time. Other aromas are of oak and vanilla.

The flavor is of cherries as well. Very very cherry. Nice and tart and a very nice level of fruity sourness. There's some lacto, vanilla, and some oak. The finish is long and sweet, sour, and tart.

The carbonation is good and the drinkability is good as well. I love this stuff and I'm anticipating the 09 release of Red Poppy.

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Pours an orange brown with quite a bit of sediment. Some ruby highlights, maybe.

Smells like bursting cherry and oak notes. Very solid flavor, like drinking ripe, soured cherries dropped with oak chips and a bit of ... spice? Hmm...maybe that's some component of the aging process.

Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. A fair amount of carbonation. Really enjoyed.

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