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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Night of the Barrels 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dirty dark garnet color with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The cherries really dominate throughout. Regular Red Poppy has enough when fresh, but this takes it to another level. Interesting to note is that Tomme said that no new cherries are added; rather, the regular version is combined with extra cherry juice when kegging. Good lactic character with a bit of oak, as well as some acetic acid. The latter is mild.

The flavor does a beautiful job combining acidity with the fruit and then throwing in a bit of oak and tannin for good measure. Nice complexity and a dominant fruit presence. Supremely tart with mild notes of acetic acid. Oak carries through the finish. Fantastic brew. Well done.

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Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special version brewed just for O'Briens 15th Anniversary, even better than the normal version if you can believe that, reviewed from notes, color was a medium brown mixed with red tones, thin 3/4 inch slightly creamy tan head that dissipates quickly, some lacing, aroma is full of loads of cherries first and foremost, balsamic vinegar, oak, tart, earthiness, some mild spice, and fruit juice, flavor is like Red Poppy but with a lighter acidic feel and a lot more luring sweetness, taste is real nice and more mellow, finish still lasts almost a full minute, tastes like cherry juice was infused with the original batch, tart, sweet, lightly acidic, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink a whole lot of this, sweetness might takes it toll after a while but pretty easy to drink considering how much fruit went into this, one big thing I noticed from this one is the presence of more fruit, much sweeter and juicier but that is not a bad thing at all, wish the recipe stayed this way, wow the massive amounts of cherries that went into this did wonders, hope to see more of it in the future, recommended

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store for their Lost Abbey night. From notes jotted down after I got home.

A: It's funny that largadeer referred to this as looking like bile, because that was my first (unspoken) thought upon seeing the glass. It's a murky puce body that doesn't look all that appealing. Swirling produced a nice head that lasted for a minute or so.

S: Beautiful cherry aroma. Brown sugar, toast, oak, vanilla.

T: Tart red cherries up front, with a delicious brown sugar and toast flavor that defines a wonderful backbone. Great flavor contrast that prevents the beer from being too sweet or too tart. Small sourness in the mid-taste, with a tannic finish that brings out light vanilla.

M: Light-bodied... Well-carbed. I forgot to pay attention to how dry it was (if it was), but I had no trouble finishing the pour and don't seem to recall any lingering sweetness.

D: Well deserving of an A. Great beer. My only complaint is that I HATE the Lost Abbey pricing structure ($15 / 375mL, FML) and I just don't see myself getting more than one bottle, if that.

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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell yeah, thanks to cloudskipper for sharing this tick at Lost Abbey night at City Beer after it ran out. Over on the other site this is listed as an alias of Red Poppy, but that's BS in my opinion, as this is a considerably different brewski (and a superior one if you ask me).

Cloudy deep burgundy in color with a small off-white head. Looks more or less how it should, if not particularly attractive.

The aroma is massive cherries, really intense. Some oakiness and funk as well as slight vinegar as well.

Huge, huge cherry flavor. Just jumps out of the glass at you. Damn tasty, oaky, mildly funky and tart.

Slight acidity on the palate with a nice tingling from the fruit and tartness that is typical of Lost Abbey sours.

I like this one a lot. Good job, Tomme.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Night of the Barrels up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a murky ruby red color with less than an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, sour raspberries, vinegar, oak, and other tart fruits. Little bit of funk as well, but not too much; much more of a sour fruit thing going on in the nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, and some funk. A little more oak and funk than the nose, but that tart cherries is up front again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A really great sour from Lost Abbey. Unfortunately I haven't had the normal Red Poppy yet, but would love to have this one again. Lots of tart cherries and sour fruits in the nose and taste.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is the same murky mahogany color that Red Poppy is, with a nice off-white head.

S: The cherries are certainly noticeable, and that's what I was expecting. Good oak notes as well, a mild mustiness, and a hint of acetic acid along.

T: The flavor is completely dominated by the cherries and the wood. The two battle back and forth, each sip seems to alternate which characteristic is more prevalent. There is a more complex flavor than with regular Red Poppy, that seems to have additional some yeast esters. Not overly sour, but nicely tart.

M: The body is medium with a rolling and smooth carbonation. This one is bone dry.

D: As to whether I like this or "regular" Red Poppy more, I can't really say. Both were quite enjoyable and different in their own ways.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. About an 8oz. pour served out of a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1.5 finger fine, pink cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy mud water color. Lacing is spare and spotty. I know it contains fruit puree but the color is very off-turning.

Nose is sweet cherry and spice. Super clean and simple with a robust fruit presence. Moderately aromatic.

Opens cinnamon spice. Cherry and raspberry puree. Incredibly rich, thick, sweet red fruit with some mild tartness sprinkled in. Really unbelievable how much of a fruit component is in this one. Finish is more red fruit with a sweet, tart aftertaste. Possibly the best Flanders Red I've ever had.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and smooth going down. Messy finish with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Really thick here but excusable because of, again, the immense fruit component.

Never mind this being a Flanders Red or Wild ale, this is possible one of the best fruit-based beers I've ever had. Absolutely incredible.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Armsby Abbey on the Lost Abbey takeover night. Enjoyed as an 8 ounce pour.

A - Pours a light ruddy brown, nice garnet hue with a nice over one finger head that left really good lacing and a thin white cloud.

S - Smell is excellent of great tart cherries and sourness. Good vinegar notes too along with some nice brown sugar qualities.

T - Taste is very good too, though I don't get much difference in taste as I do the regular Red Poppy. Lots of those sour cherries, sugar, and vinegar notes. Not quite as vinegary as the regular, but the cherries do shine a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel I thought was a little worse than the regular version. Not quite as carbonated and crisp as before. Still good though.

O - Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. I do love Flanders Reds and this shows off why. Great sourness, fruits, and funk.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at EBF 2011 Night of the Barrels.

Looks like I expected, deep red in color with a very light head which Ive come accustomed to with my LA experiences.

Smell reaks of cherries with slight oak and funky undertones.

Cherries come out really nice in this, then the oak and a little tart with a subtle funkiness on the finish. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel is near perfect. Carbonation is not too high and not too low, just where it needs to be.

This was very drinkable and I wish this was bottled. Picked up some of 2011 Red Poppy the next day and am looking forward to trying it, hopefully I wont be let down.

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Brownish red with minimal head. Sour and cherry-laden in the nose, Loads of cherries on the palate. Light carbonation Makes regular Red Poppy taste meager. Awesome cherry beer.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5oz or so pour at the toronado SD.

A: Murky brown. No head but decent lacing.

S: Good tart and sourness. Lots of sour cherries.

T/M: Loads of sour cherries with a healthy puckering tartness. A bit funky. Fuller mouthfeel.

D: easy drinking but damn expensive.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Double Red Poppy from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 88 ratings