Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Flanders Red

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 29536 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank181
Overall Percentile99.7
Style Rank5 of 98
Style Percentile94.9
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.200
Weighted Score3.960
Standard Deviation0.181

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  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    12.7 oz bottle, about 4 years old. Pours dark ruby amber with a fizzy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

    The aroma is sweet cherries with some vinegary tartness and some woodiness.

    The flavor is sweet and very tart sour cherry with some acidic wood notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation that is a little prickly.

    Overall, a very nice sour.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    True to style Flanders Red. Great looking pour with a fizzy head. Nice aroma of mild tart cherries and sour malts. Damn drinkable, I would love a refrigerator full of this for the summer months due to it's drinkability and refreshing, quenching effect. Mild brown base with a well added sour cherry and wild yeast dimension.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours a hazy, nearly opaque chocolate brown with a VERY thick tan head. The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so beware when you first pour it! Aroma is strongly oaky with malty and fruity hints and more than a bit of sweetness. Flavor has a strong oaky alcohol bite and some fruity and malty cherry tones - definitely a hint of cherry in there. Texture is fierce, attacking the tongue like a pit bull - this beer is not for the faint of heart or taste buds. This beer is intended to be sipped slowly and savored, like brandy.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours out in a deep reddish amber colour with a small tan-coloured head. Rich and refreshing of both immature cherries and black cherries with strong notes of wood and brett. Medium-bodied with acidic and dryish notes of wood, sour cherries, immature raspberries, brett and cranberries. Long tart and acidic finish of sour cherries and wood. Explosive flavours in here!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    had for the first time paired with Russian River Temptation...two WAAAAY different funky sours. this one is a somewhat traditional flemish sour, but the star here is the subtle cherry and oak lending an extra layer of complexity to what would have been a good-but-not-great beer. i liked it more and more as it went, but it falls just short of greatness. RR Supplication & Consecration are still the kings of the sour. It was better than Temptation, though, and that's a good beer. I have one more bottle from the sinners club...after that, it might be it, as it's too steep in price to revisit without quite blowing your socks off.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a murky reddish-brown with small, fading head. Sour cherry notes dominate the aroma. The flavor is complex with earthy malt character playing against a fantastic, fruity sourness. Clean finish. Medium bodid, viscous, and smooth overall. A deliious sample.

  • BRETT 1304 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Sampled from bottle, thanks to ChrisM. Pours mahogany with a haze, thin head and little lace -- due to very low carbonation levels. Earthy, wood and cherry notes dominate the aroma. Very bold and complex. Balanced with oak and cherry dominant. The oak seems very bold and new. Some pleasant tannins in the finish. A winner.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    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.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Original Rating: 750ml bottle generously shared by bockyhorsey on a beautiful 80-85F day in phoenix. Poured a murky red-brown with plenty of chunks and cherry bits floating around (bill had to remove one in his glass that was the skin of about half of a cherry!). Aroma was wonderful leathery funky tart cherries. The flavor followed suit, gentle and smooth in flavor and mouthfeel, not harsh, yet assertively sour. Finished with a bit of a spice bite, created at least by the high attenuation and acidity, presumably no real spicing? A very nice brew, although I'll take the CdT over this - such decisions I wish I could actually be forced to make in life. Thanks, Bill! Re-rate, bottle from Swolf or Gabe as beer number six in a killer July 09 Super Secret Sour State Line Tasting (SSSSLT) featuring (first to last by my counts): Supplication, Consecration, La Folie, Dissident, Cuvee de Castleton, Red Poppy, Lambic de Hill, Festina Lente, Panil. Cherries are the forte here, oaky and only softly tart, highly drinkable, not incredibly tart. Very inoffensive, gentle sourness and again, cherries. A nice brew.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    One of the best beers of the night, came courtesy of Lost Abbey. A fantastical American made sour beer, that are just exquisite when done right. The beer pours out a reddish color, almost like black cherry juice, with a 2-finger frothy white head. Aroma notes were black cherries, lots of funky goodness and some soft wood notes. The beer just felt like a total mouth massage...tingly and lively. Sour cherries showed up in the flavor and lots of it. It really had a outstanding combo of sweet and tart, almost like liquid candy. Some of the wood comes out towards the end, finishing this beer in style. Loved the drinkability of this beer.

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