MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle thanks to Chad.
Murky dark brown with a slight red hue and a thin off white head. Aroma is clearly that of Lost Abbey. Awesome barrelly sourness, vanillary wooden notes and superb strawberries and cherries. Some peat and earth all the way in the background but it balances it out perfectly. Flavour is verging on the edge of greatness. The sourness is absolutely perfect. If this had more sweet cherry to offset the base beer this could be even better. That said itís still outstanding. Awesome sourness on the finish that is so typically Californian sour. Lost Abbey and Russian River need a sour style all of their own. Totally unique. Utterly excellent. A glorious all rounder and more proof that I love this brewer. God it just needs more cherry.
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma had plenty of cherry and oak. Flavor was up front oak, tannins, caramel, and cherry. Medium acidity, lightly carbonated. I like this one quite a bit. Thanks JW77!
bhensonb (11272) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. A nice mild, sour cherry aroma. No head that lasted. Dark amber/brown color. A little wood in the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel. Lightly sour. Cherry skin. So pleasing the mind goes into suspension. Sour to the end, but pleasantly so.
marcus (6600) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish brown ale poured with a miniscule beige head, eliciting a sour cherry aroma. This is a mild sour brown ale with woody notes. Apparently, Tomme mislabeled a few cases of this beer, using an Older Viscosity label,but this was clearly Red Poppy, and itís a great beer.
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love sours and this was a very good one with a dark brown and orange cloudy pour with a tart cherry finish and refreshing taste.CHEERS!
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, complements to da man Dr. Bill. Gorgeous red color with enticing sour aromas wafting. All parts of the cherry are apparent in the nose and body: from pit and stem to the skin and juicy meat. This beer is filled with sour yum yum without ever going overboard in any department. Quaffable palate, could drink this all night but unfortunately canít. A gorgeous, resplendent brew. Worth searching for!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured muddy amber with a thin tan head...smell is lightly oaky and lightly cherry...taste is sweet with hints of cherry...very underwhelming...not very tart and very carbonated...medicinal dry finish...
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big thanks to Craig! Poured a murky, muddy dark red body with thin head. Aroma is oak, sour cherries and wood. Flavor is slightly sour, oaky with a light sour cherry. Low carbonation and dry mouthfeel. At times this was too bland and I was itching for something more sour. Overall it was very enjoyable.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Yaniv, the most generous person I know, for sharing this gem. Pours a hazy orange brown, like apple cider. Creamy tan short head. Sharp tart nose. Lightly sweet with some caramel. Cherry oak. Smooth for the style. Smooth small bubbles, creamy. Big tart oaky beer. Fruity cherry peaks out of massive oak. A really killer sour in terms of depth, not going overboard on the sour!
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 fl oz bottle received as the first installment of the 2008 Lost Abbey Patron Sinners club. Pour is hazy orangish brown with a a 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of sour cherry and some nice woody earthiness. The nose is not nearly as aggressive as I was suspecting. Subdued, yet still very engaging. Funky, sour, really complex. Taste tart, sour cherries. Both elements of fresh cherries and musty old cherry are present, and nicely blended. The cherry fruit is dominant early, then gives way to the wood and earthiness. The aftertaste has some black pepper spiciness that sort of came out of nowhere. The funk is muted in the taste. As this warms, it takes on a cherry juice taste and loses most of the funk. Beautiful palate. Perfect medium body to make the flavors mouth coating, yet very refreshing. This was nice.