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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle @ Monk’s Cafe: Had this during the Brett Pack Dinner during PBW. According to Tomme, this beer is aged in various oak barrels and then blended together. This one poured like a wine, not much carbonation. The color was a deep red. The aroma was cherry, oak. and vanilla. The flavor was FAN-tastic. Very sour cherry balanced by the oak and vanilla. Not an overly sweet aftertaste either. Very smooth. Definitely my favorite beer of the night. Almost wine like. I could see this being the way of the future, instead of wine, I’ll have a Red Poppy please.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
375ml.2011 vintage.Pours a deep red with an insanely fizzy red to off white head.Nose is bright cherry,heavy woody oak notes and some basement smells.Wow.Taste is ultra sour and tart cherry, vanilla and caramel oak and a perfect mouthwatering sour finish.My first perfect score.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Nose is light vinegar and sour cherries. A little bit of wood and vanilla. Even some smoke comes in at the end. Nice and complex, puckers up quick and then dies off. Plenty tart but not super sour, seems like barrel aging at its finest! Balances the sour, wood and fruity tartness perfectly. Little bit of brettomyces comes through...WOW, this is incredible. Easily one of the top 5 beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (540) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Nice aroma of cherries. Tastes of cherries, sour/tart, and oak. The tartness is not too abrasive. It's very drinkable. Very good sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
375ml bottle shared by jsprime. murky brown with a lasting tan head. a massively complex and endlessly enjoyable dark sour ale. cherry intensity is as high as in any kriek ive ever had and the brown ale base supports the fruit and wood aging exceptionally well. just incredibly well done. thx jeff, another 5 from your cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rightious1230 (14) - Escondido, USA - APR 7, 2014
Excellent perfect sour, cherry sour cherry and sour base. Slight hints if oak and barnyard. Big bottle from holiday wine from what I remember. Slight mineral dry finish. An outstanding brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
True perfection, brownish light carbonation wonderfull sour cherry nore with and excellent tingle of chrries dancing on your tounge,,,skight oak added to the depth, wondefull mouthfeel, absolutly fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nik925 (749) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Amazing and over the top caramel and molasses. Crisp sour yet very cleanly and controlled fermentation. Hardly any malt flavor comes through, yet somewhat sweet with some familiar, but non beer flavors. A hint of ginger. Delicious. Like savory candy. Amazing brew...one of the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours dark mahogany with a medium light beige head. Smell claims a little bit sour, hints of cherries, and a touch of oak sweetness. Taste is sour, fruity, a touch sweet, a tiny bit woody, and a lot of sour. Light-to-medium bodied with a prickly texture and fizzy mouth-carbonation, Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale finishes with a tingling sour dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Wow. wow. wow. I really, really like this beer. I like Red Poppy, but I love double Red Poppy. Is it because of recipe tweaks between 2008 and 2009? Is it that the additional cherry juice lends additional sweetness? A wonderful acetic tartness, which reminds me of balsamic vinegar. Lots of cherry notes. Insanely drinkable. With unlimited funds and time, I would have drank as much as I could, but only had one glass. One wonderful glass.
Earlier Rating: 8/26/2007 Total Score: 4.5
Tasted at Lost Abbey 1st Annual Barrel Tasting on 8/25/07. Used to be named Le Woody Brune at Solano Beach Pizza Port. 4 barrels/100 cases were made, but won’t be released until Spring? Made in old 1997 red wine barrels with subdued oak characteristics. 4oz sample from barrel was flat and at room temperature: need to re-rate when bottles are released in Spring. I expect it to be better and more sour then. Made with Dawn Patrol Dark as a base, and I think I heard it was blended with a barrel aged Amigo Lager. Deep red color approaching black. No head, which I would expect to reduce aroma, but still had a wonderful sour cherry aroma I could smell all day. Made with Brettanomyces yeast, which is a super attenuator, so I expected the beer to be dry, but there is still a nice hint of sweetness. Mild pleasant sourness, that I think even sour haters would like. Normally beers are better with cheese, but I like this beer by itself, because cheese over powers the wonderful flavors. Extremely pleasant to drink.

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