Name: Red Poppy Ale
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: San Diego, CA
Style: Flanders Red Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.5%
First Brewed: 2008
Price: NA (Jennifer brought a bottle of this to a bottle share on Christmas Day. She had been saving this bottle for a LONG time and this was finally a great opportunity to drink it. Thanks, Jennifer!)
Lovely ruby and brown in the glass, with aromas of sour dark fruits apparent from the start. Sweet caramel and red fruit flavors are juicy met with tart sour cherries and pleasant notes of balsamic vinegar. With hints of wine, the oak and vanilla are subdued and delightfully complex.
This review will be short and sweet, too. It is Christmas Day, and we are at a bottle share with friends. Jennifer was kind enough to share this bottle with us, and I am pumped having, the last time I was at The Lost Abbey, got the chance to share a beer with Tomme Arthur. If he only knew we were reviewing a bottle of his that was inspired by the beer that got him started on craft beer, the Rodenbach Grand Cru.
In the Glass: It is really cloudy and has a nice thin tan head. Almost a soda pop fizz on top. Sheryl said it looks thick, but I’m not getting that. It really reminds me of soda pop. Cherry soda, perhaps.
Ha. Jen just said, “How did I not know his is a sour?” It’s a sour! Let’s smell it.
Aroma: That smells great. It doesn’t smell sour, but smells amazing. Everyone at the table seems to like it. I need to try it. Thanks Jennifer for sharing. Been wanting to drink this for quite some time, and Christmas Day is ra good day to do that. Cheers!
Flavor: Not much flavor, really. This comes from a great brewery, but this is one of my least favorite beers from them. Now I want to try this side by side to the Rodenbach Grand Cru… Just to see.
Mouthfeel: Whoa… That is really carbonated. Way too carbonated. The flavor isn’t that sour, but the back of my palate is getting a hint of sour, but not as sour as I wanted it to be.
Aftertaste: I am getting some decent hoppy flavors in the finish here.
Glad we got to try this together. Helps on a day we drank and reviewed Utopias. Cheer all the way around.
We have been waiting for quite a while to try this beer. I’m not sure I even knew until a few days ago that Jennifer was saving a bottle of it for us. But what a perfect day to have it, on Christmas. We’ve already had some really good beers today. Why not try another on?
The beer looks cloudy in the glass. The color is kind of a medium-brown, sort of reddish color. It looks thick to me, with not much head. It smells really sour. I’m sure it is! Let’s find out.
Yep, it’s sour. But surprisingly, it’s not overly sour like some I’ve had recently. It actually tastes a little bit carbonated. I kind of like it. I’m not sure if it’s anything to write home about, really, but it’s actually a good balance for a sour. It’s hard to get, so I’m not sure that I’ll be buying it again, but I’m glad I got the chance to try it.