Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

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Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)

Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Port Brewing Company
  • Website: lostabbey.com
  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • Style: Flanders Red Ale
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  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBUs:
  • Tasting Notes: Sour cherry, oak
  • Preferred Glass: Tulip
  • Food Pairing:
  • PHM Grade: A

Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

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One of the best representations for a Flemish sour I’ve had!  Vibrant, tart, crisp, and refreshing.  Poured out of a small 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle this brew erupted with beads of bubbles pushing their way to the top of a reddish-brown elixir.  The use of sour cherries produced an interesting hue in the head.  Hints of red and pink contrasted against the tan base.  Coming in at only 5% abv this would make a great beverage to serve at gatherings before a meal as an aperitif.  I could maybe see it pairing well with a nice creamy cheese (goat) or brie.

Fresh bubbles create a new champagne-like head every time you do the “Hopry Swirl” which bring the aroma to the forefront.  It is lively!  I was first greeted by a fresh tart cherry nose with elements of wild/brett yeast.  The oak seems to take the brown ale malt notes, cherries, and yeast and blends them into a wonderful grape aroma.  I was just at a wine expo on 3/27/11 and the nose on this beer reminded me of a sparkling Shiraz I had sampled.  On the malt side I did get a light chocolate/caramel combo.  There was also a very minor smokey quality that paired with the cherries to make a velvety aroma.

The taste rivaled the likes of Petrus Oud Bruin, Rodenbach, and New Glarus Belgian Red.  It has a joyous kind of persona to it. The carbonation w0ke me from my post work daze, the tart cherrie/yeast salvo surprised my senses, and the smooth unique finish made me happy.  During the time I was drinking this beer I wanted to be nowhere else, but inside the glass literally drinking in all the complexities.  Light bodied, and lively the flavors mirror that aromas described above.  There was a pleasant fruity quality up front that seemed to mellow into the brown ale flavor (mild as they were).  The finish consisted of a wonderful sour/tart (cherries) bready (yeast) goodness that quickly transitioned into a tannic dryness.  The lingering aftertaste beckons you to indulge again and again.

If you are not a Flemish Sour fan I would recommend starting off with Petrus Oud Bruin.  It is much more mellow and jammy.  However, if you love sours…this one is a MUST try!

Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale, 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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