There's a nice pop when I removed the cork and an instant aroma of cherries, it pours a deep dark red with about an inch of foam with plenty of sticky lacing.
There's loads of sour cherries in the smell and the oak aging is right up there with it.
The taste is superb! The tartness from the cherries works so well with the oak, it's scary. Very light notes of vanilla peek in at times, mostly right near the finish. There's not much of even a hint of alcohol; it's incredibly drinkable and smooth on the palate.
I got this and others from Lost Abbey from the final year of their Sinners Club and man do I miss being part of it. Oh well.
Served In: Tulip
This bottle comes courtesy of the ever generous BitterBill, thanks again Bill! I was a little worried with the barely noticeable pop of the cork but a vigorous pour down the center of the glass produces a fingers worth of creamy beige head that slowly falls to a solid cap. Underneath lies a murky brown body that glows crimson when backlit. Some thin lacing gets left behind that eases back into the body over time.
The cherries have a much more candy-like aroma than I would have expected. They bring along a little tartness but the sweeter qualities are certainly there. A handful of earthy qualities make their presence known. Leather and reduced balsamic vinegar jump to mind immediately along with a rather rich, brown bread sort of maltiness.
The cherries are tarter on the tongue than in the nose but they still show off a candy-like sweetness to balance things out. The leathery quality is rich and goes well with the hefty balsamic vinegar notes. There's a solid backing of brown bread maltiness that evens this Flanders styled brew out well. The cherry tartness runs along the sides of my tongue but never reaches sour.
Although it took some doin' to get any noticeable carbonation it manages to come along nicely on the back of the tongue. The body has a light feel and the carbonation actually has a touch of prickliness on the back while pushing the beer through quickly.
The sweet and sour combo of this beer makes it an ideal thirst quencher in the summer months. The lighter body keeps Red Poppy flowing as well. This is a beer I could happily put away all day.
Lost Abbey is hit or miss with me and lately they've been a huge miss. Red Poppy managed to raise my opinion of them again. They can make a good beer when they show some effort and Red Poppy is one of the examples. Thanks for the bottle Bill, I really enjoyed this one!
Served In: Tulip
2010 vintage - new style 375ml bottle.
Pours a deep brown color with red highlights and two fingers of bubbly khaki head on top. Aromas of dense oak and wood meet a bright sour cherry. Tart, earthy accents run throughout along with a touch of spice. Nice!
First sip brings crispness and dry oak flavors upfront. Tannic with a solid kick of tart cherry. Spice and earthy funk but the wood has really seeped in this year. Flows down dry and puckering with lingering cherry accents.
Crisp with solid carbonation. A good sipper and a tasty treat to savor. Oak seems more forward this year but overall it's still a tasty treat.
Hazy brown pour with ruby highlights. Very mellow carbonation without much head at all. Spotty lacing slides down the glass. Aromas are an intense amalgamation of oak, sour funkiness, cherry, raisins. Acidic vinegar accents. Mellow toffee/caramel in the background.
First sip brings tart cherry and bracing sourness blazing upfront. Hints of raisin, brown sugar and spice meld in. Sour funkiness as it flows down with tart cherry on the aftertaste as well. Acidic vinegar taste throughout. Quite wonderful for this sour beer lover.
Smooth and on the lighter side. Good carbonation as it flows down easy. The acidity is a bit much but not overwhelming for a 375ml bottle. A nice treat after a long day of work and a must try for any sour beer fan.
Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 1-20-08. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Had 2 samples of this one on-tap at the Lost Abbey-Red Poppy release.
Poured a golden color with hints of red, a tiny crown of foam around the glass.
Aroma was great. Lots of cherry, tart and sweet, lightly toasted malts and fruity aromas. Some funky aromas in the background which increased slightly as it warmed up.
Tasted very close to the aroma. Tart and sweet cherries with crisp and toasted malt flavors, a bit of caramel and a dry, sour, finish.
This one is really easy to drink, the only obstacle is the very dry finish after 10oz or so. Definitely worth seeking out.
Served In: Flute Glass
A: Auburn brown with a lot of haze. Head was a fizzy khaki that came and went quickly, leaving a rust colored sediment in its wake.
S: Traditional lambic smells with hints of strawberry, cherry, oak, iron and cranberry
T: Flavor starts out bold with tons of vitamin b, brett, rounded cherries and oak. Little bit of sulfer at the tip of the and floral honey around the sides. Immediately after the swallow fruity juice like qualities of peach, lemon, apricot and passion fruit hit then plunge off the radar quickly. After taste doesn’t last long, just a touch of minorly cloying bitter oak, dried raspberries and vanilla at the tip of the tongue.
M: Medium body, soft with a low carbonation.
D: Really nice flavor right off the bat but the flavors fall flat after that. There’s a cloying after taste where spritzy sourness should be. Who knew the flavor wouldn’t last in this one? Damned if you do…damned if you don’t.
Served In: Tulip
A - Pours a very light brown with a big reddish twinge to it. Body is clear, but with some sediment floating around. Head is a tan, very thin layer of tight bubbles coating the top. Good retention.
S - Big tart cherries with a nice funkiness of wild yeast. Small amounts of toffee and a bit of nuttiness. Slightly sharp and acidic, which isn't a bad thing.
T - Starts off with straight out fruitiness of cherries. Brown sugar and light toffee come in for just an instant. Then comes the funk. Tart cherries and sour apple. There's a bit of earthiness there too. Citric notes of lymon. Tartness lasts through to the finish, which is clean and crisp, leaving nothing on the tongue. Makes you want another sip.
M - Medium bodied with a crisp feel to it.
Overall - Very nice brew here. Full of flavor and super easy to drink, begging you to have sip after sip after sip.
Served In: Tulip
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