The Lost Abbey - Red Poppy - 2016 vintage
- ABV: 6.5%
- Bottle Size: 375-ml
- Serving Temperature: 50–55° F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Teku or Pinot Glass
Red Poppy begins its life as an English-style mild called Dawn Patrol, which gets barrel aged and combined with cherries and poppy seeds to form a delicious, cherry-forward sour ale. The 2016 vintage is at an ideal spot, with expressively tart cherry and bold citrus throughout. This pours a ruby-brown color that seems a touch darker than we recall fresh versions, with fresh cherries and strawberries, dried caramel, and a hint of black pepper leading the aromatics.
There’s a burst of tiny-bubbled carbonation that lands on the tip of the tongue, and this beer is just packed with cherry and ripe berry character: strawberry, tart blueberry, a hint of cherry pit. There’s bold fruit to dig into here, with a subtle undercurrent of dry caramel and raisin-y and date-like sweetness coming through. As this warms, look for more notes of dark berries, as well as a firmer show of tannic oak underpinnings. Down for even a bit more cellar time.
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