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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster go to. Has all you need with loads of fruit, and super sweet tart. Always a good brew to have anywhere, cool to cold is best. Goes well with all food. Especially arugula and basal dressing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"had for the first time paired with Russian River Temptation...two WAAAAY different funky sours. this one is a somewhat traditional flemish sour, but the star here is the subtle cherry and oak lending an extra layer of complexity to what would have been a good-but-not-great beer. i liked it more and more as it went, but it falls just short of greatness. RR Supplication & Consecration are still the kings of the sour. It was better than Temptation, though, and that’s a good beer. I have one more bottle from the sinners club...after that, it might be it, as it’s too steep in price to revisit without quite blowing your socks off."

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2142) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Flaska från SB. Rödbrun vätska, lågt snabbt försvinnande skum. Frisk syrlig doft med främst syrliga körsbär. Lätt sötma men relativt torr. Lättkropp, lätt syra men stora smaker av körsbär, plommon, körsbärskärnor. Fin syrlighet och riktigt gott.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (274) - GREECE - OCT 2, 2014
375 ml bottle at home. Dark red brown color with beige head. Aroma is sweet funky with cherries and dusty barnyard notes, light bretty and wineous. The wood, the vanilla and some spicy notes give a complexity in the aroma that makes it great! Taste is light sweet, medium tart and light bitter, cherry fruity, funky bretty, wood, light spicy. Almost medium, oily body, soft carbonation, bitter spicy finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
Almost perfect balance in flavor and nose from the wood, cherry, barnyard, sourness, malt and residual sugars.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Dark red color, thin white head real big cherrie aroma, somewhat sweet. Has added dimension of wood cedar and barnyard. Excellent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (1614) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
375 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Clear dark ruby/amber with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Aromas of vinegar, tart dark fruit, lemon, light funk. Tastes of tart dark fruit, vinegar, some funky cheese. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (424) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Pours murky brown/red with blobs of yeast all over the off white, lasting head. Aroma is sour vinegar, cherries, spices, vanilla, oak, and a bit of citrus. Taste is very sour as well with almonds/marzipan, cherries, leather, lots of acidic fruits, and lots of spices. Cinnamon among others. Slight heat in the back of the throat from the strong tartness. Sparkling carbonation and a medium body. Lovely complexity and balance with sour and spicy notes. But it’s not a pretty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at Cafe Sara, august 15th 2014. Dark red body with a thin white head. Aroma of tart cherries, plum, oak, dough. Taste is flowery with sour cherries, lightly sweetened by vanilla and dark sugar, with a tart wheaty berry finish. Good complexity and very well balanced. Extremely nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (2323) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
13.08.2014, 0,375l bottle shared with kaaz @ Café Sara:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish concentrated fruity, sour red berries, sorrel, mild vinegar, soda powder, oak, grass, alcohol, old cellar. Taste slightly dry sour-ish fruity, berry skin, sorrel, mild vinegar, sour red berries, grass, oak, alcohol. Medium bitterness, slightly dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Very nice.


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