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RATINGS: 823   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1041) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2014
375 ml bottle - vintage 2009. Pours clear hazy golden with no head - no carbonation. Aroma of salty caramel with a quite acidic stringent lemon sourness. Light body, overwhelming sourness, dry finish. Taste of tart cherries, pinot noir grapes, bready malts. OK, but too sour for my liking.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2014 at parents with Kimberly Taylor and mom. Pour murky red brown bronze with very thin layer of head. Aroma is pleasent acidic sour cherry, oak barrel, tannic notes. Taste is smooth, muted acidic sour, tannic oak barrel, mashed cherry. No sharp notes, just some sublet notes that blend together, on the acidic side. Tasty, but a little hard on the stomach given the acidity level.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
True perfection, brownish light carbonation wonderfull sour cherry nore with and excellent tingle of chrries dancing on your tounge,,,skight oak added to the depth, wondefull mouthfeel, absolutly fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (271) - Napa, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle: cloudy, deep brown, pours with a thick coarse head that ends up fine and moderate lace. Sour malty lactic, bretty nose. Clean but with funky sour nose. Not acetic or dominated by animal. Dry, sour slightly phenolic or bitter palate. Funky palate flavors with hinds of dried fruit and cherry. Great flavor intensity and length. Just a little rustic and disjointed. Too hard and phenolic on the finish. Not quite quenching.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8310) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2014
Keg at Cannery Row Brewing Co, Monterey, 29/04/14. Murky reddish amber with a good sized light beige covering. Nose is dank wood, must, tarte apple, red grapes, funk, spice, dark stoned fruit. Taste comprises musty red grapes, bitter tropical fruit peel, soured dark berry fruit, funk, musty wood. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi puckerings in the close. Solid Flemish, plenty of depth to this one @$10 a 12oz pour feeling a little poor !!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3139) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Un autre classique qui déçoit. Une bière brune avec un filet de mousse beige. Un nez d’alcool, les effluves sont puissantes avec du caramel et du chocolat. Une bouche de vin rouge, de cerise et de chocolat. Elle manque de définition, les saveurs sont mal intégrées.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (776) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
Pours a translucent brown color with light brown head that dissipates quickly. Large sour aroma up front, acidic, followed by caramel malt and toffee ligt notes. Flavor is quite tart and acidic but balanced well with caramel malt character. Overall, good drinking ’rew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fritz123 (967) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
This is as close to a perfect beer for me as they come. Especially this category. Bottle shared with Edgar from a trade. Poured into small snifters. Reddish brown pour with a tan-reddish head that lasted 60 seconds. No real lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, barrel, oak, tannins, yeasts, and sour purple grapes. The taste was amazingly bold with the tart cherries, grapes, oak barrel and light malts to balance. Sour finish with leather. Pucker up at the end. Smooth, light body. Damn fine sour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Une bière qui a une robe brunâtre. Un mince col beige flotte nonchalamment. Un nez bien sec de caramel, de chêne et de vinaigre balsamique. Une touche épicée qui apparaît en milieu de dégustation. Un goût aigre avec des touches de vin rouge, de caramel et de chocolat bien sec. Un corps moyen-faible avec une texture à la limite huileuse et un pétillement plutôt bas. Une finale épicée, de feuilles et de fruits aigrelets. Somme toute intéressante mais peu impressionnante.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (394) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a cloudy mid-brown color with a frothy light brown head. Aroma is mostly tart, some malty sweetness, slight sweet wine. Flavor is quite tart, with a hint of candied malty sweetness. Light to medium in body with an oily lingering sour. Delicious!


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