RateBeer
overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1650) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a reddish tint and a thin ring of off white head. Taste and aroma of tart, berries, and wood, with nice carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (5860) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
37.5cl bottle from Beers of Europe. Backlog rating. It pours a dark ruby brown color with small pinkish head. Aroma is intense tart cherries vinegar esters and red wine. Taste is acidic with notes of tart cherries raspberries vinegar. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very nice

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Really getting into sours so I am fortunate to be able to go here. Pours reddish cloudy and light carbonation. Obviously the fruits dominated with some wine character. Cherries raspberries sme peach and sme wood notes. Fantastic beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BEERBRO88 (5) - Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2015 does not count
This sour gem has my vote for all time favorite sour beer. Very nice color,very strong cherry notes, I would recommend to anyone who hasnít tried it yet if you can find it...I havenít been able to find a bottle of this stuff in a few years!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1933) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Draft. Muddy light brown. Iím giving it the benefit of the doubt from being served poorly. Spotty white head. Yeast/brett, oak, and cherry lead the parade. Semi dry. Acidic. A medium to high, complex sourness. Tart. Intense, yet refined. Not perfect, but very very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (862) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
37,5cl bottle at home. Almost clear, dark copper colour, offwhite foamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Fruity and earthy, funky nose and taste with sour cherries, green apples, vinegar, roasted malts with light caramel, iron-y. Clean and dry. Lively carbonation, medium body, soft mouthfeel. I like the Belgian Flemish browns better.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Awesome sour, garnet pour with quick fading white head. Aroma of all kinds of delicious fruits. Tart and sour and some funk. It had some vinegar in it that was quite enjoyable believe it or not. Just slight but added to acidity. Great great!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2492) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
A reddish brown, a light beige head is very big and slowly growing. Aroma is great, cherries, raspberries, some sourness of vinegar, hint of chocolate. Taste is strongly sour, cherries, cherrie stones, some iron, low sweetness. Medium bodied, fresh carbonatin, slightly sticky as usual. The great and balanced beer, enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1610) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 9, 2015
375 ml bottle from Ammersin Centerstore, Brunn/Gebirge.
Dark copper body, with a medium, fizzy, dissipating, slightly pink head.
Wonderful, complex aroma of oak, wine, vanilla, berries, cherries, funk, some ripe fruits.
Taste is also delicious, indeed with poppy seed, funk, oak, wine, vanilla, sour berries and cherries, apples, overripe fruits, some vinegar.
Medium mouthfeel, with a fizzy carbonation.
Finishes smooth, sour, dry, a bit funky, with oak and fruit notes.

Clearly the best Sour Red/Brown Iíve had so far, offering everything great from this style, but with the unique twist of the poppy seeds that works really well. Extra point for the low ABV compared to other world class beers of this style. Amazing stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4393) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3300th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an pretty much perfect malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a world class Flanders red ale style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An insanely amazing offering.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 90


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50