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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (1236) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
Bottle @ Mikkellerbar, Viktoriagade. Pours hazy auburn with a small frothy head. Aroma is cherries, oak, lactic, mild vinegar almond, sour fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, light+ bitter and light+ sour/tart. Body is light+, texture is oily, carbonation is soft+. Finishes dry, oaky and lactic. Lingering sour impression

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2014
Dark red pour, thin whitish head. Yeasty, bready and tart cherries on the nose, and sour and tart cherries in the flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rightious1230 (14) - Escondido, USA - APR 7, 2014
Excellent perfect sour, cherry sour cherry and sour base. Slight hints if oak and barnyard. Big bottle from holiday wine from what I remember. Slight mineral dry finish. An outstanding brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
draft at Lord Hobo, awesome, lots of tart/sour cherries,oaky notes. ton of cherry flavor, very enjoyable. need more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROBC3366 (599) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle. Cherry brown color. Aroma sour tart fruit. The taste adds bitter sour cherry and some funk. Tart crisp mouthfeel. Really awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (210) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with ruby hues and a finger’s worth of an off-white head. Breaks into delicate lace. Aromas of very tart cherries, spice, perfume and wet oak. Taste is just as bold. On the higher end of the tartness spectrum. Floral notes along with the cherries gives this a bright burst, then quelled by some moderately sweet notes of caramel/vanilla. A lively carbonation keeps things moving to the finish where nice oak/spice play into the dry, tart cherry flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle at Tröls. Sour cherries, raisins, brown sugar some wood. vinegar and cranberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (548) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- pours a deep ruddy brown hue with little to no head. s - cherry, plum, candied fruit t- starts of with a deep sour cherry flavor that ebbs into a strong wheatiness. Dry. m- thick and effervescent d- really great beer. Deep sourness rounded out by wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Vintage 2013 on draught at Publick House, 3/20/14 and bottle, drunk 3/29/14
In both, the appearance is a dark, ruby/black cherry tinted brown beer with a smattering of beige head that shows poor retention. Good clarity.
Definite sharp acetic tones produce some near acetone-like notes and certainly lend an aggressive feel to the nose. Oak character contributes tannins and plenty of vanilla and dry black pepper-like phenols. Cherries just seem to be left as an essence here, much like the Framboise, being completely attenuated. With warming and breathing, more lactic notes emerge, softening things somewhat. Traces of toffee and caramel add some pleasant sweet notes to all of this heavily dry, tart nose. Love the relatively low alcohol content though, and none of it shows through.
Intensely sour and dry in the mouth. Phew, this is a lot of barrel tannin, acetic acid and very sharp malic acids from the cherries. The draught version hadnt been as far attenuated as the bottle, still having more soft malt notes to smooth out some of this intense acidity. I like the flavors going on, for the most part, but there isnt enough malt body or sweetness to balance this intensely sharp acetone-like character that lingers on the finish. I do like that the sourness/tartness is not really cherry-driven, however. Not just a glass of cherry juice. Very phenolic, dry and just a bit too unbalanced on the sour side, even for a sour addict such as myself.
Interestingly enough, the draught version was not as bright and the sediment still in solution helped balance some of the sharpness/heavy tannin, and sure enough, pouring a little bit of sediment from the bottom of the bottle actually helped dull the sharpness without really comprimising the flavor. Good and still very drinkable on account of the dryness and low alcohol but I’ve got to imagine this hasnt been their best vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1228) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to nate321, thanks! Pours a hazy brown/red with a fizzy head that fades fast and don’t leave much lacing. Aroma is of cherries and vinegar, similar in character to some Cascade sours but way more classy. Taste is sour, highly acidic but never harsh. Sour cherries for the most part with some acetic notes but nothing disturbing. Body is light, carbonation medium. Again, sharp acid but still really drinkable. Nice one!

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