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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1546) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2015
Deep chestnut brown pour, off-white head. Aroma is tart, fruity; sour cherries with notes of barnyard. Flavor is tart, cherry, barnyard, cranberries... very well balanced. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Cherry dominates aroma. Brown tart malts dominate flavor. Finish is of an effervescent champagne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1555) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2015
Clear, deep red to brown body with a beige, very long-lived head that laces the glass well. Strong, yeasty, sweet and sour aroma of vinegar, tart and fermented fruits, red berries, cherries, wood, vanilla and gentle funk. Strong flavour of acidic and tart fruits, red berries (both raspberries and faint cherries, and cherry pits), cask wood and caramel. Red wine vinegar in the light funky background. The cherries are not very obvious, and they are not fresh at all, they are closer to fermented. Mid-bodied, dry and with a fairly lively carbonation. A very complex and nice brew! In a couple of years I suspect Flemish reds to be my favourite beer style!
[37.5 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
True an explosion of huge sour cherries. Is there such a thing as a fresh sour cherry flavor! Great sticky cherry mouthfeel some funk and some oak. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2150) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
From 375ml at the kbs bottle share. Lots of cherry. Tart and sour. Rather acidic. Pretty solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (882) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2015
From a 375 into a Tired Hands wine glass. Pours a murky brownish red with a ton of thick off white head. The head is very thick on this one especially considering most sours don't have much of any. Tart cherry and blackberry aroma. Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Too much carb but once it sits out for a while it gets better. Taste is moderately sour. The vinegar and lemon is there but not overpowering. Good woody and tart fruit flavors meld together. Just happened on this one day. I never buy Lost Abbey beers because they are so expensive and so-so. But this has a stellar rep so I tried it. Glad I did ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Sour bottle share save the BEST for last. Awesome cherry raspberry some plum wine the whole world of wonderful flavors and aromas. Perfect carbonation, heck perfect all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
One of my favs, cherry raspberry fruity aroma, perfect balance of cherries and slight oak, wonderful carbonation, everything comes together so well! Perfect!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1054) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2015
-Short review- Well balanced cherry vs. funk. Reminiscent of Nøgne ø kriek of telemark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1522) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
2013 vintage in 375ml bottle. Pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Mild sourness and some mellow sour cherry flavor. The beer just doesn't come together for me. Sometimes I get the base beer sourness and sometimes the cherry sour but it just doesn't meld. Though it got better as it breathed a little.

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