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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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2009
375ml bottle, Vintage 2009. My 200th California Rating. Murky dark plum color. Thin tan head. Large aroma of sour cherries, hints of oak, and more sourness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Cherry Kombucha. Soft sourness is full in attendance, not overwhelming. It is such a soft beer. Nice mellow touch of Flanders. Heavenly. Rating #1822.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2009
2009 bottle. Pours murky redish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet fruit, cherries, tart notes, yeast, and oak. Taste is very tart and sour. Lots of cherry, with some malt, some light vinegar. Finish is on the dry side and sour. Carbonation is very low and body is medium. Overall, a nice flanders red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Courtesy ChzMan. 2009. Brown/red/amber with some off white carbonation. Flavor and aroma of lactic sourness and barn funk, cherry juice, skins, and pits, lightly toasted malt. Dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Like a cherry flemish brown with extra brett, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2009
Thanks to ajm for sharing this one. Gorgeously packaged. Pours a murky date color with a faint beige ring of foam. Full of yeast on the nose with a hint of cherry. Really mops the palate with cherry-flavored acid, yet the sourness is delicate, if not subdued. Highly drinkable, and possibly my favorite, for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle from Joey at South Bay. This is insanely drinkable. My second thought on drinking this was ’Why would they need to double the cherry?’ Nice cherry, yeast and malt nose. Flavor is tart cherry juice and sour Belgian ale. Really great balance, really great flavor marriage, drinkable like a 44 oz’er.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5086) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Thanks zuluflboy for the share. Pours a heavy red-brown with a minuscule off-white head. Nose is tart cherries, vinegar, earth, spices, and some depth in the sourness. Flavor is watery vinegar that attacks, then tart cherry goes down and the acidic, musty vinegar finishes clean away. Medium mouthfeel, and not what I expected. Enjoyable, but not what I smelled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Pours with a nice brown ale base, not much head. Aroma is a great cherry with a touch of sour. Taste matches, very prominent red fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6039) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Cherry aroma. Lots of sour in there. First taste is tart, apple, cherry. Very sour. Not funky at all. Lots of wine in there. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Special thanks to TheCheeseman for the taste. This was exceptional. 2009 bottle. The sour cherries come through strong in the aroma and the flavor is like biting into a sour cheery Warhead candy. The sourness is over the top with just enough sweetness. Not a ton of funk, just a good sour. Lots of cherries and a little vinegar pinch in the back. Amazing beer. Thanks TheCheeseman, I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tayner (1) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009 does not count
This one poured a brown/red hue with a small tan head. I poured it too cold or the head would likely have been bigger. The flavor is almost sweet and sour in that I could taste the sweet cherry along with the very tart cherry, and it seems the 2009 version is a little heavier on the brett as I can taste some cheezy funk in the background. it is very subtle, but more well noted this year than last. This one might actually get funkier as it ages this year. There is also a nice note of wood that compliments this beer. I am glad I have more of these to drink over time.

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