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RATINGS: 908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 2007 bottle thanks to fordest. Murky brown pour with no head. Sweet, tart nose with wood and cherries. Very nice on the palate with a great cherry sweet and tart flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Chunky brown color. Aroma is tart as hell, with cherries, wood, and earth. Sour and vinegary as hell. Some cherries and funk. Damn tihs made my mouth pucker.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2757) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
FRO Throwdown: Brown and cloudy with floaties. Nice funk, sour with cherries. Big cherry pie sweetness and a long rounded sweet capstone.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle @ Monk’s Cafe: Had this during the Brett Pack Dinner during PBW. According to Tomme, this beer is aged in various oak barrels and then blended together. This one poured like a wine, not much carbonation. The color was a deep red. The aroma was cherry, oak. and vanilla. The flavor was FAN-tastic. Very sour cherry balanced by the oak and vanilla. Not an overly sweet aftertaste either. Very smooth. Definitely my favorite beer of the night. Almost wine like. I could see this being the way of the future, instead of wine, I’ll have a Red Poppy please.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9235) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09 Pours hazy brown. Aroma of sour cherry and hints of oak. Overall the sourness just covers the aroma. Taste had a lot of sourness going on with the cherries not being too upfront. Nice effort on this sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to Dark Guardian! Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Sour cherry vinegar, tart and tangy aroma. Taste is tart cherry, oak, white vinegar. Very sour, complex and interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour cherries are heavily dominating. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep oak notes with some cherry flavor also discernable. Very complex taste and some what similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru. I thought cherries would have been more prominent but they were somewhat loss in the mix.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Huge thanks to Dr. Matt Capone for bonusing this one onto me as a gigantic surprise! Pours turbid deep ruby with off-tan head. The nose is gorgeous....a medley of cherry, raspberry, earthy peaty notes, hops, oaky spirits, mild vanilla, florals. Tastes complex, rich, very well balanced, with a definite tartness balanced by an earthiness and a huge cherry, raspberry, and oaky bourbon flavor. The finish was tart, full of bery, cherry, and earthy notes, and very smooth. I’ve tried to trade for this, unsuccessfully, over the years, and I cannot thank Matt enough for sharing this one with me. If I die and go to Heaven, I want Matt and Capone’s to be right next door to me. Hell, I’ll even work for them for minimum wage, as long as Matt lets me live upstairs! Bravo to Capone’s, and bravo to Tomme Arthur, for continuing to make astounding, envelope-pushing beers with loads of character and complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
2009 Bottle. Thanks a ton to Kegbear for this. Pour is brown with a light red hue. Aroma is strong of tart cherries, floral characters, light spice, and light sweet malt. I thought I knew what I was smelling but then the flavor came and was beyond complex. Strong but smooth sourness compliments the cherries very well. There is a warming oak character that is very well blended in deep into the ale. Finish is mildly dry with some funky wild yeast notes. All I can say is, "Holy balance Batman!" Really great brew. Love the complexity and how drinkable it is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Shared bottle with jimbowood. Pours reddish brown with no head. Aroma of cherries and oak. Taste has nice funkiness to it with tart cherries. Easy drinking and refreshing.


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