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RATINGS: 912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
375ml 2009 batch. Pours dark brown with red hues, small virtually no head. Aromas of sour cherries, apple skins, earth and some light yeast and malt. Flavors of tart cherries, apples and other fruits. Sour vinegar back end, not dry, but sour with a touch of sweetness. Palate is barely carbonated, but still somewhat enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to fordest. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with no head. Nose is nectarine, funk, wood, fruit, honey dew. Taste is similar. Tangy acidic mouthfeel that is extremely well balanced, medium thick, and highly quaffable. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Nose-unblended gauze, light horse, light dog, very raw in that good horsey wet dog kind of way. Taste-cantaloupe, horse blanket, some farmhouse like must, hay, a little bit of berry (almost cherry), Very “earthy” and simple, but layered. I like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2009 sinner bottle. Poured a dark hazy brown with almost no head. Sweet and tart aroma with a slight wood noise. Taste similar with a very nice cherry tartness. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5256) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3013) - 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.

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