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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
draft. ah, another local sour to fall in love with. hmmmmm...poured dirty mud colored with not much head to speak of. The nose was bright with sourness, wood, and sour cherry. Flavors were malty with plenty of sour wood flavors. The ending was dry...perfect sour ale, no doubt. I like the growing wood flavors and the fermented fruit notes...it’s definitely a well made fun sour ale to fall in love with.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle from deftim13. Thanks for this interesting beer. Aromas of cherries both mildly sweet and tart, some funk, a litle malt and a touch of oak. Pours a hazy brown/orange/red with little head. Flavors go through of progression of initial tartness followed by a good dose of sweet and tart cherry. More sweet/tart flavors continue to battle it out as some oak and funk come through as well. Medim sour lingers on the teeth and mouth. Pretty dry and a little funky. Some cherry juice makes an appearance too. This is a nice beer. Thanks to deftim for letting me have the opportunity to try this rare beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2008
btl opened by JohnC. Hazy red tint. A nice cherry tartness in the aroma. Very acidic sour cherry flavor with a sour finish as well. Solid palate and good carbonation. A very nice offering indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
375 ml bottle - thick amber and glowing mostly clear against the light; thin off-white head; very tart aromas of sour cherries; kind of dank and sweet; drinks very smooth with a muted zing of sourness; the touch of vegi-like funkiness reminds me of the walking man mushroom sour from brouwer’s sour fest, but better; earthy, sugary thickness to it from the cherries; yummy!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle, with a big thanks to alexanderj. Muddy light brown, some orange hints and a lot of sediment floating around. aroma is some sour cherries, a little leather. flavor is soft tart cherries, not too sour, some sweeter fruit also but not much, and overall a little leathery. Reminded me of a subtler version of hannsens oude kriek.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 2, 2008
375mL Bottle. Luxurious tart cherry and oak nose. Flush with strains of tart wildness in apricot pits and candied plums. Soft and sultry. Pours a clearish red-brown, graced with a white fringe. Flavor develops as a soft, complex, deep cottony fruit palor. Chewiness builds into sweet and sour cherries and carries a graceful tone of peach juice. Bright, wild and oaky. So delightful this beer is. Dry as the day is long. A perfect marriage of beer, fruit and wildness. I’d like a little more curt acidity in the lactic and citric department, but I appreciate the soft fleeting caramels of this beer. Juicy. Very sweet cherry juicy, which makes one want to run back to it. Delightful all around. Thanks a ton Andy!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle from the sinners release of 2008. Pours dark reddish brown with a little bit of white head. Cherries are evident in the nose, as well as some sort of funkifying yeast. Its a little woody, and really quite nice. This doesn’t seem quite as aggressive as some to the sours that I’ve tried lately. I get cherry, but its pits and stems. Not juicy fruit. A lot of tannins and a puckering finish. Light body with a butt load of carbonation. Very dry finish. Its good, but I just don’t get the gushing appeal that these beers get from most. I’ll keep trying to find on that I can really embrace.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
375mL bottle. Murky brown orange with a small light brown head. Sour cherries and a sweaty, musty character in the aroma. Mellow, soft tartness with a tannic bite. Fruity, herbal ester flavors. Cheesy, spicy tinges in the finish, with residual cherry. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Murky amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of funk, cherry, and dirty diaper (but in a good way). Great ripe sour cherry in the mouth, along with notes of lemon, pilsner malt, and fresh herbs on the finish. Tart, juicy and dry (but not bone dry) on the finish... perhaps even a little salty. Huge thanks to oakbluff for letting me sample this gem.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours a murky redish orange with tons of sediment. offwhite head, some lacing. Nose- really barnyard funky, fresh cherries. Taste- bitter cherries, moderate tartness but not overwhelming. Not too sweet or too sour. Some wood in the finish. Exceptional drinkability.


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