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RATINGS: 902   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5795) - 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 (9687) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Shared a bottle with bman1113vr - thank you sir! Pours a dark brown hue with no head. Aroma is of yeast, some rusty attic, some soy sauce - all these elements combine to give the beer a quite sour aroma! Flavor is sour all the way through - tastes really, really good! Thick mouthfeel with light carbonation.

4.3
   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.

4
   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.

4
   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.

4.2
   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.

4
   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.


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