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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours opaque red-brown with a white ring of bubbles. Sour cherry and oak with a nice buttercream and vanilla nose. Taste is a bit the same, but the cherries modulate between sweet and sour, with the sour being very similar to the Tomme. Brown sugar and malt back mixed with the brett to give it a funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Sampled at 2nd Lost Abbey Barrel tasting. Pours a hazy brownish color with a small head. Aroma is sour cherries, wood, and a little tartness. Flavor is sour cherry, funk, a bit of sweetness that all comes together quite nicely. Nice sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with irishboy. Murky deep orange-brown-ruby pour with a solid frothy head - visible floaties and protein strings. Surprise - incredible aroma - sour and lemony, heavy yeast, thick overripe tropical fruit, but interwoven with herbal bitterness - in a word frickin’ awesome. Tastes pretty much as it smells, but as well as the lemon and yeast I get sour cherry and oak resin. It’s thick, acidic, alternates between sour and sweet. Soooo damned easy to drink, and a fine example of restrained oak aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
375 ml bottle, via tertons. Pours a very hazy dark reddish body with a small fizzy beige head that faded quickly to a thin ring. The nose is tart and sour with cherry skins and pits, lots of woody notes, and funky yeastiness. Light almonds and a bit of funky cheese notes. The flavor is more cherry fruit than sour, this really does showcase the fruit well. A little drying on the finish with lots of woody notes and cherry pit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a slight acidity and great pinpoint carbonation. Overall, this was quite good, but I can’t help but measure it by the yardstick of Russian River sours, and this one doesn’t quite measure up. It’s just a little less clean and crisp than I’m looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Bottle thanks to Hank1980. Pours with a small, light brown head and a murky deep brown body with particles and good lacing. Sour smell fills the room with notes of barrel, funk, horseblanket, barnyard, black cherries, and some light, sweet spices. Taste is tart with wood and cherry skins. Lightly carbonated with a somewhat dry and tart mouthfeel.

Double Red Poppy, on tap at Sourfest. Pours with a murky orange body and a tan head. Aroma is acidic, cherry and acetic. Taste is intense cherry, acidic. Some pie crust character. Lively bubbles and dry. Same score as above surprisingly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0110x011 (20) - Dana Point, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a ruddy, opaque amber-brown. Nearly zero head, the little carbonation that does make its way to the surface forms a thin, delicate collar around the edge. Nose is sour cherry, dark fruit, vinegar, port wine, and earth. Mostly dark fruits on the palate, with the cherry and earth pretty far in the back. The sourness is quite mild as well. Light bodied, with light, fine carbonation; finish is on the sweet side. Highly drinkable. I’m used to the Lost Abbey special releases being these huge, over the top beers, so this one came as quite a surprise. A flanders red all the way, but lighter, more delicate, and more refined

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle (12.7oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Many thanks to IrishBoy for sending this our way! Pours a murky dirty ruby-peach (or something like that) with chunky floaties and a small lasting off-white head. Lovely funky, sour aroma with tart cherries, some oak and malt -- sooo nice. Flavour of sour and tart cherries, a bit funky and with some oak and light spices -- complex and delicious. Fantastic!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours a murky dark iced tea brown with hints of amber around the edges. There is a short-lived off-white head that lingers as a ring throughout with traces of lacing. The aroma is wonderful on this with sweet and sour cherries and a slight funky tartness on top. There is an underlying earthy oak smell that gets bigger as it warms. The taste leans more on the sour side with less of the sweetness and more of the funk. The vinegar is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma though there was a bit of brown sugar underneath. The mouthfeel is dry in the finish from the oak and fairly astringent with decent carbonation. This is one of the better Flanders ales I’ve had as it was complex and not overly sour. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Had this brew at G.A.B.F. 08". Aroma is a sour fruity scent. Color is a brownish amber with a small loose head. Its a light bodied brew with a very sour taste that has hints of fruit and a tart after taste. Its a good little Sour Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle. Muddy brown color, no head. Aroma is sour, sweet malts, lots of caramel, cherries, oak. Taste has a sour kick up front with some background maltiness that fades fast into nothing. The texture seems almost grainy (that’s probably not the best word to describe it, but it’s less than smooth.) Something to do with the light body and the high carbonation I think. This is good but not one of my favorite sour ales.

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