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RATINGS: 795   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, light leather color. Very thin, off white head. Aroma of funky, tart cherries. The flavor is sour, but never puckers your cheeks. Cherry tones are nice and subtle. The finish is tart and dry. Definitely an acquired taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
I drank this last week...thanks ryanal! and It differed from the beer when I had it fresher....it seemed to take on metalic tastels.....and I donít like it....good on the nose....but on the flavor it is still good...but a shadow of what it was..........so drink it now....or trade it:)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 Original Rating: 750ml bottle generously shared by bockyhorsey on a beautiful 80-85F day in phoenix. Poured a murky red-brown with plenty of chunks and cherry bits floating around (bill had to remove one in his glass that was the skin of about half of a cherry!). Aroma was wonderful leathery funky tart cherries. The flavor followed suit, gentle and smooth in flavor and mouthfeel, not harsh, yet assertively sour. Finished with a bit of a spice bite, created at least by the high attenuation and acidity, presumably no real spicing? A very nice brew, although Iíll take the CdT over this - such decisions I wish I could actually be forced to make in life. Thanks, Bill! Re-rate, bottle from Swolf or Gabe as beer number six in a killer July 09 Super Secret Sour State Line Tasting (SSSSLT) featuring (first to last by my counts): Supplication, Consecration, La Folie, Dissident, Cuvee de Castleton, Red Poppy, Lambic de Hill, Festina Lente, Panil. Cherries are the forte here, oaky and only softly tart, highly drinkable, not incredibly tart. Very inoffensive, gentle sourness and again, cherries. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Thanks to goldtwins for sharing. Color is very dark, almost brown, red, very murky, cannot see through it. For this, the head is almost nonexistent. The aroma hits you with vinegar and lots of aceto sourness. Then there is some pity, musky cherry. The vinegar is original as well and its very nose-tickling. Taste is not as "crazy sour" as the nose makes on think. Bit its still nicely sour, with light acidity on the tail end. A short, light sweet cherry with \dry finish that doesnít stick around for long. Love the sourness, particularly in the nose. This is probably the first Lost Abbey beer I have really enjoyed off the bat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2008
Bottle. Good fruit aromas along with some sour and oak wood barrel also. Darker golden body with good head and floaters stiring about in the glass. Lacing was also part of a good presentaion. Good mix of cherry, tart and sour flavors. Most sours are to tart and tend to be like sour candys. This one the tartness was more like an green apple and sour was mild. Dryness left on the palate but very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 08 bottle. Poured a murky ruby-brown color with a moderate beige head that diminished to a ring but left decent lacing. Rising bubbles and decent amount of yeast. Aroma is funky, sour yeast, cherry, vanilla, and oak. Lightly sweet, tart entry leads into a sour, funky flavor with strong cherry with light citrus undertones, yeast, and drying oak on the finish. Smooth on the palate with a great sour bite. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Light bronze in color with a full, silky head of foam. Nose is nearly perfect, with hints of sour cherries, Pinot Noir, oak & funk. Flavor is outstanding, perfectly balanced and complex. Hints of lightly toasted oak, vanilla, sour cherries and Pinot Noir. Really stunningly good. Cheers to Jake for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Courtesy Degarth. Cloudy amber pour, thin sparse white head. Even-handed aroma, balanced well between sour and citric. Mild sweetish notes, very basic. Mildly sweet taste, slightly tannic, tartness is there but not aggressive. Very subtle, but a quality sour for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1717) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 2008 Bottle 3/26/08 Pours a rich warm red-accented brown in a most head. Lovely nose with tons going on: sour cherries, woody tannins, heavy funk mingling with prominent young oak.

Glorious, well-balanced flavor. Plenty of funk and lactic sourness, but never overwhelming, cut by the mild cherry and caramel sweetness, oak swirling around, leather through the middle and cherry pits on the far late end. Glorious mouthfeel, lightly sparkling, refreshing, never too sour so as to burn the sinuses, but consistently sour enough to pucker the mouth.

This is an absolutely delightful sour ale, and the whole thing - rich flavors and endless complexity - is packed into 5.5% ABV which really is a heck of an accomplishment. I joined to sinners club for a shot at this beer --- and it was amply worth it. Wonderful.

2008 Bottle 2/25/2014 I didnít mean to let this one sit so very long without trying it, but oh well, here we are. Opens with the slightest puff, pours red-brown and near-to-flat. Really awesome nose: cherries, lemon, and latrine with balsamic Flemish-red elements in the back seat. Flavor of lemon juice and wood, goat cheese from the midpoint on, tannins, sour cherries cutting through unmistakable but never syrupy or sweet.

Iím not sure this is quite as good as it was the first time around, but age has done little harm and perhaps mellowed some of the oak character. I agree with what I wrote before; this is a wonderful beer. Original rating stands.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy of patrick767 at the Fort Wayne Winter Gathering.Small tan head that quickly dissipated, spotty amounts of lacing, murky, no carbonation observed, and a light brown hue. Nose was cherries, sour, tart, and barnyard.Flavor was sour, cherries, tart, and a dry finish. Smooth mouthfeel and light in body.This was just way too sour and tart tasting for my liking.I am thinking maybe this bottle should have been aged for a while?

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