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RATINGS: 835   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Big thanks to BDR for opening this! Dark brown color with a thin head. Aroma of brown sugar and a little cherry. Lots of vanilla and oak flavors. Some cherry and sweet malt. A little chocolate. Very little sourness. Tasty, but depending on the bugs in here, it could either get sour as heck in a year or two, or stay the same solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks JohnC–pours an off white ring for a head and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is tart/vinegar-cherry. Taste is tart/vinegar-cherry, medium malt. Occasional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12.7 oz bottle. Almost clear honey brown with an ivory, dishwater head. Nose of cherry preserves and cow pasture; funky candy. Buzzy carb with a soft, airy body. Taste is tart cherry, skins and earthy oak with a residual white pepper bite. Crisp and vibrant. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08. The body was rusty brown and red. The aroma was tart cherries with some floral hints. The tate was cherries and farily sour. Overall, this was dry and woody.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle from Lost Abbey Sinners Club
Pours maroon with a light thin filmy head, which is almost non-existant. Smell is sweet and tart with slightly oaky, cherry smells and almost spicy and cinnamon like. Taste is thin, watery, and lightly tart in the finish. Light acidity and very light vinegar like quality which is nice, but the flavor is equally mild with weak tart cherry flavor and sourness. Expected more and was too thinly flavored. Not impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2008
6-5-08 bottle
Red brown clouded pour with a very thin ivory head. Smell is sweet berries and sour cherries and cinnamon. Flavor is mild, balanced, and highly drinkable! The more I drink, the more subtle nuances that shine through. Not acidic, no vinegar is present - it is just so very drinkable. Ideal mouthfeel for the flavor - medium carbonation. Fruity and tart and wonderful overall.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest Four-O. Pours cloudy orange with small beige head. The aroma is delicious sourness with some floral and fruity notes and some yeast. The flavor is an assertive sour with some spiciness and a pleasant fruit rind quality. It leaves an aftertaste that strangely reminds me of a meadow; I assume this is the poppy coming through. Pretty good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Taster compliments of Vince at Port Brewery. Pours a dark murky caramel color with minimal head. Smells of fruits and oak. You can almost smell the sourness of this beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. Tart cherry flavor with hints of bread and oak. The time aging in the oak barrels has treated this one well. Very drinkable and pleasantly tart.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Pours a clear deep reddish amber color, with a very small head that disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma of tart fruit. Flavor of tart cherries. A little too tart and bitter for me. Defenitely not my style of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2008
375 ml bottle from the LA Sinners program and shared with DoubleBubble - Pours a hazy deep mohagany color with a very thin off white head that faded to a fine film quite quickly. Very little lacing. Aroma is tart cherries. Flavor is very tart cherries. I’m sure this is an excellent beer, but it’s not a beer I will seek out again. Maybe someday I’ll take a liking to sour beers, but not this evening.


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