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RATINGS: 825   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Noogfest Four-O

Bottle, courtesy JohnC. Pours a very thick cloudy caramel brown. Thin white head and decent lacing. Big tart cherries in the nose, funky tart lambic stylings. Flavor is lovely, some nice tart goodness, cherries, grapes, some spices. Extremely drinkable and surprisingly devoid of any inhibitions from a very tart beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Small bottle sampled at Noog4 thanks to John C! Murky amber pour with a minimal head. Small light carbonation. The aroma is where itís at! I could have smelled this one all night and been perfectly happy. Cider like aroma that leaves no doubt this is going to be a sour ale. Sour fruit is easy to pick out, apple, pear and cherry. Yum. Sour fruit is the most obvious thing you get but the wood is right behind is and well blended. The wood ultimately overpowers the fruit leaving the mouth feel drier than expected but ultimately that goes away leaving you with a wet refreshing finish. Enjoyable all the way around. The only thing that would have made this better in my opinion would be more fruit and less wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
One of the best beers of the night, came courtesy of Lost Abbey. A fantastical American made sour beer, that are just exquisite when done right. The beer pours out a reddish color, almost like black cherry juice, with a 2-finger frothy white head. Aroma notes were black cherries, lots of funky goodness and some soft wood notes. The beer just felt like a total mouth massage...tingly and lively. Sour cherries showed up in the flavor and lots of it. It really had a outstanding combo of sweet and tart, almost like liquid candy. Some of the wood comes out towards the end, finishing this beer in style. Loved the drinkability of this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12627) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle thanks to Dr. Bill
Muddy reddish-brown. Deep cherry aroma with lots of tartness and wood. Really dry...a woody, austere character. Complex palate with some fruit, but almost astringently bitter late. The finish perhaps lacks of roundness but otherwise itís a really nice sour ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Two samples at different times thanks to after4ever and derkruk. Quite surprised this does not have an over 4 score! Loving the label on this one first of all. Poured you get a cloudy brown with a red tint. In the nose you will experience bliss with tons of funky sour cherry notes mixed with fairly overtaken malts. The flavor cuts right down the tongue with a sharp oak touch alongside deep malts and sour cherries. Thereís also a combination of sweet malty goodness and even sweeter cherry flavors as well, balancing this brew out in an almost indescribable way. Loviní it...LOVINí it...!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Which one of these things is not like the others? Sing it Mes! Another that is probably getting the worst of it due to the fantastic lineup and not fitting with the rest of what we had. All I can remember is what I scored it and that it didnít have enough cherry and wasnít sweet enough. Will rerate when I get ahold of another.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle thanks to Chad.
Murky dark brown with a slight red hue and a thin off white head. Aroma is clearly that of Lost Abbey. Awesome barrelly sourness, vanillary wooden notes and superb strawberries and cherries. Some peat and earth all the way in the background but it balances it out perfectly. Flavour is verging on the edge of greatness. The sourness is absolutely perfect. If this had more sweet cherry to offset the base beer this could be even better. That said itís still outstanding. Awesome sourness on the finish that is so typically Californian sour. Lost Abbey and Russian River need a sour style all of their own. Totally unique. Utterly excellent. A glorious all rounder and more proof that I love this brewer. God it just needs more cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Muddy brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma had plenty of cherry and oak. Flavor was up front oak, tannins, caramel, and cherry. Medium acidity, lightly carbonated. I like this one quite a bit. Thanks JW77!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11098) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle shared by Marcus. A nice mild, sour cherry aroma. No head that lasted. Dark amber/brown color. A little wood in the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel. Lightly sour. Cherry skin. So pleasing the mind goes into suspension. Sour to the end, but pleasantly so.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
This reddish brown ale poured with a miniscule beige head, eliciting a sour cherry aroma. This is a mild sour brown ale with woody notes. Apparently, Tomme mislabeled a few cases of this beer, using an Older Viscosity label,but this was clearly Red Poppy, and itís a great beer.


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