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RATINGS: 912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 #400. Bottle, 2009 (drank 02/07/09). Pours a deep red strawberry juice color. Aromatic sour cherry, caramel, brown sugar. Wonderful sour cherry flavors, tart is just the right level. Nice oak undertones Mouth is smooth and easy to drink with a long sour finish that nicely makes your tongue roll. This might be trouble, sours are growing on me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
375 ml bottle 2009 vintage. Poured straight down the middle of the glass and still a very thin head. A murky dark reddish orange color. Aroma is pleasantly tangy and vinegary, nice funky barrel and a bit spicy, a hint of brown sugar sweetness. Apple-cinnamon comes through as it warms. Plenty of cherries and oak in the flavor. Sourness is nice, not overwhelming at all. Very, very drinkable. Medium bodied and quite twangy mouthfeel. Finish is a nice lingering musty wood dryness. Super tasty. Iím afraid my other three bottles wonít last long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2009
idk where this bottle came from but itís been in my fridge for a year now (2008). muchas gracias to the soul who left it behind...

itís been sitting so long that the cork bomb was no issue... dark orange brown color with no head and lots of clumpy yeast.

smells a bit like pickling spice/pickles or that strange funkiness that a lot of red burgundies get before they get a chance to open up... cinnamon, wet cement, fruity/cherry tart though not quite sour and malty sugars yet itís very dry.

it tastes very ígreení from young barrels and quite tannic. though iím not sure whether the tannins dominate from the wood or cherry skins (it really doesnít matter)... also, faintly malty and oaky with a cinnamon-y brett-like stink on the finish which lingers on. medium body lacks a bit of richness. the mouth feel it is prickly and dry as it cleans the palate entirely.

not a whole bunch going on... seems as if something is missing. though, it is in no way a bad beer! 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 2009 vintage. Sour cherries and apples. Slight funk and sourness are well balanced with the background caramel sweetness. Finished dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 On tap an Lost Abbey. Pours a nice hazy red, with a white/reddish head. Lots of sour cherries, sweet malt, bread, tart apples, and sour funkiness. Notes of oak and citrus. I even get some buttery taste. Complex and very drinkable. Mmm good. Not as good as the double cherry release by a long shot though.
Earlier Rating: 1/24/2009 Total Score: 4.7
This rating is for double cherry red poppy. I loved this sour, one of my favorites! I have not tried the regular red poppy, but this beer was amazing. Deep cherry red color with a beautiful tan head. Tart cherry pie, oak, earthy sour, Belgian yeast and hints of spice and funk. Extremely drinkable, I could drink lots of this. It makes my mouth water. Iím glad I was able to try this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
375ml bottle. Light red/orangish pour, no head whatsoever. Sour cherry aroma. Flavor is more tart than sour, very easy to drink and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap at the brewery for the release of this. Hazy brown with the smallest of head. Smell is sweet. Taste is complex. Bitterness mixed with sour. Should have had this one before the sour Phunky Duck. I think my taste buds were still reeling from that sour, and I couldnít really appreciate the nuances of this. Still, really really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle from Fordest. Pours dirty brown with small tan head. Aroma of malt, oak and cherries. Sour cherries are more expressive in the flavors with the oak and some maltiness which I feel gives an unusual sweetness to this style and may play on the sourness which is not as high as expected. Itís a good beer but something is missing to make it stand out. Thanks Sean!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2911) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this gem with Blankboy and I (and a cheeky thanks to Irishboy for trading it with Harry!) Appearance: Murky/brown orange ímorangeí kind of like fresh pressed apple juice. Aroma: Triggered my saliva glands, sour apple, cherries and fresh citrus. Flavour: Beautiful, oak, champagne, wonderful malt, complex flavours coursing through it. Sour. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1381) - Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to Goldtwins. Pours rusty brown with small head. Sour cherry and must on the nose. Really sour at first, then cherry with wood. A lot of acid in this one, but still the cherry stays tough.

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