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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 16/20
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle: Muddy brown with a big beige head. Aroma is intense with fruity sweet and sours, woodiness, and cherry tart. The impact from the tartness on my tongue is incredible, but it remains smooth and quaffable. Barrel aged notes are soft as well. Fruity sweetness and tart comes through in the end. Still amazing how smooth the transition is. Thanks Seth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle. Dirty, dark-orange pour with a light tan head. Aroma of oak, musty caramel malt, and cinnamon. Flavors of sour, vinous fruits, oak, apple skin, and light sweet malts. Light body, sour/tart/woody with a sour/dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
On tap at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours a rusty red-brown with no head. Tons of sediment. Aroma is dead-on apple pie, with an acetic sourness. Flavor is a balance between sweet and sour. Tastes like a caramel covered crab apple. Also some cherry notes in the tartness. Sharp with a mostly dry finish. Undercarbonated, but who cares? Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Sampled at Lost Abbey RBSG. This one was drawn directly from the aging barrels into growlers and poured in tasting glasses. This is going to be the November-December 2008 release of red poppy. As this beer was tapped well before its release it was somewhat under-carbonated. Color was a reddish-orange-brown with a no head. The aroma was complex with many sour fruits, sour cherries, raspberries, cranberries and oak. The taste was brilliantly sour, with the cherries taking center stage, complexities of malted grains, wood and sour grapes. The mouthfeel was light but satisfying. The finish was long and sour. Overall: The first sour of the tasting and what a way to start, this is one of the greats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle, from grimreeser, by way of Mes_and_Sim, by way of Fin. Thanks to all of you! Opened with Fin, Loz and Traci at our "Welcome Home Frank" tasting. Rusty tawny brown, fine off-white head. Big spicy funk nose, chewy rhubarb, cherry jam, menthol, rustic smell of tree stump moldering away deep in the woods. Soft apricot and dry cherry sourness, Pinch of salt in the finish. Beautifully, beautifully balanced. Thanks again Chad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8573) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle at Casey and Traci’s tasting 01-08-08, cheers you two for a great evening Pours mid amber with a light tan head. First thing that I notice is the unmistakeable aroma of sour cherries with some wet woodiness as well. Initially you get some good cheek sucking in moments, as the sourness of the cherries kicks in. There is slight diluted sweetness to soften the shapness of those cherries, some spikey vanilla and just a mere streak of jiffy lemon juice, lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head. Funky aroma with a touch of cherries and oak. Great sour flavor at first but the sweetness of the cherries start to come through and it finishes with the oak after flavor. Finishes dry. Pretty damn good, too bad I can’t get another bottle easily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
draft. ah, another local sour to fall in love with. hmmmmm...poured dirty mud colored with not much head to speak of. The nose was bright with sourness, wood, and sour cherry. Flavors were malty with plenty of sour wood flavors. The ending was dry...perfect sour ale, no doubt. I like the growing wood flavors and the fermented fruit notes...it’s definitely a well made fun sour ale to fall in love with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5749) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle from deftim13. Thanks for this interesting beer. Aromas of cherries both mildly sweet and tart, some funk, a litle malt and a touch of oak. Pours a hazy brown/orange/red with little head. Flavors go through of progression of initial tartness followed by a good dose of sweet and tart cherry. More sweet/tart flavors continue to battle it out as some oak and funk come through as well. Medim sour lingers on the teeth and mouth. Pretty dry and a little funky. Some cherry juice makes an appearance too. This is a nice beer. Thanks to deftim for letting me have the opportunity to try this rare beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2008
btl opened by JohnC. Hazy red tint. A nice cherry tartness in the aroma. Very acidic sour cherry flavor with a sour finish as well. Solid palate and good carbonation. A very nice offering indeed.

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