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RATINGS: 902   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Aroma a fairly mellow blend of acidic notes, barnyard notes, oak, and the sour cherry, though not particularly distinct to me, more hidden with the woody and acidic notes than anything else. Flavor nice and sour, acidic with the continuing soft woody notes and sour fruit notes. Ever so slightly more gentle than I’d like it in the mouth. Still, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Pours a cloudy, medium mahogany brown with a very fine, thin, off-white head. Very prominent horse blanket/barnyard brettanomyces aromas with some acidic qualities and a very subtle, soft, sweet malt background with cherries, wood, and spice. The aromatic qualities flow directly into the flavor. There is more overt cherry flavor present and some more spice as well. The oak aging really softens things out pleasantly integrating the bold flavor characteristics together well into a coherent flavor profile. The body is light and delivers the many dimensions of this beer well as a straightforward presence in the mouth. The alcohol is appropriately mild and hardly noticeable making this a refreshingly complex and funky drinking experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Thanks to BlackForestCO for the bottle as part of NP10! This went great with Thanksgiving dinner especially with the turkey/gravy/cranberry trifecta . Hazy brown (with reddish hues) pour fluffy tan head and one ring of thin coated lace. Sour cherry aroma. Very complex flavor; raisins, grapes, oak, and brown sugar. Sweet then mildly sour & dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3251) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Sampled more than one time at GABF 08, hazy brown hue, with a nice funky, barnyard, cherry sourness nose with a faint juicy raisiny, plummy accent, with some caramelized malts, wet oaky aromas follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sour cherries, funky, fruity character of kind of rotten grapes, stewed apples, wiithin some wet oaky flavors, with some caramel maltiness accents, leading towards a fruity cherry sourness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours opaque red-brown with a white ring of bubbles. Sour cherry and oak with a nice buttercream and vanilla nose. Taste is a bit the same, but the cherries modulate between sweet and sour, with the sour being very similar to the Tomme. Brown sugar and malt back mixed with the brett to give it a funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Sampled at 2nd Lost Abbey Barrel tasting. Pours a hazy brownish color with a small head. Aroma is sour cherries, wood, and a little tartness. Flavor is sour cherry, funk, a bit of sweetness that all comes together quite nicely. Nice sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with irishboy. Murky deep orange-brown-ruby pour with a solid frothy head - visible floaties and protein strings. Surprise - incredible aroma - sour and lemony, heavy yeast, thick overripe tropical fruit, but interwoven with herbal bitterness - in a word frickin’ awesome. Tastes pretty much as it smells, but as well as the lemon and yeast I get sour cherry and oak resin. It’s thick, acidic, alternates between sour and sweet. Soooo damned easy to drink, and a fine example of restrained oak aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
375 ml bottle, via tertons. Pours a very hazy dark reddish body with a small fizzy beige head that faded quickly to a thin ring. The nose is tart and sour with cherry skins and pits, lots of woody notes, and funky yeastiness. Light almonds and a bit of funky cheese notes. The flavor is more cherry fruit than sour, this really does showcase the fruit well. A little drying on the finish with lots of woody notes and cherry pit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a slight acidity and great pinpoint carbonation. Overall, this was quite good, but I can’t help but measure it by the yardstick of Russian River sours, and this one doesn’t quite measure up. It’s just a little less clean and crisp than I’m looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Bottle thanks to Hank1980. Pours with a small, light brown head and a murky deep brown body with particles and good lacing. Sour smell fills the room with notes of barrel, funk, horseblanket, barnyard, black cherries, and some light, sweet spices. Taste is tart with wood and cherry skins. Lightly carbonated with a somewhat dry and tart mouthfeel.

Double Red Poppy, on tap at Sourfest. Pours with a murky orange body and a tan head. Aroma is acidic, cherry and acetic. Taste is intense cherry, acidic. Some pie crust character. Lively bubbles and dry. Same score as above surprisingly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0110x011 (20) - Dana Point, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a ruddy, opaque amber-brown. Nearly zero head, the little carbonation that does make its way to the surface forms a thin, delicate collar around the edge. Nose is sour cherry, dark fruit, vinegar, port wine, and earth. Mostly dark fruits on the palate, with the cherry and earth pretty far in the back. The sourness is quite mild as well. Light bodied, with light, fine carbonation; finish is on the sweet side. Highly drinkable. I’m used to the Lost Abbey special releases being these huge, over the top beers, so this one came as quite a surprise. A flanders red all the way, but lighter, more delicate, and more refined

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