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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1487) - @ $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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11997) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7157) - 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 it’s a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2008
I love sours and this was a very good one with a dark brown and orange cloudy pour with a tart cherry finish and refreshing taste.CHEERS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle, complements to da man Dr. Bill. Gorgeous red color with enticing sour aromas wafting. All parts of the cherry are apparent in the nose and body: from pit and stem to the skin and juicy meat. This beer is filled with sour yum yum without ever going overboard in any department. Quaffable palate, could drink this all night but unfortunately can’t. A gorgeous, resplendent brew. Worth searching for!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Poured muddy amber with a thin tan head...smell is lightly oaky and lightly cherry...taste is sweet with hints of cherry...very underwhelming...not very tart and very carbonated...medicinal dry finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1692) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Big thanks to Craig! Poured a murky, muddy dark red body with thin head. Aroma is oak, sour cherries and wood. Flavor is slightly sour, oaky with a light sour cherry. Low carbonation and dry mouthfeel. At times this was too bland and I was itching for something more sour. Overall it was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to Yaniv, the most generous person I know, for sharing this gem. Pours a hazy orange brown, like apple cider. Creamy tan short head. Sharp tart nose. Lightly sweet with some caramel. Cherry oak. Smooth for the style. Smooth small bubbles, creamy. Big tart oaky beer. Fruity cherry peaks out of massive oak. A really killer sour in terms of depth, not going overboard on the sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
12.7 fl oz bottle received as the first installment of the 2008 Lost Abbey Patron Sinners club. Pour is hazy orangish brown with a a 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of sour cherry and some nice woody earthiness. The nose is not nearly as aggressive as I was suspecting. Subdued, yet still very engaging. Funky, sour, really complex. Taste tart, sour cherries. Both elements of fresh cherries and musty old cherry are present, and nicely blended. The cherry fruit is dominant early, then gives way to the wood and earthiness. The aftertaste has some black pepper spiciness that sort of came out of nowhere. The funk is muted in the taste. As this warms, it takes on a cherry juice taste and loses most of the funk. Beautiful palate. Perfect medium body to make the flavors mouth coating, yet very refreshing. This was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2008
Reddened mahogany and very hazy pour; an off white crown leaves a skirting ring around the edge rather quickly. Soft cherry and funky balsamic aroma with dry aged cheeses, steamed artichoke, overripe citrus and bandaids. Hanging back a bit, but altogether really interesting and strange; more multidimensional than it lets on. Flavor is less so; more a perky, tart refreshment than it is confronting, sour bewilderment. Red apples, red grapes and brown sugar intermingle the cherry pie and funk characters; there’s a bit of chardonnay and what would be a pomegranate sangria effect happening as this touchy tartness lingers toward delicate fruity sweetness more often that it does toward firey sourness. Likeable. Sawdust, dry grass and some musty farmhouse like qualities in a mid palate that gives mostly buried flavors of peppery spices. Medium palate is velvety and polished; the typical and appealing rough edge is mild here. Finish pulses of lemon and cherry juice; fading amicably. Not an unforgiving element to this example, which in others is sometimes stunning and other times fairly superfluous. Here, it makes for a winning character of restraint in this most friendly of sours. Thanks, Andy!

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