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RATINGS: 908   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2008
375ml bottle thanks to MrBendo. Pours a muddy, extremely cloudy brown/orange with sediment floating around. A small, bubbly white head half-assedly forms then disappears for the most part. Aroma is highly acetic and fruity. Sour cherries definitely evident among red wine vinegar-type aromas. Nice, juicy cherry aroma. This reminds me a lot of a JP La Roja, though a little more cherry flavor. No funkiness or brett character displayed in the aroma (was this even brewed with Brett?). I’m digging this aroma though. Some vanilla and oak, though subtle, are noted as the beer warms. Taste is a little watery up front that fades to a cherry juice middle and a quick, dry finish that doesn’t stick around long. The flavor is a disappointment compared to the aroma which promised things the taste did not deliver. Sourness is pretty evident, the beer is even refreshing. The beer is just a little too watery at this point, I don’t know if it was better fresh or not. This was good overall, just a lot better in the aroma than the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Zeeland 08’ tasting. The sours just kept on coming. And no, I’m not complaining. And yes, those burgers and pickle spears were delicious. anyways, to the beer. Poured a murky red brown. Aroma was nice funk, sour cherries, bit of sweetness. Taste was much the same, well balanced and very drinkable. nice smooth finish. Again, this didn’t not my socks off, but it was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
G.A.B.F. 2008: Pours a muddy maroon with a creamy tan head. The aroma is funky and infected- lots of oak, brie cheese sharpness, underlying maple and vanilla, a subtle raisin-like quality. The flavor is a drop less sour than the aroma suggests. Has a lactic acidity upfront, with a green apple skin note, plummy/toasted malt undertones and a solid toasted malt presence throughout. Complex, delicious, probably the best beer of the fest! I need a bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is sweet and sour, cherry, red wine and oak. Flavor matches but is more sour than sweet. Palate is dry and tart. Very nice. Word at the tasting was that it is already fading.... it was better?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Cherry, tart aroma with some barrel notes. Tart cherry flavor with oak and earth. Medium bodied. Tart cherry lingers with oak and malt. Balanced tartness - could use a bit more acetic notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (909) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Sampled from a bottle at the brewery for RBSG 08. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a tan ring. Huge sour cherry aroma, with sweeter malt. Taste has a lot of cherry, both sweet and sour. Lingering tart cherry flavors. Very tasty, but I was hoping for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
The poured murky burnt red to brown in color with a very thin head that dissipated pretty quickly. The nose showed some funk along with red fruit and spice (cinnamon, pepper). In the mouth it was tart and dirty showing more funk than the nose would suggest along with less fruit. There was a distinct bitterness that began in the midpalate and lingers on. The acidity in the midpalate was very well integrated and overall the midpalate was well balanced but gave way to the bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10419) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy dark amber with medium beige head. Sour aroma with toasted malt, wood, caramel and cherry notes. Sweet and sour flavor with cherries, caramel, malty and wood notes. Complex and refreshing. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Muddy amber colour with a beige head. Fruity, sour and yeasty aroma with notes of wood and dust. Fruity tart flavor with yeasty, light citric notes. Vague earthy and dusty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2008
From bottle : Pours a brownish color, with red highlights when held to the light, with a very thin white fizzy head, not much lacing. Nose is somewhat sour on its own, some lemon aromas, musty, and some farmhouse smells. Palate is thin, and somewhat carbonated. Metallic tastes, with sour cherries, wood, and farmhouseness. Not as tart as some other sours, but does have a nice sourness in the back of the throat toward the end. The aftertaste is sour cherries and nice. Very nice brew.

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