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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Thanks to Richard for this one. Dark purple to brown body, little head formed, merely a mist of bubbles resting on top. The aroma is quite nice. A sweet cherry and warm sweet caramel up front, it’s backed up by a lightly tart and mildly funky touch. The flavor is less sour than I expected and overall the flavor is noticeably absent. It’s a bit bitter up front, lightly tart fruit in the back. The oak shows through. It’s pretty nice but far from outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of toncatcher. Hazy amber golden with a small off-white head. Sourish and Brettish nose. Medium body with plenty of fruit, a weak cherry touch and plenty of wood. Tart and lightly salty with a slightly astringent finish. Very interesting. 190608

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24032) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Botte #9 at Papsoes blindtasting. Cloudy orange red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Light acidic aroma of wood, vanilla and brett. Light acidic flavour of wood, vanilla and brett with notes of berries and hops. Tart finish of wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5129) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Impressive bright red color. The aroma is loaded with brett, but it is dry and there is no sourness, at least not yet. The flavor has dragonfruit and a little cherry. Lots of sediment. Quite dry overall, and there is not a lot of fruit flavor. This might become more sour with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36287) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Papsoes MadsBerg homecoming blindtasting, bottle #9. Pours murky orange and with a lacing off-white head. Solid dry citric aroma. Flavour is solid citric and dry brettish. Holds a mild berry fruity flavour and a solid citric bitterness following. Ends dry and citric and with more berry notes and with light wooden flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy brown with a pinkish head. Nice tart cherry aroma, with some barnyard. Oak and must are in the back of this, with a pleasant cherry sour flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Big thanks to BDR for opening this! Dark brown color with a thin head. Aroma of brown sugar and a little cherry. Lots of vanilla and oak flavors. Some cherry and sweet malt. A little chocolate. Very little sourness. Tasty, but depending on the bugs in here, it could either get sour as heck in a year or two, or stay the same solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11613) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks JohnC–pours an off white ring for a head and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is tart/vinegar-cherry. Taste is tart/vinegar-cherry, medium malt. Occasional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3586) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12.7 oz bottle. Almost clear honey brown with an ivory, dishwater head. Nose of cherry preserves and cow pasture; funky candy. Buzzy carb with a soft, airy body. Taste is tart cherry, skins and earthy oak with a residual white pepper bite. Crisp and vibrant. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5198) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08. The body was rusty brown and red. The aroma was tart cherries with some floral hints. The tate was cherries and farily sour. Overall, this was dry and woody.

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