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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Sampled from 12.7-oz bottle and shared by Brewfiend. Pours a hazy reddish/brown amber brew with a fast dissolving and fizzy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring. Aroma of subdued yeast funk, dark cherries, some red licorice, tart apples and a touch of oak wood. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with a slight metallic tart cherry apple flavor with some additional sour and dark fruits. Finish is mildly sour with a light tart cherry aftertaste with some yeast. The oak barrel aging does some nice work on this sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle shared with Black95tt, my brother. Poured a reddish brown with a caramelized off white head. Dont really get Le Woody out of this brew...but then again the Le Woody I had was a few years into age. Never the less this was a quality brew. Some oak and cherry in the aroma mixed with some toasted biscuit maltiness along with a little yeast and nuttiness. The flavor had a little funk mixed nicely with some cherry. Not really lots of acetic cherry or tartness that I was expecting or hoping for in this brew. Instead it was a nicely balanced and very smooth softer sour cherry ale. Enjoyable stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown body with a small, short-lived white head. Smell: Bright, funky aroma of wine-macerated cherries and planks of toasted oak. Taste: Whoa! Tart, juicy, lightly acidic cherry flavor at the forefront with hints of the sweet brown maltiness used as this fine beerís foundation. Distinct, well-placed tastes of oaky wood. True, itís funky, but contented to reside on the lighter end of the funk spectrum. Drying, lightly minerally finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, soft carbonation. Drinkability: A very well executed sour ale, and what a top-notch, classy bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottled. Interesting that this is a bigger batch of Le Woody Brune, one of my favorite beers ever. While this is fairly close, it doesnít match the finesse or perfection of its parent. Perhaps though it helps that that bottle was 3 years old. Pours dark brown with little head, a touch of chunky yeast. Flavor is a dark lemony tartness, basil and surprisingly a big kick of alcohol. Licorice and pumpernickel are noticed, too. Complexity is good, though overall the aroma is a bit acrid. Flavor of biscuity malts in light sourness, a dry fresh baked bread finish. Not as much going on in the flavor. This reminds me a lot of Rodenbach original. The cherries are only lightly presented, though there is a good vinegariness in the flavor. Iíve had to give this a 0.1 bump in the score as the 13oz bottle is not near enough to properly enjoy this brew. Iíve got another bottle, Iíll be saving it for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
EBF 08. My favorite beer of the entire weekend by far. I must have had 10-15 samples of this. Pours a nice woody red with almost a violet hue, and a thin diminishing head. Aroma is very complex- sour, fruity and woody- tons of tart cherry, cherry skin and pit- giving almost an almond like character- lots of brett bruxx giving a fruitiness- with some sour apple and cherry with some nice stinky funk, but kept in check. Flavor is nicely sour, but not rediculously sour- everything in balance and just very complex and enjoyable- fresh tart red cherries, astringent pits, ligth sweetness cut by the acidity of the funky yeasts and bacteria- lactic sourness and some fruitiness all around. Good tart and drying finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a slightly murky dark copper mahogany with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty malts and a lot of complex sour fruity character and oak. Body starts with a nice light malty sweetness and some fresh sour cherries along with assertive oaky complexity. Another great beer from Lost Abbey and should age well too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a hazy brown color with red hints and a tan head. Aroma is tart , funk, brett, oak, cherry, and malt. Flavor is fruity, tart, brett, oak, and a dry tart fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. Tomme Arthur himself came to the rating table at the festival and delivered some unlabeled bottles to the table. we quickly emptied our glasses and cleared our palates to get ready for this rare treat. It poured dirty amber without much head. It had a great tart fruit aroma. The flavor had the perfect amount of sweet-tart cherries with nice wood notes. Long slightly acidic finish making me wish i had so much more. yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Pours redish brown, with an off white head. Aroma is cheries, wood, and funk. Flavor is sour cherries, wood, funk and lesser amount of lemon and caramel. highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Iím a sinner. Cloudy brown with no head. Sour vinegar and fruit aroma. Sour cherry taste good tangy lemon notes and a dry finish. Itís a pretty good incidental liquid.

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