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RATINGS: 913   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (912) - 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 (10423) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2008
12.7 OUNCES, corked & caged, 2008 version – sampled 4 September 2008: Loud cork removal…my bottle was very cold, so I let it breath for a several minutes…a light, reddish-tan foam creeps out of the top of bottle. Pours a fairly clear light brown, with a small creamy head that quickly diminishes into a thin film. Slightly musty, sour cherry-vanilla aroma. Hints of grape skins and wet wood. Tart, puckering flavours of metallic cherries, strawberries, and limestone. Fairly thin palate, lacking carbonation and depth of flavour-strong on the sourness, but missing the complexity of some others from the Lost Abbey stores. Tasty no-doubt, but the Red Poppy doesn’t deliver on all fronts (palate, flavour, aroma).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012
Bottle 375ml. @ Amerikaner blindsmagning @ Papsoe, Bottle #09.]

Unclear hazy medium orange amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lancing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, grapefriut, moderate to heavy yeasty, barnyard acidic, wood, berry - cherry notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long to average duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;o)) (190608)

Bottle 375ml.

[ Vintage 2009 ]. Clear medium amber red colour with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to light heavy cherry, red wine, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate acidic with a long duration, tart, cherry, oak. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20120127]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Reddish color with a medium head. Aroma is thick with wood, sweet cherries, and a wonderful funky mix. Flavor is cherry dominant, but has some nice wood, funk, wine, and citrus. Very good - the only "down side" (if you could call it that) is that Supplication is just a tad tastier IMHO and I had hoped this would beat it (either way, both are great). I finally got to reap the rewards of my sinners membership this week and every beer has been great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On 06/18/2011. Somewhat cloudy amber body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet fruit, caramel aroma with tart notes. Tart fruit, caramel, pear and apple flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/4/15 3.7 On tap at Lost Abbey before RBSG on 08/02/2008. Clear amber body with a thin off-white head. Sour red aroma, some vinegar, cherry hints. Gentle sour flavor, more cherry, fruit, light dry vinegar. Medium light body with nearly no carbonation. 8/4/8/3/15 - 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Rating #500! I was expecting a gusher, but no problems here. Pours a murky plum color with minimal head and zero lacing. Lots of yeasties floating around in this one. Nose is sour cherries, vinegar and some funky cheese. Taste is sour cherries and funk upfront, but gets a touch sweeter with ripe cherries, grapes and malt before finishing with a tart oaky lemon juice that fades pretty quickly. Medium mouth feel. Overall, this is a nice, enjoyable sour.

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