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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5894) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Clear ruby red with a light khaki head. Nice nose is wood vanilla, vinegar, barnyard cherries. Fairly light bodied. A mouth puckering sourness at first fades with every sip revealing flavors of cherries, vanilla, wood and some brett complexity. A good beer no doubt, too bad itís so hard to find.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle... March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting... This beer rocks!... Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, manila head. Terrific retention. Incredible aroma of black cherries. Also, toffee and caramel richness alongside wet leather and barnyard funkiness. Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Terrific balance. Lightly caramelly and fairly acidic up front; blasts of acetic and bitter intensity on the backside. The finish is a bit mundane and lifeless, but the impression has already been made. Big-time thanks goes out to Degarth for sharing his bottle of this world class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a hazy copper with a tan head. Aroma, some light funk with some sour cherries, yeast. Flavor, lightly sour, cherries, yeasty, some funk, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Reddish brown color with a nice off-white head that retained pretty good. I got some cherries and cherry pits in the aroma, also a fair amount of sourness and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Taste was sour, some cherries, but didnít really do much to impress me. The complexity of the aroma didnít translate as well into the flavor for me. It was enjoyable, but again, it didnít really stand out to me. Fairly light body with medium carbonation. It was good, but I donít think Iíll be worrying about getting this again, especially not at the price. Thanks to doubleo for the chance to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Cleveland tasting

Thanks to whomever popped this open just before we transitioned to Chrisís house. I wasnít really expecting to get to try so many Lost Abbey/Port brews in one shot so this was icing on the cake. Itís not the most intense sour ale. I may still have problems finishing up a bottle alone but that wouldnít stop me from trying.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy reddish brown body gave off strawberries, raspberries and cherries. This fruity barrage was undercut by a focused sourness which gave a very bright aspect to the aroma.

Flavor / Palate - The dryness hits the mouth soon after the first sip (much like La Folie). Sour raspberries blend with strawberries and other fruits in a liquid form of sour patch kids. For a sour ale it was easy going and light on the palate. I could certainly take my time with this one and make an hour of it. Lost Abbey has a winner on its hands with this release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting. Not sure who shared it. Sorry! So this is the infamous red poppy I heard tell of? Interesting brew. Tasted like a cherry sweet tart. Not a big fan of the style, but can appreciate the effort here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Shared with secretstash. Poured hazy brown an off white head. Aroma of sour cherries and sweet oak. Some sour flavor up front but kind of thinned out. Good amount of cherry in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2008
20080315 375ml bottle shared with dmac621. Aroma is promising, fruit forward with clear notes of barrel aging. Flavor is ripe with freshly crushed sour cherries, light funky tartness, and woody vanilla and pitch notes. Finishes sweet and mild with only faint lingering sourness. I wish I loved it more; this beer is no La, although it is so reminiscent it will be inevitably compared.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4160) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2008
375 ml bottle from padrefan98, thanks Jon. Just had this back to back with Sanctification, yeah good night. Poured a murky muddy brown with a small white head. Very funky aroma, hints of wood and cherry and a slight touch of earthiness as well. Flavor follows suit with solid funkiness but not quite as much as the aroma. Nice stuff I just wished I had the will power to sit on it a little longer to let the sourness really take over, alas I am WEAK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Big thanks to Degarth for sharing this! Pours a light amber color, with a light white swiryl head. Smells of explosive sweet tart fruits, and sour tannins. Malts and sweet grapes are there for some support. Delicious smelling. The flavor is much of the same. Had some good sourness, but not overwhelming, very pleasant with its blend of fruits and malts. Some sweet caramel comes in towards the finish, and ends tart and sweet. Pretty good balance for a sour beer. Very good recipe. Enjoyed it alot. Thanks Joe!!

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