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RATINGS: 905   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2008
RBSG 2008. So we just had the Sinners Blend and I was blown away and yet this just repeated my amazement. Pours red/mahogany, tan head. Tart cherry nose and acidic. Lots of earthy wood come through with a nice sourness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Bottle at RBSG tasting at the brewery. Pours muddy reddish amber with no head. Aroma of malt, funk, and cherry. Flavor of doughy caramel malt with an accent of cherry and plums. Moderate tartness and not overly acetic on the finish. I would have like more cherries. This is a good beer, but I had much higher expectations on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle: Muddy brown with a big beige head. Aroma is intense with fruity sweet and sours, woodiness, and cherry tart. The impact from the tartness on my tongue is incredible, but it remains smooth and quaffable. Barrel aged notes are soft as well. Fruity sweetness and tart comes through in the end. Still amazing how smooth the transition is. Thanks Seth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle. Dirty, dark-orange pour with a light tan head. Aroma of oak, musty caramel malt, and cinnamon. Flavors of sour, vinous fruits, oak, apple skin, and light sweet malts. Light body, sour/tart/woody with a sour/dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
On tap at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours a rusty red-brown with no head. Tons of sediment. Aroma is dead-on apple pie, with an acetic sourness. Flavor is a balance between sweet and sour. Tastes like a caramel covered crab apple. Also some cherry notes in the tartness. Sharp with a mostly dry finish. Undercarbonated, but who cares? Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2359) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Sampled at Lost Abbey RBSG. This one was drawn directly from the aging barrels into growlers and poured in tasting glasses. This is going to be the November-December 2008 release of red poppy. As this beer was tapped well before its release it was somewhat under-carbonated. Color was a reddish-orange-brown with a no head. The aroma was complex with many sour fruits, sour cherries, raspberries, cranberries and oak. The taste was brilliantly sour, with the cherries taking center stage, complexities of malted grains, wood and sour grapes. The mouthfeel was light but satisfying. The finish was long and sour. Overall: The first sour of the tasting and what a way to start, this is one of the greats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle, from grimreeser, by way of Mes_and_Sim, by way of Fin. Thanks to all of you! Opened with Fin, Loz and Traci at our "Welcome Home Frank" tasting. Rusty tawny brown, fine off-white head. Big spicy funk nose, chewy rhubarb, cherry jam, menthol, rustic smell of tree stump moldering away deep in the woods. Soft apricot and dry cherry sourness, Pinch of salt in the finish. Beautifully, beautifully balanced. Thanks again Chad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9480) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle at Casey and Traci’s tasting 01-08-08, cheers you two for a great evening Pours mid amber with a light tan head. First thing that I notice is the unmistakeable aroma of sour cherries with some wet woodiness as well. Initially you get some good cheek sucking in moments, as the sourness of the cherries kicks in. There is slight diluted sweetness to soften the shapness of those cherries, some spikey vanilla and just a mere streak of jiffy lemon juice, lovely!

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