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RATINGS: 900   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle, with a big thanks to alexanderj. Muddy light brown, some orange hints and a lot of sediment floating around. aroma is some sour cherries, a little leather. flavor is soft tart cherries, not too sour, some sweeter fruit also but not much, and overall a little leathery. Reminded me of a subtler version of hannsens oude kriek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
375mL Bottle. Luxurious tart cherry and oak nose. Flush with strains of tart wildness in apricot pits and candied plums. Soft and sultry. Pours a clearish red-brown, graced with a white fringe. Flavor develops as a soft, complex, deep cottony fruit palor. Chewiness builds into sweet and sour cherries and carries a graceful tone of peach juice. Bright, wild and oaky. So delightful this beer is. Dry as the day is long. A perfect marriage of beer, fruit and wildness. Iíd like a little more curt acidity in the lactic and citric department, but I appreciate the soft fleeting caramels of this beer. Juicy. Very sweet cherry juicy, which makes one want to run back to it. Delightful all around. Thanks a ton Andy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle from the sinners release of 2008. Pours dark reddish brown with a little bit of white head. Cherries are evident in the nose, as well as some sort of funkifying yeast. Its a little woody, and really quite nice. This doesn’t seem quite as aggressive as some to the sours that I’ve tried lately. I get cherry, but its pits and stems. Not juicy fruit. A lot of tannins and a puckering finish. Light body with a butt load of carbonation. Very dry finish. Its good, but I just don’t get the gushing appeal that these beers get from most. I’ll keep trying to find on that I can really embrace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
375mL bottle. Murky brown orange with a small light brown head. Sour cherries and a sweaty, musty character in the aroma. Mellow, soft tartness with a tannic bite. Fruity, herbal ester flavors. Cheesy, spicy tinges in the finish, with residual cherry. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Murky amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of funk, cherry, and dirty diaper (but in a good way). Great ripe sour cherry in the mouth, along with notes of lemon, pilsner malt, and fresh herbs on the finish. Tart, juicy and dry (but not bone dry) on the finish... perhaps even a little salty. Huge thanks to oakbluff for letting me sample this gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours a murky redish orange with tons of sediment. offwhite head, some lacing. Nose- really barnyard funky, fresh cherries. Taste- bitter cherries, moderate tartness but not overwhelming. Not too sweet or too sour. Some wood in the finish. Exceptional drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Thanks to BDR. I did not see why this was so highly rated. Caramel brown pour with a thin beige head. Particles present. Sweet barnyard funk on the nose. Barnyard and celerey stock in flavor with a touch of alcohol and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11283) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
Bottled at Papsoes Blind tasting 19th. June 2008 no 9: Amber coloured. Unclear. No head. Wood, sourness, light wheat and yeast and some barnyard in the aroma. Flavour of cherries, wood, sourness and light sweetness. Very balanced. Medium bodied. Quite dry. Is quite sour in the end with some cherry sweetness to counter. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Murky brick red with a thin creamy head. Tart and funky horse blanket aroma with a mild cherry background. Sweet and sour grainy brett flavor with tangy cherry and mellow oak. Excellent full palate with a moderately dry finish. Perhaps not quite as complex as some but nearly spot on.

   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, itís 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. Itís a bit bitter up front, lightly tart fruit in the back. The oak shows through. Itís pretty nice but far from outstanding.

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