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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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3767) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
12.7 fl oz bottle received as the first installment of the 2008 Lost Abbey Patron Sinners club. Pour is hazy orangish brown with a a 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of sour cherry and some nice woody earthiness. The nose is not nearly as aggressive as I was suspecting. Subdued, yet still very engaging. Funky, sour, really complex. Taste tart, sour cherries. Both elements of fresh cherries and musty old cherry are present, and nicely blended. The cherry fruit is dominant early, then gives way to the wood and earthiness. The aftertaste has some black pepper spiciness that sort of came out of nowhere. The funk is muted in the taste. As this warms, it takes on a cherry juice taste and loses most of the funk. Beautiful palate. Perfect medium body to make the flavors mouth coating, yet very refreshing. This was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2008
Reddened mahogany and very hazy pour; an off white crown leaves a skirting ring around the edge rather quickly. Soft cherry and funky balsamic aroma with dry aged cheeses, steamed artichoke, overripe citrus and bandaids. Hanging back a bit, but altogether really interesting and strange; more multidimensional than it lets on. Flavor is less so; more a perky, tart refreshment than it is confronting, sour bewilderment. Red apples, red grapes and brown sugar intermingle the cherry pie and funk characters; there’s a bit of chardonnay and what would be a pomegranate sangria effect happening as this touchy tartness lingers toward delicate fruity sweetness more often that it does toward firey sourness. Likeable. Sawdust, dry grass and some musty farmhouse like qualities in a mid palate that gives mostly buried flavors of peppery spices. Medium palate is velvety and polished; the typical and appealing rough edge is mild here. Finish pulses of lemon and cherry juice; fading amicably. Not an unforgiving element to this example, which in others is sometimes stunning and other times fairly superfluous. Here, it makes for a winning character of restraint in this most friendly of sours. Thanks, Andy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2008
Cloudy ruby with a small head. A strong taste of the oak barrels on top of intensely sour cherries and balsamic vinegar. Almost has the choke-cherry harshness to the sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2008
Good and sour, but I just feel its lacking that killer flavor punch I was hoping for. its got a nice flavor of cherries, oak, wine? tartness and more, but it is all just minimal I feel. Looks good and smells terrific, just missing that extra....... somthing. Very good, just not spot on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours hazy orange/amber with traces of off-white head. Aroma is very sour, with acetic acid and a bit of cherries. Taste is sour as well, though not to the extent of the aroma. Some cherries come out here as well in the midst of some funky astringency. Lively on the palate and finishes somewhat dry. I’d definitely like to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, light leather color. Very thin, off white head. Aroma of funky, tart cherries. The flavor is sour, but never puckers your cheeks. Cherry tones are nice and subtle. The finish is tart and dry. Definitely an acquired taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
I drank this last week...thanks ryanal! and It differed from the beer when I had it fresher....it seemed to take on metalic tastels.....and I don’t like it....good on the nose....but on the flavor it is still good...but a shadow of what it was..........so drink it now....or trade it:)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 Original Rating: 750ml bottle generously shared by bockyhorsey on a beautiful 80-85F day in phoenix. Poured a murky red-brown with plenty of chunks and cherry bits floating around (bill had to remove one in his glass that was the skin of about half of a cherry!). Aroma was wonderful leathery funky tart cherries. The flavor followed suit, gentle and smooth in flavor and mouthfeel, not harsh, yet assertively sour. Finished with a bit of a spice bite, created at least by the high attenuation and acidity, presumably no real spicing? A very nice brew, although I’ll take the CdT over this - such decisions I wish I could actually be forced to make in life. Thanks, Bill! Re-rate, bottle from Swolf or Gabe as beer number six in a killer July 09 Super Secret Sour State Line Tasting (SSSSLT) featuring (first to last by my counts): Supplication, Consecration, La Folie, Dissident, Cuvee de Castleton, Red Poppy, Lambic de Hill, Festina Lente, Panil. Cherries are the forte here, oaky and only softly tart, highly drinkable, not incredibly tart. Very inoffensive, gentle sourness and again, cherries. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Thanks to goldtwins for sharing. Color is very dark, almost brown, red, very murky, cannot see through it. For this, the head is almost nonexistent. The aroma hits you with vinegar and lots of aceto sourness. Then there is some pity, musky cherry. The vinegar is original as well and its very nose-tickling. Taste is not as "crazy sour" as the nose makes on think. Bit its still nicely sour, with light acidity on the tail end. A short, light sweet cherry with \dry finish that doesn’t stick around for long. Love the sourness, particularly in the nose. This is probably the first Lost Abbey beer I have really enjoyed off the bat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2008
Bottle. Good fruit aromas along with some sour and oak wood barrel also. Darker golden body with good head and floaters stiring about in the glass. Lacing was also part of a good presentaion. Good mix of cherry, tart and sour flavors. Most sours are to tart and tend to be like sour candys. This one the tartness was more like an green apple and sour was mild. Dryness left on the palate but very good brew.

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