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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, funkiness, earthiness, and dry oak. Flavor of sour cherries, white grapes, grapefruit, and green apple with an oak bone dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Thanks to some mighty fine folks for the opportunity! Poured clear, translucent tawny with a dusting and a loose-bubbled ring of off-white head. The aroma was to die for.. sour cherries and vinegar sand-blast the nose with brilliant aged oak trailing.. a bit of vanilla and some funk round it out. The flavor had sour, musty cherries and more-than-ample oak at its core, with slightly stale vinegar and more cherries rolling over the sides.. tart, refreshing finish left cherries for a long while. Lighter-bodied and nicely sour & funky on the palate, but it came across a touch stale, and I wish it was a bit more supple. All in all another great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008
muddy brown with a tan head. Some red peeks through also. Aroma of tart cherries and dough. Tart up front with a really nice and very interesting middle. Fruity and cherry with some sour green apple and some musty funk. Lots of fruit and some really great flavour going on in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Sinners Club. Very similar to Le Woody. Same recipe? Nonetheless, a very nice, light, fruity brew w/ oak, cherry, sour apple, and malty notes. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
bottle (leaked from delivery) from patron sinners.....pours a somewhat muddled and murky brown with a thin off-white ivory head....nose was very oaky with a pervading sense of tartness which pairs well with the sour cherries that were also very apparent.....a lot of the same flavors play out here. body was a little thin but the mouthfeel was supple and light. sweetens up a bit as the malts come forward a bit as the beer warms......iím glad that despite the leak, that it still maintained a moderate level of carbonation.....canít wait to try a 100% uncontaminated bottle. this one was still pretty tasty as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle - pours a hazy ruddy brown with a faint tan head & minimal lacing on the glass. This beverage really needs to warm up to shine. Chilled, the aroma and flavor are very subdued and almost bland. As it warms the aroma and flavor blossom and the complexity develops. Aromas of dry oak, light must and a sharp tang of green apples/sour cherries. Flavor is initially slightly mineral with bits of grape skin then fantastic wood/oak notes. The tartness of chokecherries with some lactic sourness all rush through to the dry & somewhat abrupt finish. Carbonation level was a bit low w/ a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Aroma: some oak barrels, sourness/tartness, minerals, earthiness
Appearance: murky, reddish brown, smallish head, some lacing
Flavor: lightly tart, light cherries/oak/minerals, yeastiness
Palate: sour but smooth, lots of yeast character, and yeast in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle. Hazy brown strawberry color with a whiteish pink head. Faint, dried cherries and dry oak in the nose. Floral, perfumy, but musty as well. Mildly drying on the back, lightly prickly and tart, with minimal cherry character but still quite noticeable. Cream and pits and skins, but in a musty, dried manner. Very different that most american sour cherry beers. Itís almost there, I think, but thereís some depth missing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 2/15/08, 375ml bottle, 2008 vintage. pours brownish ruby with creamy beige head. aroma notes of lactic, cheese, oak, cherry pie with crust and cinnamon, along with a wonderful blanket of cobwebby and b.o. funk. an amazing nose. flavor isnít as bright and funky as i was hoping for, dry oak throughout, touch of brown sugar and sour cherries. a dry cherry pit finish. sourness is held in check. the finish just isnít long enough while the body and carbonation are both a bit low. the carbonation is soft but Iíd prefer more lively. this is along the lines of supplication and itíd be worth of them side by side. Iím sure this score will increase with more re-rates and with sampling some aged bottles..4.0.

3/7/09, 2009 vintage, this vintage is far better than the í08. a very nice flanders red, well balanced sourness and cherry, extremely drinkable stuff.4.1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Draft (!) at Monkís Cafe Lost Abbey Dinner 2/12/08. Poured brownish amber with a moderate-sized off white head. Sharp, dry, lactic nose, along with sour cherry and some wild yeast. Flavor is lactic at first, but is then joined by sour cherry, oak, and some herbal notes. Cherry comes to the forefront in the finish, and is nicely complimented by wood and moderate acidity. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

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