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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3357) - 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......i’m glad that despite the leak, that it still maintained a moderate level of carbonation.....can’t 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 (8028) - 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. It’s almost there, I think, but there’s 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 isn’t 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 isn’t long enough while the body and carbonation are both a bit low. the carbonation is soft but I’d prefer more lively. this is along the lines of supplication and it’d be worth of them side by side. I’m 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 ’08. 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 Monk’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2008
From a 375mL Bottle. A healthy crack greets the ears upon un-corking. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy amber color with a thick finger of tight bubbled, beige head. A cobwebby brett blanket entangles the filling from Thanksgiving’s cherry pie. Subdued, yet distinct, the cherry character maintains a softness that settles in cohesively with the barrel funk and light oak spice. A small glimpse of ripened apple skins sharpens the bouquet up with just a dash of acetic bite. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a moderate level of tangy acidity. Flavors of ripened cherry skins, frosty with wild yeast, accompanied by a gentle cidery acidity. A joyful balance between fruit and acid. Notes of peppery oak and musty horseblanket. Toward the finish, the brett and oak work together to scrub the palate clean, leaving behind a subtle tannic dryness. The flavors are satisfying, but the body seems to fall flat a bit quickly, losing the brightness of the initial acidity a bit quickly, not sticking around long enough to enjoy the flavors left in the finish. All the flavor/aroma dimensions of the beer are displayed in an impressive fashion, but the body doesn’t stand up to the other achievements, preventing this from achieving "masterpiece" status. Regardless, an overall marvelous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2008
375, corked and baled, thanks to After4ever. Pours cloudy brown with a lightly lacy white head. Light body and carbonation. Sour cherry nose with just a dash of funk. Sweet-tart taste. Wood/sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Sampled from bottle at DIPA fest, graciously shared by Aspidites. Very nice flavors of some oak, tart cherries and some funkiness that is subtle. Nice aromas of smoke and oak. Very smooth on the palate with a nice finish. A nice break from all the DIPAs and it could still stand up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2008
375, corked and baled. Dense, grainy brown with caramel highlights. Light gray filmy head with heavy swirls and some lace. Big funky sour cherry nose with dense underpinnings of malt notes (tough to individuate them). Medium body, soft carb, nice forward sourness. It’s all very harmonious and balanced and under control. Light and very softly mineral finish. Beautifully executed. Gorgeous label as well.

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