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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Rating #500!!!

From the Sinners club. 4 of us split a membership, and are paying a crapload of money to get these beers to Florida, so this better be worth it. Pours out a combo of red and purple, sort of looks like a bruised piece of fleshy citrus fruit. Small head, light brown, about 1/2 finger thick. Some retention and spot lacing. The nose is wonderful, and the best part of this beer. I spent a good 20 minutes smelling it and taking everything in before I ever took a sip. Sour ripe cherries, cherry pie filling, balsamic vinegar, wood and oak notes and some nice earthiness. Tastes very good as well, maybe a bit less enjoyable than the aroma, but we are just picking nits here, and it’s more to do with the fact this smells so damn good than any fault of the flavor. Sour cherry mash, cherry candy and pie filling, oak, musty earth and balsamic vinegar again all make a showing. Not sure if any Brett was used in this beer, because the sourness comes more from the cherries and the vinegar notes to me, but I could be off there. Medium bodied, slightly sticky, clings to the tongue. Average carbonation but overall this is very fun to drink, and very satisying as well. Long finish, full of the cherries and vinegar, and always keeping that earthiness and woody notes. I want more, now.

Awesome beer from one of my two favorite styles. Would love to try this one again with a little age on it, because this can only get better I think. Exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 THIS IS A 2007 DRAFT RATING ONLY. What Dickinsonbeer said...I can’t put it any better. It was pretty amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2008
A hazy amber brew with faint off-white head. Funky oak aroma with plenty of cherry in there as well. Lightly carbonated with a tart cherry flavor and a faint sourness. Not as sour as I’d hoped, but still most excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2008
The fill was a little low ,pours copper brown with a off white head Funky sour aroma,The flavor seems a lot cleaner then the aroma loads of cherry pit,Each sip I notice another note,oak cherry,caramel,very nice! carbonation was bubbly and with such a small bottle it left you wanting more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Sampled from 12.7-oz bottle and shared by Brewfiend. Pours a hazy reddish/brown amber brew with a fast dissolving and fizzy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring. Aroma of subdued yeast funk, dark cherries, some red licorice, tart apples and a touch of oak wood. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with a slight metallic tart cherry apple flavor with some additional sour and dark fruits. Finish is mildly sour with a light tart cherry aftertaste with some yeast. The oak barrel aging does some nice work on this sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle shared with Black95tt, my brother. Poured a reddish brown with a caramelized off white head. Dont really get Le Woody out of this brew...but then again the Le Woody I had was a few years into age. Never the less this was a quality brew. Some oak and cherry in the aroma mixed with some toasted biscuit maltiness along with a little yeast and nuttiness. The flavor had a little funk mixed nicely with some cherry. Not really lots of acetic cherry or tartness that I was expecting or hoping for in this brew. Instead it was a nicely balanced and very smooth softer sour cherry ale. Enjoyable stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown body with a small, short-lived white head. Smell: Bright, funky aroma of wine-macerated cherries and planks of toasted oak. Taste: Whoa! Tart, juicy, lightly acidic cherry flavor at the forefront with hints of the sweet brown maltiness used as this fine beer’s foundation. Distinct, well-placed tastes of oaky wood. True, it’s funky, but contented to reside on the lighter end of the funk spectrum. Drying, lightly minerally finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, soft carbonation. Drinkability: A very well executed sour ale, and what a top-notch, classy bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottled. Interesting that this is a bigger batch of Le Woody Brune, one of my favorite beers ever. While this is fairly close, it doesn’t match the finesse or perfection of its parent. Perhaps though it helps that that bottle was 3 years old. Pours dark brown with little head, a touch of chunky yeast. Flavor is a dark lemony tartness, basil and surprisingly a big kick of alcohol. Licorice and pumpernickel are noticed, too. Complexity is good, though overall the aroma is a bit acrid. Flavor of biscuity malts in light sourness, a dry fresh baked bread finish. Not as much going on in the flavor. This reminds me a lot of Rodenbach original. The cherries are only lightly presented, though there is a good vinegariness in the flavor. I’ve had to give this a 0.1 bump in the score as the 13oz bottle is not near enough to properly enjoy this brew. I’ve got another bottle, I’ll be saving it for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
EBF 08. My favorite beer of the entire weekend by far. I must have had 10-15 samples of this. Pours a nice woody red with almost a violet hue, and a thin diminishing head. Aroma is very complex- sour, fruity and woody- tons of tart cherry, cherry skin and pit- giving almost an almond like character- lots of brett bruxx giving a fruitiness- with some sour apple and cherry with some nice stinky funk, but kept in check. Flavor is nicely sour, but not rediculously sour- everything in balance and just very complex and enjoyable- fresh tart red cherries, astringent pits, ligth sweetness cut by the acidity of the funky yeasts and bacteria- lactic sourness and some fruitiness all around. Good tart and drying finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a slightly murky dark copper mahogany with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty malts and a lot of complex sour fruity character and oak. Body starts with a nice light malty sweetness and some fresh sour cherries along with assertive oaky complexity. Another great beer from Lost Abbey and should age well too.

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