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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.


TheCrowsNest's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pours a murky brown, small tan head. Tart, darn fruit aromas that only hint at cherries. Great acetic tartness with a slightly roasty character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fritz123 (809) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
This is as close to a perfect beer for me as they come. Especially this category. Bottle shared with Edgar from a trade. Poured into small snifters. Reddish brown pour with a tan-reddish head that lasted 60 seconds. No real lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, barrel, oak, tannins, yeasts, and sour purple grapes. The taste was amazingly bold with the tart cherries, grapes, oak barrel and light malts to balance. Sour finish with leather. Pucker up at the end. Smooth, light body. Damn fine sour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (2831) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Une bière qui a une robe brunâtre. Un mince col beige flotte nonchalamment. Un nez bien sec de caramel, de chêne et de vinaigre balsamique. Une touche épicée qui apparaît en milieu de dégustation. Un goût aigre avec des touches de vin rouge, de caramel et de chocolat bien sec. Un corps moyen-faible avec une texture à la limite huileuse et un pétillement plutôt bas. Une finale épicée, de feuilles et de fruits aigrelets. Somme toute intéressante mais peu impressionnante.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (275) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a cloudy mid-brown color with a frothy light brown head. Aroma is mostly tart, some malty sweetness, slight sweet wine. Flavor is quite tart, with a hint of candied malty sweetness. Light to medium in body with an oily lingering sour. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1484) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 18, 2014
pours dark brown/red with an ample cream hued head. bourbon nose, cherries, plum, solid sour. solid body with surprising carbonation (for Lost Abbey) meaning there was plenty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (952) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
Bottle @ Mikkellerbar, Viktoriagade. Pours hazy auburn with a small frothy head. Aroma is cherries, oak, lactic, mild vinegar almond, sour fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, light+ bitter and light+ sour/tart. Body is light+, texture is oily, carbonation is soft+. Finishes dry, oaky and lactic. Lingering sour impression

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jntfan1978 (31) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2014
Dark red pour, thin whitish head. Yeasty, bready and tart cherries on the nose, and sour and tart cherries in the flavor.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rightious1230 (14) - Escondido, USA - APR 7, 2014
Excellent perfect sour, cherry sour cherry and sour base. Slight hints if oak and barnyard. Big bottle from holiday wine from what I remember. Slight mineral dry finish. An outstanding brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
draft at Lord Hobo, awesome, lots of tart/sour cherries,oaky notes. ton of cherry flavor, very enjoyable. need more

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROBC3366 (369) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle. Cherry brown color. Aroma sour tart fruit. The taste adds bitter sour cherry and some funk. Tart crisp mouthfeel. Really awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with ruby hues and a finger’s worth of an off-white head. Breaks into delicate lace. Aromas of very tart cherries, spice, perfume and wet oak. Taste is just as bold. On the higher end of the tartness spectrum. Floral notes along with the cherries gives this a bright burst, then quelled by some moderately sweet notes of caramel/vanilla. A lively carbonation keeps things moving to the finish where nice oak/spice play into the dry, tart cherry flavor.


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