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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.


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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle rate though I think we had this on draft at RBWG ’11 too. Pours a hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart cherries, oak, caramel, vinegar, acidic, puckering at times but still easy to drink, I have another bottle at least to try again soon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3326) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy red brown with small off white head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is oak, cherry skin, and funk. Thin mouthfeel with strong tart cherry, oak, caramel and nice sour finish. East to drink, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (1983) - USA - JUL 6, 2014
On tap at Capone’s Lost Abbey event. Murky brown pour. This was very tangy, fruity, and complex. I tasted notes of watermelon, lime, lemon, white wine, cherry, raspberry, honeydew, and blueberry. Yum.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (181) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2014
Cherryish, murky brown color with a decent head. Intense vinous aromas, along with ripe sour-cherries, which get covered up by a tart sourness and oakiness, giving a lot of character to the nose, resulting in a more-wine-than-beer impression, very intriguing melange. Begins with a fantastic tart sourness, which strikes the palate from the very first moment. Comes along with a lively carbonation, leading to a refreshing fruit impression, as cherries become detectable. This taste gets mixed up with earthy, wooden oak in a very convincing way, while a sparkling wine impression still adds up with the gentle cherry sweetness, which tastes almost like marmelade. All ingredients are in fantastic balance to each other, the cherries to not dominate the palate, due to a very leathery oak presence, coated up by buttery malts. At the same time acidic sourness gives the cherries a zingy fruitiness, with results in a complex vinous body, containing hints of vinegar. Enjoyable, matured, mild cherries define the finish, supported by earth, soft malts. This beer has a great taste, which is defined by a complex, fantastic composition.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danyel (582) - Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with off-white head. Aroma of figs, raisins, wood, brown sugar. Tastes is rich, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, sour, dry, high carbonation. Honestly, tastes like a cherry pie. This is great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Salmoniform (465) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy copper brown hue with light brown head. Aroma is cherry, lactic, persimmon, oak, malic, mulling spices, tangerine, vanilla, allspice, red apple. Mouthfeel is fantastic with medium light body and sharp carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with sourness through the finish. Overall this is an amazing brew!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (688) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2014
Pour murky mahogany brown, with a two finger sized frothy head that looks a bit like soap foam. - ok. Aroma of oak, sour cherries, green Apple skin, sour sweets, slight leathery notes, soap? Slight earthy notes, basement skunk, grass notes, faint sweet caramel like notes. - some dirt notes in here as well, but it’s all rounded up by plenty of oak character. The taste is pucking sour, with faint fruity sweet notes. Medium bodied, with a fizzy/lively carbonation. - like the beer melts/disolves in your mouth.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilgrimoutlaw (761) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Pours reddish brown with off-white head. Funk, barnyard, cherries, lemon. Very sour and light/medium sweet. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A bit of a trailing acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gtb1973 (22) - - JUN 1, 2014
Seven San Diego Sours in Seven days #2 Merck reddish brown tan head...aroma or cherries and caramel. Great for this type. Flavor matches aroma to a T. Slight sweet very sour cherries great balance

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (654) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 30, 2014
375ml bottle pours murky reddish brown with 2 finger head. Nose is tart dark cherry, cola, berries, nuts, oak. Taste is crisp dark sour fruit and cherries, vanilla, musty oak, funk. Finish is dark sour fruit funk, oak, semi-sweet berry notes. Nice Flanders.


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