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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Claves77 (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Poured in snifter. Dark color with 1 finger head. Strong sour nose. Extra sour taste upfront. Even finish, extremely tart.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (316) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Pours murky brown/red with blobs of yeast all over the off white, lasting head. Aroma is sour vinegar, cherries, spices, vanilla, oak, and a bit of citrus. Taste is very sour as well with almonds/marzipan, cherries, leather, lots of acidic fruits, and lots of spices. Cinnamon among others. Slight heat in the back of the throat from the strong tartness. Sparkling carbonation and a medium body. Lovely complexity and balance with sour and spicy notes. But it’s not a pretty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2254) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at Cafe Sara, august 15th 2014. Dark red body with a thin white head. Aroma of tart cherries, plum, oak, dough. Taste is flowery with sour cherries, lightly sweetened by vanilla and dark sugar, with a tart wheaty berry finish. Good complexity and very well balanced. Extremely nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (2041) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
13.08.2014, 0,375l bottle shared with kaaz @ Café Sara:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish concentrated fruity, sour red berries, sorrel, mild vinegar, soda powder, oak, grass, alcohol, old cellar. Taste slightly dry sour-ish fruity, berry skin, sorrel, mild vinegar, sour red berries, grass, oak, alcohol. Medium bitterness, slightly dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1329) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
375 ml bottle from tread with Homer321. Thanks buddy! Bottle No. 2 of my Last Night of My 20s tasting. Pours dark reddish brown slightly murky, with a big airy khaki head on top. Aroma of lots of cherries, sour vinegar, oak, some toffee. Flavor is sour cherries, acidic tones, vinegar, and an unexpected wave of chocolatey flavors and vanilla oak tannins. Earthy spicy undertones. Interesting. Medium bodied, feeling a bit heft for only 5%, with lots of carbonation. Very interesting brew, and pretty unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (263) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle ’12 - pours a murky reddish brown w/ white head. Some sour, tart cherries in the nose. Very tart and sour taste with hints of cherries. A little vinegar but still good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5368) - 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 (3502) - 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 (2012) - 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 (201) - 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 (691) - 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.


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