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RATINGS: 864   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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle @ Monk’s Cafe: Had this during the Brett Pack Dinner during PBW. According to Tomme, this beer is aged in various oak barrels and then blended together. This one poured like a wine, not much carbonation. The color was a deep red. The aroma was cherry, oak. and vanilla. The flavor was FAN-tastic. Very sour cherry balanced by the oak and vanilla. Not an overly sweet aftertaste either. Very smooth. Definitely my favorite beer of the night. Almost wine like. I could see this being the way of the future, instead of wine, I’ll have a Red Poppy please.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
375ml.2011 vintage.Pours a deep red with an insanely fizzy red to off white head.Nose is bright cherry,heavy woody oak notes and some basement smells.Wow.Taste is ultra sour and tart cherry, vanilla and caramel oak and a perfect mouthwatering sour finish.My first perfect score.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Nose is light vinegar and sour cherries. A little bit of wood and vanilla. Even some smoke comes in at the end. Nice and complex, puckers up quick and then dies off. Plenty tart but not super sour, seems like barrel aging at its finest! Balances the sour, wood and fruity tartness perfectly. Little bit of brettomyces comes through...WOW, this is incredible. Easily one of the top 5 beers I have ever had.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Nice aroma of cherries. Tastes of cherries, sour/tart, and oak. The tartness is not too abrasive. It's very drinkable. Very good sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
375ml bottle shared by jsprime. murky brown with a lasting tan head. a massively complex and endlessly enjoyable dark sour ale. cherry intensity is as high as in any kriek ive ever had and the brown ale base supports the fruit and wood aging exceptionally well. just incredibly well done. thx jeff, another 5 from your cellar.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rightious1230 (15) - 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
True perfection, brownish light carbonation wonderfull sour cherry nore with and excellent tingle of chrries dancing on your tounge,,,skight oak added to the depth, wondefull mouthfeel, absolutly fantastic.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (123) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
One of my favs, cherry raspberry fruity aroma, perfect balance of cherries and slight oak, wonderful carbonation, everything comes together so well! Perfect!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Sour bottle share save the BEST for last. Awesome cherry raspberry some plum wine the whole world of wonderful flavors and aromas. Perfect carbonation, heck perfect all around.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
True an explosion of huge sour cherries. Is there such a thing as a fresh sour cherry flavor! Great sticky cherry mouthfeel some funk and some oak. Awesome!


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