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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at Tria, after a great night out at Alma De Cuba and the Rum Bar celebrating Jeanneís 50th. Recommended by the bartender, dark ruby color, sour cherry taste but nicely balanced. This is an excellent beer, but actually liked my next rating (Cuvee De Jacobins Rouge) slightly better.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (54) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Awesome sour, garnet pour with quick fading white head. Aroma of all kinds of delicious fruits. Tart and sour and some funk. It had some vinegar in it that was quite enjoyable believe it or not. Just slight but added to acidity. Great great!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2117) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
A reddish brown, a light beige head is very big and slowly growing. Aroma is great, cherries, raspberries, some sourness of vinegar, hint of chocolate. Taste is strongly sour, cherries, cherrie stones, some iron, low sweetness. Medium bodied, fresh carbonatin, slightly sticky as usual. The great and balanced beer, enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1054) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 9, 2015
375 ml bottle from Ammersin Centerstore, Brunn/Gebirge.
Dark copper body, with a medium, fizzy, dissipating, slightly pink head.
Wonderful, complex aroma of oak, wine, vanilla, berries, cherries, funk, some ripe fruits.
Taste is also delicious, indeed with poppy seed, funk, oak, wine, vanilla, sour berries and cherries, apples, overripe fruits, some vinegar.
Medium mouthfeel, with a fizzy carbonation.
Finishes smooth, sour, dry, a bit funky, with oak and fruit notes.

Clearly the best Sour Red/Brown Iíve had so far, offering everything great from this style, but with the unique twist of the poppy seeds that works really well. Extra point for the low ABV compared to other world class beers of this style. Amazing stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3415) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3300th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, peppercorn, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an pretty much perfect malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a world class Flanders red ale style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An insanely amazing offering.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sarapeaches1990 (22) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Reddish brown pour small off white head. True not for faint of heart. Molasses, tartness Belgian like phenols, candi sugar and more citric tartness. Perfectly well balanced. Malty mouthfeel and the acid tartness drys it right out. Perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopbag (140) - - JUN 10, 2015
Big tart cherry up front and in the aroma. Raw oak complements well and gives the impression of sweetness. Quite tart. Funk that blends into the cherry. Had this after a JP, and this is more sour (acetic) and about equally funky, but it also has more depth and sweetness from the fruit and oak. Lovely sweet cherry oak aftertaste. A real puckerer. Surprising head.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. One of those Lost Abbey sours that just kills. Felt bad about the $17 price tag for a small bottle but I already wish I had picked up more. Tart, fruit, funk... Balanced and wonderful. A great Flanders Red... Even a "holy shit" beer. What we do it for, sour freaks....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1261) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Cherry red with brown highlights and a light brown foam. Cherry and oak aromas with a spritz of grape must. Tart, sour, sweet flavors of fruit and wood balance well without leaving that overpowering pucker found in some beers. Itís actually better when served at cellar temps.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1290) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a red hue, with a creamy, off white head. Aroma is sweet fruity, with cherries and balsamic vinegar, as well as nuts, dates, tannins, leather and oak barrels. Medium body, with soft to no carbonation. Flavour is sweet fruity malts, with balsamic vinegar, cherries, forest berries and tannins, as well as nice oaken barrels.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1458) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2015
12.7 oz bottle, about 4 years old. Pours dark ruby amber with a fizzy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cherries with some vinegary tartness and some woodiness.

The flavor is sweet and very tart sour cherry with some acidic wood notes in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation that is a little prickly.

Overall, a very nice sour.


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