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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.


ApisAles' rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Murky brown pour with a red/brown head. Aroma is tart, fruity, cherries. Flavor is tart cherries, oak, nice sour twang. Well balanced tasty sour.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1219) - 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. It’s 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 (1215) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (3792) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2015
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, amber color- good foam. High aroma intensity; stable, cherries and some autumn leaves. Medium body & medium high complexity. Good sourness- some bitterness. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1428) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (3430) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2015
37,5cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks a lot! Pours hazy brownish with an off-white head. Fruity and slightly funky aroma with lots of cherries, hints of balsamic vinegar and citrus. Sour, acidic, fruity and simply delicious! Lovely stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
A hazed murky burgundy red ale with a thin lacing off white head with pinkish hues. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light cherry notes, Brett notes, light cork character maraschino, very nice. In mouth, a sweet tart ale with light acidity, ground cherries, lactic acid notes, light buttery notes, light grapeskins, musty and smooth. On tap at Beachwood BBQ in long Beach.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pfc514 (80) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a foamy tan head. Very bubbly and a bit pillowy at the top. Great oak and cherry notes in the aroma, definite hint of some tartness to come in the taste. Very strong sour cherry flavor, oak, and a dry finish. Delicious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2015
Poured from 12.7oz bottle at home, got it from Blackwells. Reddish brown color with bubbly white head. Very sour. Very cherry flavored. Tons of carbonation - makes you belch after every sip. The cherry and brown combo is fantastic. You can tell the TLC put into this puppy. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2522) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle purchased at the source. Drank it at a park with a sandwich from Uncle Henry's Deli. Cork popped off when the cage was removed. Poured a slightly hazy pink with a huge foamy head. Aroma was berries - raspberries and strawberries. Mildly tart with some sweetness. Really nice and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (462) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle, bottleshare aka traintrip to cbc15. Pours really murky brown, watery, with beige head. Aroma is tart berries! Really intense. Cherries, ripe and tart, oak, vanilla, slight blackberries, dry, bourbon and some candy. Taste is very tart, deep cherries, raspberries, ripe berries, oak, vanilla, very clean. Marzipan notes, malt, vinegar. Sour and dry with loads of oak. Low carbonation. Some lime and citrus along a cherrie vanilla finish.


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