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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (983) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Dark reddish-brown in color with a large, bubbly, light brown head. Fades to a nice ring. Aromas of funky yeast, tart sour cherries, vinegar and pepper. Flavor starts sour but mellows with a nice fruity sweetness. Lively carbonation on the tongue. Finish is oaky like a fine wine. I could drink this much more often if it want so expensive!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1605) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle thanks to Kai. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a small brown head. Aromas of vanilla, dark fruits, red berries, balsamico. Taste is vinegary, lactic, berries, vanilla, balsamico, dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3943) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
A corked 0.375l bottle from Ølbutikken. Had to struggle a bit to get the cork out of this, but when I did, it pours a deep dark dark amber colored thing, really cloudy and it has a wonderful looking fluffy everlasting dark beige top that is leaving nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Lovely tart nose, lots of berries and a soft velvety red vine vinegar. Also small notes of sour lime zest, wood, some mild form of sesame oil, sour raspberries and sour cherries? The aroma is lovely complex. Oh, it’s even more sour the the aroma led me to believe. Somewhat thin on the mouthfeel with a just above average carbonation level. Lots of sour berries here, watered down lime zest, acidic not ripe green gooseberries and yeah, red softly sour cherries. It’s really delicate this lille thing! Can’t remember that I’ve had something quite like this before really. Tasty and so refreshing! Imagine having something like this widely available... 09.05.2013

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 26, 2016
Aroma of light funk, rose, light wine vinegar. Taste is light sour, dry. Light acidic flavor, rose, wine, barrel.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimbo2 (154) - DENMARK - JUN 16, 2016
Dont understand the hype. Other - Belgian - breweries produce the same type of beer with better results. Fairly flat, not very tart...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (994) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Pours murky reddish brown, tan / brown head. Aroma is cherries, lacto, oak, malt, raspberry, cedar. Flavor is tart cherries, malt, light vinegar, wood. Medium body, med sour, cherries and dark fruits. Nice flanders

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (627) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle from trade. Nice brown red appearance. Aroma has nice tartness with toasted poppy. Taste is tart cherry up front, poppy seed in the middle, nice finish. Very complex and delicious.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2016
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a murky dark brown color with a large creamy red-beige head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong chalk, pez and a medicinal presence with band aid. The flavor was very tart and sour yet dry with pez, chalk, perfume, brett and a medicinal presence. Long finish. Medium body. Not my style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (664) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours dark ruby red, hazy with off white head. Aroma is sour funk with cherries. Taste is heavily sour. Big time tartness. Flavors of cherries, dark fruits, Belgian yeast and funk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (414) - California, USA - APR 21, 2016
Pours murky brown with a reddish hue and medium light brown/khaki head with excellent retention. AROMA: tart cherries, sweet, woody, herbal, minerals, vanilla, citrus, toasted poppy, earthy, yeast esters, barnyard funk, sulfur, spices, sour berries, faint chocolate (?), malty, dark stone fruit and leaves. TASTE: malty, tart sweet cherries, minerals, lightly oaked, spices, phenolic, sour, earthy, leaves, herbs, blackberries, tannins, caramel, vanilla and bready. AFTER TASTE: tart dark cherries, malty, spiced, earthy and tannins with a sharp sour complex finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lore (2039) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 15, 2016
hazy brown colour with reddish notes, moderate sized beige head; aroma of wood, tannins, tart notes, unripe fruits, chardonnay and acetone notes; taste of balsamic vinegar, dry white wine, woody notes, (unripe) fruitiness, bitterish sour cherry and hints of acetone, as well as something which reminds me to marzepan - the sourish/acidic character does not dominate fully the taste and the acetone note is also in the background compared to other sour red beers, which makes it one of the best beers of the category - at least for me :-)


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