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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
batneil (687) - - FEB 24, 2017
Pours as a very murky red colour with no head. Not too bad as sours go. Not unpleasantly cheek clenching! Does have a bit of a sour cherry taste. (K)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (773) - POLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Aromat świeżo wyciśniętego soku z wiśni, lekka stajnia w tle, do tego odrobina nut beczkowych i pestkowych. W smaku dość mocno kwaśne (ale brak tutaj jakichkolwiek nut octowych), bardzo owocowe, wiśniowe, czuć też porzeczkę i trochę nut dzikich (jest słynny spocony koń :) ). W fniszu beczka, drewno, lekka pestkowość i odrobina słodyczy (to chyba ten mak). Bardzo dobry kwach, zbalansowany, przemyślany, zarwno do chlania hektolitrami jak i do spokojnej degustacji.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
copestx (175) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle from The Confessional. Delightful cherry/oak aroma. Pours dark brown. A cherry, oak, light vinegar, poppy taste but super light on the palate. Not nearly as complex as any of the Rodenbachs or even a Duchesse. If this beer tasted anywhere near its aroma it would be world class, but as it stands it is an above average but crazy overpriced sour brown (a Rodenbach Grand Cru can be had for less than 1/3 the price). No idea how this beer is rated so high -- in contrast to the Cuve de Tomme, which is superb -- maybe the reviewers here havent had the real thing from Belgium?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (853) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep brown with moderate, frothy, light brown, semi-thick head. Poor head retention and lacing. Light to moderate malty aromas, caramel, heavy yeasty, some strong barnyard notes, acidic, some berries in the background. Taste is moderately sweet, moderate acidic with some light bitterness, finish is very dry, moderately acidic with wooden accents. Medium body, creamy and oily texture, average to lively carbonation, finish is light to moderately acidic, slightly bitter, woody and dry. In overall quite different sour brown ale that I used to drink. First of all poppy seeds give this brew some light bitterness, cherries are not really up for, same as malts. Different than Rodenbachs.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1699) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber. Aroma is oak barrel, some wine, light cherry. Body is light, tart and sour. Fizzy carbonation to round of the super refreshing experience of this sour. Still fruity, being light but not lacking taste. Delightful!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hajsman (216) - Gdask, POLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Aroma is delicate, flowerish a little bit vinegar. tastes awesome, cherries, very sour, funky. Very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvanFriend (518) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Tannic, oaky, tart, and dry, with a hint of sour cherry flavor. Very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2698) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at Route CBC Festival at Craft Beer Co, Clapham, London in Oct 2015 - Reddish Brown in colour. Very fruity, very sour. Tart and sour cherries, oak, vanilla, yeasty, funk. Quite dry. Enjoyable. Lovely Sour Ale! (2015-10-02)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (2288) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle Aroma-cherries, poppyseed, Appearance-red, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sourness, lightly bitter, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-ver good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
falco242 (386) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Really impressed...A nice fruitiness and lace on the nose and appearance. Metallic and fruity and a bit of floral lead to a pretty clean cut mid taste, and then it disappears (in a good way). Love it.


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