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RATINGS: 944   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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sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a reddish-brown, head is very fine and is only around the rim. Ripe fruit and subtle barn yard notes on the nose. Slightly sweet and slightly sour cherries dominate, though I do pick up the oak notes in the dry and slightly acidic finish.

4.4
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Huge thanks to Dakine for this one, it was worth the wait! I’ve only had a couple other sours that were as smooth as this one was. The funk here was just enough to tease the palate, but not enough to make one pucker, a great balance, finished smooth, with just a hint of the cherry fruitiness behind the beer. Just delicious.

4.2
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Old tasting notes from BA EBF 08. Poured dark hazy orange with a small white head. The aroma was fruity with some brett peaking its head through. Big sour cherry flavor with oak. Awesome sour.

4
Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
Bottled. An unclear dark amber beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of wood, brettanomyces, alcohol, cherries, and other berries.The flavor is sweet and very spicy combined with an acidity and notes of caramel, wood, barnyard, vanilla, almonds, cherries, and other berries. The finish is tart.

4.1
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle. Andrew rocks! I’ve wanted to try this one for quite a while, thanks man! Pours brown red with a thin creamy head. Aromas of sour cherries, various tart fruits, and oak. Sour oak flavors. Cherries, red fruits, that are tart and finish dry. Fresh fruity, really nice sour.

4.2
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Dark hazed brown, suspended sediment. Dusty cherry, old oak and notebook paper aroma. Outstanding character of pie cherry and oak. Dried gummy bing cherry density midpalate and more tart in the finish, great brown base as well. Excellent.

3.8
Plovmand (8304) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Bit hazy reddish brown body with no head whatsoever. Very fruity aroma with sour cherries in front. The oak is also present. Medium bodied. Sour fruity flavour with a spice kick of cardemum, oak and light sour cherries. Lovely brew!

4.4
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a clear deep reddish amber color, with a very small head that disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma of tart fruit. Flavor of tart cherries

3.9
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this! Pours a red-brown color with a flat head. Aroma is sweet sour funky, with some cherry and oak. Taste is much the same. Very smooth mouthfleel with almost no carbonation. Acidic cherry brown ale. Very good, but almost a bit too smooth and lacking some bite.

3.7
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Thanks to my bro for sharing this! pours a reddish brown color with thin white head. Aroma is of intense sour cherry, oak, yeast funk, and mild hops. Taste is sour cherry, oak, some grainy malt, yeast and bretty funk. Mild carbonation and lightly dry palate. A great sour, but the carbonation is just a tad too light for me.


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