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RATINGS: 938   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (8127) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2009 bottle from Perrys in Livermore--I believe they charged me at over $30 for this 12.7oz bottle. Clear light brown with a thick ring of beige bubbles for a head and a tiny film--looks pretty flat. Agitation does render a 1/2 finger fine beige head, though still has relatively low retention. Pretty strong aroma of sour dark cherry skin and flesh, as well as a bit of lemon pulp. Dry oak and vanilla in the backend. This reminds me (though slightly) of cherry yogurt, though definitely more sour. Flavor adds some dark caramel and earthy notes. Still plenty sour--6/10. The finish is dry, yet the sourness turns my salivary glands on high. Light carbonation with a light to medium body. A very tasty beer, especially considering all the animosity towards LA lately. I dunno what they charged for it at the Lost Abbey, but at Perrys, this beer would have been well over $60 for a 750--highway robbery, that is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 2, 2009
Botella. Deep red brown colour, hardly any head. Sour very pleasant fruity woody vanilla aroma. Good soft mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, sour with wood (oak), dark fruits, cherries, very pleasant. sweet sour fruity long lasting finish. Yum!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Botttle. No head. Hazy dark red brown body. Fruity caramel aroma as well as a bit of cocoa in the aroma. No sign of vinegar. Mild but not sweet, just light sour cherries caramel flavor. Low carbonation, Long pleasant sour aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Bottle at NB - Lost Abbey Tasting. Clear red/brown - no head. Vinegar, wood, fruity, balsamic, rubber, vanilla, oak, cherry, berries, bike-glue, chewing-gum, tart, milkey-sour, sourness, sharpness. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (3100) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
Flaske: Rdlig l uden karbonering. Sur med en meget lille sdme i duften. Smagen er sur men med tydelig kirsebr hvis man smager efter. Syrligheden slr igennem til sidst.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2009
Traded a bottle of 09 Dark Lord for this with some random guy at DLD, someone told me it was KP. Poured translucent orange/brown with a light head. Sweet and sour on the nose, a hint of funk as well. The flavor is tart and sour with some fruit but not over the top, its very nicely balanced. It finishes clean with some sourness lingering. Top notch beer, surprisingly well balanced for a sour.


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