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RATINGS: 968   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
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of sour cherries, oak, some residual sugar. Tastes of tarte cherries, sour, dry, oaky, some lactic hints on the finish.

3.8
robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 24, 2009
(Trade with Rallison) 2009 Vintage 375ml. Been saving this one for a while now. When popping the cork seemed to be flat as a pancake. Little foam poured in the glass with fine bubbles coating the side of the glass. Pronounced sour aroma. Dusky brown color. Flavor is very mellow. Actually a LOT more mellow than I expected it would be. Let it warm up a bit to get more flavor, but drink it slightly chilled.

4.1
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a thin clear brown, without much of a head. Big funk and lots of wood on the nose. Softly bretty, smooth, and with a soft cherry flavor. Deliciously large sourness. This was remarkable and I’m going to have to crack open the bottle I got from daknole sometime soon.

4.1
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle at the July Houston tasting, courtesy of Bleeng. Thanks Rick! Pours a deep, mucky brown/red with a quickly fading head of white. Aroma is cedar wood, old attic, and cherry 7-Up. Flavor is sour, sour, SOUR cedar and light cherry/raspberry juice soaked in- drum roll, please- CEDAR! Thin mouthfeel but the beer settles nicely amongst the tastebuds. Great beer!

3.7
sunevdj (4143) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle in Portland... Thanks Chris. Smells sour and of abricot. Pours a clear brown with a hint of a head. Mellow sourness with some sweetness. Fruity with aromas of sour apples and berries. Quite tart. Almost no carbonation. Medium bodied.

3.8
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Bottle sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 2. Pours opaque amber with a thin white head. Fruity and vinegar aroma. Cherry and vinegar flavor with a full finish.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16539) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Rating # 3000. 37,5cl bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Pours deep amber reddish with a small bubbly creamy head. Nose is sweet and sour cherries, lots of oak, marzipan and caramel. Sticky and smooth. Very dry with a fine tart bite. Lots of oak. Ends dry with a slight burn. YES - Going for another thousand. Cheers. Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Sweet and oaky. Red wine and caramel. Sticky and a bit mouldy. Delicious. 4 - 4,2

3.8
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled at PBF. Hazy reddish brown color, almost no head. Sweet, sour and perfumed aroma with cherry, strawberry and rose. Sweet and sour flavor with nice cherry and strawberry character. Full bodied. There is some acetic acid which is a bit too sharp for me. Otherwise very tasty sour ale.

4.4
omhper (25943) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2009
Bottled at PBF. Cloudy reddish brown, almost no head. Highly acidic lambic-like barnyardy nose. Sourish with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Lovely and upfront flavour of oak and acidic barnyard. Perhaps not with the same levels of complexity as the best lambics, but still a mindblowingly fantastic sour ale.

3.8
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is sour wood, alcohol, sugar and some dark dry fruity notes. Mild tart cherries as well. Flavour is sour wood, with sweetness. Kind of Cantillon sourness mixed with sweet fruity notes. Very balanced and nice sour ale!


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