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RATINGS: 923   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Orange-brown in colour with a long lasting off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is acidic, sharp, some old cheese, lots of sourness, citrus and some wood. The flavour is quite mellow, some malt starts to come through, sour cherries, light lemon citrus, oak. Lightly acidic mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes long, fruity and sour.

This is like a very mellow cherry lambic. Fantastic stuff. The drinkability is through the roof. I need more.

375ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheEpeeist, thanks Chris.
Opened on November 9, 2008.
Vintage 2008.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle thanks to fordest. poured a hazy amber with no head. aroma of some nice tart, cherry, and cantelope. flavor was right on with the nose. medium body and low carbonation. overall this was some great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Sparky27. Thanks! 2009 bottle pours very dark red with a whisp of a head that disappears immediately. Aroma is sour cherry, oak, and some funk. This is probably the first brew of this type where I can actually detect cherry aroma and not just straight acid or funk. Very nice. Palate is medium thin with just a little bit of carbonation. Flavor is mouth puckering, sour, sour cherry, oak, acid, funky, and all around nice. The only knock on this brew is the palate and the low levels of carbonation for the style. Thats where my palate rating comes in and the overall as well. If it wasnt flat this would be a world class brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2009
375ml bottles I brought to the Chunk and Patriots Throwdown. Pours a burnt orange, almost brown. Reddish hints. Nice looking beer. Nose has tons of real cherry, huge tart acidity and some horseblanket. Flavor is quite sour and tart, real nice cherry jam finish. The carbonation is a bit to strong and due to the low abv it hurst the mouthfeel and body a little but this is still a very very nice sour, I dunno if its worth the 20+ dollars a bottle though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to fordest. Pours a deep gold, cloudy, with nice off-white head. Aroma is funky and tart, some cherries. Flavor is very nice, funk, sour cherries. Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation.....Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1652) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
375ml bottle - first installment from the 09 sinners club. Pours a reddish brown with no head - at least at first. A center pour from 12 inches resulted in zero, but after (literally) about 10 seconds, a wave of very tiny bubbles started to rise to the top. Formed a dense, but still thin layer of foam on top. Weird, weird pour. Cranberries, cherries, unripe blackberries and some light brown sugar in the aroma. Definitely give this one time to warm up a bit - the flavors really come out of hibernation. Almost completely flat - extremely little carbonation - which is very weird, given how effervescent Im used to sours being. Only if you hold it in your mouth does the tartness really show - otherwise its pretty faint. Cherry certainly comes out in the flavor, as well as the oak from the barrels, making it a little musty / funky. Its certainly good, and the bottle is beautiful... but Im a little disappointed with this one. Well see what a bit of age does with the other bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to rallison. Thanks, buddy! Pours reddish brown with small ring of off-white head. Tart but mild cherry nose with some musty wood. Well balanced and not overly acetic. More tannic than expected, but thats mostly a good thing. Some raisin notes. Interesting take on an Oude Brune. Tasty, easy to drink, and gone too soon.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
375ml 09 bottle from sinners club. The corked popped on this one with not much oomph behind it. Pour a clear brown with a touch of reddish tint to it and zero head. Nose is oak, tart cherries and some balsamic hints. I also pick up some oh so slight vanilla in there. This isnt totally flat, but very close. I dont mind, but I seem to recall the bottle I had last year had more carbonation to it. This one nice and tart, yet woody.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Fruity, sour and funky aroma. Pours brown with almost no head, no carbonation. Notes of oak, basalmic, raisins and finishes on a nice dry note. Not mouth-puckering sour, but a nice, moderate sour with nice woody notes. Warms to almost a light nutmeg flavor - but this is really subdued. Other flavors include the cherries and what tastes like apricots.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4678) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to fordest. Hazy amber in color with a small beige head. Aroma is tart with citrus, cherries, wood and funk. Taste is of cherry, funk, earth.


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