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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1678) - 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 (1242) - 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 (4708) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
bottle, cloudy tea color with no head, aroma of woody fermented fruit, flavor of aged fruit, balsamic vinegar, dry oak, raisin, sour cherries, excellent

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
375ml 2009 batch. Pours dark brown with red hues, small virtually no head. Aromas of sour cherries, apple skins, earth and some light yeast and malt. Flavors of tart cherries, apples and other fruits. Sour vinegar back end, not dry, but sour with a touch of sweetness. Palate is barely carbonated, but still somewhat enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to fordest. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with no head. Nose is nectarine, funk, wood, fruit, honey dew. Taste is similar. Tangy acidic mouthfeel that is extremely well balanced, medium thick, and highly quaffable. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Nose-unblended gauze, light horse, light dog, very raw in that good horsey wet dog kind of way. Taste-cantaloupe, horse blanket, some farmhouse like must, hay, a little bit of berry (almost cherry), Very earthy and simple, but layered. I like.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2009 sinner bottle. Poured a dark hazy brown with almost no head. Sweet and tart aroma with a slight wood noise. Taste similar with a very nice cherry tartness. Great beer.


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