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RATINGS: 938   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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3.4
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 ’08 Bottle thanks to Hank1980!
Tannish-nut brown with a large, creamy head. Lambic nose with lots of citrus, mango, and cherry, also something odd, an earthy meat note. Loads of fruit in the flavor, really terrific blend, and not quite as tart . There’s still an odd note though, a really bitter spice and semi-rotting, and it comes through more here than the flavor. Very dry palate, moderately carbonated. Like this a lot. If it wasn’t so one-sided, this would score higher. As it is, this is a less-complex lambic, and as much fruit as there is, it could use more. 847416

After several other bottles, not nearly as impressed. muddy red with a frothy tan head. Nose is odd, some LA yeast with oatmeal, olive, balsamic, and rich cherry. Thin rodenbach-esque flavor, heavy metallic cherry sweetness with thin, olive bitterness in the finish, not as much malt as Flemish. Watery body, finish quite empty. 737313

3.8
valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2009
Pours a light crimson color with a thin head. Aroma is full of sourness with heavy notes of cherry and the slightest note of lemon...vinuous in nature. Flavor is much like the aroma...mostly sour with a hint of funk near the end. Heavy on the sour cherries with a good dose of lemon peel...highly acidic with a decent dose of tannins. Palate is pretty carbonated as I let this one cellar for a year before cracking open. Good offering, but far from greatness...a fairly good sized step behind Cuvee de Tomme. 2008 vintage.

3.8
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle #800 aquired via the generosity of Sparky27...THANKS ERIC!!! Opened with a small pop of the cork and poured a dirty crimson red with a whispy eggshell head (and I’m being aggressive here) and absolutely no lacing. Aroma is tart cherry skin, rice wine vinegar, and a light naturally sweetened grape juice. Flavor is lemon zest, sour unripened cherries, and acidic citrus. This beer didn’t absorb much, if not any, of the oak barrels...would have benefited from the wood influence in terms of added complexity. A little funk to accompany the sour would have been welcomed also. Pretty descent mouthfeel due, in large part, to ample carbonation. Good beer.

3.5
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle from DuffmanSW. Not a huge fan of sours yet, but this was definitely really good for that type. With a dark red tinted color and no head. Pungent sour cherry smell with vinegar notes. Very sour taste similar to salt and vinegar chips. Very good for a sour though.

4.6
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
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
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. That’s where my palate rating comes in and the overall as well. If it wasn’t flat this would be a world class brew.

4.4
darkguardian (733) - 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
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
trevor211 (1681) - 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 I’m used to sours being. Only if you hold it in your mouth does the tartness really show - otherwise it’s pretty faint. Cherry certainly comes out in the flavor, as well as the oak from the barrels, making it a little musty / funky. It’s certainly good, and the bottle is beautiful... but I’m a little disappointed with this one. We’ll see what a bit of age does with the other bottle.


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