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RATINGS: 937   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
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 isn’t totally flat, but very close. I don’t 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
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
jkwalking05 (4743) - 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
blutt59 (6565) - 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
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
ilovedarkbeer (2742) - 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
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
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.

4.1
mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 2007 bottle thanks to fordest. Murky brown pour with no head. Sweet, tart nose with wood and cherries. Very nice on the palate with a great cherry sweet and tart flavor.

3.7
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Chunky brown color. Aroma is tart as hell, with cherries, wood, and earth. Sour and vinegary as hell. Some cherries and funk. Damn tihs made my mouth pucker.


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