RATINGS: 929   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Special thanks to TheCheeseman for the taste. This was exceptional. 2009 bottle. The sour cherries come through strong in the aroma and the flavor is like biting into a sour cheery Warhead candy. The sourness is over the top with just enough sweetness. Not a ton of funk, just a good sour. Lots of cherries and a little vinegar pinch in the back. Amazing beer. Thanks TheCheeseman, I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tayner (1) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009 does not count
This one poured a brown/red hue with a small tan head. I poured it too cold or the head would likely have been bigger. The flavor is almost sweet and sour in that I could taste the sweet cherry along with the very tart cherry, and it seems the 2009 version is a little heavier on the brett as I can taste some cheezy funk in the background. it is very subtle, but more well noted this year than last. This one might actually get funkier as it ages this year. There is also a nice note of wood that compliments this beer. I am glad I have more of these to drink over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (5111) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
(12.7oz bottle) Courtesy of IrishBoy and Enniskillen, and consumed on the day of the birth of my daughter Brynna. Red Poppie Ale for our Red Letter Day - thanks to Richard and Chris for this opportunity. Pours a frothy, cream-coloured head atop of a deep reddish-brown body. Nose is amazing. I cannot believe that I didnt take to Flemish Sours upon the first time Id tried it. Nose of sour raspberry pits, very seedy. Incredibly tart, nice transfer from sour to citrus. I got a grape sized chunk of cherry skin. Lovely stuff. Tomme is an amazing brewer - providing a beautiful beer on a beautiful day in my life. 8/5/8/4/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3950) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
2009 Bottle at Lost Abbey dinner. Pours a light brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma reminded me of an earthy bottle of white German wine opened 30 years later. Flavour started as a sophisticated brown ale with wood notes and finished with a slightly sour cherry ending. Light finish. Very easy drinking sour ale that includes some of the fruit notes from the cherries and not just the sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
An odd one, thanks to toncatcher for throwing this one in as an extra by the way. My first sip was almost medicinal tasting but the more I drank the more I liked it. Sour cherry and funk!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2008 Overall this is just delicous. The color and body leave some nice lac eon the glass and the aroma permeates like crazy. Super sour cherry and some wood shine. Taste is sweet and tart cherry with hints of dark coco and liquor. A glass between two is perfect although I could drink one by myself. So good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Appearance: A dark maroon/brown with a pin stripe of white surrounding the top of the glass. I notice some swirls of white gathering in the top center of the beer. Leaves light spotty lace that eventually disappears. Aroma: Sour cherries, a small amount of wood and a bit of Belgian yeast. Also red wine notes upon further review, but nearly as strong as say Veritas or Cuvee de Tomme. Taste: Sour cherries, oak barrel, a small taste of funky yeast, a little bit of cranberry-like bitterness and a subtle hint of spice in the finish. Mouthfeel: Juicy and puckering. Overall: A great adventure into the barrel itself. I really am able to pick out more flavors in this, than in Cuvee de Tomme. I know they are two completely different beers, but I think of them as cousins perhaps. The level of wood presence is perfect, the sour cherries make for an enjoyable sip after sip drinking session. I would imagine this would go with a meal or a chocolate based dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 #400. Bottle, 2009 (drank 02/07/09). Pours a deep red strawberry juice color. Aromatic sour cherry, caramel, brown sugar. Wonderful sour cherry flavors, tart is just the right level. Nice oak undertones Mouth is smooth and easy to drink with a long sour finish that nicely makes your tongue roll. This might be trouble, sours are growing on me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
375 ml bottle 2009 vintage. Poured straight down the middle of the glass and still a very thin head. A murky dark reddish orange color. Aroma is pleasantly tangy and vinegary, nice funky barrel and a bit spicy, a hint of brown sugar sweetness. Apple-cinnamon comes through as it warms. Plenty of cherries and oak in the flavor. Sourness is nice, not overwhelming at all. Very, very drinkable. Medium bodied and quite twangy mouthfeel. Finish is a nice lingering musty wood dryness. Super tasty. Im afraid my other three bottles wont last long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2009
idk where this bottle came from but its been in my fridge for a year now (2008). muchas gracias to the soul who left it behind...

its been sitting so long that the cork bomb was no issue... dark orange brown color with no head and lots of clumpy yeast.

smells a bit like pickling spice/pickles or that strange funkiness that a lot of red burgundies get before they get a chance to open up... cinnamon, wet cement, fruity/cherry tart though not quite sour and malty sugars yet its very dry.

it tastes very green from young barrels and quite tannic. though im not sure whether the tannins dominate from the wood or cherry skins (it really doesnt matter)... also, faintly malty and oaky with a cinnamon-y brett-like stink on the finish which lingers on. medium body lacks a bit of richness. the mouth feel it is prickly and dry as it cleans the palate entirely.

not a whole bunch going on... seems as if something is missing. though, it is in no way a bad beer! 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

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