I found a bottle of this at Buy Rite in Pennington. Instead of giving a big introduction, I’m going to let the beer speak for itself.
Style: Flanders Red Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. This beer is 5.5% ABV and is available in 375 ml bottles and on draft at inspired locations. Red Poppy starts with a complex nose of tart cherries, vanilla and cinnamon like finish. There is also an underlying basis of yeast esters and wild yeast components that result in an extraordinary complex nose. Red Poppy starts its life out as our Dawn Patrol Dark. Post primary fermentation, we blend this with some of our Amigo Lager at transfer to barrel. During the fermentation in the barrel from the micro organisms, we gain acidity which results in a beer with hints of Vanilla, Tannins and Sourness from the Cherries and the secondary fermentation and extensive aging.”
Random: I had Dawn Patrol Dark earlier this year.
This beer poured with a thick, two finger, tan head that took its sweet time going away. It left a generous amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany with no visible carbonation because of how cloudy it was. The nose had tart cherries and oak with a red grape characteristics to it. The taste started with some cherry tartness and quickly went into the oak note with light vanilla. It had a vinous quality to it as well. Horse blanket from the brett was there, but was well-balanced with the other flavors. Right at the end of the sip, I picked up some bread. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tart cherry and oak. This is definitely not a cheap beer at $16.99 a bottle ($1.42 per ounce). This beer was just outstanding and one that I would have again and again. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet, make sure that you do.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0