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Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked
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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Roja is brewed in the Flanders tradition. We blend this beer from oak barrels where the beer has been aging for 12 months or longer. We’ve added 10 lbs. of cherries and let this beer mature for additional time in the firkin. Truly an ale of grace and distinction. La Roja is a beer that we offer year round. Roja du Kriek is a beer that we made special for you at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Mahalo Plenty.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7439) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
[7349-20150704] Tap. Soured cherry yeast aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Cherry oak yeast flavour. Medium-full body is fairly sour. Good. (7/3/8/3/14) 3.5
(@ Jolly Pumpkin brewpub, Detroit, MI)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2906) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2015
On tap in Ann Arbor. Pours somewhat clear amber. Aroma brings nice lightly sweetened cherries and some malt. Flavor brings very tart cherries pretty dry on the palate and settling with a balanced pucker.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
75cl bottle. Small white head atop cloudy red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some funk, tart, light sour. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, tart, some funk, sour. Somewhat puckery. Medium body, some acidity, low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4219) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2015
750mL 2015 bottle shared by Tectactoe on 7/24/15.
Lovely cherry-red color is bright and, more importantly, shows good clarity. Light beige head atop is small and recedes steadily to cover.
Lactic and brett notes are fairly well-integrated with the cherries, in the nose. It’s not as grapefruit-rind sour-like most recent JP beers have seemed and there’s a touch of sweetness from the fruit. The cherries are done very well here. Despite the bottle being young it doesn’t taste like cherry-flavored sour ale in the sense that both aspects already show good homogeneity. Still, enough bright cherry character breaks through as to pick up on it easily. A bit of waxiness/crayon and some meaty pulp notes, with light vanilla counteracting moderately tart, lime-like brett notes. Certainly wonderfully aromatic with no alcohol or flaw.
Juicy, big, bright cherry notes in the mouth, tart and with plentiful, though not overdone acidity. Cherries not fully sunk in to the beer yet, as that juiciness is big and a bit more distinct than the aroma. Still, the sour aspects aren’t overdone here and there’s some cherry and malt sweetness on the finish. Maybe a touch too much acetic acid builds on the palate, eventually, but the beer is dry, the carbonation tight and it’s hard to criticize it too much. Should be even better in about 6 months when the cherry notes are more homogenously integrated, but it’s more fruit-forward now, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
From the looks of it, the bottled version is vastly superior to the draught one (which is often the case with these types of beers).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3590) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Hazy dark red pour.1 finger head. Oh and thanks Tec for sharing! Nose is very nice! Great wine barrel aroma, cherries, and some spices. a bit of balsamic vinegar. Taste, it’s quite sour but honestly, the kriek is really well added, good base beer,great malt presence with oak, yeast, cider vinegar and apples. really unique.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (771) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at B’way Dive, Andy/James. Muddy rust-red/brown. Nose is medium acidic and red juicy fruit. Light mouthfeel brings sour green apple and cherry notes, some red grape maybe. Acidic but not overly, juicy on top. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6308) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle with Andrew and Brendan at dive bar 101. Aroma is light acidity and sour cherry. Maybe some vinegar. Mouthfeel is light bodied with notes of sour cherry, soft vinegar and tart fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4530) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
750 ml from Tectactoe, much thanks. Bottled 4/8/15. Murky brown color, no head. Aroma is old cherries, Sour mash, Sour grain, light vinager. Flavor is mostly the same. Sharp acidic finish with light Sour puckering with light cherry in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Dusty rose with light, white, foamy, head, wet lacing / Delicate nose of cherry, herb, oak, brett funk / Light body, bright acidity, good fruit, mild sweetness & bitterness, fine balance / Flavors of fermented cherries, oak, chrysanthemum, green apple, pineapple, light caramel, light horse blanket / Everything JP makes is great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle sample at the Jolly Pumpkin tasting at Crafted Drafts on 7/12/15. Clear copper pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, funk, malt and peppery yeast. Malty and funky flavor with sour cherry deliciousness before a tart and peppery finish.


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