Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked
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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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. Weíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1320) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Somewhat murky brown copper pour with a beige head. Decent lacing. Aroma is strong sour cherry and oak with some vinegar in the background. Taste is sour cherries, wood, tannic, green grapes, and some toffee. Medium body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13644) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2015
On tap @ ISO Beers. Amber colored beer with white foam. Super big cherry aroma and flavor. Some red wine vinegar, peach, and pear. Kind of oaky and tannic on the tongue. Lots of lemon zest and juice...perhaps some green grape as well. A touch vinous on the finish as well as still having plenty of cherry. Pretty nice stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9732) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2015 750mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours an opaque dark brownish red with a small off-white head. Aroma reveals loads of oak barrels upfront, with plenty of cherries and light tartness. Flavour is complex, with a great mix of cherries, oak, tart vinous notes, and wood on the finish. Everything is well-balanced. Nothing is too extreme or out of place. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Cloudy reddish brown. Nose is predominantly overripe and rotting cherries. Taste is musty cherries, some light wet oak, and lightly tart, but clean finish. Nice balance and cherries show well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (5724) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Murky dark copperish amber with a thin ring of white foam around the edge of the glass. Funky sour and musty nose full of earthy sweet cherries and oak barrels. Amazing flavor full of spent oak barrels and deep earthy funky sour cherries, a little Brett, a touch of farmhouse, and a big backing of tart earthy cherries. Pretty damn amazing and just the right amount of sour and the right amount of cherry to back it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2948) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12317) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4346) - 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. Itís not as grapefruit-rind sour-like most recent JP beers have seemed and thereís a touch of sweetness from the fruit. The cherries are done very well here. Despite the bottle being young it doesnít 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 arenít overdone here and thereís 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 itís hard to criticize it too much. Should be even better in about 6 months when the cherry notes are more homogenously integrated, but itís more fruit-forward now, and thereís 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3743) - 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, itís 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.

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