Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Reddish brown pour. Small head. Tart cherries, nice light woody notes and some light caramel is detected faintly. Flavor is sour, cherries, wood, vinegar, light cheesy notes. Damn good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Cask at GTMW. Not much carbonation but certainly an awesome beer. Murky cherry brown red. Not much head. A nice sourness, lots of cherry. Smooth and subtle, very nice. Great cherry aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1194) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2009
(On tap at GTMW ’09) This one was the highlight of the fest for me. Pours a light murky red with a little white head that dissipates to nothing after some time. The aroma is huge on this, with great scents of macerated cherries, wet wood, earth, funk, leather, and wet paint. The taste also begins with sweet crushed cherry, cherry pits and skins, that quickly transitions to a bone dry barrel character on the finish. A bit vinous as well, tart, and a little salty with a funk kick at the end. The mouthfeel was medium. In sum, a great beer that really showcased the added cherry, and was quite refreshing for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
[On-tap at GTMW ’09] Pours hazy reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is beautiful with big fresh cherry blending with moderate funkiness. The taste has a good deal of cherry skin tartness, but isn’t over the top. Just the right amount of barrel and funkiness makes this a standout. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and has a bitter and tart finish. Really outstanding beer--makes me crave it just writing about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draf at MBGSF during RBSG ’10. Pours a murky brown with reddish tint and offwhite head. Nose is sour, great notes of cherries, vinegar and funk, JP style. Roja is great and throwing cherries in it makes it even more tremendous. On taste, very nice acidity that is complimented by the strong kriek notes. Fresh and clean with a great oakiness. This would be a great one to bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap: The aroma consists of sour cherries, vinuous notes, oak, hints of vinegar, and very faint sweet cherries. It’s a cloudy orangish-red with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with some light sweet cherries, yeast, and faint caramel. The finish turns to moderately sour cherries, oak, hints of wine, and faint alcohol. Medium bodies with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6913) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Beautiful orangish, reddish brown with just a little lace. Big cherry aroma. Tangy, sour, a little bit of caramel and earth. Nice cherry, funky flavor. Not very sweet. Nice spice, cinnamon, and a bit of pie crust as well. Quite dry. Really well-balanced, light. This is just fabulous stuff. Not super sour but just really well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3428) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2010
MBGSF from numerous samples. Pours a dark hazy red with a small but well sustained head. The aroma is funky and has a lot of sour cherry and horse blanket with some earthiness and some leather. The flavor is lots of cherry both in the sour vein and the cherry pie variety. The beer has a nice sourness well matched with the earthy tones. The beer has some spiciness and is very dry. A tasty drink indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Labonix (19) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours amber red. The smell is sour cherries, the taste is a nice cherry tartness and some funk. This is a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at the GTMW 2011. Pours a reddish color with a tan head. Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, nice sourness, lemon and other citrus notes. Flavor is sour, lots of cherries and other sourness. Slick palate, really nice carbonation. The base beer is one of my favorite beers of all time and this didn’t disappoint. Great beer.

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