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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10859) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5785) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1963) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
[ 750mL ][ 6oz ][ Texas Liquor ][ $18 ][ Teku ][ 6.25.16 ]
>> Murky red orange color with thicker head and, fantastic lace especially for style. Spiced cinnamon baked apple pie nose with hints of vanilla as it warms up. Taste begins with very soft carbonation, leather, low to no acid, Brett only it seems, low cranberry, low cherry. It hits the mouthfeel and flavors of Flemish red but has almost no acid. It works, though, being infinitely drinkable like a cross between dark saison and Flemish red. Super soft body - this one evaporated from the glass.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7302) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (950) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at Redlight in Orlando, FL. Aroma is extremely unique...fermented cherries, cheese rinds, musty oak. Taste is loads of wood, musty cherries. Taste like it was aged 100 years but still so fresh and lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1278) - Duluth, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
justkoehn (110) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Little head and lacing with caramel color with pink tones. Sour yeast aroma. Light carbonation that sits nicely on the tongue. Fruity first taste with sour coming through the back end. Finishes smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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