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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age between two and ten months. Truly an ale of distinction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours murkey caramel brown, with a nice tan diminishing head. Malty aroma with apple, pear, and salt. Flavors battle each other, but I pick up spices, caramel, faint oak, and citrus. The finish is a bit too acidic with hints of rubbing alcohol and pepper. Still a decent beer, but I would like to try this one fresh from the brewery, as I suspect that this has lost some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Murky, mahogany color wih a larger than average, off white head that left fair lacing. Woodsy aroma, malty, some spice. Medium bodied mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Tart, grainy, earthy, musty taste along with some sour fruit. Dry, earthy finish. This one kept growing on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Pours a thick, dull brick red with a loose amber head. Plummy aroma with some apple and pear esters and a hint of autolyzed yeast. Strange flavors of multivitamin and rose petals. Has spicy, earthy, maraschino cherry flavors in the background. Kind of muddled flavors overall though fun to try and tease out. I would like to try this one without the oak ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy red brownish ale with a thin off white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with faitn ashtray notes, but giving way to fruity esters as beer warms up. Sweet caramel malt with strong diacetyl buttrlike mouthfeel, a bit unpleasant. Medium bodied. Bought in Chicago. Samís, Nov. 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 9, 2006
750 ml. champagne style bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, with a soapy tan colored head. Aromas are of slight caramel malts, some earthy hops, slight oakiness too. Flavors are of Brettanomyces again, some smoked characters as well. Burnt oak in the flavors as well. Medium mouthfeel. Iíve had better. The spices were unbalanced, IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Another interesting one from Jolly Pumpkin. Poured a murky brownish orange body with a modrate head. Aroma was oak, caramel, fruits, and light spices. Flavor is the same, probably the oakiest beer Iíve ever had. Soft mouthfeel after it warmed. Initially the oak was overpowering and almost offensive, but later on it was much more enjoyable. Biere de Garde though?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer has a mild aroma consisting of caramel and nuts. It has a thick off-white head that rests upon a hazy copper colored solution. This moderately thick beer produces a taste infused with sour grapes, caramel, and nuts. The palate is left with a lingering sour mash taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours out a nice reddish hue of brown wiht a small lacing head. Aroma is earthy and fruity with notes of grapes, apple and wood. Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel. aste is complex with apple, grape, vanilla, wood and some brett here and there on the finish, not a lot but I knew it was there. Interesting beer and well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. 750ml. Pours a caramel color with not much head. This is different than other Biere de Garde I have sampled. There were nots of spiced apple and grapefruit througout. Intermingled with this were grassy flavors. It was extremely refereshing and would make a delicious quencher in the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Ciderish color and initial flavor. Warmed with spiced, almost mulled flavor. Murky, brown cloud, befitting the cloud of mixed and stormy flavor. Certainly extremely nice and surprisingly my first biere de garde though i didnít know that at the time. An excellent Sir prize from matt.

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