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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
sampled at the Yeha. Poured a cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, pear and spices. Taste is very dry with some spice complexity with a light fizzy body. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Blend 4 2009- Sampled on 12/1/2009. This sour ale pours a deep ruby color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and decent retention. The aroma is tart, vinous, malty and some more tartness. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and tart, some wood and oak and then some more tartness. Wow not sure what it was I tasted back in 2005, but it sure as hell was not this! This is Berliner Weisse in its tartness. I like it, but boy is it tart. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is tart.

Amber brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly fruity with some floral hops. Medium bodied BdeG. Malts are fruity and funky. Citrus, barnyard and some oak flavors. Very nice beer. Thanks to Dr Bill for sharing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3120) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 750 ml bottle

This is a rerate from a bottle I picked up on clearance for $3.49. It’s hard to believe this could sit on a shelf and not move but apparently it did. Oh well - that just means more for me (it was like a buy one get one free sale at this price). It reminded me of why Jolly Pumpkin is such a solid brewery - despite this being one of their most ’average’ beers it still rates almost a 4.0. It might even merit that but it is tough for me to give that mark to a Biere de Garde until I really learn to appreciate the style.

Aroma / Appearance - Cherrry pits, tart apples fresh from the tree and cinnamon stand out among the base of light funkiness and fruitiness. The nose opens up considerably; my senses were not overwhelmed at all. The body is a gorgeus red color with a half-finger sand colored head decorating the sampling glass.

Flavor / Palate - Marmelade, orange rinds, cinnamon and red peppers are the most obvious flavors to rise out of the base yeastiness. Trace of charred oak and nuttiness create a solid foundation as well. Even at 7% this is easy to drink. It reminds more of a Flemish sour than an amber ale - the only thing missing is the strong sour bite. This is definitely an excellently made beer no matter how you categorize it.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coonarky (2) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
Well, my bottle seemed to have a little problem with premature ejaculation. Foam all over the floor… sigh. My second Jolly Pumpkin brew, I felt this beer was a little abrasive at first. It did, however, grow on me. The beer has a dirty amber brown color, with a great froth head. Sweet, candied flavors with a lot of tartness. I get quite a bit of brown sugar and a nutty caramel,spice and toffee followed by a brandied cherry over laid with oak plus some earthy peppery spice, and a bit of tart apple. Reminiscent of a Flanders red, though not as tart, and with a bit of horse blanket. Conclusion: Good in a dirty way. A little rough around the edges, but like any young thing could possibly mature into something greater.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle pour @ FoBAB. Orange tinted, reddish color. Smell is oaky, winey, citrus, with red wine vinegar notes. Taste is brown sugarish malt, vanilla, oak, lemon, other citrus, dark fruits. Really nice flavor. Nice mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 6, 2005
750 shared with whaleman. This beer was nothing short of amazing! very under-rated and I have no idea why! this awesome beer poured deep amber with a nice sudsy/fizzy off white head. huge oak, woodsy, cinammon, cherries, light chocolate, apples come to me in the aroma. flavors show brown sugar, cherries, oak, lightly spicy with a very nice yeast note. body is a little lite but still pretty nice and doesn’t bring the beer down much. very complex and a nice twist on the style. I will have to revisit this beer again soon!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
750ML bottle. Poured a cloudy amber with a medium frothy head. Aroma was complex with a sour herbal tone in the front followed by a fruit and oak mixed with yeast. Flavor was close to the same, almost lambic like with a nice tart finish. I really enjoyed this one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy amber beer, thin white head. Bright oaky aroma, a bit of dill, caramel, toffee. Flavour is quite oaky, chewy sweet malts, toffee, herbal, vineous, with a light tart finish. Didn’t really do it for me with the oak clobbering all of the other subtlety that might have been there.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Aroma is light, containing hints of licorice (anise), caramel and some noble hop spice. A cross between mahogany brown and burnt red, cloudy and mysterious looking with a thin light brown head. Flavors of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Finish lasts and lasts, leaving a nice licorice type flavor in the very back of the mouth. Slightly sweet with a medium body and an oily feel. Very good, I loved this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 This is a pretty sour Biere de garde. It tastes more like a lambic. Had this at a tasting in Florida 11/29/05 at Redlight, Redlight in Winterpark. Rerated. Spicey and caramel (1/22/06) Funky nose.


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