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RATINGS: 1307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12689) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2554) - 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?

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3034) - 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!

3.3
   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.

3.8
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 This is whole new style for me, and unfortunately I have no means to age this stuff...which makes me sad that I may never experience this to its fullest potential...ahhh such is life. For what it is now though, a deep hazy copper color with a light tan head. A fresh aroma fills the nose with grape, apple peel,light caramel malt, wood, perhaps a bit of clove, and citrus. The flavor is very light...sour cherry, bitter citrus fruits, wood, a touch of pine. The mouthfeel if very tangy,super dry, sour throughout...thin and effervescent...and a bit acidic...to the point it doesnít feel so great on the teeth. An interesting style and a well crafted beer.

03/02/08. Ah how the palate evolves, where once this beer was a bit too sour/tangy is now a practical amount. While there are others sour ales and lambics hitting hard with funk and puckering sour notes, this brew comes in with a beautiful amount of restraint. These days the warm caramel malt is embraced with open arms when layered with tart fruit skins and oaky/fruit dryness. If there ever was to be one, this beer would be my session sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. The nose comes off with malt and sour fruit. The taste is a nice blend of spice, apple, and sour cherry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Shared with sersdf. First Jolly Pumpkin and a good start. Wasnít sure of the Biere de Garde style but this is well crafted. Pours out a foggy copper/brown with an everlasting froth head. Aroma is a little flowery and grassy, organic if you will. Flavor is everywhere. Some wood, sweet almost potpourri flavor, a little vanilla. Fairly bitter but not hoppy. Well balanced. Will I buy it again, probably not, but I will definitely try the other Jolly Pumpkins. I like the aura that is Jolly Pumpkin.


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