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RATINGS: 1278   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Murky brown pour. Some light fruitiness in the nose (apple, cherry) is dominated by stale malts - bready and flat. The body is light with spritzy carbonation. More apple, cherry in the body, almost cough syrup like at times. Not cloying though, just a bit harsh. The finish is heavy with notes of sherry and vinegar. The yeast seems to get lost in all of this. Interesting, but one bottle is enough for me.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1107) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Huge head with a caramel apple-like aroma is quite pleasing some cinnamon and other spices are present as well, wonderful Nose. Appearance is a murky brownish-orange. Taste heavy fruit notes, apple definite, some citrus lemon perhaps, caramel, rather tinny too, Somewhat sour light palate at ends kind of flat. Nice spice filled and fruity brew, not my cup of beer (tea), but very pleasant and refreshing for a change.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Deep amber pour on this 750 ml bottle that I recieved from SuIIy. Thanks! Huge foamy head took a while to lower to a smaller creamy one. Aromas were mostly metallic with some apple and pear and currant. Flavors were definitely a pick up with toffee, caramel, and more fruit. Vineous and nutty too. Dry finish. Pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Apple Cider smell. Brown redish and carmel like colors with a nice frothy white head. Real sour with a really dry finish, some berry flavors as well. Thin bodied with moderate/high carbonation, unflavorable finish. Unique beer very dry finish. The mix of sweet and dry was a little too much for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a dark cherry color with and off white head. Champagne bubbles. The nose is full of barn yard notes, cider and oak. Notes of vanilla, berries, and oak in each drink. Medium body. Boat loads of carbonation. A fine beer, but not something I’d drink often.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear, red/brown, with a good sized tan head. Very vinous nose, with some caramel and cherry. Flavor is slightly sweet, with strong red wine overtones, some yeast, and subdued nutty notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy, red boy with a nice, appealing white head. A yeasty, sour nose with cherries. The cherries are also to be found in the flavor as a tartness. Slightly malty and hints of strawberries. Interesting. The finish is a little weak and ashy, but overall it is not bad, and maybe it will improve with aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5158) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy amber pour with massive head of fine, foamy carbonation - lasting, thick lace - aroma of oak, yeast, damp earthtones, spices - soft, but full carbonation tickles the tongue - bracingly tart and spicy up front - some light fruits, bread and a hint of chocolate - funky brett characteristics in the finish, with some more spices coming in - not your standard biere de garde, but an original (and welcome) variation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This was quite tasty. Tasted like a mix of irish ale malts, with american pale ale flowery hops. I didn’t get much fruit and spice as others have mentioned, but the malt and hop combination was quite delicious. Easy to drink and interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2120) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2005
nice reddish body with a great big grey head. vinegar, corriander, and red wine nose. the vinegar is not a bad thing in this aroma, it is just the only descriptor my feeble mind could come up with. sweet flavor, lots of grape and pear, and some light candi sweetness. dry finish that really releases more flavors than the first taste. biscuity notes of flowery hops with some plowed field flavor and lemon lime soda with a little bit of mint and spruce.


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