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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 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 doesn’t 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Shared with sersdf. First Jolly Pumpkin and a good start. Wasn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 not really my type of beer. but a pretty superior beverage. the aroma promises a lot and then the taste matches the odor but the flavor underwhelms. that sentence does make some sense, but the meaning is hidden within the layers of nonsense - like the la roja. the point is, the description on the bottle is remarkably accurate. even before reading the bottle i noted that it tastes like caramel and pears. (the bottle says caramel, fruit and spices). anyways, not a huge fan of the mouthfeel. always intrigued by beers of this medium opacity but in the end i’m just not an enormous fan of the style. i’d be more than willing to give the jolly pumpkin another try in a different style, however, because their craft is obvious. well i will not forgive you or anybody . i see a playground and i see the children play and i spew my disgusting juice all over them. i will. never surrender.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Poured a ruby red with a off white tan head Aromas were spicy, oakie. and somewhat citrusy. Flavors had a acidic apple flavor. cherry , plum that finished with a citrus and woody flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles: Bottle conditioned. Pours to a dark amber with some shades of rust and a small, thick light tan head that lasts without much lacing. If held to the light it appears mostly opaque with medium amber/brown colors. It smells slightly sweet with hints of apples, caramel, sugary malt, and light maple notes but very quickly some nice sour/funky notes enter the mix. I get some light sour cherries, mild barnyard, and a lightly sour hey-like yeast. The taste is an interesting mix of sour and sweet right off the bat. There’s notes of sweet caramel, light candy, and a bit of cherry pie interlaced with sour cherry, light barnyard, brett, and a sour grapefruit-wood combo (don’t know any other way to describe it). As it warms there are some light tanic and wood notes. Finishes with some charred oak barrel, whiskey, and mild vanilla/cherry flavors. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light acidity. This bottle is aged 1 year in Styles’ cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 This beer pours brown with a big rocky, tan head that forms a lasting cover and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is simply wonderful, cherries, balsamic vinegar, musty cobwebs, plums, oak and caramel. Like all JP beers this has a strong Brett nose, but also has fair amount of Lacto-sourness to it. The flavor is tart cherries, green grapes, sweet caramel, cobwebs, funk, candi sugar and vanilla. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with soft carbonation. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy rosy/amber with a well-retained off-white head. Full aroma of dry and musty yeast, cherries, and a soft breadiness. Flavors picked up a floral component... funky yeastage was remniscent of an old basement... tart cherries and alcohol were sparkly at the back end with the rather high carbonation... and there was soft caramel deep down. Felt good, but not great on the palate... but very enjoyable on all other counts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2006
A dark brownred beer with a foamy off-white head. Malt, cake and cream aroma with a nice vinous character. Very inviting! Cake and malt in the flavor as well along with spices and a good fruityness in the background. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, I can’t believe how much I liked this one, definately of the best Bière de Garde ever!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Light hazy deep amber colour with an off white head. Malty aroma with notes of some dark fruit and spices. Malty flavor with notes of plum and figs. Finish has a light alcohol sweetness.

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