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RATINGS: 1263   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. Farmhouse amber Biere de Garde aged in French oak. Hazy reddish amber having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Pronounced aroma of maple syrup. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet sharpness and maple syrup flavor, almost like a barley wine ale but a bit drier. Finishes on a dry side with slight bitterness. A very good drinkable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Compliments of Degarth

Got spice, some citrus and caramel aromas from this beer. Murky caramel aroma with good tan head. Head disipated and formed a c over over the body of beer till finish. Flavor had a big spice punch first couple of gulps. After that a relatively smooth mixure of caramel flavor and spiciness. Last gulp found the yeast setiment on bottom of glass and that was alcohol warming touch. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Creamy beige head on top of a dark amber beer. Subtle purfumy nose with hints of wood. Buttery oak flavors dominate this subtle beer. Caramel sweetness with an almost citrus tange to it. Lively on the tongue. Really enjoyable drink.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle: This is a good looking beer. It pours a burnt ruby with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is slightly sweet. The flavor starts out a bit sticky and fruity, but finishes dry. I taste a hint of cabernet or merlot here. Hmmmm. I really enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
My favorite of the jolly pumpkins I have tried thus far. Pour is nice darkish red color with mild white head. Aroma full of crisp fruit, slightly acidic and earthy but overall quite attractive. Flavor brings a slight caramel bite to it to balance out the mild sourness, but overall goodness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Excellent pour with a big,khaki,head sitting atop a glowing,oarnge,body. Oak,candied fruits,sweet malts,doughy yeast,and alcohol in the aroma. Just a bit too much carbonation for me. A little too fizzy to grasp some of the subtle flavors.A bit too much alcohol in the flavor too. I love where the flavor is headed though. Lots of fruit,wood,malt. Finish is dry,lightly yeasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnsofistaCat (238) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Beautiful looking off white head that forms into a varied creamy landscape. Brownish red in color. Smell of apples, red wine. My nose is stuffed up, so anything else would be a guess. I will give it the benefit of the doubt. This is a true wine drinkers beer. Very sour, like one of those Flemish Sour Ales, except it’s drinkable. Probable be great with a steak. But, unfortunately too sour for me. Others have reported a cranberry taste, and I have to agree. The carbonation and mouth feel is close to perfect, however. Just way to sour for me! I really respect what this brewery is trying to do. This one just doesn’t work for me. Rerate: Well, two years later and I’ve acquired quite the taste for this stuff. Sour is not really a word that should be used with this ale. It evokes too much of a bland description. It would be like describing a great wine with dinner as simply “sour”. Its tart but mellows as I drink. Creaky, woody, musty. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2005
A hazy amber beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of flowers as well as hints of coconut. The flavor is sweet and very flowery combined with notes of eucalyptus and pumpkin, leading to a dry end. It has a slight alcohol burn in the mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2759) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose,sharp. Cherry, apple skins, woody.Little sherry. Hazy brownish orange color. Good head that stayed for a bit. Tart flavors, like aroma, little of a cranberry/lemon. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish,. Nice brew, didn’t think caramel. Went down quick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
750ml bottle - Pours a dark copper color with ruby red highlights. Small soap sud white head graces the top of this brew in my snifter. Aroma of wood, vanilla, some cherries. Flavor is sweet, a blend of caramel malts, molassess, vanilla, oak, cherries. Palate is fizzy carbonated feels great. Smooth, no sign of that alcohol. I enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to trying other Jolly Pumpkin Ales...


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