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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Hazy amber/orange with a thick off-white head and great lacing. Nice sweet spicy aroma. Taste is dark fruits with some brown sugar and caramel, finish is spicy and mostly dry, maybe a little oaky. Very smooth and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Pours an orange/red color with a thick and foamy light beige head. Lacing is pretty minimal. Loads of spices in the aroma, as well as caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied and sour at first but nicely rounded out with sweet fruit and malt. There is a light alcohol singe too. The finish is lively with spice and toasted malt. Pretty enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 22, 2005
750ml bottle: poured red/orange/brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of raisin, prunes, wood. Flavor is bourbonesque with lots of dark fruit flavors. Light sweetness initially followed by a quick short finish that is mildly bitter and lightly metallic. Quite alcoholic but not overwhelmingly so. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Nice aroma, caramel, oak, apples and pears. Hazy brown with ruby tints, dense light tan head. Spicy flavor with hints of oak and fruit, there is almost no residual malt sweetness, leaving the balance slightly bitter. Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, gentle alcohol warming. Not bad, some more maltiness would make this more satisfying, relatively clean for a Belgian style, which is appropriate for a Biere de Garde.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1886) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Fresh. Dark amber with a big rocky white head. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Big mouthfeel of spice yeast and a touch of alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Nicely made, but I don’t know if I would seek it out again.6/5/6/3/15

2007 12oz bottle consumed February 2009. Pours a deep brown with a regular head of tight mocha bubbles. Nice lacing as well. Aroma reveals the tart presence of bret!
There is also some nice funkiness, almost junkiness. Flavors are initially sweet, followed bu the tartness, and the funk. This stuff is MUCH better with age. And I would bet it would only get better with more age.7/4/8/5/17

2007 bottle consumed October 2009. Still a fantastic beer.The bret has brought out some fantastic character. The body continues to hold up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Murky amber in colour, thin dissipating beige coloured head, some lingering lace. The aroma was quite spicy, some ginger, maple, earthy, some caramel and butterscotch. The flavour was of spices - lots of pepper - some alcohol, buttery, caramel, earth and dark fruits. Coating mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol with some pepper spice. Very nice stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A rich floral aroma with caramel. Pours a nice golden amber. The taste is of caramel maltiness and hints of fruit. The finsih on the palate is astringent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark amber, with a thin cream coloured head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, with notes of vanilla. Taste is sweet spicy, fruity, and cigarbox wood

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3919) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Just lovely. Amber. Rich. Perfect beer for sitting around in the backyard. Michigan got so much better when Jolly Pumpkin opened.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours a reddish-brown color with a large ivory head that slowly settles. Perfumy nose of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and alcohol. Medium bodied with a gentle smoothness. Strong presence of alcohol in the flavor with notes of caramel, toffee, and some fruit. Get the alcohol flavor in check and this one might be a classic.


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