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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle pour @ FoBAB. Orange tinted, reddish color. Smell is oaky, winey, citrus, with red wine vinegar notes. Taste is brown sugarish malt, vanilla, oak, lemon, other citrus, dark fruits. Really nice flavor. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 6, 2005
750 shared with whaleman. This beer was nothing short of amazing! very under-rated and I have no idea why! this awesome beer poured deep amber with a nice sudsy/fizzy off white head. huge oak, woodsy, cinammon, cherries, light chocolate, apples come to me in the aroma. flavors show brown sugar, cherries, oak, lightly spicy with a very nice yeast note. body is a little lite but still pretty nice and doesnít bring the beer down much. very complex and a nice twist on the style. I will have to revisit this beer again soon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
750ML bottle. Poured a cloudy amber with a medium frothy head. Aroma was complex with a sour herbal tone in the front followed by a fruit and oak mixed with yeast. Flavor was close to the same, almost lambic like with a nice tart finish. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy amber beer, thin white head. Bright oaky aroma, a bit of dill, caramel, toffee. Flavour is quite oaky, chewy sweet malts, toffee, herbal, vineous, with a light tart finish. Didnít really do it for me with the oak clobbering all of the other subtlety that might have been there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Aroma is light, containing hints of licorice (anise), caramel and some noble hop spice. A cross between mahogany brown and burnt red, cloudy and mysterious looking with a thin light brown head. Flavors of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Finish lasts and lasts, leaving a nice licorice type flavor in the very back of the mouth. Slightly sweet with a medium body and an oily feel. Very good, I loved this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 This is a pretty sour Biere de garde. It tastes more like a lambic. Had this at a tasting in Florida 11/29/05 at Redlight, Redlight in Winterpark. Rerated. Spicey and caramel (1/22/06) Funky nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a huge creamy light brown head. Good spicy tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a fizzy carbonation. Full light sour fruit flavor with a good solid finish. Another very interesting beer from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours to a thick 3 finger beige head atop a murky and extremely carbonated brownish-amber body. Yes, that carbonation can be seen though the murkiness. The aroma is nice. Sour cherries, straw, spicy white pepper, alfalfa. The flavor is heavily oaked. Earthy tannins and malts. Light cedar-like quality similar to Scaldis Prestige. The palate has a light sourness. Not to the point of being called tart. There is lots of carbonation, but itís not wounding like Pepsi. Medium bodied with a drying kick on the swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Cask at The Map Room. Poured a dark murky amber with a thin rocky head. Aromas of sour cherries and other light fruits. The taste picks up oak and some slight sourness which I found enjoyable. There is a good amount of alcohol in the finish which is not offensive but seemed a little out of place. Very nice all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
A large, champagne-like off-white head tops a hazy amber body. The moderately sweet aroma holds notes of yeast, caramel, coconut, flowers, spices, and a wisp of wood. Gentle carbonation and a medium body. The flavor is a nice blending of elements with some sweet and tart mingling together.

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