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RATINGS: 1291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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. Didn’t really do it for me with the oak clobbering all of the other subtlety that might have been there.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (611) - 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.

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   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12054) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - 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 it’s not wounding like Pepsi. Medium bodied with a drying kick on the swallow.

3.6
   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.

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   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Very good amber- red colour, nice caramel, toffee, and praline characters. Hints of prunes apricots and honeydew round out a nice tart and sour finish. I would like to see more Brett and Lactic sourness.

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.

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   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.


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