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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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Aroma of musty malt and alcohol, cloudy brown, tiny cream head. Flavour is malt and strong alcohol. Harsh. Average.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2005
This pours a rich, earthy brown body with a sizeable, creamy tan head. The aroma is that of alcoholic caramel with cherry skins, pits, and stems. Then it is liberally peppered. It is fairly creamy, but hot in the mouth. The flavor is caramel with tastes of wood, cherries and apples, hot spices, licorice, and alcohol. Oddly, it finishes fairly clean with the slightest traces of malt and white peppers. The mouth then warms up with the residual alcohol. Nice Bičre de Garde.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Aroma:Barn house,cheese,spicy,caramel.... Appearance:Light hazy orange,small head... Flavor:Light sour flavor,spicy... I think is more a saison than a biere de garde...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark mahogany with nice off-white head. Aroma has lots of wood right off the bat. Maybe some cherry or other red fruit. Wood dominates the aroma though. Initial flavor is light caramel with some spice and wood mixed. Finishes dry like most of the JP brews. Very good though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured into a wide-mouthed La Trappe goblet, it’s a distincitively cloudy crimson hue, adorned with a sturdy, long-play head of creamy amber foam. Aroma? A heady mix of sour and yeast, wild and wooly, like the best of Belgians...a loud and lively nose, big and burly..puts me in mind of a more extroverted Maudite, maybe? Spicy, sour, yet sweet, and unearthly...I must admit, I like it... Taste: hmmm...big carbonation, high alcohol, bold flavor, but doesn’t quite reach what I feel it was going for, doesn’t approach the promise of the aroma. I almost want to say "flat", but that would be wrong, just lacks in a forward, full flavor..misses something ethereal in the mix. Other than that disappointment, still quite nice. And, I shy from seeming to strike at the knees of a new, starting, ambitious brewery, I recoil from calling this out as a failing. It is tasty, it is a bright, fruity yeasty thing, and it is satisfying....but it’s just missing something. With enough encouragement, perhaps this little Michigan brewery could turn out something really great! (maybe it’s waiting in my fridge with the 2 other JP beers in store for me?) Cheers!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a nice deep red with a smallish lasting off white head. Smells of spiced rum, caramelized apples, cinnamon and splashes of wild honey. Taste is nutty with elements of honey with a light woody finish. Excellent lacing throughout the experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Lightly hazed dark copper colored liquid with a moderate light tan head. Caramel , currants and cloves, co-mingle with light bourbon barrel wood, apples, and light petunias. Feels thick to start, but is hastily carried away by small gentle gaseous spheres. I have not been disappointed by one of this brewery’s products yet! A light caramel sweetness is fleeting and replaced by a dry spiciness, with cinnamon and cloves. Finish is dry and the bourbon wood flavors linger to sooth the soul. At times the flavors seem a touch simplistic, but the flavors all seem to be in place, and nothing out of balance, that it is hard to find fault. Just another brew that I wish would make it to the shelves of the local stores.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
so does this mean the red? dark amberish red with an off white head. If you could make sour apple applesauce with cinnaman in it, thats what this has the aroma of. I like the same flavors in the body, just less of the sour apple, more of a cider apple feel. not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Bottled Sample @ sick_boy282’s Post-Real Ale Fest Mini Tasting
Dark auburn color with creamy tan head and no lacing. Light dark roast, some cherry and nice Belgian notes in the nose. The flavor is fairly high in acidity but has enough body to back it up if you know what I mean. Decent biere de garde with some strong hop and roast characteristics of an American Micro. Unique but good. Thanks Alex!<P>ReRate @ Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party: A zesty Belgian inspired amber with a spicy, snappy finish and hoppy floral nose. Light smoked salmon and oaky notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Beautiful bottle and lovely art. Pours as a semi-translucent rusty brown with the tiniest bubbles around the edges and a larger concentration in the center for the head. Aroma is caramel, graham cracker pie crust, pepper, cloves, papaya, apricots and canned green beans. Some small wafts of brown sugar and ginger. First sips yield an abundance of original flavor. Oak smoothness prevails, melding with golden raisins, dried orange figs and mild cackled pepper. Palate cleansing, adding a new dimension of dactylic sensory remembrance. Tossing, tingly, gently slipping malts dance with a moderately accentuated hop profile. Finish is oaken, caramel and a brisk hint of single malt scotch.

You can figuratively taste the level skillful attention that was paid to this one individual bottle. Granted, it’s only 750 ml., but this beer’s level of sophistication is fathomless.


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