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RATINGS: 1308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


3.8
   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 (241) - 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 (34234) - 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 (3209) - 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 (2492) - 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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3441) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2005
This had a murky pour of red-brown with a frothy off-white head. Vinous aroma, with some doughy yeast and apples. The flavor is slightly sweet, but many aspects that were hinted at in the aroma just didn’t materialize in the flavor. The finish is slightly acidic. Overall very smooth but somewhat uncomplicated and drinkable. The fruit flies have appeared to check it out!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Deep brown with copper ambers around the edges. Produces nice creamy lacing. Creamy tan colored head. The aroma is full of dark fruits, and a fruity vinegar persance. Flavor is sharp and distinct. Fruity and sour, turns to a vinegar with a tangy alcohol kick to it. Sour character becomes quite strong and very earthy. Quite decent and complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Amber orange color. Rather flavorful, with cherries, oak and vanilla. A little bretty. Rich sourness. Light sweetness. Nice level of bitterness. Slightly drying. Very pleasant beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from a 750 mL bottle at the Brewers Supply Group GABF Kickoff Party in Denver. Light hazy, warm amber body with a filmy, moderately persistent off-white head. Smells like the inside of an old wooden horse barn. Nice malt character suggests good maple syrup. Flavor is malty, mostly dry and woody with a mix of phenolic and hop bitterness in the finish. Good texture with tingly carbonation. Very pleasant beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Poured a opaque amber, with a decent head. Earthy/fruity aromas. Sweet, raisins, spice, cloves. It has a real sense of maturation behind the flavor. The alcohol is detectable


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