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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2005
750 ml bottle from a liquor store in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Pours a deep, thick reddish-brown with a large tannish head...sour, vinous, heavily yeasty, woody, malty aroma...smooth and full mouthfeel. You can really sense the BA aspects of this ale when you taste it. Delicious...for a moment it reminded me of Weybacher’s Insanity....just for a moment. Nice oaky malt flavor that ends up with a nice spicy hop bitterness....darn good. I will be buying more of this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2005
This is a wonderful brew,I shared this with some neos and they all went bonkers,same group that loved the Oro De Calabaza. Lots of toffee and seemingly more than 7.2% ABV.Almost had the taste of a Belgian Yeast strain.crazy dark fruits and some aromatic spices.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Wow- at first I didnt like this one becuase I had ti too cold but then as it warmed it became very enjoyable. Pours a deep dark hazy amber but looks almost brown because I had it in a wide glass. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty, caramel, woody, vanilla and some spice. Flavor is real malty borderline cloying when cold but mellows out and smooths over as it warms. Lots of oak and vanilla come through as well as it warms. Nice lingering slightly sweet creamy finish and mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
05.22.05 750 from jimmack04 at Jimmack Invitational. Ruby/orange body with quick fade tan head. Notes of yeast and fruits and...? The significant flavor is lasting oak-wood, with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
foamy tan head that goes quickly. color is rusty amber, nose is buttery bourbon. flavor is slightly dry, a little woody, a little bourbon. dryish clean finish. man I sure missed the fruityness, and this was my first beer of a big session. anyway, thanks JimMack04, I really liked this one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
750ml. bottle. Dark amber color with a big off white head. Nice aroma of sweet dark fruits, caramel and mild bourbon. Flavor didn’t live up to the aroma. Strange combination of bourbon, pineapple and caramel. Hops come on at the end to give it a decent, dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
05.22.05 750 from jimmack04 at Jimmack Invitational. Clouded reddish pour with mucho foamy head. Tootie-fruity aromas with plum and pear. A little mineral and woody which I didn’t get, but didn’t realize that this was supposed to be a biere de garde. Dry and spicy finish. Hints at Diacetyl, but moreso just fruitcake-ish like many others in the style. Not my favorite of the JP brews, but still solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
bottle from jimmack04 at his gathering, cloudy amber color with a foamy white head. aroma of flowers and fruits. i thought the flavor was a little unbalanced, with a spicy, caramel and vanilla backbone that was slightly overwhelmed by by bitter hops. the tail had the same balance problem, which really detracted from my enjoyment of this brew.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Deep hazy brownish red, frothy off white head. Tremendous nose on this with notes of caramelized pineapple, vanilla, wood, coconut, brown sugar, spiced plum and raisin, and softer tones of florals and bourbon. Flavor practically matched with tropical fruit, wood, and caramel initially, but zesty hops kick in late to keep this extremely well balanced. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying, oaky, caramel coated tropical fruit finish. I knew this was going to be good, but had no idea it would be unbelievable! Highly recommended...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle at the great Jimmack invitational gathering, bottle by Jimmack. Orange cloudy, white head. Woody fruity aroma, with slight alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is malty and fruity with borbon again. Some woody notes. Dry finish. Decent brew.


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