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RATINGS: 1248   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.


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 didnít 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 (2652) - 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 didnít get, but didnít 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle. Had at the tasting at Jmmack. Thanks. Deep amber in color with a nice tan head. Complex tasting. Malty and fruity aroma. Raisins, plums. Malty fruity flavor. Hoppy. Well balanced beer. Caramel notes. Citrusy. Vanilla notes. Full bodied. Smooth tasting. Enjoyable beer. Drinkable. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle...This beer rocks!... Murky caramel in color with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Wonderfully complex, floral aroma with notes of coconut (vanilla & wood), brown sugar, lime, tropical fruit and light perfume. The well-balanced flavor is full of caramel, tropical and citrus fruits and just a rumor of bourbon. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, mildly bitter, dry, finish. Grassy. World class brew!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Brown/amber. Big, bubbly, tan head. Gorgeous nose- sour fruits, oak, vanilla, earth, toasted caramel, subtle spice. Same flavors, dry finish. Medium body, softly balanced carbonation. Excellent.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
This crap is near drain pour. It would have been if not for the price. Poured a very cloudy diahretic brown with a large head. Taste was terrible. Like a bad mixed drink at a cheap wedding mixed with stale butter cookies. Couldínt quite place it but this stuff BLOWS! Even worse when very cold. a 3.85 avg,címon??!


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