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RATINGS: 1258   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4934) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Bottle: Aroma of wood, cherry, dark fruits, and raisin. Pours a very dark reddish-orange with no transparency. Small off-white head. This one is loaded with a woody flavor. More so than any of the other JP beers. As it warms and you adapt to the strong woodiness, other flavors start to sneak thru. Cherry and yeasty finish blends together well with the woodiness. A nice beer, but maybe a little too over the top on the barrel aging to make this great. 7-4-8-3-15

Bottle (Blend #7, 2007) : Recently mentioned that I needed to re-rate this so here goes. Mild aroma of sour cherries, lighter caramel and raisin, along with some faint woodiness. The woodiness is much more mild than my rating from ’05. As it warms and breathes, I get a touch of alcohol in the aroma.It pours a hazy reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head that fades to a film within a minute or so. The flavor starts with sour cherries with some faint caramel and fruitiness in the background. The finish turns to more of a sweet cherry mixed with light sour apple and light woodiness. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. The first couple of batches were overly woody to me, but the recent batches I’ve had are right along the lines of this one...and much better in my opinion. My actual rating is based on this blend.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a flowery note. Not all that great. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours transparent amber with with fluffy off white head. Nose is light and sweet; caramel and toffee light brandy hints. taste is plums, bananas, caramel, slight alcohol. Good complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2005
750 ml. Bottle. Pours a cloudy red with thin head and some lacing. Big malt and vanilla nose with notes of wood. The flavor has complex plum/raisin, vanilla, and wood tannin notes. Hot finish. Very tasty beer! Thanks Dan & Joelle!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2225) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Smells like Town Hall Czar Jack. Bourbon, caramel, molases. Wonderful, murky, reddish, orange with yellow on sides when held up to light. Small, off-white head. Mostly lasting. Beautiful lace. Jolly Pumpkin knows how to make an aesthetically pleasing brew. Strong alcohol profile. Rum soaked plums. Warming, although it was almost 80 degrees outside where I was sampling it. Excellent. If this "Biere De Garde" was made in France, it would be in the top 10 of all French beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2005
(750ml bottle) Huge beige head atop a hazy copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, spice, herbal, caramel, some sourness, wood. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, caramel, berry, plum, some spicy yeast. Finishes a lovely wood that complements the flavors very well. Medium body with some acidity, lightly carbonated in a manner that works quite well with the flavors. A wonderfully flavorful beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (774) - 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.


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