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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 750mL bottle. Rusty orange color with some brown hues as well, clear body with the scent of festive ginger, orange cream, pumpkin spice (is it because of the name?), black cherries, semi-milky and chalky palate. Finishes slightly acidic but not overpowering, with a sharp alcohol (cider-like) bite at times, finally ending with an odd brown sugar coating. An interesting beer that smells fantastic but falls apart on the back of the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
bottle. hazy copper with some yeast floaties and a medium white head. alcohol nose, lots of yeast, and sugar. flavour is quite alcoholic with a heavy sweet malt and yeast component. tasty. finish is boozy.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
RBSG2005
Sludge-tastic brown with plenty of chunks. If it didn’t have that thick greyish head, It would have passed off as raw sewage. Serves me right for procrastinating and ending up with the tail end of the bottle. A very progressive aroma that alternated yeasty bread, spice, alcohol vapors and caramel malt. Taste was just a round, enveloping rush of booze, not much hops or yeast that I was expecting. Mouthfeel was quick and acrid like a shot of vodka.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
RBSG 05 Murky amber pour. Interesting aroma of hard candy with malt and caramel. Very good flavor of hard candy, caramel and malt. The candy reminds me of those different shapes and colored candy that my folks used to buy for Christmas and after a while those candies would get all stuck together... The body is light to medium, the texture creamy and oily, the carbonation is moderate to lively. Very good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
(22oz bottle) Sampled at the RBSG 2005 in Montreal, Canada. Pours a reddish-amber body with a yellowy head. High carbonation. Nose is very medicinal and lactic with bruised fruit undertones. Very sharp alcohol flavour with strong malt tones. Finish is mildly iodine.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2704) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
[bottle at RBSG] Clear, orangey dark brown with a nice off-white cover. Buttery diacetyl and oxidized raisiny aroma that’s a bit weak but clearly contains a significant amount of ethanol and some piney hops. The flavour was surprisingly sour in the way that a brown ale can be sour with some nutty characteristics. After a bit, some strong American hop flavours come in juxtaposed with the alcohol flavour to create a unique flavour. A little chocolatey. Not a nice flavour overall, though. Medium body and high carbonation.

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 (5570) - 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 Bière de Garde.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - 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.


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