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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
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Lightly hazed dark copper colored liquid with a moderate light tan head. Caramel , currants and cloves, co-mingle with light bourbon barrel wood, apples, and light petunias. Feels thick to start, but is hastily carried away by small gentle gaseous spheres. I have not been disappointed by one of this brewery’s products yet! A light caramel sweetness is fleeting and replaced by a dry spiciness, with cinnamon and cloves. Finish is dry and the bourbon wood flavors linger to sooth the soul. At times the flavors seem a touch simplistic, but the flavors all seem to be in place, and nothing out of balance, that it is hard to find fault. Just another brew that I wish would make it to the shelves of the local stores.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
so does this mean the red? dark amberish red with an off white head. If you could make sour apple applesauce with cinnaman in it, thats what this has the aroma of. I like the same flavors in the body, just less of the sour apple, more of a cider apple feel. not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Bottled Sample @ sick_boy282’s Post-Real Ale Fest Mini Tasting
Dark auburn color with creamy tan head and no lacing. Light dark roast, some cherry and nice Belgian notes in the nose. The flavor is fairly high in acidity but has enough body to back it up if you know what I mean. Decent biere de garde with some strong hop and roast characteristics of an American Micro. Unique but good. Thanks Alex!<P>ReRate @ Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party: A zesty Belgian inspired amber with a spicy, snappy finish and hoppy floral nose. Light smoked salmon and oaky notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Beautiful bottle and lovely art. Pours as a semi-translucent rusty brown with the tiniest bubbles around the edges and a larger concentration in the center for the head. Aroma is caramel, graham cracker pie crust, pepper, cloves, papaya, apricots and canned green beans. Some small wafts of brown sugar and ginger. First sips yield an abundance of original flavor. Oak smoothness prevails, melding with golden raisins, dried orange figs and mild cackled pepper. Palate cleansing, adding a new dimension of dactylic sensory remembrance. Tossing, tingly, gently slipping malts dance with a moderately accentuated hop profile. Finish is oaken, caramel and a brisk hint of single malt scotch.

You can figuratively taste the level skillful attention that was paid to this one individual bottle. Granted, it’s only 750 ml., but this beer’s level of sophistication is fathomless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle, 750 mL: Tranparent nruby.amber, lots of fizzle, slowly diminishing tan head. Aroma is of raisens/prunes/bananas, toffee, as you can see this is a very sweet smelling beer. Flavor repeats this sweetness, only its more of a syrupy sweetness (kind of a turn off), with a mixed alcohol/hop bite, finishes short and dry.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Pours a deep red amber hue with a light white head with decent lacing. Aromas of cheese, caramel, champagne. Flavors of mil, malt , nuts, a light roastiness with a light, hidden fruitiness. Pretty bad overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5136) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Another subtle winner from JP. Poured a dark amber color with an aroma of peaches witha hint of cinnamon. The taste had burnt bread crust. There were also cherries and spicy cinnamon. I like the Oro more than this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
bready yeast, light banana, orange, lemon, and some weird carmel notes. some woody grittiness to this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Can’t thank BierBauch enough for this one. Biere de Garde’s are becoming my second favourite style. Aroma is of light honey, pasta, light fruity plum and banana. Beer comes off as a hearty brown with a tint of orange. Flavor comes off with a busy first impression. It left me with a sweat mouthfeel, but came in yeasty and earthy, more of what to expect for the style. The more I drink it, and it warms up, I get chocolate and caramel out of this, more earthy tones come out, but still in a sweet delicate way. If only my women were like that.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5276) - 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.


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