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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5234) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2371) - 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.

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