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RATINGS: 1229   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Big fruity raisin prune sour smells. Beautiful reddish amber thin lasting head. Nice caramel raisin grain with sourness to carry it home. Refreshing leaving light tart behind.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (418) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Rate from tasting 28Feb14. Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head that quickly fakls to the edge of the glass. Aroma is dark cherry, slightly floral. Strong sour with cherry, oak, earth.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
750 mL bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. Immediately after the initial pour, wine-like aromas came off this one - like a rich, sweet pinot noir with a bit of a woody port note - but this fades quick and never returns. Sour cherry notes and caramel dominate the aroma with supporting notes of biscuit, yeast, sour apple, spice (nutmeg and peppercorn?), cranberry, roasted sugar, and some mild barnyard funk. A hazy cider-brown colored body is topped by a spongy, but unstable head that ends up reducing to a dishwater film with a very thin lacing. The taste consists of a medium high sour level with medium sweetness and a light bitterness at the finish. The tartness follows through the entire drink from beginning to aftertaste of this medium bodied beer. A light carbonation, combined with a watery texture make this one go down really easy. In the mouth it’s mostly a lemon and cranberry combination with some light notes of a heartier spice (like peppercorn perhaps? I’m really struggling to place the spice aspect). Some hops show up at the finish in a dry, floral, but resin-like quality. This eventually fades and you’re left with an aftertaste of moderate tartness and a very faint toasty quality which ends up getting washed out by the tartness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (1313) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours an amber brown with a thin head. Aroma is tart cherries and spice. Flavor is slightly tart and just wonderful. I love everything JP makes. Thin bodied and finishes very dry and tart. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
Slightly hazy brown colour, white head. Aroma of wood, light sour, honey and citrus. Sour flavour, wood, malts and citrus zest. Finish malts, wood and citrus. Bit thin. Blend one, bottled 2013. Not getting the fuzz about this one. Not bad, but nowhere near great either (or is it just not aging well?)
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Thanks for sharing, JefVerstraete!)

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (222) - USA - FEB 8, 2014
375 ml bottle. Cheery aroma. Cooper color with minimal head. A cheery and boozy taste. Pleasant aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Bottle. Fruity tart cherry nose with a slight tart cherry taste. Super nice beer. Really good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2014
18/I/14 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-69) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Cloudy orange to amber beer, small aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of bretta (which is not the kind of sourness you expect in a Vlaams Bruin/Rood), bit funky, musty, spicy touch. Really smells more like a geuze than a Flemish style sour. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty bitter start, sourish, spicy, lemon juice. Aftertaste: very bitter (also not traditional), grapefruit, hay, bit chemical, yeasty, dirty ending. For me it doesn’t work if sour ales are so immensely hopped. Doesn’t work for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
@ RBBWG 2014. Amber red colour, medium carbonation. Sour and fruity aroma (red berries). Bitter and dry finish. Medium body. Good, but I expected more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1193) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2014
Sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Thanks to JefVerstraete! Pours a hazy golden brown with small team had. The smell is sour, wood, fruit. The taste is tart, sour fruit and wood with a dry ending. Light body with a tick belt average carbonation.


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