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RATINGS: 1235   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2739) - 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 (331) - Ohio, 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 (5924) - 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 (4371) - 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 (1139) - 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 (1454) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
2013 Vintage (Batch 1 – bottled on 01/17/2013). 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to JefVerstraete. Pours hazy fox amber. Nose is not bad, sour mix reminds me of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers I have had, I assume that this is their signature. Nice stuff, funky, tangy, light cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, touch lemon, nice funk & sour profile. Taste is a letdown, watery, weak, lemon & berries sour, same sour mix, lime, faint cherry, as said before, just weak & watery. Not sure why this is rated so high, it is not terrible or anything but for a sour this is weak to say the least. Have the critters thinned it do much in the last 12 months?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2695) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG14 Pours lightbrown, bit red . No real head Smell is very Grainy, sour , oaky , cherries Taste is nicely sour , dry , bit sugar , some cherries . Good carbonation

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2126) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
1/13/2014. From bottle. Pours copper color with a thin off-white head. Aromas are sour with caramel and spice. Tart and sour caramel flavors with oak, yeast, spice and fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (840) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Good sour ale. The label says it is an amber ale, which is somewhat misleading unless one is only speaking of its color. Sour and fruit esters in the aroma. Clear amber color with little to no head. Smooth and sharp palate with a dryness at the end like some wines; however, with sour and sweetness. Good well rounded flavors with a little funk at the finish. The oak was not as prevelant as in their other beers.


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