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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby with thin white head. Very effervescent definitely one to open over the sink. Aroma: Woody, Brett, sour cherries, hint of vinous, leather, note of caramel. Taste: High sourness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness. Palate: Thin/medium thick mouthfeel with smooth texture, light/medium body, average/prickly carbonation, astringent lingering sour, vinous, fruity, acetic finish. Comments: Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (508) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: miedziana, mętna. Piana biała, niewielka, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko zanikająca. Wysycenie niewielkie. Aromat: dziki, kwaśny, estrowy (wiśnie, porzeczki ?), ale niezbyt intensywny. Lekko drewniany pochodzący zapewne z beczki. Smak: kwaśny, ale z wytrawną kontrą i nieco drewniany pozostający na końcu. Mimo wszystko zbalansowany. Pierwsze piwo z browaru Jolly Pumpkin, które miałem okazję próbować. Było wielokrotnie nagradzane i pozostaje w czołówce rankingów internetowych. Jak dla mnie nie prezentuje się jednak wcale lepiej niż rodzimy Artezan Chateau, który choć również drogi to wydaje się ciekawszy zarówno pod względem smaku, jak i aromatu. Etykieta z pirackim kotem jest interesująca, ale to za mało żeby płacić aż taką kwotę. Niestety...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1258) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
750 ml bottle; Blend 13 Bottled 5-24-2013. Clear red copper, tan foam fades and rings. Light sour fruity aroma. Taste is tart and fruity, some faint funk and mild malts. Softer carbonation, light-medium bodied, low hopped. Nice clean quencher. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours amber with a soapy off-white head, Aroma of dark fruit, wood, and vinegar. Dark fruit flavor with caramel, spice, wood, and a subtle tart ending. Blend 12 Bottled on 7/11/11. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
desrochesb (40) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
juste wow, une belle bière sur qui ne fait pas de compromis! au nez au perçoit les arômes vinaigré mais une fois en bouche c’est une explosion de saveur finement balancé et teinté de goûts boisé. J’aime beaucoup!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7864) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit großer Schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich, leicht röstmalzig, Karamell. Geschmack röstmalzig, säuerlich, Karamell, Citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3450) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
0.75l bottle from blend 11,2011 shared with the Tasting Crew. Popped the bottle and waited, waited, waited and waited. Then! It came like a good old Jolly beer should. Slowly rising and things are back to normal. Tons of big chunky dark floaters and sediments floating about in a really warm glowing amber colored body and it has a small thickly sidesticking light beige top. On the nose I get nice little hint of both paint thinner and red wine vinegar. Soft woody and tart, a little it of sour berries and in general it smells really nice. Soft oily in the mouth and it has a nice just below average carbonation. The Jolly flavors do not disappoint at all. It’s not to much or over the top, just refreshing, gentle tart and sour fruity. Like a Jolly should be. Lots of red berries such as sour gooseberries, sour red currants and a gentle vinegar hint in the back. Ends with a light mouth drying lemon sourness in the finish and aftertaste. Just lovely balanced and super easy to enjoy. This is a nice beer. 23.10.2013

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (522) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (479) - 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.

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