RATINGS: 1324   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Pours a hazy amber color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is very sweet with a sour yeast punch. Flavor is very tart with an initial sweetness followed by a sour spiciness. It is very similar to wine in taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (3404) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2016 Bomber, again. Pours a hazy deep amber with a very small head. Originally, this was the first sour ale Id ever had and Id like to revisit this with a slightly more experienced palate. The aroma is much sweeter than I remember. Rich, dark fruits are noted along with bourbon, muscadines, pumpernickel, and nutmeg. The flavor has very dry quality with lingering sour berries. There is an excellent vinous bouquet present with something like cranberry pie, crust and all. This is a delicious beer with a tasteful level of sourness.
Bottle of blend 8. the date stamp is half missing, but it looks like this was bottled in August or September of 2015. Ive been on a bit of a Jolly Pumpkin kick lately. These guys were doing sour ales in America before it was cool and they have been and continue to do a stellar job. This rich, cloudy red ale has very potent sour notes of fine vinaigrette. No harsh acid character is present though. Layers of cherry, cranberry, oak, pie crust, wool and moss start to develop. The palate is fairly full and carries a wonderful and complex bouquet of flavors. Suggestions of tart cranberry pie are surrounded by subtle funk. The finish hints at wood and a farm. The sourness is very evident throughout. This is absolutely delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Very interesting aroma. Hazlenuts, dates, brown sugar and some sort of dark berry all swirl around the olfactory receptors. A bit of tart funk sharpness the smell and bites at the sinuses. The flavor is malty, and not as dry as some of the other JP beers Ive had recently. The tartness is forward leaving this passable for a Flemish Sour Red. Tasty beer, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2006
75cl bottle. Ruby in color...ferocious bubbles...tan head that isnt exactly billowing, but is persistent...the color, in the light, makes it look like a kriek...glowing hazy red. Aroma plays into that...strong oak & sour dominate. Reminds me a bit of a lumberyard...some sort of cherry aspect is there as well...Fairly intense & striking nose. This isnt your everyday US craft beer! New Belgium be damned...this kid makes no apologies for its character! Mouthfeel is on the light side and quite prickly from the active beer. Airy. The flavor of the beer is dominated by oak, earthy sourness, spice, & subtle(and lovely) fruitiness. The acidity is obvious, w/o being overbearing. its quite refreshing...and just a bit of sweetness in the background gives it some balance. This is a must for the sour beer lover in me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2006
bottle was a gusher but tastes great! pours an orangish red with a large white head little lacing. sour slightly acidic smell with a little hint of orange. taste is sweet then gives way to a sour/acidic lambic like quality. malt and even a slight hop shows through. slick bitter mouthfeel. quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Very impressive. This beer just has a wonderful bouquet. If the taste lived up to the promise of the smell, this might be a perfect score. As is, it is still an excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (6247) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Pours a nice dark amber with an off white head that hangs around. Smells like the barrel it was aged in - oaky and malty with a bit of vanilla. Taste starts off sour and is very crisp, the finish changes things up though with oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected and has some spritzy carbonation. As the beer warms some other flavors come out - the sourness turns into sharp fruitiness (maybe passionfruit). Spicy / peppery aspects sneak in as well. The fruit flavors that appear are very dry, there is not much sweetness to the beer - some dry pineapple and mango hints. Towards the end there is a hint of whiskey, but it is not prevalent or overbearing like many beers out there today. Overall an enjoyable that I will have again. (8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0)
Rerate notes: No problems with the original notes at all. Now that this is easily obtainable I feel the numbers need to be bumped up to reflect the excellence this beer oozes. A mix of sour, barrel aging, crazy funk, bourbon and all of the other interesting things. Nothing dominates to hiding anything, but all are bold and noticeable. Its almost like subtleties in a bold way ~ just accentuates the the complexity and excellence in the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1418) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2006
The appearance of this beer scores kudos based on a super head with an attractive brown murky body. Aroma is very intriguing, tart cherry with cookie, caramel, and bubble gum undertones. Taste is tart up front, similar to the La Folie, which I recently rated and was my first Sour Flemish Ale. However, unlike the overbearing sour which I am unaccustomed to, this one was better balanced and grew on me as I drank more of it. As this beer warms, the tartness become more mellowed and nice yeasty barnyard belgian flavors come to the forefront. The beer has an average mouthfeel and is well balanced. Sour but not overbearingly so. Negatives are that it is slightly gritty and maybe a little overcarbonated, but I truly enjoyed this and look forward to trying some of Jolly Pumpkins other beers in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A murky brown color with a large off-white head. Slightly sour aroma, woody, hints of vinegar soaked cherries. On the dark and acidic end of the biere de garde spectrum, approaching Flemish sour ale status. I like the woody touch, though the dominant flavor here is something close to lemon. Seems like its stuck in between two styles: Flemish sour, and dubbel. Its still pretty good, and has a place if for nothing else than for some interesting food pairings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Poured amber color an okay head that laced okay was well. Aroma was of light fruits alcohol. Flavor was citrus malts and alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium."

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