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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
Poured a clear deep amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma has a light tartness to it. Caramel malt with notes of wood and vanilla. The flavor starts with a malty caramel and light tartness before it goes to a dry bitterness at the very end. Mouthfeel is smooth at first but the you get a fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
The beer resembles apple cider with an off-white lasting head. The palate is dry and acidic with an airy carbonation that is appropriate for the style. Spice, oak, apple, and pear, are just a sample of the many complex flavors that come to mind. Overall, this is an excellent ale that resembles brut champagne in many ways. Jolly Pumpkin does it again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
750 mL bottle, which has been emptied many times before but for some reason never rated. slightly lactic and sour aroma, but behind the tartness is some malt and yeast. nicely sticky on the glass, with a solid amber ale backbone and just enough funkiness to keep your nose in the glass to re-smell it over and over. medium body, average sticky finish - perhaps better than the grande reserve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2884) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Large tan head, fair retention with an attractive lace that droops down the sides of my glass, hanging on lovingly. Amber in color, haze is thick. Nose is largely spicey, lightly caramelly, some dried fruits and other stuffs ,with a certain pungency that climbs deep into your nostrils and you find yourself just constantly huffing this brew. Body is medium, carbonation is gentle, delicate and different somehow. Lovely spicey flavors, a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and fruit. Wood notes were bold but worked very well. The wood being a large player in this brews profile is a necessity, good lumber! Indeed. Lightly fruity finish, spicey, bready and intense. WOW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours murkey caramel brown, with a nice tan diminishing head. Malty aroma with apple, pear, and salt. Flavors battle each other, but I pick up spices, caramel, faint oak, and citrus. The finish is a bit too acidic with hints of rubbing alcohol and pepper. Still a decent beer, but I would like to try this one fresh from the brewery, as I suspect that this has lost some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1694) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Murky, mahogany color wih a larger than average, off white head that left fair lacing. Woodsy aroma, malty, some spice. Medium bodied mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Tart, grainy, earthy, musty taste along with some sour fruit. Dry, earthy finish. This one kept growing on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Pours a thick, dull brick red with a loose amber head. Plummy aroma with some apple and pear esters and a hint of autolyzed yeast. Strange flavors of multivitamin and rose petals. Has spicy, earthy, maraschino cherry flavors in the background. Kind of muddled flavors overall though fun to try and tease out. I would like to try this one without the oak ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13693) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy red brownish ale with a thin off white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with faitn ashtray notes, but giving way to fruity esters as beer warms up. Sweet caramel malt with strong diacetyl buttrlike mouthfeel, a bit unpleasant. Medium bodied. Bought in Chicago. Sams, Nov. 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 9, 2006
750 ml. champagne style bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, with a soapy tan colored head. Aromas are of slight caramel malts, some earthy hops, slight oakiness too. Flavors are of Brettanomyces again, some smoked characters as well. Burnt oak in the flavors as well. Medium mouthfeel. Ive had better. The spices were unbalanced, IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2710) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Another interesting one from Jolly Pumpkin. Poured a murky brownish orange body with a modrate head. Aroma was oak, caramel, fruits, and light spices. Flavor is the same, probably the oakiest beer Ive ever had. Soft mouthfeel after it warmed. Initially the oak was overpowering and almost offensive, but later on it was much more enjoyable. Biere de Garde though?

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