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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
canary dog (779) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2006
The first impression was one of surprise. Then I realized, "Wow, this stuff reminds me of my favorite all time beer that I can’t get anymore." That, of course, would be Rodenbach Grand Cru. Not as complex and sincere, of course, but an admirable attempt nonetheless, including the fine nose.

3.6
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
From a bottle shared by Jason (purchased in November). Hazy brown body, thin tan foamy head. Cider, mango, coffee cake, some maple in the aroma all ensconced by sublte woody spiciness. The flavor is falling out of favor with me; it’s primary component is dry medium toast wood. Otherwise there’s a fruity apple/ester character with a caramel sweetness in the background. The flavors are well blended and good just not horribly compelling for me.

4.3
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Murkey, dark coppery amber. Nice creamy light tan head. Aroma has a rich sourness... some lime component, bourbon, flowers. Very nice aroma. Some of the richness leaves in the flavor. Some grassy sour caramel malt. Earthy wood overlap the sour perfectly. Great flavor... just wish there was more of it. Really good drink; could see myself drinking this frequently and spending time with it.

3.7
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Thanks to Jason for the sample! Has a pleasant malty, carmel aroma. Decent cloudy brown body with a tan head. Nice flavor, its a mix of malts and fruits. Has a good body, although the carbonation is a little overpowering. Overall, however, this is pretty pleasing.

4.1
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 13, 2006
You gotta love JPs style designations! Pours a clear deep amber with a bountiful and lasting off-white head. Aromas are cookie malt, lightly acidic with a barn-yard funkiness and a beutiful floral note. The body is med-light with a ton of CO2 but it is certainly not distracting. The flavors have lots of toffee, caramel, dried fruits and a wonderfully balancing acidity. The finish lasts with a beautiful spiciness. There is nothing Biere de Garde about this. Biere de Gardes are lagers, this is anything but a lager.

3.6
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2006
Smells, looks and has the initial taste of cider. Hints of root and oak. Reminds me of autumn.

4.4
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 This beer sits pefectly between a light/tart white beer and a belgian strong ale. The pour is amber, with an aroma of nutmeg, orange and fresh leaves. Drinking this beer asks for the tongue to have a dance of spice and dark fruit on a layer of terra firma. This is a lively one. A second tasting embellishes my first response with a bump in the flavor rating.

3.5
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
Cloudy amber color. Peculiar aroma, caramel, cookies; again caramel, malt and cookie taste. Quite good.

4
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - APR 10, 2006
This beer had a wonderful fruity aroma, almost lambic like. The color was an unusual orange, with not too much head. The flavor was rick with notes of oranges. It went down quite smoothly. A very nice beer.

3.9
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.


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