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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 This beer pours brown with a big rocky, tan head that forms a lasting cover and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is simply wonderful, cherries, balsamic vinegar, musty cobwebs, plums, oak and caramel. Like all JP beers this has a strong Brett nose, but also has fair amount of Lacto-sourness to it. The flavor is tart cherries, green grapes, sweet caramel, cobwebs, funk, candi sugar and vanilla. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with soft carbonation. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy rosy/amber with a well-retained off-white head. Full aroma of dry and musty yeast, cherries, and a soft breadiness. Flavors picked up a floral component... funky yeastage was remniscent of an old basement... tart cherries and alcohol were sparkly at the back end with the rather high carbonation... and there was soft caramel deep down. Felt good, but not great on the palate... but very enjoyable on all other counts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2006
A dark brownred beer with a foamy off-white head. Malt, cake and cream aroma with a nice vinous character. Very inviting! Cake and malt in the flavor as well along with spices and a good fruityness in the background. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, I cant believe how much I liked this one, definately of the best Bire de Garde ever!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Light hazy deep amber colour with an off white head. Malty aroma with notes of some dark fruit and spices. Malty flavor with notes of plum and figs. Finish has a light alcohol sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Hazy amber colour. Off-white head. Spicy aroma and hints of alcohol. Also a weak aroma of coconut. A little sweet spicy flavor with hints of dark fruits. A little coconut flavor too. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark hazy red colour with a off-white head. Spicy, fruity, alcoholic aroma and a sweet spicy, fruity taste. Medium body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
Bottled (Courtesy of BBB63 - thanks): Amber coloured. Hazy. Dense light beige head. Cocanut, sweetness and light spices in the nose. Flavour as well has coconut and light spices. Is grapish. Very dry end. Quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (4059) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
Pours a hazy brownish with a tanned head. Smells very spicy. Sweet and quite port-like. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a cloudy dark amber, small tan head, but this beer is well carbonated. Great aroma, Belgian yeast and a general fruitiness. Just a touch of wood. Very interesting flavor. Quite sweet and fruity. Theres something else here, though. Cant place it. Delicate on the palate, good body. Real nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
25 oz bottle, via Sprinkle. Pours a dark amber with a fluffy and creamy off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation leads to amazing retention. Sugary sweet yet tart aroma, very fruity. Reminds me of a gueuze actually with that same old musty characteristic. Vanilla notes as well. Slightly tart and fruity flavor, with a lot of candy sweetness, yeast, and alcohol on the finish. Complex, vinous, and woody as a result of the barrel aging. Nice efforvescent carbonation, medium bodied up front with a little thinner finish. Very soft mouthfeel. Awesome beer all around, a truely unique and well crafted product.

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