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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a dark cherry color with and off white head. Champagne bubbles. The nose is full of barn yard notes, cider and oak. Notes of vanilla, berries, and oak in each drink. Medium body. Boat loads of carbonation. A fine beer, but not something Id drink often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear, red/brown, with a good sized tan head. Very vinous nose, with some caramel and cherry. Flavor is slightly sweet, with strong red wine overtones, some yeast, and subdued nutty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy, red boy with a nice, appealing white head. A yeasty, sour nose with cherries. The cherries are also to be found in the flavor as a tartness. Slightly malty and hints of strawberries. Interesting. The finish is a little weak and ashy, but overall it is not bad, and maybe it will improve with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy amber pour with massive head of fine, foamy carbonation - lasting, thick lace - aroma of oak, yeast, damp earthtones, spices - soft, but full carbonation tickles the tongue - bracingly tart and spicy up front - some light fruits, bread and a hint of chocolate - funky brett characteristics in the finish, with some more spices coming in - not your standard biere de garde, but an original (and welcome) variation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This was quite tasty. Tasted like a mix of irish ale malts, with american pale ale flowery hops. I didnt get much fruit and spice as others have mentioned, but the malt and hop combination was quite delicious. Easy to drink and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2005
nice reddish body with a great big grey head. vinegar, corriander, and red wine nose. the vinegar is not a bad thing in this aroma, it is just the only descriptor my feeble mind could come up with. sweet flavor, lots of grape and pear, and some light candi sweetness. dry finish that really releases more flavors than the first taste. biscuity notes of flowery hops with some plowed field flavor and lemon lime soda with a little bit of mint and spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
sampled at the Yeha. Poured a cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, pear and spices. Taste is very dry with some spice complexity with a light fizzy body. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Blend 4 2009- Sampled on 12/1/2009. This sour ale pours a deep ruby color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and decent retention. The aroma is tart, vinous, malty and some more tartness. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and tart, some wood and oak and then some more tartness. Wow not sure what it was I tasted back in 2005, but it sure as hell was not this! This is Berliner Weisse in its tartness. I like it, but boy is it tart. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is tart.

Amber brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly fruity with some floral hops. Medium bodied BdeG. Malts are fruity and funky. Citrus, barnyard and some oak flavors. Very nice beer. Thanks to Dr Bill for sharing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 750 ml bottle

This is a rerate from a bottle I picked up on clearance for $3.49. Its hard to believe this could sit on a shelf and not move but apparently it did. Oh well - that just means more for me (it was like a buy one get one free sale at this price). It reminded me of why Jolly Pumpkin is such a solid brewery - despite this being one of their most average beers it still rates almost a 4.0. It might even merit that but it is tough for me to give that mark to a Biere de Garde until I really learn to appreciate the style.

Aroma / Appearance - Cherrry pits, tart apples fresh from the tree and cinnamon stand out among the base of light funkiness and fruitiness. The nose opens up considerably; my senses were not overwhelmed at all. The body is a gorgeus red color with a half-finger sand colored head decorating the sampling glass.

Flavor / Palate - Marmelade, orange rinds, cinnamon and red peppers are the most obvious flavors to rise out of the base yeastiness. Trace of charred oak and nuttiness create a solid foundation as well. Even at 7% this is easy to drink. It reminds more of a Flemish sour than an amber ale - the only thing missing is the strong sour bite. This is definitely an excellently made beer no matter how you categorize it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coonarky (2) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
Well, my bottle seemed to have a little problem with premature ejaculation. Foam all over the floor sigh. My second Jolly Pumpkin brew, I felt this beer was a little abrasive at first. It did, however, grow on me. The beer has a dirty amber brown color, with a great froth head. Sweet, candied flavors with a lot of tartness. I get quite a bit of brown sugar and a nutty caramel,spice and toffee followed by a brandied cherry over laid with oak plus some earthy peppery spice, and a bit of tart apple. Reminiscent of a Flanders red, though not as tart, and with a bit of horse blanket. Conclusion: Good in a dirty way. A little rough around the edges, but like any young thing could possibly mature into something greater.

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