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RATINGS: 1324   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
750ml bottle - Pours a dark copper color with ruby red highlights. Small soap sud white head graces the top of this brew in my snifter. Aroma of wood, vanilla, some cherries. Flavor is sweet, a blend of caramel malts, molassess, vanilla, oak, cherries. Palate is fizzy carbonated feels great. Smooth, no sign of that alcohol. I enjoyed this one and Im looking forward to trying other Jolly Pumpkin Ales...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3591) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2005
This had a murky pour of red-brown with a frothy off-white head. Vinous aroma, with some doughy yeast and apples. The flavor is slightly sweet, but many aspects that were hinted at in the aroma just didnt materialize in the flavor. The finish is slightly acidic. Overall very smooth but somewhat uncomplicated and drinkable. The fruit flies have appeared to check it out!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Deep brown with copper ambers around the edges. Produces nice creamy lacing. Creamy tan colored head. The aroma is full of dark fruits, and a fruity vinegar persance. Flavor is sharp and distinct. Fruity and sour, turns to a vinegar with a tangy alcohol kick to it. Sour character becomes quite strong and very earthy. Quite decent and complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Amber orange color. Rather flavorful, with cherries, oak and vanilla. A little bretty. Rich sourness. Light sweetness. Nice level of bitterness. Slightly drying. Very pleasant beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from a 750 mL bottle at the Brewers Supply Group GABF Kickoff Party in Denver. Light hazy, warm amber body with a filmy, moderately persistent off-white head. Smells like the inside of an old wooden horse barn. Nice malt character suggests good maple syrup. Flavor is malty, mostly dry and woody with a mix of phenolic and hop bitterness in the finish. Good texture with tingly carbonation. Very pleasant beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Poured a opaque amber, with a decent head. Earthy/fruity aromas. Sweet, raisins, spice, cloves. It has a real sense of maturation behind the flavor. The alcohol is detectable

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Hazy amber/orange with a thick off-white head and great lacing. Nice sweet spicy aroma. Taste is dark fruits with some brown sugar and caramel, finish is spicy and mostly dry, maybe a little oaky. Very smooth and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Pours an orange/red color with a thick and foamy light beige head. Lacing is pretty minimal. Loads of spices in the aroma, as well as caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied and sour at first but nicely rounded out with sweet fruit and malt. There is a light alcohol singe too. The finish is lively with spice and toasted malt. Pretty enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 22, 2005
750ml bottle: poured red/orange/brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of raisin, prunes, wood. Flavor is bourbonesque with lots of dark fruit flavors. Light sweetness initially followed by a quick short finish that is mildly bitter and lightly metallic. Quite alcoholic but not overwhelmingly so. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Nice aroma, caramel, oak, apples and pears. Hazy brown with ruby tints, dense light tan head. Spicy flavor with hints of oak and fruit, there is almost no residual malt sweetness, leaving the balance slightly bitter. Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, gentle alcohol warming. Not bad, some more maltiness would make this more satisfying, relatively clean for a Belgian style, which is appropriate for a Biere de Garde.


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