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RATINGS: 1323   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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3.5
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.

4.1
shadey (2152) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Fresh. Dark amber with a big rocky white head. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Big mouthfeel of spice yeast and a touch of alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Nicely made, but I don’t know if I would seek it out again.6/5/6/3/15

2007 12oz bottle consumed February 2009. Pours a deep brown with a regular head of tight mocha bubbles. Nice lacing as well. Aroma reveals the tart presence of bret!
There is also some nice funkiness, almost junkiness. Flavors are initially sweet, followed bu the tartness, and the funk. This stuff is MUCH better with age. And I would bet it would only get better with more age.7/4/8/5/17

2007 bottle consumed October 2009. Still a fantastic beer.The bret has brought out some fantastic character. The body continues to hold up.

4.2
radiomgb (2838) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Murky amber in colour, thin dissipating beige coloured head, some lingering lace. The aroma was quite spicy, some ginger, maple, earthy, some caramel and butterscotch. The flavour was of spices - lots of pepper - some alcohol, buttery, caramel, earth and dark fruits. Coating mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol with some pepper spice. Very nice stuff.

3.6
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A rich floral aroma with caramel. Pours a nice golden amber. The taste is of caramel maltiness and hints of fruit. The finsih on the palate is astringent.

4
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark amber, with a thin cream coloured head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, with notes of vanilla. Taste is sweet spicy, fruity, and cigarbox wood

4.1
drfabulous (8567) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Just lovely. Amber. Rich. Perfect beer for sitting around in the backyard. Michigan got so much better when Jolly Pumpkin opened.

3.7
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours a reddish-brown color with a large ivory head that slowly settles. Perfumy nose of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and alcohol. Medium bodied with a gentle smoothness. Strong presence of alcohol in the flavor with notes of caramel, toffee, and some fruit. Get the alcohol flavor in check and this one might be a classic.

3.7
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
750ml - Aroma is sweet and funky with carmel malt, bourbon, and pepper. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissapating head and no lacing. Flavor is intense with bourbon followed by some carmel and a touch of black cherry. Palate is clean. Warming is an understatement.

4
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Sweet malty aroma. Notes of caramel. Reddish brown in color. Fluffy head that settles down quickly. A lot of spice. You can tell right away that this would age well. You get a lot of flavors that don’t come on until the distant aftertaste. Pepper, red peppers, spice, tobacco, ripe fruits and the oft mentioned caramel. This beer sits with you and gives the throat a workout. Very interesting beer. re-rate 5 minutes later: Just got done rating this and duhhhh bourbon really comes out as this warms. Don’t know hwo i missed that.

3
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Muddy red brown, large rocky off white head. Caramel, currants, and musty yeast ester flavors. Mustiness dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, but full bodied.


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