gripweed57 (2861) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2017
On tap at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. Deep copper color. Small creamy beige head. Sour malt nose has earthy, caramel notes. Bold sour, yeasty notes. Hints of wood and barnyard funk. Acidic, sour apple on the palate. Finishes tart and dry. drunkonsourbeer () - - MAY 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2017 Poured from bottle at Good Beer in New York.
Appearance: Red to brown color. Pretty cloudy. Off-white head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Cherries and barnyard funk with some lacto character. No apparent hop or malt aroma.
Flavor: Cherry and barnyard funk. Mild tartness and a little roast ones coming through from the malts. Long finish with a surprising amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body.
Overall: While not the best Kriek I've had, it's a good introductory beer to the style for those who want to venture into some of the most complex Belgian beers in the world. SG111 (2025) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Tap at one eyed Betty’s. Pours ruby murky orange, minimal white head. Aroma is sour cherry vinegar, acidity, lots of sweet cherry, caramel. Flavor is bitter cherry, tart cherry, acidity, caramel, sour. Surprisingly bitter. copestx (227) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2017
Various bottles and on draft a few times. This is one of my favorite styles and La Roja has always been a solid go-to in the USA; I am happy to finally rate it. It definitely looks the part with the rusty red/brown color and low/medium carbonation. Oaky/fruity aroma. Lots of black currant, apple, oak/vanilla, toffee, light balsalmico vinegar, and some acidic qualities. Umtimtely pretty good, but also quite straightforward and "simple" for the style. It doesn’t have the complexity or is as intense as a e.g., Rodenbach, Duchess, RR, etc.
All that said it is very good and as a huge plus it is easy drinking (!), and I have and will drink it again!
tmzl (367) - SLOVENIA - FEB 14, 2017
Velvet brett funk, caramel, medium citrusy sourness, chocolate, smooth, a little hop to finish.
gegwilson (3794) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Keg in BrewDog, Newcastle. Pours ruby with a cream head. Sour red fruits aroma with balsamic vinegar. The taste is tart and fruity with dry cherry, wood and balsamic. Decent. The_Osprey (9126) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Keg at Brewdog as Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, 7.2%. Hazy brick browny orange, translucent, almost opaque, foamy beige head is minimal. Aroma is vibrant toffee apple, some vanilla, some acetic notes and also fudge. Pretty sweet and intense on the nose. Body is light and frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste has more toffee and malt vinegar, light vanilla, dates, lightly acidic in the finish. Pretty good. Maybe doesn’t have the complexity of the best in class but it’s also not overly acidic like some attempts. Improved over time. Mjp12 (2031) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Fresh red fruit aroma, with some nice yeast spice. A mouthful of juicy malt, with a good bitter / sour finish Heidbummer (881) - SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Like this. The crushing sourness of many JP beers is thankfully well balanced in this beer by a nice soft sweetness, some yeasty funk, a hint of port and cheese (no, really). Looks like it tastes, soft and fruity. Nice. Stuu666 (14806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Keg at brewdog Edinburgh. Pours deep orange amber, nose is balsamic funk, brett, wood, fruity, taste is dry, chewy, wood, lingering funk.