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RATINGS: 1327   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
750ml bottle. Dark amber with a huge off-white head. Cloudy. Highly carbonated. Spicy fruity aromas. Strong brett flavors, very earthy.


4.1
Emeister84 (2479) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2017
On tap at HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI). Aromas of cherry, red grape, lemon. Clear ruby with a somewhat lasting white head. Dry, tart, sour, fruity. Medium bodied.

3.4
cheap (5798) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2017
On tap at JR’s and then in a crowler. How about that, an old standby like roja in a crowler, my times have changed, its a sign of the times. Darker than expected. Smell is certainly of things to come. Taste is quite tart yet never in yer face. Not disappointed. Good overall tart beer experience. Perhaps not as smooth as a Flemish but certainly approaching that civilized behavior. Fun loven fer sure, good all round. Not over the top and never in yer face. Yes, a fun easy exanple of wht an old country tart should be like, nice job JP. I think I had this before, Whet-evvah. Surprized I didn’t rate this before, maybe it was erased in the ABInBev transition.

3.9
gripweed57 (2314) - 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.

3.5
SG111 (1795) - 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.

3.9
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!

4.2
tmzl (317) - SLOVENIA - FEB 14, 2017
Velvet brett funk, caramel, medium citrusy sourness, chocolate, smooth, a little hop to finish.

3.7
gegwilson (3676) - 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.

3.7
The_Osprey (7890) - 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.

4.1
Mjp12 (1807) - 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

3.7
Heidbummer (611) - 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.


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