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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2300) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Deep amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy beige head, that has great retention and leaves respectable lacing. Nice, funky and fruity aroma, nutty notes, vinous notes, nectarines, toast and a fruity floral acidity, sort of like rose hips, or something of that nature. Flavor is sweet and tart stone fruit, grilled peaches, earth, nutty notes, floral notes, toasty wood, yeasty spice and a tart, nutty and fruity finish. Light to medium body with a dry, slightly oily entry, leading to a dry, slightly astringent finish.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1602) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Tap at one eyed Bettys. 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
copestx (197) - 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 doesnt 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmzl (304) - SLOVENIA - FEB 14, 2017
Velvet brett funk, caramel, medium citrusy sourness, chocolate, smooth, a little hop to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3593) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7588) - 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 doesnt have the complexity of the best in class but its also not overly acidic like some attempts. Improved over time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mjp12 (1644) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heidbummer (479) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12204) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1546) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Beer Store. Smells of malt, oak, sour fruits. Flavor is sour then earthy finishing fruity and malty ending more sour. Nice balance and ABV is hidden nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abdiorio (43) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Cloudy amber color. Smells oaky with various spice and citrus undertones. Taste the wood and sour- really fresh. The finish is tart. Really nice sour!


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