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RATINGS: 1319   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A murky brown color with a large off-white head. Slightly sour aroma, woody, hints of vinegar soaked cherries. On the dark and acidic end of the biere de garde spectrum, approaching Flemish sour ale status. I like the woody touch, though the dominant flavor here is something close to lemon. Seems like it’s stuck in between two styles: Flemish sour, and dubbel. It’s still pretty good, and has a place if for nothing else than for some interesting food pairings.


3.8
Listigovers (1264) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2017
Pours red with a tan creamy head. Smells sour, funky, bretty. A bit vinegary up front, balsamic notes, nice, a sharp texture. Lots of flavour but nothing seems forced. Aftertaste keeps building, not bad.

3.3
beerplace (1801) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2017
On tap at St. Augustine's during 54 taps Beerthirst event. Pours a hazy copper with a white hear. Aroma is some barrel and fruity notes. Same taste with nail polisher notes. Not bad.

3
Dal9000 (654) - Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2017
Sampled at 2017 Dayton Alefest- sour pumpkin on the immediate taste. I appreciate the effort but not for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4
GenDV138 (7467) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2017
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Blend 13, bottled 6/29/2012. Consumed on 8/20/2017. Clear dark amber with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, oak, light vinegar. Tastes of tart dark fruit, oak, light tart acidic notes, light vinegar. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Aged very well with just over 5 years on it.

4.1
Emeister84 (2505) - 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 (5959) - 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 (2719) - 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.

4
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.

3.5
SG111 (1927) - 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!


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