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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 128
Gots: 242 | FT: 24
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 from two to ten months.

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CPeterson

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A light crimson pours with great vigor and produces a solid head that takes quite a while to reduce to a nice skim of froth, leaving a little lacing.

S -- Earth and funk and cherries, some acid.

T -- Funky on the front yet mild for the flavor I was anticipating from the nose. A hint of sour cherry backed by a great wood note, earthy, grassy. Definitely not hugely sour but solid.

M -- Well carbonated, light on the tongue. A little dry.

D -- Very nice, worth a pickup. Maybe even two or three.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:54:51 | More by CPeterson
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend. Some sours can pack so much tangy punch, it can be hard to split a 750ml bottle, but this had nice, slightly restrained character. The opening earthy barnyard character is subtle and not so overpowering like an old, stinky gueuze. It's followed by tart lemon and sour cherries. It doesn't come off as the most complex sour, though maybe a year or two in a cellar would change that. but it's pleasantly sour while remaining relatively drinkable and I appreciate that.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 13:37:34 | More by tempest
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WeisGuy

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old school 750ml bottle with the oval label shared by Ari - thanks! Estimated to be a 2006 or so vintage.

Pours a hazy deep brown color with a ruddy hue. There is a think tan head that recedes quickly and leaves only light lacing. The aroma is funky and pretty tart with notes of tart cherries and sweet malt dominating. A little aroma of wet wood is also present. The taste is a bit more mild than the aroma would suggest, but still very nice. There is a light tartness and signature JP funk mixed with some lightly sweet and tart cherries and damp wood. The body is middle-of-the-road with carbonation on the light side. Pretty drinkable stuff, but not as funky as I would expect from a 4 year old JP beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 18:30:36 | More by WeisGuy
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Richardberg

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - medium reddish amber, a little too dark to be called clear, but no visible sediment or carbonation. Small white head fizzles out to a thin rim around the glass; no lacing.

S - nice sour funk - interesting without overwhelming. A little oak, cherry, caramel malt, apple.

T - pretty much like the smell

M - light to moderate body, somewhat watery, doesn't have the smooth/oily feel a high gravity brew deserves, much less any true stickiness

D - tasty and fairly easy to drink, though more boozy than a 7% that feels light should be

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:20:43 | More by Richardberg
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head. The head died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell has a moderate amount of sourness and some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart and sour cherries dominate the overall taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:32:20 | More by metter98
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my new La Fin Du Monde tulip! Blend 9, bottled on 8.6.10.

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with tints of red at the edges. A nice finger+ of creamy head sits atop the brew. A decent amount of sticky lace sticks to the sides of the glass. A lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: A good dose of sour funkiness meats the nose immediately, intermingling with hints of vanilla and oak.

T: Sour cherries intermingle with the earthiness of the oak barrel to comprise most of the flavor. Perhaps a hint of green apple as well. Not quite as sour as I was hoping based on the nose, but still quite good!

M: Medium bodied with some mild acidity and a long, dry finish.

D: This drinks really well for a wild ale, perhaps due in part to its lack of a mouth puckering sourness. I had no problem polishing off the bottle on my own over the course of about 2 hours. $12/750 ml is a decent price for a wild ale these days too. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 05:11:34 | More by MrDanno96
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Blend 10 bottled 08-27-10.

(A)- Pours a dark, yet clear deep blood red color with hints of mahogany shades in there. Produced a great tan to eggshell colored fluffy foam that stuck around for quite some time.

(S)- A great dry earthy clay funk up front that turns into a mild sourness that comes off as very wood/bark-like. Some tart lactic fruits of some sort in the far background.

(T)- A great sour tartness up front. Has a nice delicate woody bite in the middle with some subtle fruits of a rasp/strawberry/cranberry nature. Complex to say the least.

(M)- A nice carbonation level; not too high, but higher than some. Really rather smooth due to its great balance. Sour, with a woody bite, but countered by some mild sweetness and fruit tang.

(D)- Just a great an intriguing beer. Fits the style well for sure. Simply a great beer to get your sour fix. Maybe it is just this particular batch, but was surprised at how low most of the ratings are based upon what is in my glass in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:18:48 | More by sweemzander
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split from a bottle into a New Belgium wine glass. Poured a murky red red-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, sour, and fruit. The flavor was of sour malt, raspberries, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice Wild Ale. Had a mellow flavor that made it quite enjoyable. Also the aroma on this one was quite nice as well. This one is a must try for any Wild Ale fan if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 20:26:49 | More by thagr81us
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shodrod

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a deep reddish color. The ivory foam holds for just a minutes and then leaves some ok lacing. The aroma instantly reveals what Jolly Pumpkin does best: sour. Heavy scents of sour apple and wild yeasts, as well as hints of oak. The flavor is exactly what you expect from the smell. Heavy sour notes hit you right up front with a dry, oaky finish. This beer is a very good example of a sour ale, but know what you're getting into when pouring this beverage.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 06:51:23 | More by shodrod
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass, blend 8, 2008

A - Unfortunately the bottle exploded a bit after opening, sending foam and everything all over the place. We lost some beer, but after it settled down, everything seemed okay. Pours a cherry mahogany with a huge head leaving lacing everywhere.

S - Bright nose w cherry, tart fruitiness, and a slightly oaky presence.

T - Smooth sourness but not overwhelming, plenty of cherry and currants. Dark fruit and oak, eventually a little dry tart finish with a bit warmth.

M - Really smoothed out feel, mild carbonation, some sticky dryness.

D - Great drinkability alcohol is barely noticeable.

This bottle was a gusher, but the three people who tried it still thought everything was pretty good. I'd like to try a fresher batch though.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 17:03:18 | More by xnicknj
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very attractive orange hued brown color. It is fairly hazy, and the head is light tan and very creamy. The head retention is quite nice and it leaves some sloppy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sour, but not abrasive. It has hints of tart cherry like sourness, earth and damp cellar notes. There is also a slight amount of brown sugar like malt sweetness, but overall the nose is fairly subdued for style.

The flavor has a bit more punch to it with a nice funky tartness that attacks the tongue right off the bat. Once again I am getting a bit of a tart cherry like sourness that brings me back to growing up on the cherry farm. It tastes an awful lot like the shakers would smell after a harvest, perfumed from the tart cherries that inevitably get stuck in the belts and conveyers. Other aromas include musty cellar, sweet caramel malt and rich dried fruit. This beer is a tad hot tasting, even though in reality it is not that alcoholic. Could it stand to be a little less tart and show more of the malt character? Perhaps, but I think it is pretty damn good how it is.

The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is quite enjoyable. Not too lively and not too dead, it has a good amount of carbonation, especially for a beer as tart as this. The finish is quite nicely balanced and spares my tongue from the aftermath of sour that beers like this sometimes have.

This is a very drinkable beer and I have to say I am enjoying it quite a bit. It goes down easy and is very refreshing. I dig sour beer, but the prospect of drinking a whole large format bottle of it can at times seem a bit of a quagmire. However, I will finish this one off by myself quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:38:14 | More by zoso1967
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pour is a clear, lightly carbonated amber-light brown. A thin ring of white head at the edge of the glass. 4.0

S-Great aroma. Lactic with a hint of brett, plenty of the aforementioned red wine barrel character. 4.5

T-We have a very delicious sour brown here. With the exception of Temptation, all of my favorite sours are sour browns. If Supplication were bottled in a red capped bomber I'd guess it was that. What it is for sure is tasty. 4.5

M-Light bodied. The low carbonation works very well here.

O-What an awesome start to this BIF. A sour with plenty of room left for flavor. Lactic, but not vinegary.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 20:07:46 | More by sholland119
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jthahn

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber, poured into a snifter. Blend 14,2009.

A - a lovely read shade, the beer is quite clear and free of sediment.

S - reminds me of supplication. Light wine notes, as well as cherries. Wonderful smell.

T - crisp with a great amount of sourness. This is certainly a tart beer but very refreshing.

M - again very crisp. The beer is light but does a lot of work on your mouth. The sourness means the beer lingers fpr a while.

D - a bomber is easy to put away. This beer is light with excellent flavro and aroma, perfect for multiple drinks.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:23:10 | More by jthahn
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sitarist

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend 9, bottled 8-6-10

Pours chestnut brown...murky...very little head falls to a ring that leaves a few bits of lacing.

Tart aromas fill the air...I smell sour cherry candies, cranberries, apple cider, sweet and sour apples, and red wine vinegar.

I taste sour cherry, sour patch kids, ginger, cranberries, sour apples, and wood. It is vinous and tart with a slight medicinal quality(Vics 44D?).

Light body with just the lightest fizz...Acidic and dry. A bit too tannic.

Oh, Ill finish this big ass bottle by myself, but I must say this is one tart beer...its like touching your tongue to a 9v battery.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:48:55 | More by sitarist
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Arbitrator

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled 750mL into a glass.

A: I've let this settle in the fridge for days, but a gentle pour still produces a cloudy, murky amber with reddish tint at the edges. It has a finger of off-white head that recedes quickly into a broken film and moderate collar on the brew. It deposits some lace.

S: Tart, slightly boozy cherry that evokes a passing comparison to cough syrup. Some must, sour apples, and oak.

T: An earthy, musty taste greets the tongue. The cherry cough syrup comparison flits briefly through my mind, but I decide the taste is better described as tart cherry skins, a touch of vinegar, sour apple, and oak. There's some muddled anise or spice in there, but it's haphazard and I can't pick it out consistently.

M: Light-bodied, with good carbonation. It still gets a lot of tannic buildup after a while, as the cherry skin residue builds on the palate without being scrubbed properly. That can be an issue when drinking a full 750mL. It's also boozier than I would expect for a 7.2%er, and that's not particularly attractive.

D: I used to love this when I was new to sours, but after a couple of years of exploring the style, I can't honestly put this on the same pedestal as Russian River. It's not terrible, but it's closer to middle of the pack than upper-tier. Quite a good value, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:56:33 | More by Arbitrator
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very dark amber with a cream white head. Smells fruity alcohol and caramel reminds me of the liquor my Pip used to pour in his basement, a whiskey I think. A spice taste that reminds me of relish. A nice sour tart taste and feel. A good beer. One of the best Jolly Pumpkins I've had thus far.
Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 04:43:26 | More by JordanEllwanger
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; "Blend 5, Bottled 5-27-10", served lightly-chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark ruby amber hue, slightly murky, coming with a semi-thick beige frothy head with relatively good retention, plus healthy streams of tiny bubbles in action.
S: sour-sweetness of overripe green melons, sour cherries, Chinese amber prunes, salted+dried tangerine peels, and musty yeastiness floats on top of an enticing sheet of sweet vanilla-ish notes as of lightly-toasted white oak barrels added with a lingering Rioja Crianza/Reserva's oaky yet sour grapey aroma; given a swirl, a rather settled layer of honey-ish notes and nutmeg-like spiciness gets mixed with the omnipresent oaky aroma, allowing a note of amber malts to sneak through subtly. Very nice, very oaky, and moderately + pleasantly funky.
T: the healthy carbonation renders a nice effervescent mouthfeel upfront, the foretaste is subtly funky, sour-fruity (prune-ish + mildly cherry-ish), and lightly gristy-malty, leading towards an aftertaste filled with semi-dry, saison or farmhouse ale-like mustiness but in an understated manner, along with a lingering oaky undertone as of well-aged French red wines... the finish is semi-clean, with light notes of dried herbs+spices (licorice root + nutmeg) and residual bitterness as a reminder of funky yeasts and bitter hops.
M&D: this ale has shown a decent ageing potential, I'd say; the flavour profile is quite balanced, the body is medium-plus, and the carbonation is very healthy indeed (for this batch/blend); all in all, this is a very likeable oaky-funky ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:44:16 | More by wl0307
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2, bottled 3-18-10.
Been eyeing this in the fridge for a long time, waiting for a good day to do it. After a really long day at work, and more work coming this weekend, and lots of pain trying to buy a new house, I figured it was time to do it.

The long neck forces a slow pour and nice creamy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly though. THe beer itself is pretty clear rosy reddish light maroon color.

The nose is really nice. it has some light sour fruit, a little raspberry, a little bolotin cherry, tart fruits, but very juicy. A very light dry farmhouse funk, lacto style funk, but very light even though this beer has a bit of age. There's a touch of oak and vanilla, with a light creamy malt in the background, and just a faint hint of bourbon.

The taste is lighter than the nose, but not by a large margin. It is fairly sour and tart, with lots more nice fruit, with a little berry, and some sour bolotin cherry. Some acidity comes through, with a light creamy malt taste. Some nice oak tastes with a touch of vanilla. A very light warming booze, with some sweetness as well. A light red malt taste. And of course some lacto funk, a dry and slight farmhouse wild yeast funk, making itself known, but not dominating. More so than the nose at least. Some light bitterness comes through with that, most likely from the yeast and acidic fruit flavors. It finishes with a little flemmy taste, and lots of lingering tart fruit, pretty dry at the same time too.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

It has an OK drinkability, nothing special, but for a wild at 7% it's fairly drinkable. Some of the flemmy taste gives it a tougher swallow, and a very light warming booze with the sour and tart fruits. But for what it is, it's fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:28:55 | More by jlindros
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Dunkle

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750mL bottle at Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery in Ann Arbor. According to the sticker, this was bottled on August 27th, so it's quite fresh!

A: Dark amber in color. Reminds me of apple cider. Almost no head, even with a 90 degree poor.
S: Smells sweet, spicy, and sour with a hint of alcohol.
T: This has a lot of flavor. Sour fruit notes are apparent throughout, as well as some spices. Alcoholic, tart aftertaste.
M: Relatively high carbonation, but it fits this brew well. The medium body feels good in the mouth and on the palate.
D: I was surprised that this is only 7.7% ABV; it tasted like more. I sipped this and am glad I split this one.

Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 01:21:56 | More by Dunkle
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clean amber brown color with a small amount of head that quickly fades and does not leave much lacing.

smell is a faint sharp sour, with a hint of must and funk. not strong smells, but pleasant.

taste is slight sour bite up front, quickly blended with a light cherry and berry flavor, slight vanilla oak presence in the finish. feels like the bite and funk are a bit missing here could if it had more of both.

mouthfeel is standard thickness for style a bit thin, but stylistically correct. carbonation is lacking. could really use a good amount more.

very approachable drinkable sour. could have many of these, but i wish some of the flavors weren't so faint.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:01:47 | More by pdoran10
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... a murky dark beer pours from the bottle with a nice frothy finger thick white head that slowly disappears, but not completely. A decent amount of head still lingers 10 minutes from the pour. Appears to be some sediment resting at the bottom of the glass

S- Initially not very aromatic, but after some swirls of the snifter... wood and bourbon or booze mixed with a slightly sweet slightly vinegary smell

T- Very interesting... Slighly sweet slightly vinegary start with a oaky backbone

M- Lighter body with light carbonation

D- Its an interesting beer and worth the try if you enjoy different brews. That being said, I don't think it's a beer a would go out looking for...

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:43:57 | More by bbeane
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laituegonflable

Australia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice red-tinged amber colour, quite hazy through the body. Head is quite wonderfully dense on top, leaves some really nice trails of lace around. Head retains a good amount. Yeah, nice head, very nice lace, haze is good too, all pretty damn nice.

Okay, nose is certainly a tart one. Lots of underripe fruit notes, cranberry with other berries - raspberry, blackberry. Lots of funk as well with that slight washed-rind-cheese note. But yeah, pleasant, refreshing. Goodly amount of sourness.

Taste is very rich and strong. Quite tart for the most part with lots of cranberry and funky cheese notes, some blackberry as well and hints of pear and apple. Lots of tasty tart fruit, sour even, but all very fresh and lively. Slight buttery flavour underlies it all, but doesn't really come to the fore. Overall it's a bit simple, just strikes me as all the bits of an American Wild Ale with nothing extra special here.

What is special though is the mouthfeel. Awesome texture, just a very slight tingle from carbonation, great body, great feel. If all beer felt like this I'd be a very happy man.

Yeah, a tasty, refreshing beer. If it had more character this would be sensational, but it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 03:43:57 | More by laituegonflable
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this beer makes me wonder what the grand reserve is like, a lot.

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is red and hazy, forms a thin head that disappears slowly leaving no evidence that it was ever there.

Aroma is bretty, mildly acidic, and has this mild cherriness about it. It smells interesting but its odd overall. Too many different things.

This beer is better cold than at room temperature. Its quite bretty in the mouth, mild tartness, sourness is moderate. There is some sweetness to it up front but mostly this is a brett bomb. Overall its pretty good for a wild, i wouldn't really describe this beer as overly fruity or sour. If I want a sour made with cherries I think I'll go for a supplication.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:33:31 | More by drabmuh
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 13, 2009.

Overflowed for about 10 minutes, sending red liquid all over the floor, my shirt and the kitchen counter.

Color is a deep cherry red with a thin coating of a head that forms a ring around the glass. Carbonation is moderate, if not a bit lively for the style. Wasn't able to identify any sediment in the glass, but did notice chunky red flecks while cleaning it off the counter. Looks elegant and sweet.

Aromas include the fresh grape notes of a sauvigon blanc, oak barrels, a little hint of the barnyard must and a strong dose of alcohol. A bit fruitier than most wild ales, which is to its advantage.

Taste is sour (obviously) backed with vinegary notes and an oak aftertaste. The wine comparisons are endless, from the dry tanniny flavor to the tart cherry sweetness to the intriguing spice blend (think basil and paprika). There's also a lingering saltiness, which may make this a pleasant accompaniment to a steak or pork chop.

Liquid leaves behind an acidic and tart resin that burns the tongue and deadens the palate a bit. I know this sounds a bit like a criticism, but an all encompassing dryness in a sour beer is rather pleasant.

Although this can be a bit too acidic, it's a very interesting take on the style and it's fun to seek out all of the unusual flavors. It would have received an even better review if it hadn't been enjoyed in such close proximity to several glasses of Consecration.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 15:52:12 | More by deapokid
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jpoder

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: reddish hue light in color decent head that lingers pretty well

s: clean sour cherry smell. would actually like to see this a little funkier...this is pretty young (says bottled in 6/2010, so I'd imagine if I cellared this beer it would get funky in time)

t: nicely sour, tart, OAK, sourness is strong up front, then fades quickly to oak. finishes very dry and tart. delicious! slight acetic taste in the back of my throat as I drink...not as strong as Rodenbach, but same idea...I like this a lot.

m: very light, thin body, but suits this very well.

d: boy I could drink a bunch of this. very tasty, nicely sour, nice oak. this is a really great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:29:37 | More by jpoder
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.