La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
32-month edition. Batch 48. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a rusty amber color without any head. THe nose brings some light cherry in the foreground plus a bit of oak in the background. Overall, the nose is mildly acetic and has a bit of old burnt rubber. Some mild funk as well. The taste is overwhelming sour, and it almost hurts my mouth. Granted, I had a cut on the inside of my lip, but still. Very puckering and has quite a bit of oak. Almost too sour to be enjoyable. More of the problem, I think, we that there was nothing other than a bit of oak to back up the sourness. Too bad, as I was really excited to try this one. Thanks again, Brad.
04-12-2011 17:44:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Oak Aged - 20 months
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a modest head that belies expectations as it foamed out of the bottle when opened; lots of splashy lacing
Smell: Funky bourbon/cider aroma - tart green apples and rotting peaches
Taste: Peaches and bourbon right off the bat, with the oaky vanilla flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, apricots, peaches, tart apples and currant flavors emerge and join the strong bourbon flavors; funky finish with considerable wine-like dryness from the oak
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation
Drinkability: This is a really interesting blend of flavors and a particular treat for those who like both bourbon and wild ales
Thanks, JesseDaniel, for the experience
06-30-2007 23:15:45 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -5.4%
I had acquired this one in a trade a while back and had been waiting to give it a whirl. So when I went for something intresting with lunch today, I thought this would be just the ticket. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.
Appearance - Deep reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.
Aroma - The aroma was nice, oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.
Taste - Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.
Mouthfeel - A smooth, medium bodied ale, nice carbonation here prickled at the tongue at times. Coating and just right.
Drink - Very smooth, with almost no hint of alchol hanging on this one at all. Very easy drinking here.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy, and was just about right for a lunch time brew. I would do this one again with no issue.
04-12-2009 01:25:43 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
Batch 48. The beer is a murky dark amber color with minimal head formation. As expected, quite a bit of vinegar. Sort of a blend of balsamic and red wine vinegars. A bit of toffee sweetness and perhaps a hint of acetone. A nice oakiness and mild vanilla. Not much fruit on the nose. The intensity of the vinegar is equal to the aroma. A decent amount of cherry and red grape flavor with a nice wine note. A hint of vanilla along with some tannic oak. Nice flavors, but the acetic quality makes it a bit tough to drink.
06-13-2012 16:43:46 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks to Jay23 for providing the extra...2008 batch, aged 32 months.
Holy acetic acid batman! That's about all I get from this at first. The tan head bubbles up and fades fast. Nice crimson glint, with a brownish surface. Leather, honey, and tobacco in the nose, with a sharp vinegar and blue cheese element. Sharp tartness to the flavor, with plenty acetic notes lingering afterwards. Mild oak and balsamic notes. Full bodied with a nice elevating level of carbonation , keeping things dry.
Gives Rodenbach a run for the money, for sure...
Received in a generous trade with JesseDaniel...thanks!
12oz. bottle, neck label states:
"Grand Reserve oak aged - 20 months"
Pour is a deep reddish mahoghany, with an orange ring around the top where the light gets through. Body has a muddy clarity, not completely opaque. A large cap of foam rises, leaving spotty webs of lace. Very tiny particles hang in suspension.
Tendrils of vanilla, oak, coconut, and spice waft from the tulip glass. Swirling produces a sourish fruit and mild sharpness in the nose, hinting at it's strength. The alcohol is sophisticatedly hidden under levels of complexity. A touch of wild yeast is apparent in the sour funkiness.
Woody earthiness of oak, dark berry tartness, vanilla, with mysteriously mild spices lingering long after. Carbonation is present, but fairly toned down. Dry, bittersweet, with tannins similar to a red wine, but more resembling an Oud Bruin. Pepper tingles on the tongue long after the first sip. A definite sipper, it took the better part of an hour to savor this one. The empty glass still smells rich and woody.
08-08-2007 02:18:22 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz bottle shared by dyan - thanks, dogg.
Appearance: Tawny in color with no head whatsoever - completely still. Moderately hazy.
Smell: Funky red wine is the first thing that comes to mind. Takes on more of a red wine vinegar edge as it warms. Light to moderate acetic acid, and a bit of mineral water funk.
Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and drying, big oaky tannins. Nice balance of fruity sourness, acetic acid and drying tannins. Slightly mineral/metallic mid palate, with a touch of vanilla following. Carbonation is low, this is almost still, though it does little to hamper my enjoyment of the beer. Good stuff, but not quite as enjoyable as the regular La Roja.
01-01-2009 09:08:45 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Batch 438/439. Thanks to Bob (klipper)! Served in Darkness glass.
A - Very late-rising thin white foam settles to a big-bubbled partial cap, and thicker collar. The body is a dark reddish orange, with a hint of transparency at the edges. Some tiny spots of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.
S - Smell is quite nice, with a mix of oak, red wine vinegar, dill, hint of blue cheese. Quite vinous, with increasing dry wood flavors as the beer warms up that starts to become a tad overwhelming.
T - Nice sour grapes and appleskins, red wine, quite acetic with minimal lactic character. Long lingering dry oak finish. By the end of the bottle there's a hint of the base brown malt. Again, it's quite enjoyable but it's hard to differentiate from other Jolly Pumpkin offerings without the virtue of an A/B comparison.
M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, with extreme tannic dryness, and a mouth-coating residual candy-like finish. No real indication of the listed 8% ABV.
D - Really nice beer. I was able to finish the 12oz bottle very quickly and I'd gladly have this again in the future if it were available a little more often. Beast Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had in a while.
04-10-2012 04:16:10 | More by MasterSki
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Labled as La Roja Select (Brandy Barrel Aged Flemish-Style Amber Ale)
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is a dirty, amber color that looks almost completely flat with a few wayward bubbles lazing around. The aroma is a mix of sour / funk notes as well as some big wood / barrel character; a mix of spicy wood, buttery oak, tart plum, hints of cheddar, and some Bourbon-like notes that come through with out being overwhelming. The oak aromatics are more noticeable than any Brandy notes.
The beer fells flat as it hits the mouth, there is no carbonation, which accents a light sweetness, which in turn accentuates some fruit notes of Macintosh and plum. The finish is tannic; like a green tee that coats the teeth. There is a spicy note in the finish that is contributed by some hot alcohol notes, spicy oak flavors and a light, yet drying astringency. This beer would be really helped by some carbonation, especially since the flavors in this beer are so well balanced. This is a nice mix of light tart flavors, mellow, yet persistent oak notes and a hint of liquor-like notes. Actually, carbonation would make this a fantastic beer. This has much better, more integrated flavors than the Oro de Calabaza Reserve.
08-16-2007 02:50:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Much thanks to hopdog for deciding to open this
Appears a hazy brownish amber with a small off white head. Tons & tons of spotty lacing scattered about the glass.
Smell is of brett filled oak fin awesome with oak, vanilla, and whiskey.
Taste is of oaky, whiskey, vanilla in a complex brett dosed malty brew.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, sweet, fruity, oaky, and bourbonesque.
03-31-2006 23:05:20 | More by weeare138
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks goes out to CRJMellor for this brew.
Oak Aged - 20 months
Poured into a chalice a cloudy darker amber/burnt brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is tangy, malty, slightly spicy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is tangy, malty, grapey, some spice thrown in, nice touch of caramel. Medium body, a pretty complex brew. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, but there is a nice warm feeling. Very drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try this awesome brew out, highly recommended.
04-22-2007 02:00:05 | More by Wasatch
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a light small-bubbled and short-lived uneven film over the translucent but not clear burgundy brew. Lacing is minimal to nearly non-existant. However, all this stuff is to be somewhat expected from brew aged in oak for months as this one apparently was. Aroma is, yow, strong stuff. Dominant barrel and alcohol notes, leaving little room for anything else. Taste is much more balanced than the nose. Starts with tart fruitiness, vanilla and oak sashay on in, and then the alcohol takes over. Cannot believe this only 8%abv. There is just no way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad for what it is, but wish it was just a bit more user-friendly all around. The burning alcohol I find in the aroma sort of infringes on everything else.
06-26-2006 01:33:52 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle shared by by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
32 month edition
The beer is sunburst and ruby hued, with very little head. Aromas include caramels, cherries, oak, vanilla, and light funk. The beer is impressively sour. Give it to me baby! Don't...stop...don't stop...don't stop! This beer will F your palate in the A with its sourness. Moving on. The flavor brings a lot of the barrel characteristics, as well as a light helping of cherries. Really wonderful and complex, even challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I so dig sipping on a complex, super sour monster of a beer, and this one delivered.
04-22-2011 03:23:14 | More by Huhzubendah
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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