Roja De Kriek - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Two full 6oz. pours at GTMW '11, review from notes.
On gravity pour, served from a firkin.
Deeply saturated scarlet brown, a few larger bubbles cluster on the surface, soon fading to thin ring at the edges. Somewhat murky, but the Merlot coloration was distinct and attractive.
Funky and acetic dark cherry nose, no sweetness.
Vinous would be the keyword that applies to the taste and mouthfeel, the cask serving renders it very supple and wine-like, much like a true unblended Kriek. Rather tannic and dry in the finish, with lingering bitter cherry skin and plenty of oak tannin present. Signature JP barrel complexity, lending a well-rounded woody spice-like dimension to the sour fruit aspects. Nice lasting aftertaste, one to sip and savor in the shade.
JP ran out of beer early in the fest, glad I made it a priority to get to their booth quickly to try this... even better than the latest batch of BdM GR somehow...
08-15-2011 17:00:11 | More by emerge077
4.08/5 rDev -1%
On a firkin at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Festival 2011. I had this first back in '09 at the very same fest. At the time it was my second only sour, the first being Perseguidor 4 a few moments before. What awesome introductions into the world of sours. Feeling the urgent need to retry this beer after a couple years of drinking sours, I was very excited to see that they brought it back this summer.
This version is even redder than the regular La Roja. It's still a murky, distressed shade of Jolly Pumpkin style red though. Very hazy. Not much of a head, Jolly Pumpkin brings gravity pouring firkins.
Lots of the typical Jolly Pumpkin bretty funk is here, but there is a whole new level of things going on. Cherries add a good fruity tartness that breathes live into a funky, woody, grassy smelling beer. A little bit of vinegar is there, but is a welcome addition.
I still remember this being less sour that Perseguidor was back in '09. This beer really isn't very sour, more like a nice spiky tart. I had this right after Lambeak Wants Peachy, and honestly, this beer hit the spot. Its so much more drinkable because of its gentler tartness and low levels of acidity. I even chatted with the long-haired, mutton chopped JP brewer about how I appreciate their sours for their drinkablility and lack of over done aggression. Cherries don't run the show here, but they provide a nice tannins, skin and pit flavors.
This being poured from a firkin, the carbonation was gentle and rolling. It had a very natural feel to it. The finish was pretty clean and dry aside from the lingering cherry and wood tannins that were actually quite nice.
One of the best ones from Jolly Pumpkin. An easy drinking sour with lots of nice, subtle nuances and none of that annoying brash, aggressive sourness that is getting to be overdone in the American Wild category.
07-28-2011 03:02:06 | More by MbpBugeye
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
MBGSF from numerous samples. Pours a dark hazy red with a small but well sustained head. The aroma is funky and has a lot of sour cherry and horse blanket with some earthiness and some leather. The flavor is lots of cherry both in the sour vein and the cherry pie variety. The beer has a nice sourness well matched with the earthy tones. The beer has some spiciness and is very dry. A tasty drink indeed.
12-20-2010 18:51:37 | More by BieresDesMoines
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
On cask at the JP Cafe in AA.
a - deep, turbid brownish burgundy color, one inch creamy ivory head with very nice retention and lacing, very fine bubbles
s - tart cherry, vanilla, cream and oak with a light spice on the nose
t - creamy, sour cherry vanilla pie, light oaky notes on the midpalate and finish, the spice is there but not overwhelming, as is the sourness, not much alcohol to be found, the cherry pie taste reminds me a bit of the Cascade Manhattan Transfer I had last month at Belmont Station in Portland, there is a light bitterness on the finish that is a bit awkward, which is the difference between a 4.0 and a 4.5 for me
m - as you would expect from the cask, very creamy and lowly carbonated feel on the palate, it works really well with the tartness and overall flavor profile, not much alcohol warming
d - not overly drinkable, as there is a light bitterness that lingers on the palate, but not bad and above average for a wild ale due to the complexity
08-26-2010 18:02:40 | More by WeisGuy
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Had this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.
Pours an off-white head. Color is a hazy orange hued brown with a hint of ruby to it.
Aroma: fresh tart cherries. Oak. Wheat flavors. Spices and vanilla.
Taste: Sour tart cherries with more oak. More spices. Cinnamon and vanilla. Some yeast notes.
Mouthfeel: Tart and creamy. Smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a medicinal flavored aftertaste.
Overall, this one is very drinkable. A good amount of sour showed here. Very glad to have tried this one.
07-30-2010 14:58:25 | More by mothman
Roja De Kriek from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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