Cerveza Jerome Roja | Cerveza Jerome

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Cerveza Jerome

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ElGordo on 02-08-2007

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Dark ginger ale body, active bubbles, no head--maybe a half finger off the pour, but died almost immediately.

S--Honeyed caramel malt, with something sour and earthy behind it. Lots of grassiness with a faint green apple skin background.

T--Follows the nose for the most part with regard to the honeyed malt and sour sweetness of green apple. Almost cider-ish at points. But there is a definite mustiness, real basement, toward the finish, that's not really appealing, before the noticeable and pleasant bitter hop finish. Would like to have had more hop flavors and aromas evident in the nose and flavor profile.

M&D--Mouthfeel is too watery, and too flat. Drinkability--meh. Not objectionable, but not terribly memorable either. Was looking for something more stand out, given this is the first beer I've had from South America.

Kind of a deconstructed biere de garde, in a way. More that than a red ale, in my eyes (and nose, and tongue).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark shade of golden with a fizzy, soda-pop style carbonation and head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and light fruity hops, with a good whiff of alcohol. Palate is coppery, caramel malt, light hops, and a little funky Belgian-esque yeast. Body is very foamy, and somewhat unenjoyable. Interesting, but I'm glad I didn't have to drink very much of it.

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Photo of Brandt
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a deep amber mahogany color with a one finger cream head that diminished semi quickly.

the aromas in this beer are a nice toasted malt character that is equaly shared by the more earth hop varietes. there are whiffs of caramel and a dry earthy slightly estery fruitiness

the taste is of roasty brown malts and soft caramel along with hints of rum rasin and a stong hop bitterness that see's it all down

the finish is a long and dry feeling and a med body that leaves notes of caramel on the tongue. these are some beers that i have overlooked for a long time and finaly tried one, no regrets here, a really good ale

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Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark-chestnut in colour with a finger of beige head from a fairly aggressive pour. Reasonable head retention and spotty lacing.

Somewhat spicy hop nose, citrus and pepper. Not-quite caramel type of sweet malt base, but hops are a bit stronger in aroma.

Pretty solid maltiness up front, with some sweet citrus impressions to it. Matched by a clean hop finish, slightly spicy, but not sharp. Balance is the winner in the taste category.

Some body and slickness in the mouthfeel, with a little less than average carbonation. Works well for the style.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer that doesn't lack in flavour. I'm quite impressed by this "Andean Red Ale". It is amongst the most pleasant reds I've had.

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Photo of AmherstPhantom
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Deep autumn red with a good white head. Lacing was exceptional as well.

S - Smell of chestnuts, toasted malts, and a little bit of caramel. Really enticing. So far, so good.

T - Starts off with toasted malts and a hint of caramel (much like the smell.) Then I realized: where are the hops? Nothing but malt. I'd like to call this a malt bomb but the finish was incredibly boozy. It's only 6%. Not balanced at all.

M - A tad creamy and a little fuller than most copper ales I've had. Not complaining, though.

D - The over-the-top booziness does it in for me. Maybe it's just me, but I had a hard time finishing it.

Overall, an unbalanced beer. I don't plan on coming back to this one again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jerome Cervesa Roja (red ale) pours a slightly cloudy amber brew over
a dense finger of creamy foam. Carbonation is extremely active, and the
nose is interesting- resinous and almost vinous. The flavor is tart malt up
front with an herbal, slightly grassy hop finish. That vinous quality has an
effect on the taste and body as well- there are aspects of this brew that are
very much like a full-bodied sparkling white wine. I was a little reluctant picking
a bomber of this (at Westside) given the crap reputation of Latin American beers.
This really opened up my eyes- get some before somebody else snaps it up!
Excellent and complex!

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Photo of jgasparine
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This beer exhibits one of the most gorgeous red-brown colors I have ever seen. Sitting atop this chromatic masterpiece was a finger of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving no lacing behind. There are some nice bubble trains working up the side of the glass... just beautiful.

S- Smells of caramel malt and dark fruit... a bit tawny like a port. At the same time, I'm getting some subtle nuttiness on the nose as well.

T- As expected, I'm getting some sweet caramel malt on the palate, some vinous notes, with a tiny bit of low-alpha hops in the background... but what's this? A seeming malt-bomb at only 6% abv!?!? Nice dry finish to a wonderful malty brew!

M- Nice medium body... nicely carbonated... a good amount of unattenuated sugar. Nothing special here in the mouthfeel department.

D- So very drinkable. Would go great with pizza as well!

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Photo of bruachan
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

here's hoping this is what i'm drinking, since my bottle is in english ("andean red ale")

well...it's not dark, so i'm suspicious of the style designation. more of a hazy copper, which also isn't red (this beer claims to be two colors it is not. weird). great tight froth

sour belgian aromas come first. lemon zest and oak. smells too sweet

and it tastes sour, too. that and woody, blackcurrant hop are the dominate flavor elements. lemon zest. oak. fruitiness (i'd say strawberries because of the tangy). it's tasty enough, although i'm having trouble figuring it out. needs bitterness

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Photo of albern
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful, full palated red ale from a brewery I never heard of, from a country not known for beer. The beer pours a slightly hazy coppery amber color with a nice thick, creamy head that retains and laces like crazy. The beer looks very good. The nose on the beer is quite malty, with some caramel notes and some roasted chicory and some crystal malts.

As for the taste, the beer has a big malty palate and lots of character. It is a pretty full bodied beer with a slightly sourish hop bite in the finish. The taste is a tad antique toffee, roasted caramels, chicory notes, maybe some pear or other lightish fruit. The beer is quite creamy, very smooth and just very malted up. There is a bit of carbonation in the beer. This is a nice beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of clickpush
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip glass. Very loud fizzy pour - head comes up about 2 fingers and then goes down very quickly in soda-like large bubbles. Just a couple bubbles trails coming up through the glass. Nothing remains of the head but a thin halo after about 1.5 minutes.

Nose: Sweet and grainy, malt extract like. White grapes and metal. Some caramel & candi sugar.

Mouth: Very dry for such a sweet aroma. Dry white wine from front to back. Actually quite interesting - haven't had a beer like this before. Don't taste the hops at all, it's quite malty, and a little bit of heat sneaks up from the alcohol, but it's got a very dry flavor that I haven't tasted before. Some fruit presence, perhaps some cracked white pepper corns from the yeast. Carbonation is quite strong in the front and keeps its form all the way through. I could drink a lot of this beer for sure - it just ain't so pretty to look at.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had being eyeing these for a while at Ledgers in Berkeley, and finally decided to pick one up. This is an example of the new wave of microbrews starting to come out of Latin America, and while it isn't spectacular, it isn't your normal swill either. Fairly solid. Best by date of August, 2007. This one pours amber with a big off white frothy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Constant stream of bubbles in the glass. The smell is fruity with cherry and raspberry aromas, a light graininess, a touch of marzipan, and light floral hops. The taste has notes of red fruit; bitter, earthy hops; and a tea and spice finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat astringent and a little thin. Interesting, and worth trying.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch R138; Sampled August 2010
A soft pour into my 25cl glass fills with four-fingers of lightly amber tinged foam quite quickly. The beer is a deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark copper / red color when held up to the light. This is definitely aggressively carbonated too, as there are a ton of madly rushing bubbles in this beer. The aroma smells quite fruity as I pop the cap; a closer inspection yields notes of grapefruit, berries and a back drop malt character that seems heavy on the caramelized crystal malts. There is a mustiness to the nose that I can't quite seem to place.

Sweet tasting and frothy up front, much of the sweetness comes from a crystal malt like character and the froth comes from the exited carbonation. The malt character tastes a bit oxidized, though not heavily so, but it tastes like it has some age on it. Fruit flavors of berries, a touch of raisins and some citrusy, grapefruit notes (these last from hops) are noticeable. The malt character is a touch musty, like it was in the aroma, but more so it tastes of biscuit like malt, lightly caramelized whole grain bread crust, and even some grain like spiciness (though perhaps that is yeast influenced). The body on this brew is about medium for a beer of this strength; it definitely has some texture and viscosity to it, though it remains fairly drinkable.

A bit of a let down, not a horrible beer for sure, but it doesn't seem to have a whole lot going on. It says Belgium (sic) style on the label, but there really doesn't seem to be a whole lot of yeast character here.

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Photo of drpimento
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was brought back from Seattle by friend Paul B. Thanks Pablo! Poured with a bit of head and no lace. Head lasted. One of the first Argentine micros I've had that was bought in USA. Not bad. Spicey, fruity, and perfumey nose. Hazy amber color. Flavor was a bit bitter and dry and some of the aromatic flavors mentioned. A bit thin. A boozy warming finish. Drinkable.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Sabor Latino in Denver. Presented in a 22oz wine bottle with a wedge of lime (ack!). I dispatched the lime and proceeded to pour.

A: This is a bottle conditioned beer. Cloudy golden amber color. Cream colored head has good size and retains fairly well. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The aroma is dominated by dark fruits and aged oak. Pretty nice.

T: Quite good. Malt starts with a faint caramel sweetness that gets quickly replaced by flavors of cherry, grape and oak. Bitterness is a combination of pepper and a mild brandy like bite. Finishes rather clean with a slight lingering caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body is a bit chewy from the yeast. Carbonation level is spot on.

D: I ordered this simply because I'd never heard of it. This beer was well worth the risk. One 22oz bottle was enough for me. It paired nicely the with the Brazilian food I had ordered.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a unique beer and I could not resist grabbing this off of the shelf at the store.

A - So it pours a nice hazy golden color. Other reviewers have referred to it as sunset gold which seems fitting. A nice creamy froth head tops this beer

S - Yikes! Despite this beers nice pour there is not much scent here. What is apparent is fuit and spice. But as the beer warms scents become more noticable. Eventually yhe fruit and spice becomes more apparent and is joined by yeast and mild malt smoothness.

T - I think the lack of scent redems its self in the taste. A nice balance of mild fruit is apparent follow by spice and yeast in the back. Additionally you will notice a nice fresh cut grass flavor with mild hops and followed with a smooth malt sweetness.

M - Its very smooth and has a toasty finish. The carbonation has a slight ting to it. The balance of flavors meld nicely in your mouth and offer an enjoyabel drinking expierence. I expected a heavier beer though and this one goes down rather light.

D - This beer is unique for the style the brewer is intending to mimick. Is it a translation thing (Brewery is in Argintina)? Not sure. But it is an enjoyable beer and has some interesting flavors not found in similar belgian and american offerings for this stlye.

Overal - Give it a try! Argentina is not known for craft beer. The brewery seems to have a unique tradition and passion for brewing. While this may not be thier best offering, it is worth a shot. Sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy, brown amber. Beige head achieved from an aggressive pour with not much retention, but managed to maintain a heavy ring and leave moderate lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, lots of toffee. Cinnamon, some fruit.

Taste: Like the aroma. Chocolate and slightly less pronounced toffee, with lots of cinnamon and a hint of vinous fruit. Quite wintry. Intense flavours. Hint of hop to balance but essentially this beer is about the malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with some carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing particularly red about this red ale, but a very enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's interesting that the two samples of Jerome I had were direct opposites in qualities to me and qualities to the reviewers. I loved Diablo, I hated Roja. This poured almost totally flat. Hazy reddish brown in color. Mild no big deal flavor. Really thoroughly boring to me.

As I pondered in my other Jerome review I'm wondering if they keep reformulating, OR if some samples I'm getting are fresher than others got, or vice versa?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished tangerine with sunset gold borders. In spite of the name (rubia means red) and the fact that the brewery considers this offering to be a 'red beer', there isn't a hint of red to my eye. The frothily creamy, light orange crown would make quite a few Continental ales green with envy. If blinded, I would have guessed this to be a Belgian ale without question. Only a relative lack of lace keeps the appearance score from the stratosphere.

There's almost nothing going on in the nose. It's so incredibly weak that faint impressions are the best I can do. The beer smells minimally fruity and lightly spicy (and that's pushing it). I'm pretty sure Cerveza Roja isn't a BSPA, but the nose gives me no clues as to what it might be instead. It opens up a tad with warming, forcing me to grudgingly bump the score to average.

I might be able to concede the point that this is a Belgian pale ale. The flavor profile consists of not enough pale malt; grassy, spicy noble hops; and (quite possibly) an authentic Belgian yeast strain. Oops, I almost forgot the metal shavings. There isn't an abundant amount of flavor, but at least there's something for my taste buds to work with.

The brewery describes this offering as 'very bitter' (it's only moderately so) and as having a 'strong toasted candy flavor' (it doesn't). I don't get much, if any, toastedness and it isn't anywhere close to sweet enough to allow comparisons to candy. The metal shavings fade with time and I'm left with a decent, although far from stunning, Argentinian-Belgian pale ale.

The mouthfeel is a fraction too light... actually that's incorrect. It's appropriately light and appropriately bubbled, but loses its way as the finish approaches and ends up pretty damn close to watery on the swallow. It's acceptable, though, and matches the rest of the beer's attributes fairly well.

In terms of overall quality, Jerome Cerveza Roja fits neatly between the very good Cerveza Negra (a milk/sweet stout) and the less than good Cerveza Rubia (an American blonde ale). Belgian brewers needn't worry, but I thought this was a pretty decent effort for a country (and a continent!) not known for world-class beer.

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