La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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From:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #44
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,434
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 12.16%
Reviews:
801
Ratings:
1,226
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 20, 2022
Added:
Aug 14, 2004
Wants:
  184
Gots:
  333
SCORE
90
Outstanding
La RojaLa Roja
Notes: 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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle, Blend 4 2008, ABV 7.2%, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Amber colour, moderate off-white head. Very nice sour & sweet & funky aroma. Moderately sour and oaky flavour, fairly light bodied.
Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amber pour. Tart, effervescent and bright. Rolls off the tongue, with a gentle acidity.
I would gladly have another pint of this one, if given the chance.
Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Murky, mahogany color with a larger than average, off white head that left fair lacing. Woodsy aroma, malty, some spice. Medium bodied mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Tart, grainy, earthy, musty taste along with some sour fruit. Dry, earthy finish. This one kept growing on me.
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blend 11 bottles 6-7-12
Drank 8-11-22
Look - brown slight red with a nice white head and rimming. Shocked it looks this good after being 10 years old
Smell - oak tart possibly some dark cherry
Taste - bitter oak earthy possibly cherry like the smell
Feel - medium body with a lighter carb
Overall - shocked how good this lasted

Original 4
From untappd... I had this beer at the brewery
The beer is pretty sour and tart but with lots of fruity sweet cherry. Had a medium dry body with a lighter carb.
Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Oct 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jul 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.9 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep red, clean. A veil of foam.
In the smell acetic notes, with red fruit, wood, cherry stone. Fruitiness of cherry, sour cherry, a bit of raspberry.
Dry, acetic taste, wood and tannins, again red fruit and cherry stone.
A bit of astringency.
Very dry, very good.
Tannins and fruitiness in the aftertaste too, with acetic spikes.
Very well balanced. Great.
Apr 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Griphon from Florida

Jan 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Rated by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tried a bottle aged since 2013 in 2022 and believe it is past its prime. Very tart and bitter
Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle to tulip. Date on the back stamped "08/16/2018."
The appearance was a rugged muddy amber color with a slight transparency about it. Thin white film of a head stays on top throughout my sips. Just some spotty legs of lace here and there.
The aroma had some balsamic vinegar sour character running through some Belgian malts and tart dark and red fruits, soft lemon pulp confiscates the backbone. Keen earthy hop structure. Tart fruit skin.
The flavor leads with the sour vinegar tones while pulling in some Belgian malty crackery tones with some clean caramel hints. Clean Belgian malty and vinegary sour aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a kind sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed like it was starting to fall off but didn't seem to effect much of any of the aspects of this beer. Awesome finish of caramel dry malts with balsamic vinegar and red fruit skin tartness.
Overall, Flanders Red Ale, yup, I'd absolutely say so and definitely want again.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2019-09-28
I think it was poured from a bottle at E9. Tried it when I was there for Zwanze Day.

Kind of a muddy peach color, smallish head. Flavor was moderately tart, strongest thing that came across to me was fruit skin bitterness. Was pretty good, but didn't stand out much to me.
Sep 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by nwhittin from Indiana

Aug 25, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Red colored beer with a great taste of beer funk. Good sour, but not too sour. Some solid dankness making this similar to a beligan style brew with some extra elements.
Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

Dec 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by RMW66 from Australia

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by Nunya from Ohio

Aug 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Aug 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From tasting notes 03/03/18
Had on-tap at HopCat in Ann Arbor, MI

Appearance - Served in a 12oz snifter, slight haze and reddish copper in color with a thin, broken layer of suds sitting atop with a thin ring encircling the edge of the glass. No lace.

Smell - The aroma is mildly tart and sweet with cherry, berry and a hint of funk. 

Taste - Follows the nose. Flavorful and equally sweet as tart, hitting mostly on cherry character with lesser berry. Minimal funk. Hints of oak emerge mid-taste and strengthen into the finish. Aftertaste lingers with pleasant cherry tartness and woody oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with spritzy, bitey carbonation. Slick upfront before a dry, biting champagne like finish.

Overall - A really easy, relatively balanced flanders red that doesn't get overrun by tartness. One I would drink time and time again.
May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by Kappakoosh from Texas

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Nmgreen from New York

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by johnverduin from Indiana

Mar 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by ShawnL from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Label is stamped bottled on date of '06/09/2017',
Medium amber colored body, with just a hint of red. Totally murky body. Any head quickly dissipates to thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma of berry fruit, mated with cherry. Funk and oak also.
Tart, sour taste of berry. Just a touch of sweetness but strongly countered with the sour. Lots of oak tannins. Caramel and spice are complimentary, but this is touched with the sour. Leather and funk are there too.
Medium mouth feel, which is greatly influenced by the sour nature of the beer.
From the appearance, aroma, and taste, this is a sour beer through and through. A good example of a sour beer, with funk, without fruit added. An excellent and well done barrel aged beer, then bottle fermented.
Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by LarryMyers from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Oct 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.64 by metacog42 from Michigan

Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.65 by aclockworkchris from Michigan

Sep 29, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2027 ratings