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La Roja - Grand Reserve | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 02-16-2006

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#2,044
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
223
pDev:
11.06%
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Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to northernbrews for this beer.

A: Very hazy and murky mahogony peach colored brew. Head is small but creamy, a flesh color with iron highlights.

S: Strawberry yogurt, fresh hay, bourbon, floral notes and pencil lead.

T: Mmmm, begins very bretty with loads of peach yogurt. Oak becomes immediately present at the front of the tongue with a zing. Then the bourbon comes quite powerfully but plays very well with the funky flavors. Interesting blend of vanilla, red apple and apricot make this an intriguing brew. Finishes spicy with lingering yogurt and a slight bitter bite.

M: Medium body with a soft yet slick mouthfeel.

D: This was so enjoyable. What an exciting and different beer for those that like both bourbon barrel beers and wild ales. Good stuff. This was better than the original.

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Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Billakowski
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Scout11
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jbtice0315
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to taste this 08 beer at a hombrewers Christmas party.

One of the most delicious and sour beers I've ever had. The sour will definitely knock your socks off, but it was amazing at the same time.

Had a wonderful nose.

After a few sips I could feel the lactic acid dissolving my entire mouth.

Loved it and glad that I had the chance to try it.

Would definitely have purchase some if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. DrJay picked up the special oak aged blend for me and i purchased the 32 month aged bottle at the brewery. thanks jay!

12oz bottles. one is labeled "special oak aged blend" and was purchased in december 2007. the other is labeled as batch 48, barrel-aged 32 months. sampled side by side on nov 27/08. recorded score reflects the 32 month aged version.

32 month: 4.5/5/4.5/4/4 = 4.5
pours crystal clear deep red with only a small dense ring of very fine white bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. no lace.

aroma is fantastic. oak, vanilla, bourbon. touch of lemon. lots of tannin and woody character. bit of dark fruit. light citrus. earthy. so much more depth than the younger batch.

wow. taste is excellent too. vanilla, bourbon, oak and tannin. lemon. bit of dark fruit. light alcohol. some vinegar too. bread. bit of cracker. leather. horse blanket funk. mixed citrus. malty and delicious

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. just under medium body. bit of a lingering acidity.

drinkability is good. it's certainly more acidic than the younger batch and that does detract slightly from its drinkability, but overall it's still my favourite of the two. great stuff.

2007 batch: 4/4/3.5/4/4.5 = 3.85
pours hazy and slightly lighter red than the 32 month. a big fluffy white head forms, falling slowly and leaving lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. vanilla. light oak. maybe a hint of bourbon? lemon. touch of cider vinegar. white bread. cracker. light alcohol. white wine. light fruit, but nothing specific or dominating.

taste is good. light vanilla. lemon. malt vinegar. bread and cracker. there's a mix of some lighter fruit, but not nearly the depth of some of the other beers we've tasted and not as nice as it's older brother.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body. fairly smooth even wtih the light acidity.

drinkability is great. the acidity is more restrained than in the older batch, improving it's drinkability. i'd still happily take the older batch overall.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 454 & 469. Bottled 03/13/12. Pours a murky, brownish amber color with little to no head. Scent is very inviting on this one. Tons of sour cherries and sweet oak aromas. A lot of vanilla with sour berries and a hint of red wine vinegar. Very fruit forward in the aroma with a nice balance from the oak barrels. Taste is just as good as it smells. Initially, it is very sweet. Sweet vanilla, oak, and berry. Then it gets some cherry flavor which becomes more and more sour as it warms. Not as sour as I was expecting, but definitely complex and with immense flavor. Just the right amount of vinegar and acidity. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is almost spot on for this beer. Not too carbonated with a very dry finish. Drinkability is very high, and the 8%ABV is nowhere to be found. Overall, a step above from regular La Roja. I love the original, but this one is better IMO. Delicious and complex wild ale. Wish I had more of this.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served at 45 degrees F.

Muddled dark copper with a finger of frothy, glass-ascending, light khaki head. Strong aromatics of tart cherry, sour fruits, light vinegar, horse blanket, grapefruit, leather, and faintly caramel malt notes.

Sour, acidic fruits right off the bat. Intensely sour at first, but backs off a little revealing fruit peels/skins, tart cherries, and ruby red grapefruit. Gradually, caramely malt shows through, with hints of vanilla, earthy oak and alcohol. Dry, champagne-like finish. Medium-bodied with a lively feel. Refreshing and complex and delicious!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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…f’in 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.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer from Michigan. This beer is all about what I would hope for in a sour. The look of it was a dark amber, with a lighter pale head. The nose was super funky barnhouse, and a little sour fruit (strawberry, lemon). The taste was pure juicy sour and some more strawberry and sour blackberry. The mouthfeel was perfect for the style. Great beer!

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red with thin creamy head and webby lacing.

Very sour nose reminiscent of some grapes and some very prominent woody character that's not unlike vanilla and bourbon. Tart and fantastic smell.

The taste is less in your face than the smell. It's tart and woody like grape juice out of a wooden chalice. Hints of vanilla and bourbon and funky yeast (brett?) It finishes extremely dry and is a little bit thinner on the tongue than expected.

Fantastic beer that I would love to come across again. I haven't actually tried the La Roja yet although I can get it in Georgia and North Carolina. I was going to save this one to have them side by side but just couldn't wait. Many thanks to trbeer for this one.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most recent relase. Served slightly below cellar temp.

A: An orangeish red color. A little cloudy. A small amount of white head.

S: Vinegar sourness.

T: This one is sour on the nose, followed by some vinegar and fruit notes. Very good.

M: Medium bodied and a decent carbonation.

O: A great sour. I wish this was more readily accessible.

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Photo of dbONE
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a capped belgian style bottle into a large belgian glass.
The head is a beautiful off white with good retention and nice lacing as the glass empites. The color emerging from the pour is a deep amber with a shade of red hiding throughout. The picks up first on the sourness followed shortly by slight cinnimon and cardamon hints. Caramel also comes through.
The palette gets a wallup of sourness. Imagine eating a grannysmith caramel covered apple at the fair. With a showing of vanilla and oak the spice is in force in the back as it dries up init sour wood.
My parents live in Dexter and I havn't forgiven them for not telling about Jolly Pumpkin when I visited a few years ago.

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Photo of Brian700
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kbaker for bringing this one over to my place to share.

This beer rocked my world. When tasting Jolly Pumpkin beers, the age of the beer has so much to do with what you are going to get. The beers are great fresh, great with a little age, great old...but the older they get the more they all kind of start to taste the same. The funk takes over and you get a great beer without some of the subtelties that it once had.

This one seemed to be less funk controled although it was aged for 18 months in a whiskey barrel. All the subtle flavors were well pronounced. It poured a nice amberish/brown with an off white head. The aroma was a tone of oak, whiskey, light vanilla notes. There is that funky bret/lactic presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and is a pleasure to wash over the palate.

The drinkability is great. I wish I had a few 750s of this instead of a 12 oz bottle to split amongst 3 people. Nice one Spooky Ron.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BWH3
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown ale with light haze. Amazingly large head with retention for days. I poured some of this beer left for 10 minutes to go pick up some carry out for my wife and when I returned a solid layer of head was still present. The haze is a flaw but the color and head are so gorgeous they more than compensate.

S: An amazing blend of red currant and sour orange accented with a slight vanilla aroma. The sour scent is clearly palpable on my nostrils. A very light caramel flavor is complimentary to the acidity.

T: Identical to the smell with the exception that the barrel aging comes out more. The taste earned a slightly lower score because the sour/acidic flavor is at time overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, blazing fine carbonation, bubbly full head with amazing retention. The carbonation augments the acidity. Divine

D: I have tasted Monk's Flemish sour so I do have some frame of reference for this style. I found this beer to be exceptional and a must sample for all fans of Belgian ales.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

08-08-2007:
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.

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Photo of gator79
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerhan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle

A-Pours a very dark ruby. Looks like very dark cider and a murky brown from the top. Carbonations does not look promising. Pours thin with a slowly rising white head that fades fast and remains thin.

S-Smell is dominated by apples, straw, chardonnay-esque aroma.

T-I was a little vary of the taste when I poured this beer but this blows the regular la roja away. There is a lot of oak up front as well as some dried fruits (strawberry and grape). It is very unique. Pleasantly sour but not overpowering.

M-The sourness of this beer varies with how long you let it sit in your mouth. It is very smooth but if you let it stay in your mouth for a long time it is like a warhead. The alcohol is nonexistent.

O-I went into this beer with no real expectations since i did not know what it would be like. I think it is fantastic and just a treat. Not quite as good as the biere de mars grand reserve but not one to forget.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the release in Ann Arbor. Shared with a few people at AgentZero’s birthday tasting. Batch number 438/439.

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a murky orange/reddish color. About a half finger of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Musty barnyard funk, cherry vinegar, heavier caramel, toasted bread, and malt than the BdM GR. Slight oak and lactic.

Taste – Similar to the regular La Roja, though heavier oak and just a bit more tartness. Overall, it is somewhat close to the regular version of this which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice cherries, earthy barnyard funk, and must. A nice tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall – Easy to drink, a bit more sour than the regular. However, I hope this gets a bit more tart with age.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing this long time want! 07/25/2011 Bottled date. #438/439 Batch.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish caramel amber hue. Some froth and lace.

(S)- A subtle cheesy funk with lots and lots of barrel wood. Some subtle spice. Very mild lactic bits.

(T)- Some nice tart/acidic fruits with the same superb dry wood barrel and subtle spice. Not as funky as the smell, but again, some lactic bits in there.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Has a great flow of sour fruit to dry oak and subtle funk. Very harmonious despite the heft oak barrel profiles.

(D)- Very nice stuff here. Great smell, taste, and feel with not one part standing our from the next, so it is a well balanced and integrated beer. Regular La Roja is one of Jolly Pumpkin's best beers, and this just got even better than that.

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La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 223 ratings
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