La Roja Du Kriek | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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La Roja Du KriekLa Roja Du Kriek

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Roja du Kriek – Sour Amber Ale with Michigan Cherry Juice. This is what happens when 3100 gallons of 2013 La Roja meets 50 gallons of Michigan tart cherry juice, aged in oak barrels and bottle conditioned – a perfect blend of sour and tart joie de vivre!

Added by mothman on 07-30-2010

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 750ml bottle into teku. Dark and murky ruby color. Good amount of carbonation with about a 2 finger white head that dissipated into a small white ring and leaves webbed lacing around my glass. Aroma has tart cherries, sour apple, vanilla, malt and oak. Starts off semi sweet then blasts with tart cherries and sour apples. I can taste the oak within the malty liquid with hints of funk. Finishes with a lingering tart sourness. Not sour, but a nice sweet and very tart combination. Carbonation gives the beer a fizzy, bubbly quality. Drinkable, and refreshing. This JP offering was exceptional!

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Photo of juneof44
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkoehn
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutHunter
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja Du Kriek for $13.99 at Cork N Ale. I've been a looking around for this one for a little while and I was happy to find one bottle left on the shelf, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a dark red and brown color that took on more of a brighter red and ruby color when held to the light with a some creamy and slightly fizzy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with that signature funky JP yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice funky barnyard, wet straw and horse blanket like aromas that go right into the tart cherries which impart a nice and noticeable tart cherry juice like aroma that goes well with the yeast. Up next comes a little bit of malts which impart a grainy and light sweet malt aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, it has everything that I like about La Roja, but with some big cherry flavors that compliment it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but not as tart as the aroma lead me to believe and it starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it's just a little bit lighter. Up next comes the cherries which are also a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart those same nice tart cherry aspects with just a little extra fruitiness showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma and they impart the same aspects. On the finish there's medium amount of tartness with a nice tart cherry juice and funky yeast aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, the base beer shows up nicely and it works great with the tart cherry flavors.

M- Pretty Smooth, a little refreshing, a little tart, slightly prickly with a higher amount of medium carbonation and on the the thicker side of being medium bodied.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a great example of the style, it had some nice kriek aspects to it and just enough of those base beer flavors came together to make for a pretty balanced and tasty beer. This beer has good drinkability, it's not overly sour, so it's to drink a good amount of and I think it would be great for the warmer weather. What I like the most about this beer is how well the base beer and the tart cherries worked, they complemented each other. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I really disliked about this beer. I would buy this beer again and It would be nice to see how it changes over time. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, JP did a good job with this one and they took a staple beer from their linep and added a nice twist to make for a unique and tasty beer. It's one of the better JP beers and it's a very nice example of the style. Great job guys, this is a great beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Roy1586
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red with a two finger off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, oak and leather.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet and tart cherries, heavy oak, leather and some earthy funk.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - Easy drinking sour red/amber with a nice blend of sweet and tart. The cherries are really pronounced throughout.

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Photo of jemarent
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer right here, but im not sure its better than the original roja. the cherry juice has a very different effect than i have seen whole fruit have in similar beers, and the end result is fantastic, but its not all that cherry forward, and its not as dry as it could be. there is a lot of wood on this, curious color too, almost brown, murky, and real active, but not red and lighter like one would expect. the aroma is a little tart from the fruit, but more wild than anything else, funky and farmy and rustic and wild, somewhat sweet from the fruit and the malt too, oddly less mature than the base beer ever seems. the cherries add a thin acidity to the taste, a very true cherry flavor, and just a little bit more fermentable sugar, this seems stronger than i remember the base being, although its far from boozy. red wine notes and chocolate malt oddly enough is what i taste towards the finish. thank goodness for the robust carbonation, it clears away some of the dusty wood and yeast notes in here. from the tap, but it tastes sort of old to me. an interesting brew, but not quite as good as i had it built up in my head to be. id like to compare this to the bottled format...

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's almost not fair to review this beer given that its tasting companion that night was Rodenbach Alexander. La Roja Du Kriek is a far sharper, more American beer, that nonetheless takes its influence from the Flanders Red tradition. Its amber and "red" notes bite, but there's a softer belgian hiding somewhere underneath.

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