La Roja Du Kriek
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #3,948
4.11 | pDev: 8.03%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
La Roja Du KriekLa Roja Du Kriek
Notes: 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!
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - Bottled on 01/19/2018:

Pours clouded amber with a thin off-white lasting head. Spotted lacing stick.

The smell is of oak, tart cherry, hint of caramel.

The taste is of tart cherries, oak/vanilla. Some biscuit/bread gives it something of a cherry pie character. Refreshingly sour/tart/dry finish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Effervescent without being too fizzy. Nice carbonation level for this brew.

Alcohol well-covered,

It has a sout/tart character mixed with just the right amount of sweetness with dryness in the finish. Cherries and oak-aging both used very well

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jwc215 from Arizona, Nov 12, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a reddish tint, Nice white head with pretty good lace for a sour and beautiful lace.
A bit of funk, cherry and other dark stone fruits, a touch acetic
Very tart, more sour plum than cherry, nice level of funk
Dry, more body than most sours, carbonation is spot on
Really dig it. Wish that the cherry was more upfront, but it is a 30 month old bottle

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MrOH from Maryland, Nov 12, 2018
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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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Ri0 from Wisconsin, May 14, 2017
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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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StoutHunter from Michigan, Jan 26, 2017
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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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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Oct 07, 2016
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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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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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LAp from Ohio, Aug 02, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well.

S- Great tart cherry aroma with a moderate amount of funk. Also some toasty malt character.

T- Lots of oak in this as the tart cherry and funk combine and play off the big tannins. Moderately sour, there's more Brett character here and it's more of that astringent Brett versus the rustic barnyard-y Brett. After multiple sips, a green olive note comes through, once again a result of the Brett.

M- Dry with a relatively mild amount of pucker and acidity. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Nice cherry flavor, good Brett presence. My only nitpick is that I wish it was a bit more tart. I'm not usually one to want more sourness in a beer but the other qualities were so light that I feel it needed a bit of extra umph. But, again, this is my only criticism of an otherwise tasty wild ale.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Jul 22, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Eric. Cloudy orange/brown pour, smallish beige airy head. Cherries as expected in the aroma, along with some candy elements, and a bit of wood. Taste adds some vanilla to the cherries, as well as additional barrel notes, a bit dusty and musty.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jul 10, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip. Blend 2, bottled 4/8/15.

A: Pours a deep caramel/maroon with a finger of light tan head that faded into a soft and fuzzy film. A few wisps of thin lace were left down the glass.
S: Tart and acidic nose full of musty apple cider vinegar, slight balsamic vinegar, musty cherry pits, and a touch of caramel.
T: Tart blast of lactic and acetic acid up front followed by flavors of amber notes of caramel, leather, slight raisin, and a touch of musty earth. The finish is full of variety of cherry flavors including tart cherry skins, tannic cherry pits, and a kiss of juicy semisweet cherry juice. The aftertaste has a hint of vanilla and peppery spice. There is an earthy mustiness throughout, and maybe just a touch of cola as the beer warms.
M: Medium body, tart and bright mouthfeel with a touch of sourness in the middle. The finish is dry and slightly gritty. Tingly and fuzzy carbonation.
O: A very nice take on a Flanders red that is both delicious and fairly smooth. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the original, but this tastes very similar to how I remember. I suppose maybe there is more of a cherry presence, but I’d have to have them side by side. Either way, if you’re a fan of the style, this one is worth checking out.

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scottfrie from California, Jul 09, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is cherries and sour/very lambic. The flavor is cherries, fruit, slight earthiness, malts and a mix of funk, tart and somewhat dry in the finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Jun 20, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 12.59/750 mL bottle ($ 0.456/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI
Bottle dated 2/2/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – cherries
Head – average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body – light brown, opaque
Flavor – woody, hint of cherry; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

An easy drinking, enjoyable beer – can either be quaffed and savored or slammed down, an excellent use of Michigan (I hope) cherries. I would definitely purchase this again!

Appearance – 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, May 15, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Super funky. Hints of barnyard, tart cherry juice, acetone and bathroom cleaner. Aromatic but strange. Flavor is peppercorn, cherry juice and pit, cobwebs, peat, wet wood and Brett funk. A foamy bitterness in the end. Dry and aggressive in the mouth and goes down dry with a filmy, sparkling finish.

A solid beer overall but you have to know what to expect. A fruited funk bomb. Not sour but good complexity and a nice feel.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Apr 23, 2016
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2.61/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was not what I expected. Hopefully I had a bad bottle for the beers sake. It was a nice rose red. Smelled of awful feet and was a gusher. Taste was unbearable. Drain poor

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of cherry, malt and toffee. Sweet malt with tart cherry taste.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Apr 16, 2016
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4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a super cloudy amber, pillowy beige head.

S - Lacto, oak funk, cherries, dried plums.

T - A sharp, lactic sourness hits the tongue from the start, not unlike regular La Roja. However, the sharpness climaxes earlier than expected as a wave of sweet cherry flavor balances it out. The cherrylike flavors from the base beer and the kriek blur incredibly well, creating an incredible depth to the beer. Sherrylike oaky flavors become more present throughout the palate, and finishes with a moderate sourness.

M - Medium-full body, slightly drying from the sourness.

O - Took an already outstanding beer to another level.

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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass it has a hazy amber with a half inch off white head. Smell of cherry, vinegar, floral, olive juice?, and bread. Taste is tart cherry, cranberry, slight vinegar, green apple, lemon, slight slight oak, and earth. Mouth feel is moderate as well as body. Too much vinegar and off flavors, maybe I just got a bad one.

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justinp444 from Michigan, Jan 02, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sour cherries and notes of oak, but without any of the vanilla flavors that you might normally expect. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sour and tart, but the cherry flavors lend a little complexity.

Note: Blend 2, Bottled 4/8/2015
Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Oct 11, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers tart cherries, candy pitted fruits, a medium tart quality and medium body along with the beer. Funk qualities come out as well as the beer has a theme of cherry juice and candy flavors. The barrel slightly dry out the beer.

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dar482 from New York, Sep 29, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; blend 2, bottled 4/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sweet/tart cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, brown sugar, toasted oak, peppercorn, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, cherry juice, oak, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, brown sugar, toasted oak, peppercorn, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness and spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, brown sugar, toasted oak, peppercorn, light vinegar, leather, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, cherry juicy, oak, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately acidic/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour red ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, cherry juice, oak, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink with the moderate acidity. This was pretty much identical in complexity to regular La Roja; but you get stronger sweet/tart cherry flavors, that are still well balanced with the rest of the beer. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 26, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from 750ml bottle

A — Pours a reddish tinged dark amber hue into the glass, there is a billowy off-white colored head that forms and leaves a bit of spotty lacing around.

S — Smells incredibly fresh, vibrant, funky, tart, and juicy. Big sour cherry character comes through here in a great way, just fresh sour cherry, no unnecessary medicinal nonsense. Little bit of a dry oak balance as well.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though it is much more sour than anticipated, this thing really builds up to a huge sour punch, just fantastic. Great notes of fresh cherry, tart lacto, and sweet oak.

M — Dry, tart, puckering finish, long lasting finish.

O — Very very nice and much better than expected, this is a fantastic sour.

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Moose90 from Washington, Sep 22, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy, dark amber red color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes quickly with patchy lace.
S: The nose is exceptional. Tart cherry juice that is really vibrant. Then that great musty basement like funk with oak overflows from the glass. Love it.
T: At first the acidic and puckering sourness is to much. I really have to get acclimated to it, but once I do this opens up much better. Acidic and pithy cherries. Very juicy as I would expect. Big wood/oak flavors. Even some vanilla, and plenty of that Jolly Pumpkin, musty funky yeast.
M/O: A light to medium body that is effervescent. Champagne like carbonation. A bit pithy, and tannin like as well. With the acidic sourness, this is a slow sipper which takes its toll. Though once I get use to the sour intensity this is pretty enjoyable.

I was honestly hoping for this to be an actual Kriek, instead of just cherry juice added. Though it does work. Big cherry juiciness, big sourness, substantial oak and funk. Exactly as advertised, and a good one. Even if it does wear on me a little, still very enjoyable.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy garnet hue with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges leaving a soapy slick. Nose expresses tart cherries and medicinal notes. Taste consistent with nose - slightly acetic with medicinal notes somewhat reminiscent of cherry Sucrets and a light toasted oak quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation that leaves a slight pucker between quaffs. Overall, I thought this beer was quite good; however, I definitely see it becoming more vinegary with time - not something I would recommend for extended cellaring.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Sep 14, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really sour sour. A little too unsubtle in how sour this one is, while at the same time being slightly disappointing in the lack of cherries coming through in the flavor. Overall, still a pretty decent sour.

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cryptichead from Illinois, Aug 24, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a cloudy, leathery reddish amber. Barely there head. Toasted malt, wood, lactic acid, cherries in the nose. Good sour amber base in the flavor. Very dry with a firm sourness in the finish. Cherry is subtle and really comes out in the aftertaste. Weight of the beer is moderate, with a relaxed carbonation. Acid stings the tongue. I enjoyed this, but I was let down a bit. I don't know. I kind of prefer the regular Roja.

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