La Roja Du Kriek
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #19
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,575
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
223
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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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 223
Reviews by StoutHunter:
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of todesengel135
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBobPierce
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OKFine
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Faroveryonder
2.61/5  rDev -36.7%
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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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of svenness
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt_Windle
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pmangold
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of michiganmatt
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems that this is the first review of a bottled La Roja Du Kriek (I think this year is the first time they have bottled this and distributed?). All of the past reviews refer to the beer being served at festivals or at the brewery from a cask/firkin. So here goes.

Appearance - 3.75/5
Poured into a 13oz Belgian tulip glass. A muddy red-orange-brown, with about a finger or so of light tan head. Basically looks the same as a normal La Roja.

Smell - 4.25/5
Standard JP sour aromas--tart cherries, apples, and lemons with a little bit of funk. I was expecting the cherry to stand out a little more here than in standard La Roja, due to the additional cherry juice, but it doesn't smell any different from what I remember normal La Roja smelling like. Still quite a delicious and appetizing aroma.

Taste - 4.25/5
More tart than standard La Roja. Lots of lemons and cherries and general tart fruit. I definitely detect the cherries standing out more in the taste, which is good. One thing I liked about La Roja was that it was different from JPs other offerings. Not as tart, with a distinct flavor as well. I feel like with this beer, they took La Roja, and made it just taste more like the rest of the JP beers, thus taking away some of La Roja's uniqueness. That loses a few points in my book. Don't get me wrong, it still tastes great, it's just a La Roja homogenized towards the standard JP taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
A medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Medium bodied. A good level of crispness.

Overall - 4/5
I find it interesting that this beer was priced a few dollars cheaper than La Roja. I would expect it to be more pricey, considering its aged La Roja with additional ingrediants. Perhaps just a marketing thing to try and sell a new beer. Anyway, this beer was delicious, as all JP beers are. But as typical, nothing special that blew my mind away. Just more of their standard formula. As I say, half-jokingly, if you've had one JP beer you've had them all. This one is definitely worth a try, as perhaps those with more sophisticated palates than mine will be able to detect additional nuances not present in other JP beers.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date 4.08.15

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrs3994243
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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