La Roja Du Kriek | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
174
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
57
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 174
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two full 6oz. pours at GTMW '11, review from notes.
On gravity pour, served from a firkin.

Deeply saturated scarlet brown, a few larger bubbles cluster on the surface, soon fading to thin ring at the edges. Somewhat murky, but the Merlot coloration was distinct and attractive.

Funky and acetic dark cherry nose, no sweetness.

Vinous would be the keyword that applies to the taste and mouthfeel, the cask serving renders it very supple and wine-like, much like a true unblended Kriek. Rather tannic and dry in the finish, with lingering bitter cherry skin and plenty of oak tannin present. Signature JP barrel complexity, lending a well-rounded woody spice-like dimension to the sour fruit aspects. Nice lasting aftertaste, one to sip and savor in the shade.

JP ran out of beer early in the fest, glad I made it a priority to get to their booth quickly to try this... even better than the latest batch of BdM GR somehow...

2016: 3.8
Bottled 2/2/16 B 639/640
Something was a little off with this one... less depth and more tangy astringent Brett character than cherry. Aroma had some mild cherry presence, but muted. Taste was tart with Brett yeast astringency and a fleeting tart cherry note. Not especially fruit forward, which was a bummer since I loved the bottle I had last year. Probably will pass on any more of the 2016 batch.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Tiernan
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep amber with a rusty red peeking through with the light.
Smells like sweet cherries and hibiscuis.
Tastes sweet upfront but gets more and more tart and funky as it hits the back of the tongue.
Mmmmm... cherries.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of NoetheMatt
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlafly33
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of hooliganlife
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of goochpunch
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of everclear
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mhfunk
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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La Roja Du Kriek from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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