The Beer: La Roja
The Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Dexter, Michigan
ABV: 7.2%Brewer's Description: La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age between two and ten months. Truly an ale of distinction.
Color: Poured into gator pint glass, deep, dark, brilliant copper
Aroma: Vinegar, apple juice, sour cherries, cedar
Taste/Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Initial flavor of apple peels and pungent yeast flavors with biscuity malts. Subtle spices emerge, perhaps cinnamon and anise.
Finish: Very tart, almost like apple cider, but not to the point of being mouth-puckering.
Notes: Purchased in Tampa, FL. This was a very different beer. The typical Belgian sour "funk" was prevalent, although it was not overbearing. Unusually high in strength of a sour ale, this tastes more like a sour ale of lower alcoholic content.