Beer review: Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

Sadly I have arrived at the fourth and last of my Jolly Pumpkin bottles. The last, but not least, is La Roja, which is a Sour/Wild ale, brewed in the Flanders tradition. This means that it might compare to such great beers are Duchesse De Bourgogne from Verhaege or Rodenbach Grand Cru.

La Roja is unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age between two and ten months. Let’s see how it fares!

Jolly Pumpkin La RojaLooks

Hazy amber color with off-white head. The head laces nicely.

Aroma

Quite sour aroma with hints of dark fruits. There is also a good malty backbone with nice sweetness coming through.

The aroma is quite vinous with hints to the oak barrels the beer has been aged in.

Flavor

The taste is pretty much as expected. It’s a bit less sour than what I was expecting based on the aroma. It is slightly acidic and has some spicy notes to it.

La Roja is full bodied and has a pleasant level of carbonation,

Finish

The finish is quite dry and sour and has a good amount of oak to it. Towards the end it gets sweeter.

Rating

A really good sour ale. Very well balanced and quite friuty. Score: 4.4/5.

This bottle was bought at Vinmonopolet, Vika in Oslo.

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

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