Songbird La Joya by Brewery Songbird

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Songbird La Joya is a 6.5% Flanders red ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Kisarazu, in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup and can be found in bottles in a limited number of shops across Japan. First released in 2017, Songbird La Joya is brewed using a variety of spices, but also contains oatmeal and undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle – so be careful, you might end up with a bottom bomb. It’s also brewed using coolships, whereby the beer is left outside to pick up some wild yeast, and then ferment.

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Songbird La Joya Aroma and Taste

Songbird La Joya poured out a hazy dark copper brown colour with a small amount of white head on top that faded fast. It had a slight peppery nose to it with some creamy hints and Belgian funky yeast notes going on too. Once Songbird La Joya had warmed up, there was a dried fruit nose to it, with plums, raisins, and dates coming through with a slight phenolic nose to the beer. Moreover, there was some sour funk coming through – a deliberate aroma with a Flemish red ale.

Songbird La Joya tasted more like a wine than a beer, with a large Belgian yeast funk giving the sour notes some kick to it. The dried fruits of raisins, plums, and dates brought a chewy texture to Songbird La Joya, and paired off nicely with the peppery notes just lying in the background. The alcohol, while not strong at 6.5%, did bring a light warming burn sensation to the aftertaste, with it just lingering enough to be recognised.

Songbird La Joya The Bottom Line

I liked Songbird La Joya a lot and would definitely recommend buying it – if you can find it!

Where to buy Songbird La Joya

Songbird La Joya can be bought at the following places:

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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