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Rosie - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oak Aged Sour Ale fermented and aged with Wisconsin cherries.

(Beer added by: botham on 07-20-2009)
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Reviews by anell213:
Photo of anell213
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and cage bottle into a flute.

A: Looks like a reddish orangeish champagne. Too much head on the first pour, wow.

S: Not an overly powerful smell, but get some cherry, lemon, wood, brett.

T: Not what I expected, but good. I expected a lot of cherry, and while I'm getting some, I get more funky brett. Good though.

M: Drinks like a champagne.

O: Might not seek out again, but glad I'm drinking it. I personally would have liked a little more fruit, but maybe that's because I assumed that's what it was going to be like.

Probably shouldn't be listed as a Fruit-Lambic. Says on the bottle Roeselare, so should be Flanders Red.

anell213, May 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. Always nice to try another sour beer.

The beer pours a pinkish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart cherries with some caramel malt. The brett used in the brewing process contributes a nice aroma to the beer. The flavor is very nice as well. I get a lot of cherries, as well as some oak and vanilla notes. The caramel malt is present as well. Light tartness and very refreshing. My one complaint is that the carbonation is extremely high. It is very prickly and hurts the drinking process. Medium mouthfeel. Other than the carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade

(Aged for 2 years)

A very murky cherry and cranberry in color with very little visible carbonation. Leaves the glass oily on the way down.

Lots of sweet cherries make up the bulk of the aroma (not tart or sour cherries), some sweet vanilla, oak, and a bit of funky, mildly stinky cheese.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with lots of sweet cherries making up the bulk of the flavor, along with vanilla and a bit of cheese. Low bitterness. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden.

Good enough, but not great.

ehammond1, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a general ruby aura topped with a fleeting beige foam that doesn't endure but leaves remnants of lace.
Black cherry rings loudly on the nose, backed with caramel and a tart dollop of balsamic vinegar. Oak brings light traces of buttery vanilla, hazelnuts, and drying tannins.
Across the mouth, caramel and bright, sweet-tart cherries call loudly. Oak peeks out and adds vanilla and toast and lightly buttered nuts. A tart turn midway brings acetic acid, balsamic vinegar and pithy raspberries. No alcohol is even thought of.
Sleek, medium full bodied, with a sheering sourness that gives the impression of something smaller than it is.
It's tart cherries first, with a gob of sweetness, then more sour to follow. Pretty well done and pretty much as advertised. It may lack a tad in overall depth, but it's plenty drinkable and equally fun.

cokes, May 31, 2010
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

intrigued by this one - generous pours for $4 at the malt house

appearance: served in a nice unmarked tulip - pinkish amber body, beige crest with light retention, active carbonation

smell: great nose - oak is the heavy hitter, brett yeast is strong, tart cherries

taste: Rosie is heavy on the oak, which i enjoy. Tart cherrys slice the tongue first, followed by the oak and yeasty funk. There is just something in the finish that doesnt taste right

mouthfeel: moderately tart, well balanced, strong carbonation

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of brandoneast
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: lovely, translucent cherry color chalky head

aroma: old books, damp earth/road, cherry Fun Dip and candy stick, bridle leather, ripe cherrys and pits

taste: strawberry and cherry taffy and sour cherry jam, prickling tart cherriness taste is very upfront yet doesn't carry though the entire palate.

mouthfeel: thin and somewhat despondent - doesn't carry through and leaves lackluster.

drinkabilty: I poured another and at the price, well worth picking up.

brandoneast, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slightly darker copper red. Massive amounts of bright white fizzy head is achieved with a careful pour. The head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Slight oak, cherries, and brett. A hint of malty backbone.

Taste – Tart cherries, brett, and oak. Odd medicinal flavor (read cherry robitussin) and vanilla with some alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel – Insane fizz, lighter bodied, ends clean.

Overall – The beer started out promising, but ended up being a miss. Would not buy again.

SpdKilz, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Orangey amber red, fluffy head that has its own rosy tint. Foam has some larger bubbles moving through. Very effervescent and spritzy. Clarity is nice, the reddish brown tint does suggest cherries. Spindly arcs of lace, spotty flecks of foam, decent retention.

Sharp tangy notes of Brett right off the bat, a little medicinal with sterile gauze notes. Later on this dissipates some, leaving more pleasant hay and stable notes, macerated dark cherries, stems, pits and all. Fairly clean with well defined Brett character.

More tangy tartness in the flavor, dry with a light champagne effervescence. Slightly on the verge of being overly charged at first, the carbonation settles out after a swirl. Cherry is noticeable but overshadowed somewhat by the Brett. Tangy again with some funkiness in the aftertaste. Highly drinkable.

As stated by the label, "Roeselare style" (Rodenbach HQ), meaning Flanders Red/Brown.

emerge077, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split poured into a stemmed wine glass. 9% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Lakefront owner Russ Klisch for hooking me up with Rosie, bottled for the first time!

A - Rosie pours a beautifully clear orange-amber color tinted pink with a puffy, loose tinted light pink head. It's incredibly carbonated from the pop of the cork and the head lingers like a dollop of cream for what seems forever when you're waiting to drink this beauty. The plump head leaves lace clinging all over the glass!

S - Rosie has an awesome nose of bold oak woodiness and delicious-smelling Brett funkiness. The funk doesn't interfere too much but instead, adds an awesome depth to the nose with small hints of barnyard funk and horse-blanket. Mild cherry tartness pokes out timidly in the background while a swirl brings out more of the Brett yeast aroma.

T - Hints of tart cherries fall gently behind a small malt kiss, but the majority of the flavor profile comes from the Brett yeast. Oak wood and barnyard blend so well with a kiss of the mildly tart Wisconsin cherries. A light and complex flavor, Rosie is a complete pleasure to drink that just grows on me every time I have it. A contender against the Cali wild ales I'd say!

M - Highly carbonated with a sharp prickly finish and a light body, Rosie blends oak and Brett funkiness very well with a mildly tart finish. It's a crisp and refreshing beer with a great body for the style.

D - Where could the 9% possibly hide? Dear lord, it's not even HINTED at. It hides so well in this beer, it's dangerous. The flavor profile is fantastic as well as the nose leading in to it. Much better that what I remember on tap, the bottle is fantastic to have and I'll be heading back to buy a few more of these to age. The cross between the Kriek, Flanders Sour, and American Wild is just awesome in this brew.

(Edit 11-21-10* I've experienced this beer plenty of times since it's release and the review reflects enjoying it as fresh as can be. With age, this beer is not A+ worthy although not terrible either.)

BeerFMAndy, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from my boy lou, thanks lou, cellared for awhile, entered from notes

a: poured into a tall allagash weizen glass, the beer is a deep honeyed amber in color with a slight rose tint, each pour explodes with building carbonation, requiring a couple attempts to fill the glass, a chunky head retains well and leaves good lace

s: funk makes the first move on the nose - wild with some really good barnyard character - damp hay and sun bathed livestock stalls, fresh mushrooms, pungent for sure but not exploring the more offensive range of the territory, oak aromas fit in very nicely, clean malts infused with cherry, fermented fallen fruit, aged papery hops, complimentary alcohol, very nice

m: carbonation slightly prickly, but only nudging towards the high side of moderate, body light and crisp

t: considerable wild character throughout well integrated with a clean, dry malt base infused with fermented cherries, the nose shows more barnyard range, but there’s a nice tart fallen fruit, sunny stall character here, some touches of oak on the back end, drying with an acidic touch to the finish, papery hops

o: a well-crafted sour, the wild yeasts hit especially well on the nose, drinks especially well for the abv, good effort by Lakefront

blackie, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks!

Rosie rests in the glass a hazy reddish-pink with a rapidly receding head.

Nice musty brettanomyces aroma. Sweet and tart cherries reside behind the funk, not overwhelming in their presence. There's also a hay-like character and a bit of oak. There's not much in the way of sourness.

Sweet and funky, there's a ton of brettanomyces character here. Only faintly tart and acetic, most of the sourness seems to come from the cherries rather than from fermentation. The cherries are present but mild, showing both sweet and tart qualities. No trace of the alcohol, and it's surprisingly light-bodied, bordering on watery. It finishes dry with smatterings of oak and cherry. Pretty good, but I'm a little mystified by the 9% ABV, it just seems unnecessary for a beer like this.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the ''King Of Beers'' Andy for letting me take his bottle home

Pours a nice red/orange color with an out of control head that forces multiple pours to fill the glass.

The aroma is musty as fuck, wet clothes in the corner of a dirty attic stank. Notes of lemon zest, slight cherry sweetness, pear, and a final wave of that must. Excellent.

The flavor starts out with some biting orange/lemon/pear fruitiness and band aid strap. A pair of dirty gym socks clogs my mouth after I swallow. Cherries aren't really noticeable despite what the bottle says. I don't really care, because its fine without them. Lots of dry oakiness in the finish causes the back of my throat to tickle.

The body is medium and carbonation is extremely high. Overall this beer is stellar....probably the best wild beer I've had yet out of the state of Wisconsin. If the next batch can add some sourness I think I would make love to the bottle.

alcstradamus, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of levifunk
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the malt house.

a - red, white head

s - sweet fruit. some earthy notes.

t - cherry. sour, but not that noticeable. grassy clove flavor

m - med/light body. good carbonation

o - glad to try it, but not something to go crazy over. could use some more sour kick. easy to drink and no where near 9%.

levifunk, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of samie85
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a very cherry red color with a full three fingers of slight red-tinted, thick white head. It appears to be very well carbonated.

S-Smells of tart cherries, some brett, a little vanilla, and some vinegar notes.

T-Some tart, light cherry notes with barnyard and some band-aid with a bit of sourness. Honestly, the taste is a little flat.

M-Very well carbonated with thin body. A dryness is also there after swallowed.

D-Not bad, but definitely not amongst the better sours/lambics I've had. Taste is pretty disappointing.

samie85, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

atone315, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of klikger
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Lots of visible carbonation, a large white head, and only modest lacing. Color is cloudy amber with some red.

S - Cherry, a little funk, a touch of oak

T - Vinegar, tart cherries --> oak, vanilla --> fresh grain and moldy wood

M - Light bodied, good carbonation

D - Decent, but frankly not interesting enough to consume a lot

Rosie is relatively inoffensive, but not worth the $, in my opinion. It doesn't compare favorably with others from the style -- it's a touch too sweet and the back half and finish taste a slightly off.

klikger, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

AgentZero, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev +8.4%

AleWatcher, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I almost got wounded opening this beer... The cage was loosened and the cork came flying out at my face. I had no time to react. OPEN THIS BEER WITH CAUTION!

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with a white head. Huge head with a gentle pour. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Decent smell of cherries, not much funk noted. Mild oak notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet cherries upfront. Really mild funky notes. Little bit of oak and vanilla in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Really high carbonation levels and a light bodied beer. Finishes clean and dry. Its an easy drinking sour. Almost drinks like a cherry champaign.

Overall: Nice effort by Lakefront. I think this is the first Lambic they have brewed. It is a great beer for an introduction to a newbie for sour beers. I would be interested in seeing more lambics from lakefront.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours an explosive head, at least three fingers worth. Great looking lace is left as the head slowly recedes. The beer is a hazy tangerine with hints of red ruby in there as well.

S- A big dose of wood, mainly oak and a fair amount of funk which I like. Behind the funk some cherries creep in there and maybe even a little grapefruit.

T- Very crisp and refreshing flavors. heavy oak and a subdued cherry. The funkiness from the nose is more covered up in the taste. Just the slightest hint of malt comes in at the tail end. .

M- Crisp and clean. Dry on the finish with a light body. Really not as sour as one might expect but it doesn't lose anything because of it.

D- I couldn't believe this beer was 9%. No sign of that at all, the funk does a good job of covering it up but also adding just a great layer to this beer. It is good to see a local brewery starting to get into these styles.

Wisconsinality, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Very nice labeling.

Pours into my Maredsous glass a rosy pinkish red. There are hints of pink/orange when held to light towards the edges. The head is large and white. It dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

The scent is a good interplay of tart cherries and sour funk, the sour probably could be heightened but for a balanced version of this, this is great. It has a large barnyard funk, moreso than I normally smell in these beers. There is a light vinegar but not as much as a typical Flanders Red Ale. Alas, the oak chimes in and brings some vanilla subtleties.

Mmm, this one is sour and tart at the same time. The cherries bring and oxidized taste along with the typical sweet fruitiness. This one isn't super sweet like other cherry beers and Flanders reds. There is also lemon, and all the funk that the funkies usually bring. There is a hint of medicinal flavor as well. Under that is some pie-crusty grain and vanilla. It isn't extremely sour, tart, or sweet, it is incredibly balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but it works at cutting down on sweetness and providing a nice sour/tart dry finish.

Step back New Glarus, this one just blasted your cherry fruit beers out of the water, especially Enigma.

crossovert, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale blush red color with light orange highlights. Produced a great eggshell yet almost pink fluffy head with some good retention behind it. Left tons of sticky lacing behind.

(S)- A dry woody vanilla-like aroma up front. Followed by a light yeasty tart and sour cherry/cranberry profile.

(T)- A great tart cherry and cranberry fruit profile. A little spice that comes from the fruits that meshes well with the sour background. A little dry hay funk on the finish. Complex, yet simplified at the same time. I am loving the flavors in this right now!

(M)- A lively carbonation level that jumps on the tongue a bit. A great balance for the style. A superb dryness and sourness with a great fruit profile. I am loving the light hay funk on the finish. Crisp; with a good acidity level.

(D)- What really makes this beer shine is how insanely drinkable this is, particularly when you consider the style it is in. A great balance of sour fruit, dry funk, and a good acidity level. If you are looking for a good beer to have with food, this might be it. If you also like a good fruit lambic, give this one a try for sure. Affordable, especially in a typically expensive style. Just downright tasty.

sweemzander, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of AlphaKing414
3/5  rDev -18.7%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
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Rosie from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.