Rosie - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 8
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:
Beer added by: botham on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oak Aged Sour Ale fermented and aged with Wisconsin cherries.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 44
Photo of jrallen34
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks?!? to Alex...Pours an ugly light copper with light red notes. Tons of carbonation on a light tope head, great retention and lacing...An unsuccessful aroma ok generic fake oak, sugar, ethanol, and a curios lack of cherries...The taste is outright boring, no flavor, wheres the tartness? Generic oak shows off again.

This is terrible, a fruit lambic that should be skipped.

Photo of MasterSki
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this on a recent trip to Wisconsin. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

A - Pours with a huge soapy foam that settles to a thick cap and some splotchy lace. The body is a transparent coppery orange with lots of tiny bubbles visible.

S - Weird. Pie spices, alcohol, band-aid, and rotting cherries. Some tart and sour notes. Pretty off-putting.

T - Taste is not quite as bad. Unpleasant oak flavor, weird vanilla and pie crust, spices, and sugary cherry syrup. Aftertaste is dreadful and strange.

M - Overcarbonated medium body. Sticky, sugary, tooth-coating finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden. Not awful, but not great either.

D - This was the only beer of the afternoon that got drain-poured. Not sure where the positive buzz is coming from because this was a huge disappointment.

Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

these things! they happen!

beautiful red with a bountiful pillow. looks very sexy.
Rosie smells like she's trying to cover up with cherry perfume, but I can smell her BO, that barnyard background. Acetic acid showing up here too.
Tastes nice, but not quite there. The acetic acid and wood astringency cut into this beer. The cherry is there, potent and desirous. The sweet/sour ratio is very nice, just that the type of sour is pretty gross. Sad, but not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as one of the last 2 bottles from Gary's beer and Liquor in Oak Creek.
Poured into a tulip glass.
This beer is such a rare find even around Milwaukee that I decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to finally right up and post my first review!

A- Pours a light pinkish Thick bubbling head reminiscent almost of champagne at first that slowly dissipates down to a final thin layer that lingers. The color is a thick pinkish amber and there is scare light penetration.

S- The smell that hit me when I first uncorked the bottle reminded me of old musty cardboard, I thought it was the cork however the smell seems to have lingered somewhat after I've poured it into the glass. There is a somewhat faint sent of cherries accompanied with what smells like Belgian yeast. I find the smell to be very reminiscent of the Belgian triple I just had the night before.

T-My first impression upon tasting this was that it seemed almost tasteless aside from the lingering sour/tart sting it gave my mouth. It almost has made me wonder if there was something wrong with my tongue almost as if I can't taste. Upon My second taste I find that the cherry tartness seems to be very faint just like the smell implied.

M-It has a fizzy coarse like mouth feel that just keeps making me think of champagne and soda. The sourness hits and leaves a slight burn upon the tongue right away and then finishes with another short but intense sour burn at the end.

O- Since this is my first lambic I find it to be very unique to any other beer I've ever tried before. It is very refreshing and drinkable much like the rest of lake front's beers. I feel like New Glarus's Wisconsin Belgian Red is better in terms of looking for a good cherry flavor. Nice and sour. Overall Lakefront has made another great beer that doesn't disappoint.

Photo of botham
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the Sugar Maple pourd into a snifter. pours a flat chestnut rouge color with no head and a soapy rim that leaves no lacings.

aroma is of mild bret sourness with fruity undertones and apple/cherry notes. overall well proportioned and pleasant in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a bit of a flat character. overall the brew is a bit flabby on the palate with a lack of character when compared to the aroma. the beer was nearing the end of the barrel, so this would most likely explain the flabby quality.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tart texture on the palate and a lightly sour lingering finish.

drinkability is underwhelming. pleasant in the nose with a nice mixture of sour notes and fruit notes, but in the end it falls apart on the palate. might be better with a bit more flavor and presence on the palate.

Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from BeerFMAndy over two years ago in one of my very first trades. Thanks Andy!

Once I removed the cage, the cork shot off like a bullet. OMG!

A: Poured with a head that resembled dish soap and the brew was pretty murky and resembled a cross between pureed cherries and tomato juice.

S: I got the woodiness from the brett, the sour cherries, a big vinegar component. The lactose succulence (ala. Russian River) was sorely lacking.

T: The taste was WAY off on this. Band-Aide stuff for sure and without any brightness to the cherries. Seriously, based on the smell, I thought this would have been just a bit more acidic, but it simply wasn't in the least.

M: The creaminess was pretty good, but I didn't get any sour funk coating the palate (I was wanting this!). The carbonation was a bit too high for my taste.

O: Wow, I've been holding on to this bottle all this time and it truly turned out to be a major letdown. C'est le vie...

Photo of klikger
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, an A- average on this one.

On tap at the Alchemy. Served in a goblet.

Served to the brim of the glass so no head. I can live with that. Color is a grapefruit ruby.

Aroma: Fresh cherries, oak, lite tartness, not sour though, and a medicinal flavor.

Taste: A huge medicinal flavor up front with some cherries after that. A bit of oak with vanilla and spice. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a fizzy feel to it. Low to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with medicinal flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, I was not very impressed with this kriek. Good to have a beer like this on tap, but just not something I would seek out again. Way to much medicinal flavors in this beer. Somewhat drinkable.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of waltersrj
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: Bright pink/orange with a fizzy white sparkling champagne head. Big gusher, watch out!

Nose: Dry oak, slightly tart cherry, Brett and banana, clove, and must.

Taste: Semi sweet, not tart. Cherry, clove, Belgian yeast, drying oak finish.

Mouthfeel: Sparkling and fizzy and drying on the end.

Overall: One dimensional. Enjoyable but not that great really.

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for this one.

A: The beer pours a deep ruby red color with a huge pinkish colored head.

S: There is a mild funk to the beer with a big time grass aroma, light blue cheese, and some mild sulfur. The aroma is fairly tart, with a decent level of fruitiness--mostly cherries since this is a "kriek".

T: Most of the flavor comes from the cherries. There is only a light tartness and mild grass. Just a hint of oak and funkiness. It doesn't have that same cheesiness to it, but it also lacks the metal and sulfur notes. A slight fruit/cherry sweetness, too.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

O: Just an okay sour, sort of what I was expecting, to be honest.

Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. At the Alchemy over GTOM weekend. Reddish color with slight head. Cherry aroma. Tart cherry notes upfront followed by slow transition to a medicinal taste not unlike bandaids. For 9% you really don't pick up too much of the alcohol taste. Light mouthfeel.Tasty but the medicinal flavors were kind of a turnoff for me. Would drink again though.

Photo of birchstick
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish amber color with a fizzy, half finger head

S - smells of sweet cherries some spicy oak and a bit of earthy funk.

T - sweet caramel malt and citrus tones open this up. Hidden beneath these are hints of caramelized oak that transitions to a nice cherry flavor, albeit not as strong as the name and description would imply. Finished sours with the Brett funkiness complementing the sour tones. Pretty decent.

M - nice full body with an almost champagne like bubble ending to it. Pretty nice

D - this was a good sour ale, but I was hoping for a bit more from the cherry department. Would I buy it again, maybe, maybe not, however I enjoyed the effort and took it down rather easily.

Photo of woosterbill
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear reddish-amber body with a huge, loose, frothy white head; average retention and tons of chunky lace. Great, if a bit overcarbonated.

S: Nothing here but dry, floral, barnyardy Brett - only by sticking my nose deep into the tulip can I detect a faint, faint bit of cherry. Quite one-dimensional, but I do like the dimension. Not much like any lambic I've ever had: wild ale, sure; lambic, no.

T: Tons of Brett (more floral than funky) with some light tartness from the cherries, and a chalky finish. Enjoyable, but pretty far off from a really good kriek.

M: Medium bodied with soft, superfine carbonation. Pleasant.

D: I was hoping to split this with a friend who recently expressed a nascent interest in sours, but he was turned off by the overwhelming Brett. I'm having a rather hard time finishing the bottle alone. Still, it's not terrible for 9%.

Notes: When I bought and reviewed this beer, I assumed that a barrel-aged Belgian-style ale with wild yeast and cherries was trying to be a kriek. This assumption was confirmed by the beer's designation here as a fruit lambic. It doesn't taste like one, but it definitely doesn't taste anything like Rodenbach or Rodenbach Grand Cru, which are the beers this "Roeselare Style" ale must be emulating. No vinegar here. I'm really not sure what Lakefront was shooting for with this one, but as far as I could tell they didn't really hit anything at all. Quite disappointing considering how high my expectations were. Sadly, not every barrel-aged funk-bomb is outstanding. Props for trying something crazy, though.

Cheers!

Photo of brandoneast
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Khazadum
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A minor collar despite the cask pour. good light raspberry color, pure white collar.

Cherry pits, lightly cherry juice, bits of sulfur. Bland. Not a great kriek.

Flavors... Light cherry, bit of that oaken vanilla, finishes dry cherry pits. Low tannic quality of tongue depressers.

Body is mild, thin, unappealing. Watery. Just blase.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeast here is strong. Its dad said to him "you got to be aggressive, son, or else them men gonna come up here and take you away from us," and the yeast said "yes'sir," didn't look up or nothing, just stood with its back straight and did what it was told. Its dad nearly kissed it, he was so proud.

Thing is that such fiery resolve causes the whole beer to burn. The aroma's real nice and sour-like, like a very smooth and unusually fruity Flanders, but then when you go and try and sip it, most of what you taste is bubbles.

Kept thinking maybe it would smooth itself out. Maybe when it got warmer, maybe if I put the cork back in and tried drinking the rest of it tomorrow. But no, it just stayed the same the whole way.

Photo of anell213
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is a very attractive red color that begs to be seen. The head is a perfect white and rather quick-lived considering it took the bartender two trips to the tap to get the beer poured. According to her the brew is highly carbonated.

S - The scent is exactly how I would expect it to be. The only factor not lending it to a perfect score is the sourness in the aroma could be a bit stronger.

T - The flavors here are very interesting. Tastes of malt, nut, pear, and alcohol. Not as sour as I would have anticipated but then again, despite the label, this is not a sour. It's listed on the Lakefront Brewery website as a Kreik. If this beer is truely suppose to be listed here as a lambic I'd say it fits the style relatively well. If they were going for sour, I'd say it needs more time to mature.

M - The feel is nice and dry, slightly coarse and rather crisp.

~ For me this is a one and done while the beer is at this stage in its life. I really like the opportunity this beer offers. It being at 9% abv gives it a chance to grow in the bottle. If I see a bottle on a shelf here in Central Wisconsin I'll pick one up for the cellar.

Photo of levifunk
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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%.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Rosie from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.