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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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 emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.

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 drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pete shared this bottle recently, until he popped it out I didn't know Lakefront made a decent beer. This one was fine for an all brett sour.

Beer has no head, at all, its mildly carbonated in the glass, mostly clear and is kind of pinkish red in color.

Aroma is a brett bomb of funk and lactic. Nice.

It didn't appear to be carbonated but it really really is. The carbonation is so strong it overwhelms the palate completely in the front. The sourness comes as a wave of lactic and mild acetic sour on the back half of the palate. Its a nice beer overall but its nothing spectacular.

Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice ruby red color with one inch of reddish white head.

s - Smells great. Lots of tart cherries, dark fruits, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of cherries and dark fruits; a little tangy which is a bit weird.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok fruit beer. I thought it smelled very good, but something was slightly off in the taste. None the less, a good beer I would like to try again.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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.)

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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 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 blackie
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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.

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.

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