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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 05:42:58 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-26-2011 00:47:04 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-24-2011 19:09:20 | More by Exiled
Photo of AleWatcher


4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 12:50:50 | More by AleWatcher
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:40:18 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of womencantsail


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 18:39:43 | More by womencantsail
Photo of bradner


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip.

A - Fairly clear, reddish amber color with some white head that has some red tones as well. Lots of bubbles in this one - champagne like.

S - Some dried cherries, some barnyard scents, and oak.

T - Some brett funk, dry cherry taste, oak, very slight sweetness, some tartness, and a hint of vanilla.

M - A lot of carbonation here, like I said earlier, champagne like. Thin tasting, finishes dry with a slight tartness.

D - I would have liked a bit more sweetness in this one. Overall, enjoyable and the price was fantastic for the quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:02:25 | More by bradner
Photo of birchstick


3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:18:34 | More by birchstick
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:14:26 | More by anell213
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:56:59 | More by alcstradamus
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:02:40 | More by Mora2000
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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a brown, 750 ML corked and caged bottle and poured into a champagne flute. No bottled date.

Pours a blush red with light orange-amber highlights. Produces a magnificently frothy pink eggshell head with admirable retention and ample sticky lacing.

Aromas of apple cider, sour cherries and spiced yeast. Musty funk and band aid in the background.

Sour cherries melded with tart cranberry and apple cider up front, followed by hints of balsamic vinegar and spiced yeast. Earthy and woodsy oak notes surface. Slightly dry on the finish. Crisp and creamy mouthfeel with profoundly expressive carbonation. 9% ABV flies completely under the radar.

Exceptional balance between brightness and sourness of the fruit profile. Complex, extremely drinkable and very near to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:15:24 | More by CaptainIPA
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 07:31:56 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of boomer31


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear light red with a huge white head. Tough to pour this head is so big.

S - Acidic, Brett, lemon funk up front. Cherry. Not overwhelming

T - Cherry really comes out. Some brett sourness. Some wood in the back. Not overly complex

M - As the pop would have you think, very high carb, light on the palate, not overly sour.

D - A very good intro to lambic beer. Drinkable and not overly tart.

Not a great beer but a good beer and I'm glad lakefront tried their hand at it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:45:59 | More by boomer31
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:24:45 | More by klikger
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:40:32 | More by samie85
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2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 20:37:30 | More by MasterSki
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2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:12:33 | More by jrallen34
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:54:06 | More by emerge077
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 05:56:27 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 23:25:07 | More by mdfb79
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 20:41:02 | More by mothman
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3.45/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 13:51:52 | More by kbutler1
Photo of woosterbill


3.6/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 03:03:07 | More by woosterbill
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:06:50 | More by brandoneast
Rosie from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.