Sparkling Rose Ale
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

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Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #10
Ranked #20,622
3.93 | pDev: 5.85%
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Biere Brut Brewed with Niagara grapes and hibiscus
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Fun take on the style. Really like the lighter and juicy take on a dryer beer. Grapes and especially hibiscus brought in a nice, delicate, yet transformative touch to the overall taste. Aroma was perfumey and bubbly. Extra points for doing something way out there in a not so common style, bravo!

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Photo of stortore
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a flute glass. Had 3/24/17.

Looks like pink champagne, with a one inch head and some foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smell is funky to start. Grapes, yeast, hibiscus, light cherries, a little bready, light black pepper in the head. A faint medicinal aroma, kind of buried underneath. The taste is generally floral. Grapes, yeast, light malt- if it was even used, a hibiscus aftertaste. Semi-dry, refreshing, smooth, well carbonated, a solid light body.

Not sure I’ve done a great job describing this one, but it’s very good and really enjoyable. The grapes, of course, are the star, delicate but developed flavors, a firm enough body to remind you it is a beer.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Forbidden Root on August 9, 2017. Tasted in a champagne flute from a 32 oz crowler on January 12, 2019. A well made sparkling style.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really enjoyed this one, a little something different here, from the bottle, cool label, not as bubbly as anticipated, but a pretty pale pink color with some deep golden hues and only a little bit of head after the initial pour, sort of settles like a champagne might. a neat mix of extra ingredients in this saison/belgian pale hybrid, with white grapes and hibiscus. the grapes are sweet, fortified wine tasting in this beer, and the hibiscus is thankfully fairly relaxed, not perfumy at all, but distinct and obvious in the floral botanical sense. there are strong wine notes to this with the grapes and especially with the yeast, which to me has a little tang to it, maybe intentionally a little tannic, with a belgian fruitiness thats great with the hibiscus too. i wish for even more carbonation, even though its a lot more lively than it looks in the glass, but i like the drier finish after the sweet grape middle this has. the grain is pretty mild, almost missing as a flavor influencer here, but there is some body. fun beer, i know these guys do a lot of creative flavored ales, and while this is a step away from outstanding, its really tasty and quite distinctive. shocked to learn its this strong, doesnt show it hardly at all. well done.

edit: not quite as compelling from the tap as it is from the bottle, a little flat for what its supposed to be, and just not as delicate as i remember from the bottle. they must rely on some bottle conditioning to finish it off...

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Sparkling Rose Ale from Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 20 ratings