Rosetta | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07 w/ 749 ratings

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged on cherries. Traditional Belgian Kriek, pleasingly tart with a touch of sweetness. Brewed exclusively for Brewery Ommegang by Liefmans, a sister brewery, in Belgium.

Added by epyon396 on 09-01-2015

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Reviews by DavidST:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beeramemnon
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was brewed at Liefman’s in Belgium. It tastes almost exactly like the old Liefman’s Kriek, which hasn’t been produced in years. Cherry flavor is perfect; not cloying, artificial, or syrupy. Excellent balance of acidity and mouthfeel. Almost impossible to drink slowly. Awesome sour beer, and my new favorite cherry beer. And at $9.99 / 4pk, I consider this a great deal. The original Liefman’s Kriek was $7 for a 375ml.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not at all sure what to expect here. Picked it up on a whim. 33 cl bottle into the work snifter.

A - Much darker than I expected. A deep ruby red that becomes brown in the glass. I good sized khaki head with tiny bubbles. Looks almost like a quad.

N - Yeah, plenty of cherry. Smells exactly like Wisconsin Belgian Red. Maybe bordering on medicinal. Overpowering cherry.

T - Interesting! Not terribly complex, and finishes very clean. Lots of cherry, but I also get the Belgian-style candi-sugar. It really tastes like a fruity dubbel. Refreshing, actually.

M - Like a shirley temple just a little thicker. This is really very pleasant; I get cherry coating all over the place.

O - To me this is like Three Philosophers lite with extra cherry, and that is not a bad thing at all. Well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another great ommegang product, they really never miss. this is different than normal kriek types, as it has a richer malt base, and is quite a bit darker, almost more of an oud bruin blended into a kriek, with elements of the sweeter bigger grain bill and some cherry notes in the souring to go along with the real fruit. red to brown in the glass, great big belgian looking head on it, stands up well. it smells like sweet pie cherries and nutty sweet caramel malt, with a hint of fruity vinegar on the back end and some lacto. the flavor is a lot like the nose, fortunately a little less sweet, and anything but one dimensional. while the cherries might lead the way. its god a nice sour brown base, like the liefmans goudenband blended in or something. the cherries love the darker malt, and it ends up being a very flavorful brew with a lot of different elements coming together. nto real sour, maybe a four or five on the spectrum to ten, but enough acidity to cut the fruit sugars in the finish, and plenty of bubbles to keep it moving. maybe a touch too sweet to drink a lot of, but its delicious beer and is a nice addition to the ommegang lineup.

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Photo of sweetcell
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: light brown (is this a lambic or an oud bruin with fruit?). head lasted longer than most sours, but it's all relative... head lasted 60 seconds instead of 15.

aroma: i detected some tartness/sourness along with the unmistakable smell of cherries.

taste: does not follow the smell as much as i would have wanted it too. sweetness is just barely stronger than the tartness. this beer has been pasteurized and sweetened. cherry flavor is prominent.

mouthfeel: i bit of viscosity that lingers on the tongue. carbonation is a shade under medium.

overall: an easy-drinking, very lightly sweetened oud bruin on cherries. ommegang/liefmans are trying to shoot the moon here and i'm not sure they're successful. it's not sweet enough to appeal to the lindemann's crowd, and it's not tart/sour enough to reel in the sour-heads. i'm happy to hear that this is a year-round offering. i suspect this will be many people's "gateway sour." for me, i suspect this might become my Goose Island IPA of sours: i'll happily drink it when available in non-beer-nerd bars; but given a choice of other decent beer i doubt i'll be reaching for Rosetta very often.

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Photo of VTR
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I saw this the other day and figured I would try it based on the description on the bottle. I was not sure what to expect being new to the whole Gose style. Nose was nice, definitely detected cherry and I know its weird but almost detected the sourness. The first sip was kinda weird there was the cherry but then I was hit with the sourness, was it vinegar? No I don't know what it was but it subsided and made this beer enjoyable. The cherry and sour mix was very mix of sweet and tart. I was very surprised with this beer and will be back for more. Living in FL I can see this beer being a staple for the next few months while it is warm.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby red color with a small tan head.
Cherries in the nose. Sweet malt.
More of the same in the taste. Cherries, sweet malt, a hint of spice.
Crisp. Tart, but not overly so.
Pleasant beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never had a sour beer before. Recommended by the guy at the beer store. Pretty good though. Not what I expected.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking head, lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Deep reddish brown does have some clarity to it. Pie cherries, toasted bread, and a mild tartness in the nose. Lush cherry flavor, perhaps a bit of sweetness upfront but the light tartness rounds it out. Drying finish lets the semi-toasty malt flavor come through. Finishes clean.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle w "best before 7/2020" dating printed on the label...nice, cuz that's over 4 yrs away..

Pours dark and ruddy brownish, large and lasting lite mocha cap. Leaves a thicker film and low sheeting

Cherry, milk chocolate and a whiff of earthiness on the nose

Again mildly tart cherry, then some fruity sweetness....delicious....but I think I like my oud bruin with more tart then I am getting here....decent but I'm not blown away

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Photo of hgfgigffj
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MrUse
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, milk chocolate brown with 1/2 inch head. Taste is dark cherries and moderate sour mix. Light and tart. Tasty a worth a try even though I prefer others in the style

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Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of cherry, oak, rich malt, vinegar and pepper. The taste is similar but a little too heavy on the cherry for my personal preference. Somewhat tart finish. Nice Kriek overall.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with ruby highlights. There's a fingernail of off white with pink highlights. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of faint cherries. I taste gently sweet cherries and wild yeast. The mouth is light to moderately carbonated.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head that quickly fades back into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity, sweet, and tart aroma with a scent of cherries and Belgian yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk, pepper, and clove. Big scent of cherries all over. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and berries. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Also some malt hints of grains and straw. A really solid fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, tart, and sweet Lambic taste with notes of cherries and funky Belgian yeast. Belgian yeast with notes of funk and slight pepper and clove. Big fruity taste with notes of cherries. Background fruit notes of banana, berries, and apple. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Malt notes of straw and grains. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Lambic. Big cherry flavor with some nice funk.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greg_ehr
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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Rosetta from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88.7% out of 100 with 749 ratings
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