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Rosie Pom | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild acidic beer aged 2 years in white wine barrels with pomegranates.

Added by AleWatcher on 06-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 14
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Andrew at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Transparent red with a frothy white head.

S: Oak and a little vanilla with raspberry, cherry, and cranberry. Wet leather accompanies pomegranate and vinegar. There's just a little acetone.

T: Tart and lightly sweet cherries with vanilla and faint leather notes. Moderately acetic with mild lactic notes. The finish is piquant and fruity with lots of oak and lingering acetic acidity.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: This was pretty damn good. I didn't know Flossmoor even made a sour, so I was taken by surprise.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent by Adam. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a small white head.

S: Definitely a nice sour kick to this one. Lots of fruit notes, though it doesn't necessarily come off as pomegranate. Lots of berry notes with a mild vinegar tartness to go along with some lemon and oak.

T: Lots of tart fruits to this with the pomegranate being a bit more obvious. Lightly acetic with some lemon, raspberry, and strawberry notes. There's a light malt/bread sweetness on the middle part of the sip and finishes with tons of sourness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: The light vinegar note was actually pretty enjoyable and the flavors were solid all around.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Backlog review. I had this again pre-DLD, and it had passed its peak, losing acidity, complexity and fruit flavor; it was still good though. Score reflects Summer 2010 review.

A - The brew pours a murky plum hue with orange tinges, and is capped with a wispy tan head.

S - The aroma has a good vinegar and lactic tartness, and also has some pineapple and band-aid brett notes. The fruit is fairly prominent, and evokes pomegranate, dried cherry and cranberry. As it airs out, dry oak and cracker-y malt is aparent.

T - The taste is more of a malty and fruity profile, with the funk taking a backseat. The malt is cracker-y and slightly toffee-ish, and provides a nice sweetness to temper the tartness. The fruit itself is naturally tart enough that it compensates for the lower funk-acidity, and the brew still ends up quite sour. Lots of oak, especially on the finish.

M - The brew is lightly effervescent; enhancing feel.

D - I could drink a ton of this stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap outside at the Dark Lord Eve event, 2011. Served in a plastic cup.

A: Cloudy brown body under an inch of frothy off-white head. Ok retention, light lace. Nothing to complain about, but pretty standard.

S: Fruity sourness bursts forth, with a mixture of lemon, cherry, grape and pomegranate. Light acetic character. Some smooth vanilla sweetness balances the tartness nicely. Fantastic.

T: Oaky vanilla opens things up, followed by profoundly tart lactic, acetic, and citric acid. Vanilla blends seamlessly with the sourness to produce a candied sweet-tart flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Soft, medium body full of delicate carbonation. Beautiful.

O: There's just nothing like a great sour too get one's tastebuds jumping, and Rosie Pom delivers. I'm a huge fan of its intense fruity sourness, as well as the balancing (but never dominating) sweetness. If it weren't for the other special beers beckoning, I would have gladly kept drinking this all night.


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Photo of jale
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the pre-DLD event.

A: Pours a purplish brown with two quarters of tan head.

S: Nice funky tartness, fruit and light oak.

T: Nice brett tartness and a sweet/sour pomagranate. Light malt and mild oak.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. Would like many more of this.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Great Taste of the MW. Pours a copper rust mahagony color with a nice 1 finger head. Nice sour/tart aroma on this one with hints of fruit in the nose. The taste, oh the taste, is just awesome. Sour and tart at the same time with an underlying subtle pomegranate flavor. Get some wine type notes as well form the barrel. Really well balanced. Light mouthfeel. Probably my favorite so far at GT.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes

Appearance is a dark blueish purple with a slight tan head. Smells like oak, fruits and vinegar. Taste is sour right at the front, some oak notes, then sweetens just a touch but not too much, and as quick as the sweetness comes, it's gone. A really good beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but if they bottled this I would definitely drink more of it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I wish there was more of this out there. Missed my chance to try it at the brewpub, and managed to get around 10 oz. consolidated from 2 pours at the Great Taste (.2L glass). Review from notes.

A ruddy brown with dark reddish purple highlights. Decent clarity allowed the color to show though. It's foam had an off white tint and left some spotty lacing, but didn't stick around long. Acetic aroma with some complex fruit and brett funk adding a nice dimension.

Moderately tart verging on sour, puckering in the best way. The oak adds some tannins and complexity, underlying the initial punch of acetic fruit. It got the salivary glands working for sure. There was a residual trace of brett funkiness in the somewhat dry finish. Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with that pomegranate/cranberry cling that sticks to your teeth. It was complex enough to hold sustained interest, and I only wish I could get more of it.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by FlssmrBrewAlum. Thanks Adam!

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a light beige head. Color is a caramel hued brown.

Aroma: Sour and tart cherries, pomegranate, cherries, oak, and some funk.

Taste: Again, this beer is sour and tart. Vinegar flavors here. Pomegranate, cherries, oak, and more funk. Mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Sour and mouth puckering. A medium bodied beer with medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, another solid sour from FS. Very drinkable with lots of great flavors. Well done and something I would want more of.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leftorium aged in barrels with fresh pomegranates. One of Matt Van Wyck's last beers, with some additional blending by Brian. On-tap at Flossmoor Station, served in a snifter.

A - Poured with a finger of very light tan foam that eventually settles to a ring and leaves some light haze and spotty lace. Surprisingly good retention for a Flanders-style brew. The body is a murky brown with hints of orange. Plenty of tiny bubbles visible at the fringes of the glass.

S - Funky and sweet Brett jumps out immediately, providing some fruit and barnyard. This is followed by pomegranate juice, buttery oak, light acetic acid, and a brown ale toffee malt backbone. This one pops and sizzles.

T - Taste is a little more graham cracker, with lots of tart pomegranate juice as well. There's only moderate acetic and sour flavors here, and not as much lactic flavor as I'd expect from something based on a Flanders Red. Quite enjoyable, but I think it could use a few more bugs. Probably a 4.25 for me, but one of Flossmoor's stronger efforts in recent history so I'll bump it up.

M - Dry finish, light residual stickiness, medium body, low carbonation. Could use a touch more spritz to make it more refreshing.

D - This was quite delicious, and it's a must-try if you're in the neighborhood (or see it at a festival). I'm actually surprised there aren't more pomegranate sours, as it seems like the flavor would be quite complementary.

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Photo of antoines15
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap by the train

very tasty brew from the Station. Had it first at Illiana Mayfest and subsequently checked Flossmoor Station's tap list every single day thereafter in order to make sure I could get my hands on some more. Moderately sour and just a well balanced, tasty beer. Could easily drink several of these, and did, both at the fest and the brewpub. If you live in the Chicagoland area, and haven't had a sour, I recommend checking this one out. Flossmoor Station coming through in the clutch yet again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky walnut brown that had almost enough deep red to be considered murky plum. The opening of the snifter was occupied by a single finger of golden ecru colored cream that faded within minutes, leaving shredded sheets of lace that didn't fade.

The nose was an appealing mixture of fruit and moderately funky Brettanomyces. Rather than pomegranate, with which I don't have too much flavor experience, the beer smelled like berries were added. It was obvious at that point that this was going to be another successful Flossmoor Station brew.

Rosie Pom is an excellence American wild ale. It had a wonderful sweet (very mild), tangy (moderate) and funky (also moderate) balance. Each sip made each and every taste bud stand up and sing. My notes say 'explosive flavor'. It was as clean as beer like this can be, and tasted fresh and bright besides.

Interestingly, the fruitiness was dried sour cherry-like (and slightly dried sweet cherry-like) on the palate. Other flavors included fruit-infused vinegar, horse barn, leather and hints of wood. Comparisons with a (funk free) Flanders oud bruin are not out of line.

The mouthfeel fit the rest of the attributes well. It was much closer to medium than light, with a clingy finish that is fairly common with wild ales. The bubbles were well-integrated and added just the right amount of zing.

Rosie Pom is yet more proof that Flossmoor Station brews excellent craft beer across a wide range of styles, something that is more rare than one might think. Too bad I only have access a few times each year. Good stuff.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap last night at Flossmoor.

A- Came to me a dirty purple color with a lightbrown hue when held up to the light. Small dirty tan head. Left spotty lacing on the glass in small amounts.

S- Sour vinegar upfront to this that reminds me of wine. Light aroma's of cherries and pomegranate mix with a oaky aroma once the beer warmed a little. Light alcohol hints in the backend of the overall nose.

T- Light vinegar sourness upfront that turns into a cherry like tartness. Pomegranate flavor kicks in the middle with some oak like notes that follow through to the end. Bready malt in the ending of this with a slight tartness. Interesting in the tail end of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the style. A sour tartness was left on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Drying on the palate but not overly so. Flavors blended well together and had a overall clean taste.

D- This beer was over the top in the drinkability. The lower ABV means I could have many glasses of this. I would suggest this to people who have not had or have had sours. A good intro into this realm without feeling overproduced.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from tap into a sniffer--

this is a deep plum colored beer that is actually apricot color around the edges.

This really reminds me of a a flemish red ale-- but with a definate pomegranite bite. The yeast seems to add a slight tart funk that blends nicely with the beer. The body is medium with plenty of airy carbonation. Lingering sweet and tart aftertaste is quite pleasant, albeit not entirely the most refreshing beer I've had-- still quite good.
There is a good oaky wood note that leads to the acidic flavors. Some dark sweet and sour cherries and even a soft grapeskin flavor.

Not a beer for people who don't already like sours. But if you like sour ales, this is more than worth a shot. Um having my second sniffer as we speak!

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Rosie Pom from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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