Rosie | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Sour Ale fermented and aged with Wisconsin cherries.

Added by botham on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of brandoneast
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerfayce
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a snifter

A: Bright red but not cloudy, no head present when it was served to me.

S: Sour fruit background, funk and sweetness with the distinct wild "band-aid" smell.

T: Tart fruit and funk in balance here, sourness and barnyard earth of the Brett as the taste develops. The finish is slightly dry.

M: well carbonated with a dryness that is pleasant, not a heavy bodied beer.

D: An enjoyable sour, it doesn't have an intense flavor profile but is well balanced. Not overly sweet and without hints of unpleasant medicinal tastes make it easy to drink and return to.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of levifunk
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the malt house.

a - red, white head

s - sweet fruit. some earthy notes.

t - cherry. sour, but not that noticeable. grassy clove flavor

m - med/light body. good carbonation

o - glad to try it, but not something to go crazy over. could use some more sour kick. easy to drink and no where near 9%.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in an in person trade with millah- thanks a ton! Poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: appears a nice light clear rose color with thick white head and heavy lacing.

S: nose features heavy Brett funk along with big notes of oak, vanilla, vinegar and cherries. Very interesting and unique. I have had this beer on draft as well as this tasting and I don't remember the Brett being so strong.

T: the front is big and tart with a lot of cherry character, the oak comes next and is tied in with the Bretty funk. The Brett isn't as strong tasting as the nose would suggest.

MF: light body, spritzy carbonation

D: well the 9% abv is virtually non existent... I would have guessed it to be somewhere in the 4-6% range. The Brett is a tad stronger than I like, but overall, this is an incredible effort from Lakefront and my new favorite of theirs.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours an explosive head, at least three fingers worth. Great looking lace is left as the head slowly recedes. The beer is a hazy tangerine with hints of red ruby in there as well.

S- A big dose of wood, mainly oak and a fair amount of funk which I like. Behind the funk some cherries creep in there and maybe even a little grapefruit.

T- Very crisp and refreshing flavors. heavy oak and a subdued cherry. The funkiness from the nose is more covered up in the taste. Just the slightest hint of malt comes in at the tail end. .

M- Crisp and clean. Dry on the finish with a light body. Really not as sour as one might expect but it doesn't lose anything because of it.

D- I couldn't believe this beer was 9%. No sign of that at all, the funk does a good job of covering it up but also adding just a great layer to this beer. It is good to see a local brewery starting to get into these styles.

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Photo of crossovert
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Very nice labeling.

Pours into my Maredsous glass a rosy pinkish red. There are hints of pink/orange when held to light towards the edges. The head is large and white. It dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

The scent is a good interplay of tart cherries and sour funk, the sour probably could be heightened but for a balanced version of this, this is great. It has a large barnyard funk, moreso than I normally smell in these beers. There is a light vinegar but not as much as a typical Flanders Red Ale. Alas, the oak chimes in and brings some vanilla subtleties.

Mmm, this one is sour and tart at the same time. The cherries bring and oxidized taste along with the typical sweet fruitiness. This one isn't super sweet like other cherry beers and Flanders reds. There is also lemon, and all the funk that the funkies usually bring. There is a hint of medicinal flavor as well. Under that is some pie-crusty grain and vanilla. It isn't extremely sour, tart, or sweet, it is incredibly balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but it works at cutting down on sweetness and providing a nice sour/tart dry finish.

Step back New Glarus, this one just blasted your cherry fruit beers out of the water, especially Enigma.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery, 750ml bottle.

A: nice, clean rosey red color, very good, great head, rocky
S: excellent, definite funk with cherries noticeable
T: decent, with sourness but needs a bit more funk, slightly sweet but all-in-all very good to style, as it warms up the sourness starts coming through more
M: great mouthfeel, very refreshing
D: very drinkable, not too acidic

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.)

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for bringing a bottle of this over.

Poured into my wine glass the beer is a dark pink red with two fingers of light pink head. The head has spectacular retention. It sets up like a pimk merangue. It simply will not fade. Thick webs of lace remain once the head finally fades.

The aroma is a perfect mix of sour cherries and oak barrel. Traces of brett and barnyard funk are present as well. Just a touch of sweetness can be picked out as the beer warms. It's spot on what I would think of in a tart lambic.

The flavor starts with a slight mouth puckering tart cherry burst. This is instanly mellowed by the heavy oak character blending the two seemlessly. Just enough funk to please my taste. Not a hint of the ABV can be picked out. This is dangerously deceptive.

The body is light and lively. Dry finish. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding tart lambic. This might be the most dynamic beer to come out of Lakefront. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of botham
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the Sugar Maple pourd into a snifter. pours a flat chestnut rouge color with no head and a soapy rim that leaves no lacings.

aroma is of mild bret sourness with fruity undertones and apple/cherry notes. overall well proportioned and pleasant in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a bit of a flat character. overall the brew is a bit flabby on the palate with a lack of character when compared to the aroma. the beer was nearing the end of the barrel, so this would most likely explain the flabby quality.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tart texture on the palate and a lightly sour lingering finish.

drinkability is underwhelming. pleasant in the nose with a nice mixture of sour notes and fruit notes, but in the end it falls apart on the palate. might be better with a bit more flavor and presence on the palate.

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Rosie from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.71 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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