Brewery: Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Serving: 750 ml cork and caged bottle
Information: 9% ABV
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Pairings: Vinaigrette-drizzled salad with almonds, grilled pork tenderloin, dark chocolate.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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. The cross between the Kriek, Flanders Sour, and American Wild is just awesome in this brew
I’ve had the joy of experiencing the ups and downs of aging this beer. For a while, around a year old, this beer reeked of band-aids and pool toys. Now that it’s nearly two years old, none of that exists and it has a great barnyard aroma with great depth. Fresh is the way to go, but this beer ages well. *The review reflects the beer fresh, not aged.*
Score: 90 / 100 - Exceptional