Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ommegang Rosetta

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1536) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Now that Duvel owns an international conglomerate of craft breweries, they’re starting to brew beers for multiple brands at multiple breweries. Boulevard has made Ommegang beers and now Liefmans has too. Though in this case I’d say it’s not a bad thing at all. Ommegang Rosetta is quite similar to Liefmans Fruitese or Kriek, but not as overly sweet or sour as either of those beers, respectively. Big cherry flavor with plenty of authentic fruit flavor, sweetness and a nice tartness as well. This is a fun beer.

I pour an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 10/2020 and cost $3.99 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark maroon/burgundy color with bright red highlights. Pours to a fairly large, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some nice lacing.

Smell: Essentially cherry puree. Sweet and tart. Seems authentic, though.

Taste: Fruit beers are an interesting bunch: they’re sweet, tart and sometimes sour. One thing they don’t tend to taste like is traditional beer and yet most beer purists are okay with that. I’d include myself among that group, especially in the case of this beer. There’s plenty of authentic cherry flavor from beginning to end. Up front it’s like a sundae topping, through the middle there’s just a touch of bitterness and it finishes with a short, sharp tart bite. The tartness lingers and there’s perhaps a hint of sourness in there somewhere, but this is most definitely not a traditional lambic or any kind of lacto/brett wild ale. Of course, I could see barrel-aging it making it even better (if done correctly). The palette is pretty simplistic and repetitive, yet I enjoy it as much at the end as the beginning. It’s a liquid dessert.

Drinkability: At 5.6% ABV, Ommegang Rosetta is actually quite efficient for its body. The mouthfeel is rather light and thin; not crisp like a lager but far from any kind of cloying, sticky sensation. In fact, I’d criticize it for finishing too clean, in fact. Still, it’s a liquid dessert and quite tempting to throw back several of these in a row.

RATING: 9/10

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