Ommegang Rosetta

Val actually picked out this beer and didn’t hate it. Given the style, I thought she wouldn’t be into it at all. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Family is always there for you. Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart’s desire to create a soured fruit beer wasn’t a possibility at his brewery in Cooperstown. The climate and current infrastructure don’t permit it. Fortunately for him, Belgian sister-brewery Liefmans not only has the capability to make such a beer, they have been definitive standard-bearers for over three hundred years. Several phone calls, e-mails and most enjoyably – taste testings – later, Rosetta was born and ready to hit America. Leinhart’s recipe calls for a perfectly balanced blend of old (aged on cherries at least three years) and young Flemish brown ale (or oud bruin) with a lively and fruity kriek, or cherry beer. The result is a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness. Its elegance and depth would make Madame Rosa Merckx proud – Liefmans’ former Brewmaster and the first Belgian woman with that title in whose honor the beer is named. ‘I wanted a sour fruit beer that invites you to have another,’ said Leinhart, Ommegang’s Brewmaster since 2008. ‘So many of the ones I find today are either so tart or so fruity, that I think beer lovers struggle to have more than one. Balance and the right blend was the key for me, and I really believe we hit the sweet spot, so to speak. I am looking forward to hearing back from drinkers on what they think and if the response is favorable, consider bringing this beer in draft next year as well.’ Rosetta is a moderate 5.6% ABV and its tart/sweet flavor pairs perfectly with light fare such as salad, chicken liver pâté or a pork terrine, soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, or a smooth chocolate mousse. Rosetta is available 11.2 oz four-packs at the suggested retail price of $10.99 each. Arriving to stores now, Rosetta is available throughout Ommegang’s 43-state USA footprint.”

Random: I’ve been listening to a lot of history podcasts lately since I’m out of beer podcasts.

The beer poured with a quarter of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top of the dark brown body. I didn’t see any carbonation because of the color. The nose had dark cherries and cherry cough syrup. The taste had tart and sweet cherries come through. It also had a cherry wine note to it. There wasn’t anything in the way of hops, but a touch of malt. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cherry pie. A bottle of this was $2.58, which came to $.22 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It was a bit one-dimensional to me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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