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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 265
Gots: 406 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: botham on 08-19-2009)
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Reviews by Biff_Tannen:
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-17-2014 14:45:21 | More by Biff_Tannen
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Rose brown. Hazy with steady but light carbonation and an ever-present ultrathin lacing.

Aroma: Lactic. Cherry Vinegar. Dirt. Tannins.

Taste: Sour milk, fermented cherries, earth, vinegar, hints of lemon and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Rich. Earthy. Tangy and slightly tart. Balanced. Medium dry.

Drinkability: By the gallon.

03-15-2011 01:22:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

2012 vintage, thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle. It pours a ruby color, deeper than the Mariana Trench, though light still bursts through this blood-red brew when held up to the light. Barely any head forms; a janky, gray-tinted skin of chunky bubbles disperses quickly towards the edge of the beer and asserts itself as a tiny collar.

Deep, mashed cherries and cherry skins outline the aroma, also filled with grape, light oak, and mild funk - complete with a backing lactic sourness. Very good, but lightly one-track minded without ever really opening up with time. I was expecting a bit more complexity, but I was still completely satisfied with the aromas that were there (does that make sense?).

The taste is pretty light up front - each sip from there on out brings forward a little more flavor and robustness. Warm cherries, lightly tart, though maybe not as sour as the aroma would make you think. Faint lemon spritz, tons of grapes and vinous notes, along with a slightly nutty undertone. Funk flashes in and out at times; mildly musty and just a touch corky.

There's a nice hint of vanilla and cinnamon that I'm picking up. I'm guessing the vanilla could be a mild induction from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, but I'm confused about the cinnamon. Hell, it might not even been cinnamon. But whatever the little spiced note is, it works. It completely stands out, but at the same time feels right at home, like R. Kelly at a Chuck E. Cheese.

Dry and oaky finish with only remnants of cherries and vinous grapes. Thin-medium bodied with a pretty smooth mouth feel that turns sharp in the end thanks to some hefty carbonation. Another very solid release from Goose Island's line of Belgian style ales. I'd like to see a little more sourness for the price, but overall, the beer itself was very enjoyable. I feel like a few years of age could take this one in a positive direction.

07-19-2013 11:14:56 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%

A: A deep amber brown with a ruby hue and good clarity. Pours with a finger of rocky off-white head that quickly fades to just a ring of fine bubbles around the edge. This style should have an average to good head retention but tart sours have a tend to have a pour head retention due to the high acidity.

S: It's got a mouth watering smell that signals beckoning sour beer fan to enjoy a tasty treat. A noticeable acetic sour aroma with moderately-strong red currents. There is moderate dark stone fruit aromas of sour cherries and nectarines along with some malt character. There is a moderate oak aroma as well.

T: A great sweet tart balance in the front an a little bit of caramel and oak on the finish. The fruit is again red cherries and red currentsThe sourness is a little more restrained than the aroma would suggest but still dominates the flavor along with the fruit and oak flavors. The balance is moderately sour. The hops don't add much just a light bitterness the is obscured by the tartness. The finish is dry with an aftertaste the oak and fruity notes.

M: Very lively beer on the palate having a light bodied with high levels of carbonation.

O: A fairly good Flanders Brown is always and exceptional beer when I can get my hands on one. This one is somewhat above average for the style and Like that isn't too sweet, which is with the style just not my preference. This beer could definitely age well and i'd probably enjoy it even more in a year or two.

03-02-2013 21:58:09 | More by MadScientist
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-13-2014 23:45:52 | More by CavemanRamblin
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-18-2013 16:29:52 | More by jono0101
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2014 00:55:36 | More by SkiBum22
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-21-2014 22:49:18 | More by Ben7773
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-23-2014 14:56:25 | More by jeagleton
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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

Great beer all around. Nice and tart without being way too tart for an easy drinking beer of this style.

I enjoyed it greatly and paired it with venison medallions and potatoes with onions that had been sauteed in Canadian Whiskey. It stood up rather nicely to the dark venison tenderloin and was the perfect pairing (for me).

Pours a perfect dark color with the proper head and carbonation.

Has the classic sour smell with the hint of cherries that it was made from. Cherry doesn't overpower the rest of the flavor profile - it works in concert with the malt and tartness provided by the bugs. Easy drinking.

Just a great beer and I wish I could go more 4.9 instead of 4.75. I didn't give it a 5 because I just wanted a hair more tartness but it's as close as I can get to a perfect beer without being perfect IMO.

Well worth seeking out.

07-14-2013 22:18:00 | More by teal
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-03-2014 00:49:55 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-01-2014 04:35:46 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-02-2013 02:17:37 | More by csmartin6
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

09-08-2012 18:29:27 | More by heddar33
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bottled 10/01/2010

A - Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown with almost no head to speak of.

S - Nice cherry aroma with no medicinal notes present. Also slight vinegar and a faint amount of funk. Very nice.

T - nice balance of tart with a subtle but noticeable sweetness. A bit of vinegar character, but not mouth puckering. Also some noticeable yeast funk and and some earthiness on the finish. Very nice version of the style.

M - light crisp mouthfeel. Finishes pretty clean and dry.

O - been wanting to try this for awhile and was not disappointed. A nice tartness but nothing requiring antiacids. Would love to have again.

08-11-2011 19:59:11 | More by warnerry
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-21-2011 03:36:21 | More by Callmecoon
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-27-2014 19:01:17 | More by JakerLou
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-10-2014 15:34:00 | More by Chris_Panos
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Not sure who shared this or if it was sent to me in a trade, maybe I should enter my reviews before they are so old I don’t remember when I had the beer.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tart cherry notes, as well as some brown sugar and a little bit of oak.

The flavor is similar. The dominant two flavors are tart cherries and brown sugar. There is also some vinegar notes mixed in, similar to what you would get from a Flanders Red. There is a little bit of oak and a little bit of tartness from the fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-27-2011 18:02:06 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-31-2012 03:46:19 | More by Skye1024
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-10-2013 21:30:46 | More by Shankopotamus
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-22-2014 21:17:10 | More by Prospero
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-13-2014 19:57:02 | More by innominat
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-06-2014 04:02:42 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-04-2013 18:32:55 | More by mrw1zard
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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.