Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle into The Bruery tulip, another huge grazi to Jeff (Alewatcher) for the bottle of this enchanting tonic. He has piles and piles of them by now (thank yous from me, that is).
Pours a murky red-brown, with a one-finger bone-white head, fizzy, that fades fairly quickly into a thin ring. Nice lacing though.
Nose is very brett-forward. Sharp zing of barnyard, a bit of old cellar mustiness, with sour cherry coming through nicely. The brown ale base adds a very light breadiness underneath.
Taste is a bit mellower. Nice blend of sharp barnyard notes, mellow acidity, with the brown-ale base providing a nice, round base to take the edges off. Cherry is certainly there, and the wine barrel adding a bit of richness as well, though with both staying underneath the brett presence. The Brett is really well balanced - no lingering cat-piss bitterness, not too citrusy, not too aggressive. Really tasty.
Mouthfeel has a nice bite from the acidity, with a carbonation that's just a bit softer than expected, adding to the overall mellowness. Medium bodied, lingering acidic bite in the back and sides of the throat after the swallow.
Overall, a really tasty beer. Quite refined, easy-drinking but with a bit of complexity also. Another winner - thanks again, Jeff!
06-05-2011 20:40:31 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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
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
Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.