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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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228 Reviews
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Reviews: 228
Hads: 1,211
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 284
Gots: 450 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: botham on 08-19-2009

Brown Ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.
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Photo of bnes09
4.99/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a blend of hazy orange, red and brown with a candy hue. Finger of head after a moderate pour. Head remains throughout the majority of the drink and leaves a few lace lines on the glass. Intense acidic aroma, mostly berries. Nice touch of oak in the nose as well. Flavor begins with a heavy dose of acetic acid imparting berry, vinegar and cider notes. Just a hint of sweetness and cherry flavor mid drink. Finishes dry with a gentle touch of wine and oak to mellow out the flavor. Medium body and bone-dry feel with ample carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel. I don't even know where to begin with this beer. It seems that every big purchase I make on a new sour ale turns into a home run and this one is a grand slam! So much depth and complexity yet super well balanced and easy to drink. Just an all around stellar beer!

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Photo of teal
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of kingston2
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep ruddy color with light head that quickly faded to light lacing. The nose is so complex. Expected tart, vinegar components but also loads of cherries and fruit as well. A musty, bready component is there as well. Love just holding my nose over the glass. Flavors are spectacular and I feel is far superior than previous batches. Long sweet cherry finish that outlasts the zippy sour flavors that hit up front. Great Brett component as well. I really like this and think the overall score is not doing it justice.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7-31-12 and poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

A- Pours a deep, hazy, and effervescent brown. The color of the body is fairly deep brown with some good red tones in it too. A small head forms, but doesn't stick around long or lace much. Lots of continuous carbonation rising in the glass.

S- This beer is slightly tart, a little fruit, and fairly funky in the scent department. The cherries are definitely evident in both their tartness and fruitiness. Tart flavors are also there with some noticeable wine barrel influence. The funky smell is both musty and yeasty, with the Brett definitely making its presence known. Overall, the scent is very complex, but less tart than expected, probably due to age.

T- Starts funky and musty, with some yeast flavors, as well as the Brett flavors, which display lots of farmhouse qualities. Tart and slightly sour flavors take over in the middle of the drink, with a balance between sour cherry flavors and lactic acidic sour flavors. Just a hint of wine barrel in there towards the middle and end, resulting in a somewhat dry flavor. Ends with a slight tart flavor and return of the funk in the lingering aftertaste.

M- This beer is highly carbonated and fairly easy to drink. Yeasty feel thickens this one up a little bit. Normally the style would be tart enough to affect the ease of drinking, but the Brett and age of this one mellow that out.

Overall, a very, very good, not so sour, sour style beer. The cherries and Brett combine to provide a very unique flavor profile for the style. I think this one was probably more tart and sour when it was fresh, but by no means has this beer dropped off, it's just aged gracefully.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the best oud bruin ive ever had, if we can even fairly call it that, and easily the most enjoyable brew from goose island for me, including a few bourbon county variants. special beer here. more red than brown in color, fairly light and see through, with soda like carbonation and an inch or less of off white fizz head. the nose on this is awesome, bretty, as funky as it is sour, the cherries are authentic but not too sweet, the base beer is true to style, and the cabernet barrels have left their mark with a fruity tannic kick. i also smell something uniquely floral, vegetal flowers, lush and in bloom. the flavor of this beer blew me away, my favorite in a long lineup of excellent beers. i do get the oud bruin malt profile, but its dressed up in tart cherries as bright as day, and mellowed with a refined oak profile that includes vanilla and all kinds of brett charcter. its sour sure, but not too acidic like some can be. its only a gentle sour, drying but not burning, elegant beer. i also get the floral thing in the flavor, like biting the head off a fresh bright red tulip, its vibrant and wet and the embodiment of captured sunlight. this beer is so complex, so layered, so intricately put together that its bringing me all the way back to the first time i had consecration. im not sure i have been as impressed with a beer since. i could not imagine a better flavor profile or feel. the cherries, the brett, the cab barrels, its all so well done. i will remember this bottle fondly for a long time, and eagerly await the opportunity to drink another one. this was the last in a night of maybe 25 beers, and it was so darn good it made me sober. mind blown.

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Photo of FullObs
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brownish red with minimal head. Slight aroma of cherries nothing intense. At first sip I am surprised as this was a " brown ale". It has a nice tangy cherry taste. Perhaps a little watery. Not too much fruit, not too much sour. Not a perfect brew... Seems like it is missing something just not sure what. overall tho Drinkability is excellent. Worth a try. I will have another please

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A- Pours a rusty rootbeer brown into my Excelsior tulip. A very thin strawberry tinged head whispers and bubbles, but fades away immediately. The dots of lacing that remain are sucked down by the surprisingly oily legs that drag them into the abyss. Nothing really special to look at, but not bad for a Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Sweet, yet very tart cherries. Brown sugar, wet compost, horse blanket, old barn, and subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa hidden well underneath. Picking up some sour red grapes and musk.

T- Punched in the mouth with sour cherries strained thru a horse's blanket. Really no other way to describe it. Very faint hints of vanilla, cinnnamon, raisins, milk chocolate, brulee'd sugar and banana in the way back of the bus. It gets extremely funky as it warms up! Damn, I almost wished I had just drunk this straight from the cellar. Lots of spiced banana and black pepper on the finish.

M- Very complex, juicy, yet dry! Dry red wine, tart cherry, little touches of banana and spice. No carbonation at all. You can almost feel the bugs in your mouth! This shit is funkier than Bootsy Collins! Tons of barnyard and compost, but with such an amazing blend of fruit and spice. Truely awesome and awe inspiring.

O- Really sad that I only have one more bottle of this little piece of GI infection perfection! I gotta grab some fantastic goat and sheep cheese to pair with this one on the next go round. Absolutely stunning!

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Photo of botham
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pours a drab sienna color wth a bit of rouge mixed in and a healthy haze. no head, no lacings.

aroma is mildly sour with fruity undertones and notes of vinous sourness, grape and cherry. a faint yeasty note keeps the aroma honest, while adding a bit of body to the mix. very well put together in the nose with just enough of a bite to make a statement.

taste is more of the same with a wonderful fresh quality and a very well proportioned profile. the balance between tartness and sweetness is spot on, leaving the palate wanting another sip. the fruit notes are subtle, acting more as an ancillary note next to the vinous sour character. a bit of vinegar-like sourness makes its way to the front after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is great. medium bodied with a mild tartness and an excellent finish of residual fruit and sourness.

drinkability is excellent. exactly what a flanders oud briun should be. this is a near perfect concoction of fruit, sour and sweet notes that is not overly concentrated or overbearing, but just right in all areas. cheers!

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2012 vintage, poured into a FFFs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 4/12/13 over two hours.

A: 4.25 - mud brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), whitish one finger head quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing, short alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - lots of tartness, tannins and Brett funk, lives up to expectations for a Flanders Red

T: 4.75 - as expected from the aroma...on the front of the tongue, there is a Brett funk and tartness that cuts through some of the more subtle flavors like cherry, burnt candy and even caramel; there is a pleasant sourness that lingers after a full sip

M: 4.25 - light-to-medium bodied, moderate alcohol and sticky consistency; very soft carbonation

O: 4.5 - a really nice American example of a Flanders Oud Bruin/Flemish red that borders on experimental with the addition of Wisconsin cherries; to be honest, I am just getting into sours now, but I really enjoyed this one, which excited my interest to further explore the style with other Belgian and American examples

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Photo of geryeb624
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a caramel brown color with close to 3 fingers of tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Smells quite lambic, specifically kriek, like. Aromas of oak, vinegar, cherries, all abound.

T- Delicious. Walks the line between classical Belgian kriek and American fruit beer quite nicely. Sour wine and cherry notes up front followed by an after taste of vanilla, I assume from the wood.

M- Slightly prickly and surprisingly light given the flavors and ABV. A very nice sipper.

Overall another well-executed barrel-aged beer from Goose Island. I'll keep my eyes peeled for more after my recent experiences with this and Sofie.

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Photo of TriGuy20
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at Twisted Spoke, Chicago, IL Bottled on date 10/1/2010. Poured into tulip glass

A: Copper Color with a slight crimson hew.

S: Initially the beer was too cold and the aromas were muted, however as it warmed up the following aromas showed beautifully: Tart Cherry/ Barnyard/ Apple Cider Vinegar/ Oak/ Spice-Clove & Cinnamon/ Vanilla (Barrel Notes)

T: The tart cherry comes through very nicely on the palate with the apple cider hitting the mid palate and the sweet cherry and lactic sourness taking over on the finish.

MF: Great carbonation makes the mouth come alive with each sip. The lactic sourness adds a nice creaminess to this beer. The finish is very good; this beer lingers on the palate.

D: Like the Juliet this beer is so dam easy to drink. Unlike some of its Belgium counterparts this beer goes down very easy. So balanced!

Another stellar beer from the Goose Island Vintage Reserves. What strikes me most about this beer is its balance, everything is in harmony. While some Belgium beers of this style demonstrate more complexity you would be hard pressed to find a more pleasant drinking experience. Unlike the Juliet, I would be more comfortable ageing this beer as I think the secondary characteristics will balance nicely with the fruit.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%

2012 Vintage courtesy of Mid – Thanks Allen!
Notes from 06/28/14 Into some Lost Abbey stemware

A: Madame Rose pours a dark brownish color with cranberry tones. Semi clear with some yeasty murk. Forms a smallish khaki tan head at the top that is fairly active and short-lived. Looks nice and stays fairly clean on the glass with little to no stick.

S: Smells of sour cherry and red wine vinegar with some aged hardwood influence. I get a fair amount of mixed berry there backed by a lemony tartness and some light acidity. Surprisingly not much Brett coming through as the nose rounds out with a few earthy minerals and a bit of yeast. Smells quite delightful however with lots of dark fruit notes and a healthy tartness to it.

T: The flavors bring a harmonious mix of tart cherries, balsamic vinaigrette, mixed dark berries, and macerated red wine grapes. Layered underneath is the lemony Brett encased in some woodsy oak earthiness. Nothing here is overbearing or competing with each other. In fact I find it incredibly delicate and nuanced while still delivering a fair amount tartness. I get a dash of lactic creaminess and vanilla with a finish full of bright cherries. Alcohol is completely masked and there is little to no bitterness to the beer. This probably doesn’t deviate too far from a standard Flanders but what is here is pure perfection.

M: Medium light body with a super lush and frothy mouth feel. Good amount of tart pucker hits the palate driving into a nice drying finish. Very nicely balanced and maybe a touch watery thin at times albeit pretty minor.

D: A fantastic Flanders and a great start for me into this style. Simply magical much so that I really found no flaws here. I don’t understand why this one doesn’t score higher in the ratings. The balance of everything was in perfect harmony for me. Perhaps the 2 years of aging has done this one proper. I think I would gravitate towards the Madame over quite a few other wilds like say RR Supplication or Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Would have this one over and over again if I could. Permawant!

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Has a one-finger beige head. Big sour fruit and light vinegar aroma. Strong sour and tart flavor that lasts from initial taste to finish. Can taste dark cherries, wild berries, and wood. Medium bodied. Finishes sour but with a touch of yeast and earth. Really good beer and one of the best sours I've had.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, bottled on 07/31/12.
Poured into a tulip.

Hazy copper with red highlights. About 1 finger of head that recedes very quickly.

Black cherry, oak, sawdust, Sweet Tarts and vinegar.

Moderately sour upfront with lactic acid, lemon juice and sour pie cherries. Black cherry, maraschino cherry juice and concord grape jelly. The Cabernet Sauvignon shines through towards the back along with some very bready pie crust. Finishes with naked oak and sawdust.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and moderately sour.

Perfect balance between the sourness, cherries, wine and oak. Really nicely put together. This is an excellent Oud Bruin.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Young 22oz. bottle - dated of 7-31-12.

Surprisingly opaque. Reddish brown color. Off-white head that only held up for a second. Mild carbonation.

Very excited to smell some brett in there. Nice citrus-tart-cherry smell. Dark cherry aroma. Some subtle oak. Smell doesn't go away like most beers. An hour later it is still very pungent.

Tastes wonderful. Thank goodness it isn't sweet. Cherry flavor is deep and concentrated. Comes off as sun-dried. Also cherry character mixes quite well with the wine barrel. (A hugely underestimated category). I assume it was red wine but I could be wrong.

Body is thin and dry even though plenty of sweet malt was use to brew up the beer. - There is a slight leftover caramel malt flavor going on. Its like a Flanders Red with cherries aged in wine barrels. Xxckxxx Awesome!

I'm actually totally impressed by this beer. This is the best beer sponsored by the Anheiser-Bush Co. I'm ashamed to love it so much. But respect is due where respect is due. Cheers to the brewers and coopers - keep up the good work!

There is sediment on the bottom. So I will most definitely purchase another and age it proper.

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Photo of glazeman
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from phone so it'll be short and sweet.

a. Amber with a hint of brown and a 1 finger white head that has somewhat poor retention and not much lacing. Nice crown though.

s. Tart cherries, oak, tannins, and a little nuttiness

t. This is a wonderfully balanced cherry sour, that I would put right up there with supplication tastewise, if not slightly ahead. Not overbearingly sour, but quit pleasant. Nice oakinee from the wine barrels as well.

m. Great, could have used a tad more carbonation.

d. Wish this was distributed, i'd have bought a case.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- The body of the beer is a bright clear rose red coloration. A thin white head resolves quickly. Whisp of lace mark my glass. The beer looks nice and inviting.

S- The beer has a very layered aroma. The aroma of sour cherries, tart cherries and sweet cherries rise from the glass. Supporting all this cherry is a hint of bitter sweet chocolate and a light vinegar twang.

T- Follows the aroma and gives a nice arrangement of sweet, tart and sour cherries, light balsamic vinegar a hint of cocoa and some nuttyness.

M- Yes this beer is acidic but it still manages to be smooth and refreshing. The body is light the carbonat is active and a little prickly.

O- This is a a delightful beer drinking experience. The sourness is very well balanced. This is one of goose islands better sour offerings.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours an almost-clear, reddish-brown color with a small white head. Scent is heavy with oak and vanilla. Very nice cherry aroma with a sense of sour acidity. Taste is initially red wine vinegar, Lovely vanilla and cherry oak flavors. A lot of vanilla. Nice and tart, but not overly sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant, tart bite to it. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer was AMAZING! IT was a great well-balanced sour ale that met all of my expectations.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled July 31 2012. #1424

A: Pours a very hazy brown ruby with a one finger off white head. Cant see too far into this brew. Head dissipates to a thin covering after a minute or so.

S: Amazingly tart right off the bat. Loads of Brett yeast with an assertion of cherry. Oak is certainly a highlight of the smell as well. Fully encompasses the realm of sour, very impressive.

T: As you would expect from the aroma this one is a sour and tart beer. Very nice how they crafted such a blend of Brett yeast, sweet malts and cherry. Good oak aging, has a nice wine character to it. Very enjoyable.

M: Light on the palate, good carbonation. Real crisp finish from the tartness. Booze is lost in the wonderful taste. Will make you pucker up the first sip. Pleasurable to sip.

Overall this is phenomenal. A must try for any sour fan. Was very fortunate to get a bottle of it and hopefully you can be too. WIll seek this out for the rest of my life.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A bracing, yet inviting aroma of cherries and a definite sourness.

T: Tasted of cherries (a whole lot of cherries), a powerful sourness, and brett. Like the aroma the flavor is so strong, it's almost overwhelming at first. You quickly get used to it and realize it's a great flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you love sour beers and if you love cherries, this is a good beer for you. Everyone else should stay away. This is a bold, take no prisoners kind of beer with a lot of personality.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with notes of cherrywood color into a snifter, giving off the appearance of a wine with minimal head that immediately disappears.

A strong smell of black cherry mixed with merlot and oak.

Tastes a tart black cherry with a hint of sweetness very similar to a merlot with the tart after taste. The tartness is not overwhelming and they found a good balance that allows you to really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my trusty Loterbol tulip. Many thanks to wilfu for a major hook-up with this one!

Bottled: 10/01/2010

A: Pours an odd brown with lots of deep orange overtones. A small, 1/2 finger layer of eggshell foam spreads out on top and really doesn't do much before receeding down to a finely bubbled collar with no skim. Not very much lace to speak of. Clarity is on the hazy side of things and carbonation is right around medium.

S: Hard to get a big nose out of this. Sure there's some tart cherry and an obvious vinous red wine characteristic, but I was hoping for a little more oak aroma. As it warmed, I picked up a little green apple, lemon, and cherry pie filling.

T: Touches the same bases as the aroma but more intense. Lovely tart cherry and yeasty funk with some spicy black cherry, lemon, tangy grape, and tart berry. A flash of vanilla and/or coconut in the finish.

M: A sour that's balanced, very nicely, with spice, dry funk, astringent oak, a hint of sweet orchard fruit, and berry tang. Finishes dry and prickly.

D: So easy to drink. I loved that it wasn't sour just for sours' sake. This one's about balance and restraint. Fab!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice beer, it's underrated in my opinion. Another BIF beer drank with the DC group.

The beer pours a very pretty crimson, thats semi clear with a little bit of bubbly head appropriate for a wild/oud bruin. The aroma is great, it's quite tart and highlights the added cherries beautifully. Some oak and wild yeast/farmhouse straw malt notes break through, reminding me of an aroma that Cantillon or other belgian sour would have. Also some sugary notes in the aroma to offset the tartness, nice.

The taste also has tons of tartness and also a lot of fresh cherries highlighted nicely once again, all offset slightly by the pulpy oak. A really long flavor that has a huge aftertaste, I really love that in beer, and this excels here, it's juicy and complex. The feel is very smooth and the carbonation is a little lower for a sour, I personally prefer that.

A really nice beer, I will buy it if I see it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Goose Island's Madame Rose in a trade with @MottoZappa, Thanks! It looks like this will be my 900th review and I thought It would be a good time to give this beer a try, I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile and I have some high expectations, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage bottled on 7/31/2012 1009. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a tulip since it was the closes thing I had to the glass that suggested.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean and classy look to it just like the other beers in this Belgian series, but I think this just be my favorite looking one. It poured a hazy brown almost mahogany color that took on more of a crimson hue when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly off white/light tan head that died down to a thin bubbly ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I like the color, but i wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a medium amount of sourness being the first to show up along with a nice fruity aroma with tart cherrys seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some funky yeast aromas that are pretty brett like and they impart some wet hay, horse blanket and barn yard like aromas. Up next comes the malts that make it a little flanders red like and they impart some caramel and sweet malt aromas with some oak and little woody aromas showing up towards the end. This beer had a very good aroma, it had a good amount of complexity to it, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice fruity flavors being the first to show up and it imparts some great tart cherry flavors with some fruity flavors in the background and it lead directly into a higher amount of medium sourness that is right on the border of being very sour. Up next comes that funky yeast that imparts the same aspects that they did in aroma and they still seem to be pretty Brett like imparting some nice funky barnyard flavors. Up next just a little bit of that malty aspect that I got in the aroma, followed by a little more oaky and woody aromas than I got in the aroma. On the finish there's some lingering sourness followed by fruity, tart cherry, and funky yeast like aftertaste. This was a very good tasting beer, it had just the right amount of complexity to it and it was right on the edge of being very sour.

M- Fairly smooth, sour, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, pretty crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel that worked very well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and I thought this was a great example of a Sour or American Wild Ale, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style, it was pretty sour, but it didn't seem too acidic and the complexity kept me coming back for more. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, pretty crisp, not too filling and the taste did a great job of holding my attention, it was sour, but the flavors kept me coming back for more and I think this would be an awesome beer to enjoy on a nice summer afternoon, I think one bottle would be my limit and it's a good beer to split, but it tastes so good I'll have no problem drinking the whole bottle. What I like the most about this beer was the how true to style and complex it was, it's just what I want in a good sour. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but the head and lacing could have been a little better, but it wasn't that big of a deal. I would for sure buy this beer, I will be trying hard to track down some of the new batch and I would love to try this fresh and have a couple for the cellar. I highly recommend trying this beer if you like tart and sour beers, I think it's a must try and I'm glad a friend recommended it to me, thanks Ben. All in all I was very happy with this beer and I was also a little impressed, this is one well crafted beer and it really came through in almost all aspects of this beer. I'm glad I traded for this beer and so far I think it's right up there with Juliet and Lolita as my favorites from this series ans it's up there as one of the best sours I've had so far. This made for a great beer to mark 900 reviews and somehow I'm going to have to find a way to go even bigger for my 1000th review. Great job guys, this was one fantastic beer, keep up the awesome work.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber red color with offwhite head. smell is of brett and wild yeast/bacteria, with a hint of fruit. the taste is tart, but smooth, with a nice sourness and sweetness from the fruit. Not a lot of "funk" in this one and that's a good thing with this brew. the mouthfeel is lively. Overall, outstanding wild ale. I like my wilds a little on the sweet side and this one delivers. Excellent.

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