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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 1,208
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 280
Gots: 450 | FT: 37
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:
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 ChicagoHopHead
2.12/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour into a tulip glass with little to no head.

Initial wine smell with light vinegar in the background.

Initial taste was of vinegar/sourness. Hard to distinguish cherry from sourness.

LIttle carbonation which made the beer seem flat. More characteristic of a wine than a beer.

Overall I did not like this beer. I am not sure if it the style or this brand. I hope to try another brand of this style to have a better grasp of this experience.

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Photo of JohnDon
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2014 on tap. Did not enjoy this beverage.

The look was dark brown, looked fine.

The smell was very earthy, but was not appeasing.

Taste was sourish and was not pleasing.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brownish red color, cloudy enough to be opaque when held to light. Hard pour begets a hearty head which unfortunately does not beget hearty retention. Disappointment ensues.

Steely tart cherry with an underlying carob powder earthiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells: tart, natural cherry with a metallic tone and chicory undertone.

A disappointing beer from Goose Island. Tart and monotone my wife dumped hers but I finished mine with a meh upon last sip. Rose is more of a corner pimp than a madame. That was a stretch.

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Photo of oN3xM
2.84/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 7/31/12. Served on 12/15/13 at about 50°F.

A - Deep copper brown color with a cloudy body that allows small amounts of light through around its edges. There's almost no head even after a vigorous pour, but a nice foamy ring sits around the edge of the glass. Looks moderately carbonated.

S - A fruity citric aroma with hints of vinegar, oak, and a little bit of caramel. It's your typical sour scent.

T - I'm not sure if it's due to age, but it's not as flavorful as I was expecting. It's very watery - almost like seltzer water, so there's plenty of room for more flavor. Cherries aren't very strong in flavor in and of themselves, so I'm not surprised there's hardly any cherry flavor. Sourness ranks 4 out of 10.

M - A very thin body with lots of bubbles. Hardly any alcohol burn, but very tart on the tongue.

O - I'm really disappointed with this beer. Goose Island's Juliet is one of my favorite sours, so my expectations were rightfully high for this one. It's like a watered down, soured-down La Folie, which I believe is an almost perfect example of this style. It may have been the age (almost 1.5 years since bottling) that caused the cherry flavor to seriously fade. I think this one is better fresh based off its current score of a 98 here on BA. No hard feelings - I still love you, Goose Island. Cheers!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a hazy amberish-cherry color with a small dirty white cap which fades leaving a still boring beer with almost zero lacing and bubbles.

S:Nose is sweet cherry, like artifical cherry like I would get a cheap kids drink blended with fresh red cherries. Bugs are present leaving some funky notes on the nose with some old wood and vinous smells

T: Initial red cherry, cheap tasting like its kool-aid. Thankfully the taste fades rather quickly under the bugs and barrel influence. A little booze sting comes on at the end. The finish is somewhat dry, tart and sweet simultaneously

M: Medium bodied, I felt undercarbonated, still and a snoozer

O: Not bad but mot something I would go for again.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally see this released. First I've seen it on shelves. 2010 vintage. 22oz bottle...

A: Deep ruby red with plum and copper highlights. Small white head that fades very quickly and leaves a tiny lace on the side of the brew. Good.

S: Just get a sour tinge, not much else. Eh.

T: I immediately get tart grapes and cherries upfront. Almost like if the made a grape sour patch kid. Some bready rye in the middle with not much on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the tartness, this is good. Decent.

All in all, this is not a good brew. Simply put, ok. It's a sour and I know I am not the best judge as I am not a fan of that flavor in beer. However, trying to judge without bias, this is not one of the higher end sours by any means.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

2012 vintage. Well, hadn't seen my man VDubb and his lady in some time, so I figured I'd bring over a bottle o' this to mark the occasion. It pours a dark faux-murky ruby-garnet topped by a finger or so of off-cream foam. Not all that much to look at, though, until it was held up to the light. The nose comprises dank/slightly tart cherry, light caramel/maple syrup (I couldn't untangle the two), and a touch of general earthiness. The taste holds notes of sweeter-than-usual cranberries, light tart cherry pit, light earthy greens, and a smattering of vague sweetness running beneath it all. Honestly, this aspect let me down a little, especially considering the pedigree of her sisters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but one that just didn't live up to expectations. There was hardly any appreciable tartness of any kind, the cherries came through somewhat muted (even transmogrified at times), and the whole thing came across as just too sweet for its own good (and, mind you, this is without coming across as sweet in any absolute sense whatsoever, only a relative one based on the style/expectations/whatnot). It's still generally enjoyable, but nothing to really celebrate too much.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to smurfbeer for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Rusty brown hue. Small off white head fades quick leaving a smattering of soapy lace.

S: Pleasant sour cherry is the most dominant aroma. Moderate spices, pie crust, wet wood and a dash of vanilla. Not much funk. I really hoped for funk.

T: Mildly sour cherry and a good amount of oak. That's pretty much all I get. Not medicinal. That's a plus.

M: Smooth medium body. Very mild carbonation.

O: Well this was better than The Dissident for sure. However it was nowhere near being a great FOB. Maybe some age would do this one some good.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty hazy burnt brown amber mahogony color with a off whitey dirty cap over heads.
The aroma is more subtle then i expected for how much time i let this one go with the brett. It is presented in such a mild behaved manor and integrated with oak and cherry.
The flavors are upfront strong and fade out very quickly, such a short finish, even more so then other dry beers, Especially considering that this one isn't super Lactic. This is a great beer to introduce someone to sours with. While the funky brett character is moderately revealing it is the cherry soaked oak notes that carry the body of this beer.

Of the 3 sisters, all of them are great in their own right, but this one least fit my preferances(high lactic, strong brett), but would be the most approachable for a new to sour beer drinker.

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Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending me this bottle.

Pours a  dark golden ruby color with burnt orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky barnyard aroma with lots of vinous fruit and prominent barrel, giving off strong notes of oak and vanilla.  Lots of cherry and other dark fruits.  Plenty of bugs and funk.

Medium body which is dry, very tart and puckering with lots of earthy funk, oak barrel and sweet fruit.  Prominent tart dark cherry but still sweet with lactic funk.  Subtle acetone presence at first that becomes a bit overpowering with a powerful, lingering vinegary/solvent finish.  A bit harsh on the acidity but decent amount of sweetness and oak countering things.  This had the potential to be a lot better but the acetic solvent character is just too strong for my liking. 

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber dated 7/31/2012, poured into a wine glass of the shape recommended on the bottle.

How can I say that I really liked this beer, and was still disappointed by it? Let's see...

The beer pours an amber brown, and develops a small, white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing. That's not the disappointing part, as it's pretty typical for an Oud Bruin.

Right off the bat, this smells like it's going to be sour. It has a little funk, and some oak. But this beer is supposedly brewed with cherries and aged in wine barrels, so where are the fruit notes? The smell is monotone. Even as it warms, it never changes into something more interesting.

On the tongue, it is maybe a little bit more complex. It is really sour, which is great! And as it approaches room temperature, it reveals very subtle complexities -- a hint of cherry, tobacco, and leather. But they are almost imperceptible.

In the end, this beer reinforces my opinion that Goose Island can make a pretty bottle, but can't quite pull off Belgian styles.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Tim at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!

A: Dark orange with a fast fading white head. Nice color.

S: Strong cherry notes with a slight medicinal influence. There's a touch of vinegar. Sweet malts are apparent and there's a firm lactic profile. I detect a slight mustiness and a dash of leather.

T: Lightly tart with a little sweetness. Cherries remind me a little of cough syrup. Light acetic acidity with notes of vinegar. Malt is moderately sweet. Light oak notes are present in the cherry finish. The beer possesses a moderate lactic sourness.

M: Spritzy mouthfeel with a medium body.

Overall: The medicinal notes are somewhat distracting but this is still pretty good.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby-amber with a small off-white head

Smell: Some cherries and brett, not particularly sour. Perhaps some bits of oak.

Taste: Some cherries, but not tart or sour. A bit of oak and brett. Not that noteworthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, average carbonation

Overall: A very ho-hum beer, below-average for the style. Points for a cool label I suppose.

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Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this has lost some depth. Fairly one note cherry with slight oak tannins. Wild yeast has a distinct aftertaste of corn nuts that's hard to shake. Kind of strange, you'd think after a few years it would become more refined, but something is off with this batch. Don't waste $30 on this.

2011: 3.97
Dark amber brown, fair clarity. Not much foam, a wispy skim across the surface and a ring around the edge. Visible carbonation, much less foam than expected.

Light acetic aroma, cherry flesh and pits, soft oak and vanilla derived from the wood. A premature earthy Brett funk that is still somewhat underdeveloped.

Juicy and sour cherries, distinctly fruity, savory. Dry oaky tannins in the finish, a distinct cherry pit dryness. Lingering natural cherry in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation, it becomes creamy after the initial sour/tangy bite. Light and spritzy, nice for a Wild Ale, less so as an Oud Bruin. Very juicy and quenching, the dryness encourages frequent sipping. Age it longer to develop more Brett character, blend old and young batches, this will be a winner. Rodenbach Grand Cru still has a corner on the market though.

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a little brown to redish tint. A finger of bubbles adorn this one.
Smell is cherry skin and and grape wine. The alcohol is quite prominent.
Taste is sour cherry and some sugar malt. Kinda one sided but still very good.
Mouthfeel is clean as can be expected. The alcohol keeps the palate involved and leads to more tipping of the glass.
Overall I think the price comes into play. It's pretty good but not 25$ good.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This has a kind of faded, dirty brown appearance with a cranberry tint and a subdued off-white head.

Smell: Lactic and vinegary cherry and lemon in the nose, with a touch of sweetness and some oak.

Taste: There is a lot of cherry in the flavor. After some smooth malt presence up front, sweet cherries turn lactic and sour. Accompanied by some other stone fruit flavors, this becomes more and more sour.

Mouthfeel: Some vinegar and puckering sourness. The body is pretty much medium for the style, with a high level of bubbly carbonation. Dry, more so at the finish.

Overall: This was pretty good, but I do not have a reason to really go after this again. Especially for the price, there are better options.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a faded hazy mahogany red with a foamy looking bubbly head. The nose is ok, fair bit of oak with light vanilla and cherry as a moderate acidity and sawdusty Brett. Flavor is similar. Decent acidity in the finish, cherries are light and the oak is still most prominent with a fair bit of vanilla. Light body, assertive carbonation, semi dry finish and assertive but nice sourness. Decent, drink closer to room temp. Balanced but a touch flabby.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into LA teku glass. Thanks Jay! Bottled 7/31/2012.

A: Pours a deep brown cola color with three fingers of foamy short-lived tan head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Vinous barrel notes are prominent, tart tannins, faint date, caramel and honey, with dark cherry skins and a splash of cranberry juice. Dry smelling.
T: Milder than the nose. Buttery and vinous barrel, caramel, cranberry juice, leather, with dark cherry juice and skins in the finish.
M: Dry but not crazy, medium body, low splashy carbonation with a bit of sharp acidic bite.
O: Delicious, not as good as Juliet or some of their others sours but a great and drinkable Flanders. Thanks again, jbck109.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a delicious and unique, but very one-sided beer. I was expecting one-sidedness, but not this much vinegary sourness since the bottle only indicated that it was Belgian-style and not that it was a sour. I consider that to be very pertinent information and am baffled as to why they wouldn't mention it. I like the vinegary, unripe cherry flavour, though.

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Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cherry red color workout much of a head on it. Nose is cherries, vinous character, sourdough bread. Taste starts with cherries that move to a citric character. Some bready malts take the palate next and are overwhelmed by some more citric cherry flavors mixed in some vinegar that is ultimately drowned out by a lingering vinous flavor. Really nice complexity. Decent mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I don't know if I would pay the price tag again for it, but wouldn't say no.

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Photo of vic21234
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 07/31/12.

A- Pours a cloudy brown color with some hints of red. A half finger of an off-white head quickly fades to some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is of an overall tartness. I smell cherries and sour grapes more than anything, very reminiscent of wine.

T- Taste acts much on the smell. Starts off fizzy before the overall sour and tartness comes in. Sour grape notes dominate the taste for me. I expected more of a presence of cherries.

M- Light and highly carbonated, sour and tart yet an easy drinker. Alcohol is very hidden.

Price point on this one is kind of high, and I would have thought there would be more of a cherry presence in the taste. This is a nice one to give a try though.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into snifter.

A- Light brown with signifigant ruby highlights. Aggressive pour still summons a lackluster head.

S- Strong berry sweetness, mild vinegar.

T- Mostly tart cherry skin. Some *mild* funk, hints at a kriek- this is pretty obviously a homage and not an actual attempt. Berries are pretty vibrant. Mild twinge of vinegar, but it's subtle.

M- Nice and dry, good tartness without destroying the tongue. Pretty well-balanced, no complaints here.

O- Overall, this is a pretty good American Wild Ale. I found the serving size to be a bit much- would much rather see this in 12oz bottles. I would revisit this, but would not go out of my way to land another bottle.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with Jason, Sean, and Chris at the Bristol.

A - Brownish beer with a minimal head. Bit of red and pink. Small white head, bit of retention and lace.

S - Litte bit of cherry with a load of vinegar. Some wood, hints of vanilla on the nose as well.

T - Sour and acetic with a lot of vinegar. Tart cherries are there, little bit watery on the end, and not super tart. Slight funk, wood, and vanilla. Kind of a strange oud bruin, finish is a bit weak.

M - Medium bodied with a little too much carbonation.

D - This is solid, not great. Fairly easy to get down, but wouldn't seek this out at the prices it is at.

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Photo of nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with russwbeck and poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

A - Much darker than Lolita, more like a darker orange and brown rather than the vibrant colors of the former. Still low head formation and retention, around that half-finger mark with sparse lacing. This does have a somewhat clearer body with less sediment.

S - As with Lolita, the barrel is very present in the aroma. Strong oak characteristics with grapes, and like Lolita, the fruit component isn't incredibly strong. Not as tart either, but there is a potent vinegar quality as well. Wish the cherries were a little more forward.

T - The tartness is ramped up a bit on the palate, but with the overall profile taking a hit as the individual notes seem to fall behind. The vinegar is here as well, and only after these two fade do the cherry and oak come through. It's pretty sweet too, which couples nicely with the tartness. The finish has a lot of barrel influence, too, as it is long with the wood and vanilla. Not as boozy as Lolita.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Actually feels very similar to Lolita in that regard. Still feels decent, if not a touch heavy.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. For the style, it's pretty good, but I would've liked more cherries here. I like the amount of barrel I get here, though.

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Photo of Papi
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden brandy color, hazy. Head dissipates pretty quickly to minimal lacing.

S - Tart cherry aroma up front and with wood shavings.

T - Quite tart from the beginning, bordering on a sour. Dry and light like a white wine. Indeed, I almost taste tannins. Finishes dry and not much sweetness.

M - Light/Medium body, nice carbonation tingle and dry finish.

Interesting beer that I would serve with apple, sausage and walnut-stuffed pork chops.

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91 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.