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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 274
Gots: 418 | FT: 32
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fixture upon the Nouveau Craft. Cherries, some contained sourness, and well balanced. A masterpiece. Capone’s restaurant acquisition. Well saved for Oscar night -no wine shall compete with you tonight. Reddish tinge and cherry and yeast aroma. Lasting head and lace. Smooth mouthfeel. A sipper and full drinkability with dessert

Sammy, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/1/10. 6.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy cranberry brown color with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thin streaks and dots of lace drip back down into the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, slight vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, funk, and lots of wood flavors. I am not really getting any wine in the smell or taste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice earthy and sour smells and tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours a nice reddish-brown with a good white head with nice retention and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good bit of oak along with some vibrant cherries and a bit of citrus. Good lactic presence throughout. The flavor is equally a nice with the fruit really coming through alongside a nice complementary oak character. Feel is slightly tannic with some sourness and a dry finish. Really drinkable. Solid hit from the Goose.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin layer of lacing covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: A moderate amount of sourness stands out in the taste, which has some complexities and notes of cherries and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style because the sourness isn’t too strong and is fairly well incorporated into the overall taste.

metter98, May 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a rusty color with garnet highlights; the modest head fades quickly to a ringlet leaving just a few dots here and there

Smell: Lactic cherry sour notes and a vinous, wine barrel character

Taste: Lactic cherry flavor, up front, with acetic sourness building in the middle along with oak notes; chalky and dry, after the swallow, though the lactic cherry quality lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable to drink but really lacks some complexity - where is the funk and depth of flavor?

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, these girls of Goose Island... all elegance, all pompous, all sour, and all irresistible. Nothing against the rustic balance of Matilda, or the winey tart Lolita, or the sultry rich Juliet, or the soft and tepid Sofie- its Madame Rose that reigns supreme!

Her masculine colors are brown with tawny rust shaddows. She rises with an eggshell-white mid-structured head that reduces to a translucent skirt on the surface. Lacing spottily with islands on the glass, the ale is both sturdy and dainty in the same breath.

Earthy wine tones dominate the nose- Red wine, balsamic, cider are soon coupled with medium toast, pepper, and wood rot (in the most elegant way possible). Shying away from mushroomy properties, the ale is cast in a veil of sour cherry shadowing.

To taste, its those Merlot wine properties that come alive- tart, sweet, fruity- but with the sharp and sour cherries instead of grape, the beer claims an acidic tone that's distinct to sour ale. Subtleties of balsamic, sherry, and soy sauce bleeds into a lightly salty bit with toast, peppercorn and an implication of chocolate. Finishing crisp and cidery more rustic leather taste softens its closure with earthen rusticity

Crisp, clean, and mildly malty- the beer's upstart is modestly malty. But shortly after the initial palate, the feel of the beer sheds all malt sweetness and its associated carbonation to favor a quick, clean feel of sour acidity that evokes sweating. Lightly minerally- its light iron finish is warm and slightly astringent with echoes of fruit and wine.

Madame Rose is the most refined and elegant of all the girls of Goose. She's crafty, imaginative, and regal in her recipe formulation and brewer execution. She's perfect, even in her flaws.

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart cherries notes with some oak notes clearly identifiable with some funky yeast strain notes also perceptible. Taste is quite tart with cherries and oak notes mixing together very well with a funky yeast notes finish. Body is about average with good spritzy carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with good restraint on the acidic notes with loads of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice with a rich medium brown color and a nice light tan head on top. Nearly opaque with some light reddish touches to the sides and bottom. Deep horse funk on the nose with apple vinegar and ripe sour apples dominating the aroma with some light oak notes as it warmed. The flavor was crisp tart and very full. Ripe apples and sour fruits just ripping through the mouth. Puckeringly good here with a great carbonation level and really solid body all around.

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jaydoc, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me the set of three sour ladies from Goose Island.

A: Pours a slightly clouded dark amber/brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Nice cherry notes on the nose with a moderate level of acidity. It's tart, but not overly so. Mostly lactic acid with negligible acetic tones. Some mild oak character and almost no funk.

T: A solid amount of cherry flavor to the beer, though not all that tart. When looked at as an Oud Bruin, this makes sense. Fairly malty with a moderate oakiness and tartness, and perhaps a slight mustiness.

M: Medium in body with a fairly lively carbonation.

O: These first generations of sour beers from Goose Island have been pretty good, and I look forward to seeing them continue to improve.

womencantsail, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fizzy tan head on top. The head fades not leaving any lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is tart with cherries and has a subtle sweetness as well as plenty of oak barrel on the nose. The taste of the beer is tart/sour there is a good amount of cherry in the mix. The flavors are a little medicinal at times but it could be much worse. The mouthfeel is thin, with a sharp carbonation. The beer is dry. Overall it's a pretty good Flanders, worth trying if the price is right.

Knapp85, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by nickd717.

Muddy amber with red highlights. The small head dissipates completely after a short time. Nice sweet and sour cherry aroma, fleshy and earthy with a backing of earthy brett funk. Thin, dry body. Pleasant lactic sourness, some vinous fruitiness. Tart cherry finish, quite mild but very enjoyable.

largadeer, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 01, 2012
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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.