Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
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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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Ratings: 1,193 | Reviews: 233
Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale brown color. It Has a small 1.5-finger off-white head that had a touch of reddish tint to it. The head left some specs of lacing behind.

S - It smells of cherry and vinegar. There is also a barnyard funkiness to it, as well as scents of oak. It smells quite dry.

T - Taste starts off sour and acetic. The cherries are present, and there is a nice oakiness to it as well. It is tart, but not overly so. Also, there's a nice bit of funkiness present. The finish is dry and oaky, with a touch of vanilla.

M - This has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down very easy, and has a slightly creamy quality to it. The finish is dry and lingers on the palate for just a second.

O - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy and has great flavor. I could drink more than 1 bottle of this in an evening. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I would buy it again.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pzymali for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2010 vintage, bottled 10/01/2010.

Pours a thin, crackly pale brown with some sparse white head. Nose is of a classic oude bruin, a little caramel, some apple cider vinegar, lemon peel, and wet wood boards.

Palate is thin but not quite crisp. Acidity level is high but not scathing and is balanced by some malt sweetness and some fruitiness form the cherries. Flavors are leathery and woody.

Notes: The cherries take a back seat, or more accurately, they play a supporting role instead of dominated the palate. At first I was disappointed because I was hoping for more cherry flavor, but the more I think about it, the more I find this to be a well-made beer with great integration of the fruit and wood. Not my favorite, but a solid example of the style and worth seeking out.

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to Paul (pmlondrigan) for this beer. Have been wanting to try it for a while. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a mahogany, slight brown color into my RR Tulip. About a half finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - At first blush this smells like the Dissident. Nice tart cherries, tannins, oaky wood, tart, acidic notes.

Taste - My mouth puckers with the first sip. A nice tart black cherry flavor combined with a hint of lemon. There is slight red vinegar flavor [edit - this becomes a bit more prevalent when the beer warms] and also red wine characteristics. The oak flavor is noticeable, thought not strong or overbearing and is there throughout the sip. A bit more tart than I was expecting (good).

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, lots of carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall - This is my second "sour" from Goose Island and I will admit, they are both a hint underwhelming. I do admit, however, they do seem to be improving from the Juliet I had almost a year ago. I'd like to see what this will do with a few years on it (which I am planning on doing - I have the full set of the "three sisters" back in IL and won't be opening those for a while I feel). Still, a solid oud bruin.

Photo of Papi
3.71/5  rDev -11%
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.

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Blind BIF #4 invitational from AleWatcher. Thanks, Jeff! Poured into a snifter.

Smell of a sour, that pours with a reddish hue, a spritzy head that drops quickly. More legs than lacing.

Aroma of funky, cherry, lactic feet. Wood? Hint of vinegar.

Flavor of lactic sourness, tart cherries, cherry pits, no malt or hops. A little acetic as well. Finish is long, sour, with that "vomit burp" feel in the back of the throat. Sounds nasty, but apt.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, slightly puckering sourness with a tug at the cheeks.

Very nice wild, cherry ale. Not very complex or aggressive.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Pours a brilliant red/mahogany color (respectable clarity) with a decent size white head. The head lingers for a moment then gracefully recedes leaving some lacing.

S: Cherries dominate the nose with a pleasant lactic sour aroma in tow. There are elements of hay and the typical barnyard crew, along with notes of leather and oak.

T: The sourness is pronounced eloquently with the cherries holding their own. It is not puckering (the sour), but rather sublimely tart. The barn funk is solid mid palate and it finishes quite dry with some oak noticeable. The flavor components are very well balanced.

M: Bubbly and medium bodied.

D: Excellent brew from Goose Island. This is the best "wild" beer that I have had from them. I will be sure to pick up a couple more this week.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

Photo of stimulus
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled 10/1/10. Note: 6.5% abv.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a white head that disappears almost instantly (but this is to be expected of a sour).
S: Sour cherries and some moderate funk.
T: This beer starts as a very sweet fruity yet funky beer, but as it warms, the true balance between sweetness and sour acidity is discovered.
M: Spritzy and medium bodied.
D: Easy drinking for a sour (but only if that's what you're into). This is a very nicely balanced oud bruin, and I really like that it's a little bit more on the sour side than a traditional Belgian (Rodenbach, Monk's Cafe, etc.).

Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chalk this up as my favorite Goose Island brew. I love a good Oud Bruin and it delivered even though I had chalked it up before trying as not having this much flavor.

Pour is a rusty brown with a tiny head of white bubbles

Smell of slightly acidic sweet cherry brown sour ale.

Oak, cherry and belgian ale in flavor with a nice sour tinge on the tongue. A bit of vinegar poking its head in with vanilla oak and green grape flavor. I read somewhere that the barrels once contained Cabernet Sauvignon which was a little surprising only because there is no purple coloring and sourness in barrel aged beers usually lends itself to a pinot noir / Granny smith apple flavor. Im sure some age on this will add additional complexity but it definitely tastes great now.

Just right mouthfeel for the style - not light or thick and a light carbonation which is standard as well.

Home run by Goose Island. I will be trying to find more of these.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Maple syrup colored brown that is hazy. Head doesn't retain very well at all and doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Very tart cherry aroma up front and then transitions to a nice wood and funk smell. Lots of yeast/fermentation critter aromas throughout the nose on this one.

T - Quite tart right from the beginning, partially from the brett. and partially from the cherries. Between the two contrasting tart flavors this one is quite dry on the palate. The cab. sav. barrels come through a little in the middle adding a little bit of red wine dryness/flavor to the mix. Finishes with a nice cherry tang and very sweet on the palate.

M/D - Medium body on this one that finishes about as dry as a beer can get. Lots of carbonation on this one but goes well with the dryness. Super easy to drink if you don't mind the palate getting sucked dry with each sip and the simplicity of complex ingredients make this beer a treat to drink.

Photo of glazeman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep cherry wood brown and some orange hues, leaves a respectable sized eggshell colored head.

S- Sour cherries, tangy sweet sugar, light fruits green apples and grapes.

T- Some dryness at first seemingly from the oak, a woody dry sourness. Almost a bready yeastiness like cherry pie crust. Some freshly squeezed lemon. A slight vanilla syrup finish.

M- Light body, a bit of dryness, over pleasant feel.

D- Very tasty with the alcohol pretty subdued, would have like to see a bit more of an appearance from the cherries being that its brewed with it.

Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured in a wine glass

A: reddish brown, has a nice head that dies out quickly

S: cherries, oak, funk

T: acidic qualities, the funk shines through the mellow oak. wine like quite a different take on the style.

M: lots of carbonation, lighter body than I expected.

D: smooth and clean goes down smooth.

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of CaseyK
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red with a thin white head that fades very quickly.
S: Smells sour at first, wild yeast and then sweet cherry at the end.
T: Oak up front then sour cherry. There's a hint of vinegar as well. The cherry taste has a pleasant bite.
M: A bit undercarbonated which makes it a little bit syrupy.
D: The fruit of the cherry and the interesting wood notes from the cabernet sauvignon barrels makes this interesting and it makes me want to drink more to explore the flavors more. Definitely a drinkable beer, sour but balanced.
O: Interesting beer, I'm glad to have another bottle on the way to age so I can see what happens to this one.

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - reddish brown in color. head dissipates quickly, but leaves a ring around the edge.

s - tart cherry, oak, and some sugar sweetness.

t - quite a bit more sour than i was anticipating. nice real cherry flavor, dry wine, and a hint of oak.

m - medium light body, good carbonation. there is a dry feel in there, but just briefly.

overall - very pleased with this, and happy i have another bottle to try in a couple years. at this point its nothing outstanding, but it is a very solid oud bruin.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goose Island has certainly taken a page from Allagash on their presentation of this bottle, looks nice. Poured into a rodenbach glass and presents itself an orangish red with brown around the edges and thin white ring of foam that leaves no lacing. Sounds better then it looks! Aroma is somewhat muted but complex. Vanilla, cherry, some acetic quality and light hay approach the nose. Round malty body, backed up by tart cherry and slight funk, but more acetic. A little vanilla and a touch of spice. I could drink mounds of this stuff, easy to drink with great quafability, thanks Goose Island.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Ouid Bruin style aged on cherries in cabernet barrels. To quote my buddy Andy, "There's no nose on this rose". Super dry with a funky oak and peat sourness. Lovely Brettyanomyces asserting a classic Belgian flare, but the clean flavor remains distinctly American.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off--
The aging potential of this beer is incredible. Te beer is dosed with Bretts-- so this will increase in funkiness and tartness...

With that said...

Shared a bottle with zimmerbloke and mtunell at their place in Milwaukee...

Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A pinkish tinted orange color with a small white head... Small tight bubbles with chunks of lacing.

Smells a lot like Bourbon Barrel Kriek-- minus the bourbon notes. Sweet cherries with light tart notes. A little funk sneaks in too.

Tastes sweet... Cherries... Light hay notes... Little bourbon-like boozy notes.

Body is medium full with a surprisingly low level of carbonation...

This is quite drinkable. I can foresee this becoming better in a few months... Once the tartness opens up and the Brett kicks in more dry funk, this beer will certainly improve in all aspects... I cam only imagine how this review improves in a few months...

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.