Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.31/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This seemed like it would be a relevant beer for Valentines day. Bottled 7/31/12. Oh yeah and a big thanks to mmulebarn for this one so I don't have to crack my 2010 version anytime soon.
Pours a very small fizzy head that runs away almost instantly, like a very sour and highly acidic or high abv beer, super dark murky molasses brown beer.
Nose is awesome, a great mix of a soured brown malt, mild malt vinegar bite, with some acidic notes, a mild creamy caramel like aroma too adding to the sour mash malt vinegar notes, then a nice deep cherry note under that, like a dark cherry juice and a little fleshy cherry, with a nice sour funky souring bacteria mix with nice funk, and rounding all that is quite a nice barrel aroma, toasted and vanilla oak with a little buttery note, with a mild vinous touch.
Taste starts with lots more souring flavors, soured mash of a nice brown malt, little dark caramel like flavor and little syrupy note, etc, and mix of fresh caramel into it with the soured version. Then a nice cherry, fresh dark cherry juice and flesh blended with a bit of a balotin cherry almost cough syrupy sticky taste, but more of the fresh sour cherry. A big acidic bite as well, followed with some malt vinegar but not too much of all that, with a nice blend of souring bacteria funk. Then again comes the barrel, not a ton of barrel but enough, little toasty and buttery, little vanilla, and mild very mild vinous notes. Finish is sticky a little syrupy and flemmy, bit more acidic bite, more dark cherry and sour cherry notes, more malt vinegar and souring bacteria lingering.
Mouth is med bod but a bit syrupy, nice acidic bite, decent carb for a sour.
Overall pretty nice, great souring bacteria mix, nice dark soured malts blended with a fresher malt, nice balance of the malt vinegar and regular malt flavors with nice cherry, and a great barrel balance and flavor. Very tasty.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 02:48:50 | More by jlindros
4.66/5 rDev +12%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 01:12:09 | More by boilermakerbrew
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22 oz bottle (2012 vintage) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a dark brown color, and surprisingly, it's somewhat clear. There's an off-white colored head that's less than a finger, and even worse, retains poorly. The clarity helps give it some aesthetic appeal, though.
S: Sour cherries. The cherries haven't faded away entirely with age, either. Unfortunately, there isn't much else, but the singular note provided is so wonderful that I don't care.
T: The palate is first hit with some cherry sweetness. A tart bite quickly envelops the tongue shortly after, yet shows enough restraint not to overwhelm the flavor profile. The finish is nice and tannic. While lacking depth, it displays its few notes well enough to be quite enjoyable.
M: This is superbly clean for the style. Because it's so dry and well carbonated, it makes it very easy to drink. Hell, I'll even call it chuggable. Oak tannins don't dry it out to the point of excessive harshness, either.
O: Too simple to be a world-class offering, but this still hits the sour taste buds like a champ. I imagine this would be more balanced (read: more cherry-forward) fresh; I'd certainly buy it again to find out.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 23:01:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
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