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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 1,203
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 3.69%
Wants: 279
Gots: 451 | FT: 37
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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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Reviews: 227 | Hads: 1,203
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.). (648 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (1,173 characters)

Photo of CaseyK
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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... (919 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz - Bottled October 1st, 2010 - Poured into my Goose Island stemware...

Pours a deep, dark brownish red, but when held to the light, this beer really glows. Ruby red with dark orange edges, very nice clarity. Only a thin cap of white head forms and quickly recedes into a haze that remains on top of the beer for much of the drink...

Tart cherries are abundant in the nose, but they are somewhat overshadowed a strong acetic acid/vinegar aroma. Vinous. When swirled, the aromas definitely open up, the vinegar falls away and the nose becomes largely musty and funky, barnyard. Oak is strong, "drying" out the smell a bit...

Sour dark cherries over a bed of acetic acid. Not overly sour, but definitely a good kick of tart while being quite acidic. The middle and finish is largely musty and funky, finishes very dry and oaky with creamy/smooth hint of vanilla in the very end...

Medium bodied and well carbonated. The bubbles open up the flavors a bit, but it makes the taste fall away fast, the finish is quite brief, leaving behind a burning acidity on my lips and tongue, and a lingering dryness...

Pretty good beer overall. Fruitiness could be intensified a bit, and the acidity could be toned down, but I still enjoyed this beer. Glad I didn't love it, cause then I'd have to try to find some more... (1,313 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of TriGuy20
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Overall:
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with friends at Bristol, poured into a GI glass...An ugly weird pour, especially for an oud bruin. A clear medium pink with a light tan head, but good retention and lacing...The aroma is light vinegar but that's it...The taste is more like the aroma, but in this sense super boring only displaying the vinegar, a little tart. The finish is nice as vanilla comes out of nowhere.

This isn't bad, a good tasting but plain oud, just nothing going on worthy of spending $29. (484 characters)

Photo of FullObs
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled 10/01/2010

A: Brown body under a slightly off white head, medium sized. Very little retention, some good lace.

S: Sour, mix of sweet and tart cherries, a little bit of wood and dark fruit.

T: Sour, hints of cherry and caramel, slightly vinous, red wine like, wood is there as well, well balanced, sour finish with a hint of wood.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is high. Drinkability is good. (418 characters)

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.