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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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228 Reviews
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Reviews: 228
Hads: 1,212
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 285
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 brianmandell
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Vintage" 2012 bottled 7/31/12

Hazy brown with head quickly reducing to white ring with lacing on the glass. Wonderful deep sweet cherry on the nose with some honey, oak, malt, and vinegar. Tastes of sweet malts and dark fruit up front with a heavy dose of vinegar amplified by the prickly carbonation. The finish is dry and heavy on the oak; slightly tannic. Carbonation is active at first then falls a bit flat as the beer warms.

I'd like to try this one fresher. I feel that the fruit has fallen off and there is some oxidation. There is also more acetic acid than I prefer (probably common for the style). The finish is a little short and mouthfeel a bit thin. However, the beer is very enjoyable and a decent representation of the style. The balance of sweet and sour is excellent and it is very sessionable. This one is worth a try but if you are saving this I would drink it now.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


The red mahogany color held a dingy murky cloud. The head was sprite and alive with a pinkish hue and a short life span.

The aroma is quite sour and tart with cherry sweetness and a bit of wine like alcohols.

The flavors are tart as well with a tangy cherry, some coconut, oakey barrel qualities, wine and hints of booze.

The feel was sour, tart and tangy but far too astringent for my liking.

Good example of the style but nothing really jumped up a grabbed a hold of me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the best oud bruin ive ever had, if we can even fairly call it that, and easily the most enjoyable brew from goose island for me, including a few bourbon county variants. special beer here. more red than brown in color, fairly light and see through, with soda like carbonation and an inch or less of off white fizz head. the nose on this is awesome, bretty, as funky as it is sour, the cherries are authentic but not too sweet, the base beer is true to style, and the cabernet barrels have left their mark with a fruity tannic kick. i also smell something uniquely floral, vegetal flowers, lush and in bloom. the flavor of this beer blew me away, my favorite in a long lineup of excellent beers. i do get the oud bruin malt profile, but its dressed up in tart cherries as bright as day, and mellowed with a refined oak profile that includes vanilla and all kinds of brett charcter. its sour sure, but not too acidic like some can be. its only a gentle sour, drying but not burning, elegant beer. i also get the floral thing in the flavor, like biting the head off a fresh bright red tulip, its vibrant and wet and the embodiment of captured sunlight. this beer is so complex, so layered, so intricately put together that its bringing me all the way back to the first time i had consecration. im not sure i have been as impressed with a beer since. i could not imagine a better flavor profile or feel. the cherries, the brett, the cab barrels, its all so well done. i will remember this bottle fondly for a long time, and eagerly await the opportunity to drink another one. this was the last in a night of maybe 25 beers, and it was so darn good it made me sober. mind blown.

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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 cvm4
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle

A - Pours a dark brown body that has a reddish hue and a tan head that fades quickly.

S - Cherries, sweet candy, sour apple and a hint of vinegar.

T - Sour cherries, some oak characteristics and again with the vinegar.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish.

O - A notch below some of the better sour beers I've had.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottling sent to me way back in the day by laymansbeerfan (thanks!) poured into my Jackie O's tulip.

A: Murky redish-brown with off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Big tartness, lemons, cherries, tart fruit. I know this is a Brett beer but this smells sour, like a lacto brew. Hints of vanilla, maple and oak, with notes of warm red wine.

T: More of the same, flavors start very tart with lemon, cherry, and lacto. There is some malt presence, buried in the palate towards the finish, with the slightest flash of brown sugar meshing with oak barrel. Big vinous notes, with a tart finish.

MF: Medium body or so but the sour tartness thins the mouthfeel, higher carbonation too.

O: A pleasant sour, pretty good overall. Big cherry notes and nice oak undertones. Reminds me a lot of a more sour Dissident.

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Photo of Cresant
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled 7/31/12 batch #1245. The body was a brown leather color and clear. Fine, tan head was small. The second pour was cloudier. No real lacing was present.

The smell was sour candy. Powdery. Melba toast as it warmed. Faint balsamic vinegar and a little spicy. Dark bread and jam. Lots of depth to this one.

The taste was puckering tartness. Sour cherries. Woody. Drying finish. I would not have guessed this one was over 7% ABV.

The body was medium to light with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

S: Slightly tart smelling, heavy cherries, some wine notes, carmelized pears.

L: Very dark, brownish red, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Tart cherry richness up front, some prominent pinot noir notes follows. Some tannins going into the finish. Medium light malt character. Quite acidic finish, cherries and red wine mingling well.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Nice mix of flavors., but malt severely lacks to complement the tartness for this style.

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Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (dated July 31, 2012) into a wineglass.

A-The brew is the color of extra-strong iced tea, sort of a walnut brown with highlights. The head is thin, short-lived, and tan in color. No lacing or bubbles here. Pretty typical for the style.

S-The smell is an inviting and bracingly sour mixture of vinegar, wet oak, cherry, prunes, and raisins. The aroma is complex, vinous, and earthy, with just a bit of funkiness.

T-The taste is not as amazing as the smell, but contains many of the same flavors: cherry, tart vinegar, funky wet wood, prunes, and a hint of sweet raisins. The acid levels are high, so be prepared.

M-The feel is light to medium body for style with a chunky, moderate carbonation that fits the brew well.

O-This is a very good (almost great) sour beer. The smell is especially inviting and complex, and the feel is very well-suited for the style. The taste is also nice, but a touch on the acidic side, which hurts drinkability. That criticism aside, this brew is on par with La Folie and one of the best Oud Bruins out there.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle. It pours a ruby color, deeper than the Mariana Trench, though light still bursts through this blood-red brew when held up to the light. Barely any head forms; a janky, gray-tinted skin of chunky bubbles disperses quickly towards the edge of the beer and asserts itself as a tiny collar.

Deep, mashed cherries and cherry skins outline the aroma, also filled with grape, light oak, and mild funk - complete with a backing lactic sourness. Very good, but lightly one-track minded without ever really opening up with time. I was expecting a bit more complexity, but I was still completely satisfied with the aromas that were there (does that make sense?).

The taste is pretty light up front - each sip from there on out brings forward a little more flavor and robustness. Warm cherries, lightly tart, though maybe not as sour as the aroma would make you think. Faint lemon spritz, tons of grapes and vinous notes, along with a slightly nutty undertone. Funk flashes in and out at times; mildly musty and just a touch corky.

There's a nice hint of vanilla and cinnamon that I'm picking up. I'm guessing the vanilla could be a mild induction from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, but I'm confused about the cinnamon. Hell, it might not even been cinnamon. But whatever the little spiced note is, it works. It completely stands out, but at the same time feels right at home, like R. Kelly at a Chuck E. Cheese.

Dry and oaky finish with only remnants of cherries and vinous grapes. Thin-medium bodied with a pretty smooth mouth feel that turns sharp in the end thanks to some hefty carbonation. Another very solid release from Goose Island's line of Belgian style ales. I'd like to see a little more sourness for the price, but overall, the beer itself was very enjoyable. I feel like a few years of age could take this one in a positive direction.

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Photo of Jonada
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/31/2012. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with hints of red. A standard pour yielded less than a finger of an off white head, which dissipated almost instantly to a thin collar.

Smell: Sour cherries, caramel, balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Cherries, oak, big lactic character, vanilla, caramelized sugar, slightly bready. Medium level sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light-ish medium carbonation. Refreshing and relatively easy drinking.

Overall: Another great beer from Goose Island. The price point keeps this from being more regular purchase, but it's definitely worth a try.

2014 vintage

Major difference from the previous release is a much higher brett/funk character in both the aroma and taste. Overall I think i probably prefer the 2014.

A: 3.75, S: 4.00, T: 4.25, M: 3.75, O: 4.00

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Photo of teal
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer all around. Nice and tart without being way too tart for an easy drinking beer of this style.

I enjoyed it greatly and paired it with venison medallions and potatoes with onions that had been sauteed in Canadian Whiskey. It stood up rather nicely to the dark venison tenderloin and was the perfect pairing (for me).

Pours a perfect dark color with the proper head and carbonation.

Has the classic sour smell with the hint of cherries that it was made from. Cherry doesn't overpower the rest of the flavor profile - it works in concert with the malt and tartness provided by the bugs. Easy drinking.

Just a great beer and I wish I could go more 4.9 instead of 4.75. I didn't give it a 5 because I just wanted a hair more tartness but it's as close as I can get to a perfect beer without being perfect IMO.

Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Markito
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good tart cherry taste. Was able to take care of a bomber myself without hating the tartness at the end. While the smell was hard to get the taste was right on. Opened it eleven months after the bottling date and it was excellent. Even though I have had it only this once, I recommend a year aging.

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Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Msquared2 for this 2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber-brown with just a skim of off-white head that fades very quickly.

Smell. Sour dark cherries and some sweet malt with a little caramel and damp old wood.

Taste. Dark sour cherries again, some caramel malts and lightly funky barrel wood.

Mouthfeel. Fairly light body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. A fine, easy drinking Flanders style beer with some nice real cherry flavour. Not too sweet like too many of the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. Bottled 7/31/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger pink head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a reddish brown color with some clarity when held up to light. Lots of bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Looks pretty alive.

Smell: Tart, malty, bready, oakey, bready, funky, barnyard, and cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries and barnyard goodness. Malty, bready, sour, oakey, and tingly feeling in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Holy pucker, whoa. Low to medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, dry, and quite the twist on your palate.

Overall: Pretty solid puckering beer. Tart, barnyard, bready, oakey, and delicious.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with notes of cherrywood color into a snifter, giving off the appearance of a wine with minimal head that immediately disappears.

A strong smell of black cherry mixed with merlot and oak.

Tastes a tart black cherry with a hint of sweetness very similar to a merlot with the tart after taste. The tartness is not overwhelming and they found a good balance that allows you to really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown color with ruby hints, a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-sour cherries, malt, wine, hint of sweetness, slight funk

T-sour cherries, malty, oak, vinous, yeasty funk/bready

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very flavorful with good balance between malt and tartness

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Photo of BostonHops
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a muddy brown tone; aggressive pour yields a short-lived 1/4" head; spots of lacing. nose is headlined by a big tart cherry presence, flanked by secondary notes of grape and funk, maybe a hint of cocoa hiding in the background.

flavor follows the nose, delivering that tart, sour cherry presence as expected, with a faint oak presence. notable vinous character to it. tasty. medium bodied on the palate with medium carbonation.

overall a must-try for sour fans. not falling into this category myself, it's nothing i would seek out again, especially at its relatively hefty price point - which i'm not sure it lives up to. still, it's a very nice beer worth a shot.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2012 vintage

Hill Farmstead stemware - dark garnet hued brown body, minimal beige lace. Nice tart aromas, wood, tart cherries. I was a little surprised by this - I guess I didnt really realize what it was. An outstanding beer - tart (but not oppressive) cherries, brett, chocolate, dark fruity cabernet notes. I would like more of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/31/2012.

Appearance - Cloudy reddish brown. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Nice acidity. Oaky. Cherries. Very nice. Hint of malt behind it.

Taste - Cherry flavor blends well with the acidity. Oaky, kind if a dirty sourness but nice. Maltiness still comes through in the back.

Mouthfeel - Drinks well at first, but gets a little sluggish. Good sourness, medium carbonation.

Overall - Very tasty and pretty authentic Oud Bruin. Nice sourness and a well blended cherry flavor.

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.