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Madame Rose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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.

Added by botham on 08-19-2009

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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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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2012 vintage, poured into a FFFs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 4/12/13 over two hours.

A: 4.25 - mud brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), whitish one finger head quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing, short alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - lots of tartness, tannins and Brett funk, lives up to expectations for a Flanders Red

T: 4.75 - as expected from the aroma...on the front of the tongue, there is a Brett funk and tartness that cuts through some of the more subtle flavors like cherry, burnt candy and even caramel; there is a pleasant sourness that lingers after a full sip

M: 4.25 - light-to-medium bodied, moderate alcohol and sticky consistency; very soft carbonation

O: 4.5 - a really nice American example of a Flanders Oud Bruin/Flemish red that borders on experimental with the addition of Wisconsin cherries; to be honest, I am just getting into sours now, but I really enjoyed this one, which excited my interest to further explore the style with other Belgian and American examples

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Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle with a recycled paper label of a nice drawing of cherries on a branch. Below that in a weird font is the name of the beer. Above the cherries is a bottled year. To the left is the Government warning and to the right is a picture of the proper glassware, a description of the beer, and a bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 7/31/12. It has a little age on it. Poured into an Ommegang Tulip.

This rose of a beer wasn't red in color at all. It was more of a deep dark cola brown color with some faint burgundy highlights toward the bottom. The color was pleasant, but the head of foam was a disappointment. Up rose (no pun intended) a good 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch fizzy light beige head of foam. As fast as it came, it left just as fast. It only managed to leave behind a miniature string of rings. No spots or steaks. Just the string of rings.

This beer was just ripe with the rich scent of sour and tart bing cherries. It was a little musky with some barnyard funk behind the cherries. The aroma then finished up with some sour green grapes, cocoa, and oak. It was pleasantly sour. It wasn't so sour that your nose immediately turned away at first scent.

The taste was very cherry based. It didn't taste like you were drinking straight up cherry juice, but you could clearly tell that the cherries ran this beer. The acidic level in this beer was on the low side. Just like the beer's barnyard funk side. Besides the sour and tart cherries, there was a few green grapes, a drop of raspberry, and a subtle oaky-ness at the end. This beer didn't let the barnyard funk or the oak run this beer.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with lively carbonation and with a dry cherry based aftertaste. The aftertaste will filled with sour and tart cherries, green grapes, and red raspberries. Like the taste, the beer's musty-ness, acidic level, and barnyard funk was on the low side. It will take one or two glasses of water to rid your mouth (if you want to) of this dry cherry aftertaste.

It's a very nice drinkable sour and tart cherry based beer. It was so sour and tart to keep your tastebuds entertained. It wasn't so sour that you made a sour pucker face every time you took a sip. A winner from Goose Island. I would drink this again if I was given another chance.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled on 7/31/12, consumed a few months later (didn't get to post this review until now)

A- Pours a muddy brown, hazy body with a small 1" fizzy head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells literally like freshly baked bread, burnt toast, tart dark fruits, and candied sugar. Unique and interesting.

T- The first note I get is super tart apples/cherries. The tart fruit character pretty much overtakes the rest of the flavors, in the background is some grassyness and red wine. The aftertaste is almost smokey and bready.

M- Light, crisp, super refreshing. Medium-high carbonation.

I was pretty impressed with this beer. For the money, there are definitely other options out there, but try this one at least once. Could pass for a wild in my opinion.

Update on 3/26/15: Just drank a 2012 vintage bottled the same date as the above bottle. The aromas have drastically changed to more sour/tart/lactic, and the taste is more complex, just as sour, but more balanced. Age did this one very well!

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Photo of indesertum
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown. Small head. No lacing in a clean glass.

Smells like sour cherries. A little oak. Tastes like sour cherries, some oak, some lambic barnyard funk. Not so much funk.

Little complexity. Light refreshing balanced.

Would rather drink rodenbrach grand cru for the price

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had the pleasure to have the 2010 release on multiple occasions. This review is of the 2012 release bottled in July.

A-nice fluffy head and plenty of carbonation throughout the experience. Reddish-brown in color, slightly hazy.

N-ripe tart cherry and tannins in the initial nose, secondary was vanilla and sweet breast malt.

T-sweet tart candies lead with a cherry chaser, solid brown ale back bone reminiscent of Rodenbach, but with more Grand Cru tendencies.

M-lots of carbonation and sharp bite on the tongue. Nice background of funk and horse blanket action. I now see there might be a high point for this guy about 6 months down the road.

O-there are some real similarities between this and Supplication. It doesn't age as well, but hit hard up front in the some way. Good stuff.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A- Pours a rusty rootbeer brown into my Excelsior tulip. A very thin strawberry tinged head whispers and bubbles, but fades away immediately. The dots of lacing that remain are sucked down by the surprisingly oily legs that drag them into the abyss. Nothing really special to look at, but not bad for a Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Sweet, yet very tart cherries. Brown sugar, wet compost, horse blanket, old barn, and subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa hidden well underneath. Picking up some sour red grapes and musk.

T- Punched in the mouth with sour cherries strained thru a horse's blanket. Really no other way to describe it. Very faint hints of vanilla, cinnnamon, raisins, milk chocolate, brulee'd sugar and banana in the way back of the bus. It gets extremely funky as it warms up! Damn, I almost wished I had just drunk this straight from the cellar. Lots of spiced banana and black pepper on the finish.

M- Very complex, juicy, yet dry! Dry red wine, tart cherry, little touches of banana and spice. No carbonation at all. You can almost feel the bugs in your mouth! This shit is funkier than Bootsy Collins! Tons of barnyard and compost, but with such an amazing blend of fruit and spice. Truely awesome and awe inspiring.

O- Really sad that I only have one more bottle of this little piece of GI infection perfection! I gotta grab some fantastic goat and sheep cheese to pair with this one on the next go round. Absolutely stunning!

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a hazy amberish-cherry color with a small dirty white cap which fades leaving a still boring beer with almost zero lacing and bubbles.

S:Nose is sweet cherry, like artifical cherry like I would get a cheap kids drink blended with fresh red cherries. Bugs are present leaving some funky notes on the nose with some old wood and vinous smells

T: Initial red cherry, cheap tasting like its kool-aid. Thankfully the taste fades rather quickly under the bugs and barrel influence. A little booze sting comes on at the end. The finish is somewhat dry, tart and sweet simultaneously

M: Medium bodied, I felt undercarbonated, still and a snoozer

O: Not bad but mot something I would go for again.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep amber brown with a ruby hue and good clarity. Pours with a finger of rocky off-white head that quickly fades to just a ring of fine bubbles around the edge. This style should have an average to good head retention but tart sours have a tend to have a pour head retention due to the high acidity.

S: It's got a mouth watering smell that signals beckoning sour beer fan to enjoy a tasty treat. A noticeable acetic sour aroma with moderately-strong red currents. There is moderate dark stone fruit aromas of sour cherries and nectarines along with some malt character. There is a moderate oak aroma as well.

T: A great sweet tart balance in the front an a little bit of caramel and oak on the finish. The fruit is again red cherries and red currentsThe sourness is a little more restrained than the aroma would suggest but still dominates the flavor along with the fruit and oak flavors. The balance is moderately sour. The hops don't add much just a light bitterness the is obscured by the tartness. The finish is dry with an aftertaste the oak and fruity notes.

M: Very lively beer on the palate having a light bodied with high levels of carbonation.

O: A fairly good Flanders Brown is always and exceptional beer when I can get my hands on one. This one is somewhat above average for the style and Like that isn't too sweet, which is with the style just not my preference. This beer could definitely age well and i'd probably enjoy it even more in a year or two.

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Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like huge sour cherry, with some apple cider vinegar and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet and sour cherry and apple, with some vinegar and brown sugar. It had a clean and moderately sour aftertaste.
M: It was thin with moderate carbonation. Very light body.
D: This was a great Oud Bruin. It had a delicate and complex scent and taste. The body was a bit weak, but it was really easy to drink. Age or drink fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass, Madame Rose was a little darker than I would have suspected. For a Flanders it was a fairly dark brown with a sour aroma. Little head was produced by this one, as would be expected for the style. In the initial taste, one can detect bitter cherry, dry tartness, grape skin, and tart cherry hints at the back of the throat towards the end. The sour notes linger in the aftertaste but are quickly brushed away in the aftertaste by the carbonation. I never really detected much of the barrel aging in this one. It seemed more like a Flanders with more intense cherry notes. It is a better than average interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Treebs
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a GI Chalice. 2012 vintage, bottled on 7/31/2012/

A: Pours a slightly opaque brown color with sienna colored edges. A thin sandalwood colored head forms on the pour and recedes a to thin ring.

S: Tart cherry skins, some oak and a definite cab presence. Brett is present on the nose. Sweet cherry as well.

T: Oak, tart cherry skins with an underlying funk. Red wine grape, slightly acidic with a little bit of vinegar. The funk comes up much more on the finish with a slight hint of pale malt.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Moderately dry finish.

O: Moderately funky with some nice cherry tartness to it. The barrel is nicely integrated and it leaves a nice array of grape and oak in the background.

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

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy brown hue with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass.

S: Strong tart and sweet fruity aroma.

T: Extremely sour and tart brew – with a good cherry and fruity background. Finishes on the sour yeasty side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: An excellent sour beer. Definitely an acquired taste and a sipping beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled July 31 2012. #1424

A: Pours a very hazy brown ruby with a one finger off white head. Cant see too far into this brew. Head dissipates to a thin covering after a minute or so.

S: Amazingly tart right off the bat. Loads of Brett yeast with an assertion of cherry. Oak is certainly a highlight of the smell as well. Fully encompasses the realm of sour, very impressive.

T: As you would expect from the aroma this one is a sour and tart beer. Very nice how they crafted such a blend of Brett yeast, sweet malts and cherry. Good oak aging, has a nice wine character to it. Very enjoyable.

M: Light on the palate, good carbonation. Real crisp finish from the tartness. Booze is lost in the wonderful taste. Will make you pucker up the first sip. Pleasurable to sip.

Overall this is phenomenal. A must try for any sour fan. Was very fortunate to get a bottle of it and hopefully you can be too. WIll seek this out for the rest of my life.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer, the final beer of our substitute Extreme Beer Fest

Note: 2010 vintage

Consumed 2/9/13

Appearance: Lightly cloudy, medium amber with a a lot of red tones - pink with some brown - small, off-white head - minimal lacing, okay for the style

Smell: Damp and musty - sour, in a decidedly lactic way - a damp, dirty cellar - Brett funkiness - some hints of red wine and cherries, neither is particularly prominent - hints of some acetone, but it's minimal

Taste: Damp and musty, with cherries - lactic sourness and something that tastes like an old, wet sponge smells like - wood and red wine - cherry flesh and skin - yeasty weirdness - funky, tart - lightly acidic with some vinegar - some pale and amber malts, vaguely roasty

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, adequate carbonation, with a damp, sour finish

Overall: Madame, you are weird

This is not as sour or cherry-forward as I anticipated. But it does fit the weirdness I would anticipate from an Oud Bruin. Damp, musty, and bizarre. I'm curious what a fresh bottle would be like. Fortunately, I have one.

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.