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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 273
Gots: 429 | FT: 36
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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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Photo of allouez86
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance is dark red, almost mahogany. Very small white ring of bubbles on the top of the beer. A beautiful looking beer.

Aroma comes off as very tart with hints of cherries and the smallest hint of vinegar at the end.

The taste is much more complex than the aroma that I picked up on. I immediately get the oak from the wine barrels, comes off as very "vanilla-e." The cherries are there, though not as much as I'd expected them to be. The further along I get, I seem to be getting a little bit of wine that it was aged in. Has a slight bitterness that follows the tartness.

Slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected with a good carbonation bite.

Overall I think this is a solid beer, but not a great beer. With that being said, I wouldn't be afraid to buy more. Have a feeling this one could go the distance in a cellar if stored properly.

Photo of mrshoes
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage
Bottled 07/31/12 1354

A= Pours a deep blackish brown color with some hazy brown highlight.s The head is a thin brownish color that stays solid as a thin skin on top of the beer leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S= Smells like a very nice oud bruin. Solid acetic acid aroma with a little lactic acid in it. A little vinegar. There is alittle oakiness to it and the cherries come through ever so slightly in the nose.

T= The taste is great! Normally I find oud bruins to be too acetic but this is a nice balance of acetic and lactic acids. The cherries are very well integrated making a great complement to the tartness. The oak is almost gone in the acid berry flavor but shows up when I burp.

M= Super dry and looong.

O= This is a great brew. It actually has a nice lasting flavor where as while Juliet was great the flavor drops quick. This is a great oud bruin. Seek this beer out.

Photo of tm1956
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into my kate snifter, dark reddish-brown pour, small white head. The aroma is tart, vinegary, lots of cherry notes. It is pleasanty tart, lots of cherries, very vinous, drying finish. It is slightly acidy, nice sipper, refreshing. Enjoyable brew, glad Iwas finally able to try it.

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of gunclubchris
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of SourAddict
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. $14.99 from my local Binny's

A - Mahogany brownish-red, with a small off-white head that fades quickly.

S - I was expecting a little more from the smell, but you do get a little bit of that cherry smell. Maybe a little vinegar too.

T - Pretty sour up front, which got me really excited! Slightly acidic tasting too. Then, the cherry kicks in and it finishes relatively sweet. Each sip made me want another...it was very tasty. I was hoping for a little more funk or that familiar "horse blanket" taste and smell from the brett, but I didn't really get that at all. Maybe with a little age?

M - The mouth feel was pretty typical for the style. Medium bodied and refreshing.

O - If you like American sour beers, you have to try this at least once!

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though this one is available in my area now for about $20, I bought this for $30 at one of the alehouses in Chicago.

2010 Vintage. The only reason I popped this one is because I saw the recent one on the shelf in my area.

Served in a wine glass.

A: Poured a gold/amber color, with about a 1/2 finger head that literally stuck around throughout the session

S: Definitely vinegary and then some. A lot of love went into this. Bleached out sourness which was cool.

T: Fruit and vinegar.... straight up, with a bit of Belgian quality in the background. Great flavor and drinkability.

M: A good bit of carbonation and then some The lacing on the wine glass was substantial.

O: Wow, this was a fantastic beer by Goose Island. So glad to try it!

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

2012 (7/31/12) bottle, thanks Mac!

Brown body, tan head, good retention on the latter. Aroma is bready and reminiscent of a non-standard Oude Bruin. Not quite pungent enough for my liking.

Dark fruits and bread, soured cherries, oaky wine barrel character. Pretty good taste given that I'm typically a cynic of the style. Enjoyable, but can't compare to Juliet.

Photo of Tuey13
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful cloudy brown with a tinge of red and a half finger of a light tan head that leaves some light lacing on the glass.
Such a wonderful smell... tart cherry with a definite oak aroma from the wine barrels a little brown sugar and hint of vinegar.
The taste is phenomenal... sour cherries, brown sugar, and wonderful wine oak dominates... sweetness then sour is a wonderful combination. A little fruitiness and then caramel comes into play as it warms as does the intensity of the oak.
This , to me, is exceptional! I love that it is not over the top sour... a pleasant sour taste with fruits and sweetness balance out wonderfully. I love the wine oak flavor and how it intensifies with warming.
The mouthfeel was like a good wine with a bit of carbonation.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who like a different kind of beer that isn't mouth puckering sour.... especially if you love a good red wine.
The price point did not bother me as this was gifted by a really good friend, but i would definitely buy again! :-)

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Maxwell
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep candied brown with light ruby hints to it and a light eggshell-white head on top that fades quickly leaving little to no lacing. The body of the beer is dark and opaque; leaving one to guess what might be inside of it, though little carbonation bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the glass. On the nose, the beer has some great sour cherry notes that hint at fruit leather and vinegar, and heavily remind me of the Bruery’s Oude Tart. Light notes of brown sugar and bready malt can be picked up, but are really faint in comparison to the sour cherry. Light spices can also be found in the sour smell. The initial sip of the beer begins with prickling sour that opens into big cherry and leather fruit notes before hinting at fruit-rollups towards the end of the middle and closing out as a faint sour tingle. The taste is actually surprisingly simplistic and I’m really just getting a lot of cherry sour with faint hints at the wine barrels that the beer sat in. The taste is lighter and less mouth puckering than other sours I have sampled, which makes this beer more acceptable for table pairings as it won’t ruin the tastes of the food. As it warms the beer also bring more of its malt character into play, and though it is still light it hints at caramel and bread notes. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, though I think that is actually helpful with this beer, especially in terms of making it a table pairing beer. Carbonation is quite prickly at the start but that dies down to just leave the tongue a little numbed but cleans the palate. The mouth is actually left rather neutral after the beer has left it, with a very slight sour lingering, and some saliva on the sides of the tongue while the middle sits slightly dry yet still moist. Overall my feelings are neutral on this beer. I have not had an Oud Bruin before, so my judgment of it comes more from the Flanders Red Style, which is supposed to be similar but sourer. I’m intrigued with how the beer allows for more pairing options with lighter food, but really the beer did not blow me away. A lovely sipper, and I great for the table, but nothing overly special with this beer

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with minimalist, classy label. 2012 vintage. Purchased at UFS for $17.99. Split five ways in celebration with my family and wife.

Appearance: This pours a hazy walnut, with a dark ivory cap which soon fades to nothing.

Smell: First and foremost, there's a big funky Brett presence, with vibrant fruit underneath, a hint of cherry pie, and perhaps a bit of Fruit Tart candy.

Taste: On the palate, this is fruit-forward, sweet cherries, and crusty brown bread (this last is quite nice for balancing out the fruit). This is a simple, straightforward beer, as it's still fairly young, but the sweet/tart/fruity flavors play off of each other nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied.

Overall: Really pleasant brew overall. This is definitely a very easy 'wild beer' to like, and will likely appeal (at least while it's young) to those who don't like funky/wild brews. Make no mistake, this is excellent beer. Nonetheless, at $18.00 for a 22oz bottle, this is something I wouldn't likely buy more than once. Still, perhaps the best of Goose's 'Three Sisters'.

89% B+ (would be higher if not for the price)

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jegross2
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a fresh bottle of Madame Rose from Goose Island Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Shared a 22 oz bomber dated 7/31/12 with Ilana Feldman. Served in a silver goose chalice on 10/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a thin fizzy tan head that quickly bubbles away and totally settles. The color of the beer is brown with a reddish hue -- almost a darker chest nut brown. Minimal lacing, mediocre retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Slightly tart cherry, oak, sweet red grape and a hint of brown sugar. Smells like a less intense, less complex Enigma fresh, though I have had this one aged and it gains a lot of complexities over time. 4/5

Taste: Tart cherry, oak, sweet grape and a very light brown sugar and caramel character towards the finish. Most of the tart cherry flavor is on the center of the tongue, though some rolls down the sides as well. Only a very faint, mild pucker is present. Likely because it is so young, there is a greater amount of "stock" brown ale flavor present compared to the aged versions that I have had (I have never had this beer fresh before). There is some earthy walnut flavor too. No funkiness. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with a fizzy level of medium-high carbonation. The fizziness really pops the tartness on the tongue. Sweet-and-tart, dry-ish finish. 4/5

Overall: Delicious fresh, but this one gets better with age.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle out and age it. This one does not really get "funky" over time. Even the 2010 bottle I had recently that was stored in an attic for two years was delicious and not funky.

Pairings: Raspberry-walnut salad with earthy cheeses and peanuts.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of ChicagoHopHead
2.12/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour into a tulip glass with little to no head.

Initial wine smell with light vinegar in the background.

Initial taste was of vinegar/sourness. Hard to distinguish cherry from sourness.

LIttle carbonation which made the beer seem flat. More characteristic of a wine than a beer.

Overall I did not like this beer. I am not sure if it the style or this brand. I hope to try another brand of this style to have a better grasp of this experience.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.