Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 275
Gots: 427 | FT: 33
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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:
Brown Ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: botham on 08-19-2009)
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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 7/31/12, poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark brown body with a bit of light red tint. Bubbly one-finger light tan head that dissipates very quickly leaving no lacing.

Tart aroma - vinegar, sour apples, cherries - dominate. A very small amount of light oak in the background.

The flavor is true to style with a few added notes. Typical sour fruit and vinegar notes that follow the aroma very closely. The oak notes from the barrel are just a bit more noticeable in the flavor as opposed to the aroma; nice addition.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel. Overall, a solid representation of the style with the nice oak flavor and aroma coming through.

Photo of tut2528
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/31/12

A: pours a deep brown with subtle hints of ruby, the pour creates about 1 fingers worth of off-white head formation that dissipates quickly down to a thin film. the carbonation is very high and you can hear the fizzy head being created as you pour it.

S: big and awesome sourness rushes the nose. a very nice balance of red wine, tart cherries and vinegar with slight Brett-funkiness. there is a also just a slight subtle hint of oak.

T: very similar to the nose. I get a big punch of sourness, Brett-funkiness, tart cherries (but they aren't at prevalent as I thought they would be), vinous characters and vinegar. all are in pretty nice balance with one another.

M: this brew falls right in between being light and medium bodied. it goes down extremely quick and leaves a very nice cherry tartness on the palate that creates an impulse to take another sip.

O: this brew was rather intriguing, as soon as the aroma hit the nose, I immediately began to salivate from the sourness. I was expecting a bit more of the cherries to come out so I was slightly disappointed in that. But nonetheless, this is an excellent sour brew IMO. I have to say that Juliet gets a slight edge as my favorite of the 3 sisters, but this is an extremely close second. Another excellent offering by GI.

Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dontcounttoday
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Jwren5
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2012 bottle.

A: Pours a reddish dark brown with a nice tannish head.

S: A bit vinegary, some tart cherry aromas, lots of brett notes - a bit sweaty, wet hay, gamey. Heady stuff.

T: Moderate cherry and vinegar tartness, a bit of cherry juice, plenty of base malt providing some heft and sweetness (and a bit of roastiness?), plenty of oaky tannins, some nice mild brett notes.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very well-balanced Oud Bruin, very drinkable.

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mahak213
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 poured into a tulip-

Appearance- Murky brown with highlights of red on the edges of the glass. Minimal bone colored head that fizzed away very quickly

Smell- Pretty faint on the nose, but there are lactic tart notes, cherries, and a big vinous character present. Also a bit of brett funk.

Taste- Very similar to the nose, just amped up. Lots of tartness, with a big cherry and funk finish. Finishes very dry as well.

Mouthfeel- Light, with medium carbonation.

Overall- I really enjoyed this one. My first of the GI Vintage ales. I liked it a lot, it makes me wish I didn't pass up the bottles of Juliet when they were on the shelf! I'd definitely grab this one if Flanders Reds are your thing.

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured brown in color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma mixes the tart, slightly sour flavors with the sweet cherries very well. I get some oak to it along with a little of the vinous qualities of the wine barrel. There is a bit of a cigar or tobacco like presence to it as well. It comes together very well, I love the cherries.

The taste shows more of the tart cherries to it throughout. It's got a little sourness to it as well. The wine and oak influence starts to come out in the long, dry finish. The wine barrel flavors really compliment it well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a really good beer. The combination of the cherries and the wine barrel was really good. Everything came together very well and it was a very enjoyable beer. Really good version of the style as well.

Photo of redblacks75
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of beerguy24
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rmatuszak2
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark, turbid brown. Head is only a ring along the glass. Head is even dark. Not much lacing. Quite excited to dive in.

S-Tart and Brown. Has all the malty elements of a Brown Ale, but they are TARTIFIED. Sour chocolate milk (in a good way), tart cherries and vinegar. Sour oak. Hard to describe...dirty, sour fruits...regardless, it smells great.

T-The tartness is a bit more subdued and all the malty Brown notes really come out. Chocolate, toffee and caramel. But they are all soured-up. Chocolate covered unripened cherries. Sour wood, I could spend an hour describing all the weird flavor variations this beer showcases.

M-Light to medium bodied. Velcro-carbonation. Mildly sticky. Very, very drinkable. The mixture of sweet malt and tartness makes go down shockingly fast.

O/D-Awesome. Sweet and sour to the max. Balance is key. Worth every penny. This is one of those beers that may not be one of your favorites, but you will always remember it. Could be my favorite Goose Island brew though...yeah it is.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

2012 vintage. Well, hadn't seen my man VDubb and his lady in some time, so I figured I'd bring over a bottle o' this to mark the occasion. It pours a dark faux-murky ruby-garnet topped by a finger or so of off-cream foam. Not all that much to look at, though, until it was held up to the light. The nose comprises dank/slightly tart cherry, light caramel/maple syrup (I couldn't untangle the two), and a touch of general earthiness. The taste holds notes of sweeter-than-usual cranberries, light tart cherry pit, light earthy greens, and a smattering of vague sweetness running beneath it all. Honestly, this aspect let me down a little, especially considering the pedigree of her sisters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but one that just didn't live up to expectations. There was hardly any appreciable tartness of any kind, the cherries came through somewhat muted (even transmogrified at times), and the whole thing came across as just too sweet for its own good (and, mind you, this is without coming across as sweet in any absolute sense whatsoever, only a relative one based on the style/expectations/whatnot). It's still generally enjoyable, but nothing to really celebrate too much.

Photo of NorCalBeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22pz Bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: coppery brown with a hint of red with very little khaki off white head, that dissapates almost immediately.

S: oak and cherries right off the bat, a touch of barnyard funk in there as well, smells a bit tart/sour, cherry skins, also a bit of cab character. A nice aroma.

T: light brown malt character with cherries in there, oak notes, some light sourness and oak notes.... Nothing really jumps out, everything is very well balanced.... I would have liked the sourness to be a bit more heavy handed here, but tasty and well balanced overall.

M: light medium body with medium crisp carbonation, and a dry finish works very well with style.

O: a nice well balanced oud bruin with nice cherry flavor, not the most sour, or the most complex, but very nice, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of ctwinne
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
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