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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 271
Gots: 429 | FT: 35
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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 jwat
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Maxwell
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
2.1/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SCZ
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Young 22oz. bottle - dated of 7-31-12.

Surprisingly opaque. Reddish brown color. Off-white head that only held up for a second. Mild carbonation.

Very excited to smell some brett in there. Nice citrus-tart-cherry smell. Dark cherry aroma. Some subtle oak. Smell doesn't go away like most beers. An hour later it is still very pungent.

Tastes wonderful. Thank goodness it isn't sweet. Cherry flavor is deep and concentrated. Comes off as sun-dried. Also cherry character mixes quite well with the wine barrel. (A hugely underestimated category). I assume it was red wine but I could be wrong.

Body is thin and dry even though plenty of sweet malt was use to brew up the beer. - There is a slight leftover caramel malt flavor going on. Its like a Flanders Red with cherries aged in wine barrels. Xxckxxx Awesome!

I'm actually totally impressed by this beer. This is the best beer sponsored by the Anheiser-Bush Co. I'm ashamed to love it so much. But respect is due where respect is due. Cheers to the brewers and coopers - keep up the good work!

There is sediment on the bottom. So I will most definitely purchase another and age it proper.

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.65/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brownish red color, cloudy enough to be opaque when held to light. Hard pour begets a hearty head which unfortunately does not beget hearty retention. Disappointment ensues.

Steely tart cherry with an underlying carob powder earthiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells: tart, natural cherry with a metallic tone and chicory undertone.

A disappointing beer from Goose Island. Tart and monotone my wife dumped hers but I finished mine with a meh upon last sip. Rose is more of a corner pimp than a madame. That was a stretch.

Photo of vic21234
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 07/31/12.

A- Pours a cloudy brown color with some hints of red. A half finger of an off-white head quickly fades to some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is of an overall tartness. I smell cherries and sour grapes more than anything, very reminiscent of wine.

T- Taste acts much on the smell. Starts off fizzy before the overall sour and tartness comes in. Sour grape notes dominate the taste for me. I expected more of a presence of cherries.

M- Light and highly carbonated, sour and tart yet an easy drinker. Alcohol is very hidden.

Price point on this one is kind of high, and I would have thought there would be more of a cherry presence in the taste. This is a nice one to give a try though.

Photo of Jagen
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 7/31/12 poured into a Maudite glass.

Appearance - Mostly brown with a slight hint of red...possibly maroon; cannot see through it at all. Virtually no head retention, no lacing on side of glass.

Smell - Smells ever so slightly like oak...almost like a wine. A very nice funky, tart smell. Subtle but inviting sour cherry aroma.

Taste -A nice rush of sourness goes straight to the tongue. Tastes exactly like it smells except even better. Nice vinegar taste but not as much as a full on sour ale. The cherries come out very well but in a nice, subtly way. The combination of the brett yeast and the cherries go really well together and make me want to find more similar beers out there. Neither the sourness nor the cherries overpower this beer. The oak came out a little more after it had time to warm up more.

Mouthfeel - The first thing you notice is the fizzy acidic carbonation. Light to medium body. The carbonation compliments the taste very well and just shows that this brew is very well-balanced.

Overall-While I can see that some are disappointed that it is not more sour or that the cherries don’t come out stronger, I think the beer is fine the way it is…hope it becomes even better once it has had some time to age. I wish I had a whole case in my closet instead of only two more bottles. Priced slightly high but still worth trying.

Photo of gamanley
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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%

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.