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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 273
Gots: 428 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
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
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mahak213
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.