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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 267
Gots: 408 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Epic tasting shared with nhindian. 2010 vintage enjoyed after Lolita and before Juliet. Reviewed 11/21/12.

A: Much darker than Lolita. Deep red brown, hazy, and with a small white head. Spotty lacing, but the retention is a touch better. 4

S: The vinegar quality of certain sours is definitely noted on the nose of this. Far more funk, sour, vinegar than Lolita. Less fruits, and hardly any oak. The booze is noted. 4

T: The taste to me is just average all around. Not as tart as Lolita, not very fruity, a big funky and vinegary, not a lot noticed from the barrels, and only hints of booze. It tastes good, but isn't anything special. 4

MF: Light body, higher carbonation than Lolita. Not quite as boozy either. Probably the only category that trumped Lolita. 4

O: I wanted this one to taste better. The cherries where non-existant, except for on the label. I thought the taste would improve as it warmed, and it really just remained the same. 3

2012 vintage enjoyed on its own 11/22/12. This review will represent the official review as I enjoyed it fresh.

A: The beer pours a deep amber color with hints of red towards the edges. Hardly any head at all despite a relatively vigorous pour. 3

S: The aroma is of cherries; tart, dark cherries. Working with the fruit is some vinegar and wood, but not nearly as much acidity as I would have expected. The barrel has definitely left its mark on this beer, but the level of funk could be stepped up on the aroma for me. Unlike before, I hardly get any booze. 4

T: Luckily the acidity does come through on the taste! It's hiding in the background, bolstering this Oude Bruin. RIght off the bat I get the cherries. I don't seem to remember tasting them quite as much in the last vintage, but they are tart and delicious in this vintage. Vinegar and wood provide a nice base for the fruit to shine, and the acidity adds a level of depth I quite like. The finish is of oak and a slight amount of vinegar. 4.5

MF: The beer coats the entire mouth, leaving a dry aftertaste. The beer has a medium body with a lower than average amount of carbonation. Overall, it's extremely drinkable. A great balance between fruit, tart, and brett. 4

O: Note my comments from the last review...I wanted cherries. Well, I certainly got them here. I really hold this beer on a much higher pedestal tasting it on its own. It's delicious and absolutely worth paying nearly $1 per ounce. 4

russwbeck, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

On-tap @ FoBAB.

A: pours a brownish red, great clarity, well retained white head

S: nose starts funky with mild Brett notes and lots of oak barrel, the lactic acid comes in waves paired with tart cherries. Lots of Oud Bruin goodness on this with the added dimension of a little funk. I like.

T: starts of with acidic tartness, notes of lemon zest and dark cherry take center stage, lots of oak on the end and some tannins as well. This is a very well balanced sour ale with the perfect balance of sour to sweet.

MF: medium body, high carbonation, spritzy mouthfeel, pairs perfectly with the swift tartness

O: this is a great take on the Oud Bruin style, lots of character, plenty of uniqueness, well done GI

homebrew311, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a ruddy red with a high white head, little lacing. The smell is vinegar, currants, toffee. The taste is rich currant jam, toffee, long tart cider-vinegar finish. It's fizzy and light. All in all a pleasant take on the style, though perhaps a little more sour than it needs to be.

gory4d, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tsauce2
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is brown and cherry red. Head was off white, bubbly. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Sour cherries, spice.

T: Tart yet balanced and rounded. Cherries are very noticable and their taste is very well integrated into the beer.

M: Sourness and fruitiness give a typical mf for the style while leaving the palate in tact.

O: Fantastic. Really nice to see GI developing into one of the better breweries in the country, IMO. This is not just a solid effort, but a very good beer. Excellent use of cherries, their flavor is the star, but does not detract from the other flavors in the beer. Wish I could find this one on the shelves.

tsauce2, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/1/10. 6.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy cranberry brown color with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thin streaks and dots of lace drip back down into the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, slight vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, funk, and lots of wood flavors. I am not really getting any wine in the smell or taste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice earthy and sour smells and tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Bomber botles 10/01/2010 into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed mere hours after receiving it from Knifestyles - quite an extra Chris.

The body is red, bordering on brown. Fairly murky. Half-finger off-white head with loose bubbles and nice retention. Very pretty lacing.

Aromatically, this seems like an Oud Bruin/American Wild Ale hybrid. Acidic, lactic funk and some - but not a ton of - vinegar with a pretty clear bretty aroma. Lots of tart, sour cherries in the mix. This is quite funky, bretty and buggy, but the fruit sweetness founds things out pretty perfectly.

The taste, too, is quite fruit-forward. Tremendously wine-like and very sweet, it reminds me quite a bit of Supplication. Cherries are up front, but the back end is all funk. That sourness persists and persists, though it's never quite mouth-puckering or enamel-melting. Vinous and woody notes. Great sweet/sour balance here.

The body is quite lush - again, the comparisons to wine are merited. I think a little more carbonation could help enliven the many flavors at work, but that's a minor gripe.

An absolute pleasure to drink, and quite honestly a beer I could foresee sharing with somebody just getting into sours.

Nice body, but I think a little more carb would be good. I love how the fruits tempers the sour vinegar aspects of this beer. Drinkable to a fault and truly delicious. I'm once again ISO.

amphion1065, Oct 13, 2011
Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.