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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 269
Gots: 414 | FT: 33
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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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with russwbeck and poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

A - Much darker than Lolita, more like a darker orange and brown rather than the vibrant colors of the former. Still low head formation and retention, around that half-finger mark with sparse lacing. This does have a somewhat clearer body with less sediment.

S - As with Lolita, the barrel is very present in the aroma. Strong oak characteristics with grapes, and like Lolita, the fruit component isn't incredibly strong. Not as tart either, but there is a potent vinegar quality as well. Wish the cherries were a little more forward.

T - The tartness is ramped up a bit on the palate, but with the overall profile taking a hit as the individual notes seem to fall behind. The vinegar is here as well, and only after these two fade do the cherry and oak come through. It's pretty sweet too, which couples nicely with the tartness. The finish has a lot of barrel influence, too, as it is long with the wood and vanilla. Not as boozy as Lolita.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Actually feels very similar to Lolita in that regard. Still feels decent, if not a touch heavy.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. For the style, it's pretty good, but I would've liked more cherries here. I like the amount of barrel I get here, though.

nhindian, Nov 21, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.