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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: 415 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Kaydogg, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hannydawg
4/5  rDev -3.8%

hannydawg, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 14, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours an almost-clear, reddish-brown color with a small white head. Scent is heavy with oak and vanilla. Very nice cherry aroma with a sense of sour acidity. Taste is initially red wine vinegar, Lovely vanilla and cherry oak flavors. A lot of vanilla. Nice and tart, but not overly sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant, tart bite to it. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer was AMAZING! IT was a great well-balanced sour ale that met all of my expectations.

DovaliHops, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Caramel color, minimal head, slight lacing.

Smell: Sour, funk, cherries, oak, vanilla, slightly medicinal.

Taste: Very acidic, red wine vinegar, cherry, vanilla, oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty. Perfectly sour, great cherry flavor.

phichifiji00, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: ruddy red-orange with half a finger head that recedes quickly

S: Lemon, strawberry. As it warms, more cherry and light barnyard.

T: Pleasantly tart, but not excessively. Cherries dominate here, light oak notes, some mild bitterness in the finish.

M: Light and nicely carbonated. Moderate-to-long finish.

O: Definitely worth trying

kscaldef, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Tulip glass

2010 Vintage Bottled 10/01/2010

A- Pours a nice darker copper orange with less than a a finger of off white head that creates no more than a small rim around the glass edge.

S- Sweet cherries and funk up front with notes of barnyard and brett. Lactic and vinegar notes come through as well with some subtle musty oak.

T- The cherries and vinegar definitely take center stage creating a nice subtle sweetness that's quickly followed by funk and sourness from the brett but not over the top by any means. Musty oak as well.

M- Medium bodied with champagne like carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.


Arenbeer, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a little brown to redish tint. A finger of bubbles adorn this one.
Smell is cherry skin and and grape wine. The alcohol is quite prominent.
Taste is sour cherry and some sugar malt. Kinda one sided but still very good.
Mouthfeel is clean as can be expected. The alcohol keeps the palate involved and leads to more tipping of the glass.
Overall I think the price comes into play. It's pretty good but not 25$ good.

peabody, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty hazy burnt brown amber mahogony color with a off whitey dirty cap over heads.
The aroma is more subtle then i expected for how much time i let this one go with the brett. It is presented in such a mild behaved manor and integrated with oak and cherry.
The flavors are upfront strong and fade out very quickly, such a short finish, even more so then other dry beers, Especially considering that this one isn't super Lactic. This is a great beer to introduce someone to sours with. While the funky brett character is moderately revealing it is the cherry soaked oak notes that carry the body of this beer.

Of the 3 sisters, all of them are great in their own right, but this one least fit my preferances(high lactic, strong brett), but would be the most approachable for a new to sour beer drinker.

ChadQuest, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam H for pouring this one last night. 2010 served at cellar temp.

This pours medium red-brown with a short eggshell-colored head that sticks in pieces leaving spotty lace. On the nose, there is mixture of tart apple and cherry, oak, your standard horseblanket, but subdued. In the mouth the tartness sort of fades back a bit and the cherries take the driver's seat along with the dry oak. The finish was long on oak and the body was mediumish.

Overall, this is a fine beer that I'm happy to have had the chance to try.

EricCioe, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Durty Nellies in Palatine, on the patio while watching the 7/4 (7/3) fireworks in 2011. It's a reddish brown color, hazy with a thin off-white foam.

Lots of cherries in the nose, somewhat tart but not to an extreme. Sour cherry flavor, more tart than sweet, in fact very little sweetness. Not quite as tasty as Rodenbach but not far off either.

Good carbonation, nice flavor, everything's right but the pricepoint ($25).

TurdFurgison, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This has a kind of faded, dirty brown appearance with a cranberry tint and a subdued off-white head.

Smell: Lactic and vinegary cherry and lemon in the nose, with a touch of sweetness and some oak.

Taste: There is a lot of cherry in the flavor. After some smooth malt presence up front, sweet cherries turn lactic and sour. Accompanied by some other stone fruit flavors, this becomes more and more sour.

Mouthfeel: Some vinegar and puckering sourness. The body is pretty much medium for the style, with a high level of bubbly carbonation. Dry, more so at the finish.

Overall: This was pretty good, but I do not have a reason to really go after this again. Especially for the price, there are better options.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/01/2010

A - Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown with almost no head to speak of.

S - Nice cherry aroma with no medicinal notes present. Also slight vinegar and a faint amount of funk. Very nice.

T - nice balance of tart with a subtle but noticeable sweetness. A bit of vinegar character, but not mouth puckering. Also some noticeable yeast funk and and some earthiness on the finish. Very nice version of the style.

M - light crisp mouthfeel. Finishes pretty clean and dry.

O - been wanting to try this for awhile and was not disappointed. A nice tartness but nothing requiring antiacids. Would love to have again.

warnerry, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with under a finger of off white head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Very vinegary with some malt and fruit sweetness.

Taste: Not as vinegary as the smell would suggest. An acidic sourness with cherry and wine. A nice malt backbone with an acidic wine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Coats the mouth with each sip. Tiny bubbles with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the use of the wine. The flavors went together very well. Smooth and easy to drink.

oline73, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 650 mL bottle of this with NanaBird from Goose Island Clybourn for $25. Poured from the 2010 labeled bottle into a Goose Island Pint Glass and has BOTTLED: 10/01/2010 1457 on the side.

Aroma- Very sweet and malty from the beginning. Hints of BLACK cherry throughout the smell and good amount of sourness. This was a great example of the perfect aroma for Flanders Oud Bruin.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. Light reddish/brown color body and has good lacing.

Flavor- Very fruity, malty, and is tart. Not much sourness in the flavor, more tart than anything and sweet finish. Very strong cherries all the way through the drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has a sweet and tart finish. Perfect!

Overall Impression- While getting the last bottle (a current trend I'm enjoying lately!), this was well worth the cost! Awesome sweet and tart Oud Bruin with tons of complexity. Easy drinking and enjoyed the hell out of this one. Hope to see this guy again (even though its so limited).

DCon, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with the lady at the Goose Island brewpub in Clybourn.

Ruby-brown, with a small head.

Smell is great -- a legit, barrel-aged vinegar sour quality is present, with cherry notes.

Taste is sour cherries, some malt, pretty sour at first but very drinkable. The sour character here is distinct but not overpowering. Not too sweet.

Medium mouthfeel and reasonably carbonated, easy to put down.

A good sour beer, if rather expensive. Worth trying once, though. It's smooth and has all the characteristics of a great sour -- not a lesser sweet, "kind of tart" beer -- without smacking you in the face.

musicforairports, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cherry juice red with a little bit of white head around the inner edge of the glass.

S-Smells of tart juicy cherries and some vinous and oak notes.

T-Rich juicy and slightly sour/tart cherries with a bit of lemon and grape notes.

M-Medium bodied with loads of prickly, and mouth-scrubbing carbonation and a slightly puckering dryness on the finish.

D-Not sure I'd call this one an Oud Bruin, but what do I know? A very complex and interesting beer that is highly drinkable. Now, I just wish I could get a bottle or two more of this one.

samie85, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-ish brown color with a small but well retained head. The aroma has that great dirty laundry character right up front with some lingering horseblanket and loads of cherry aroma. The beer smells mildly sweet but the flavor is fairly dry, not bracingly so but it is dry. The sourness of the beer is the most dominant trait, that and the loads of cherry flavor. The beer has a little bit of that cherry pie (ie with the crust a-la New Glarus Belgian Red) showing that this character carries well into a non-sweet fruit beer very very well. Absolutely delicious.

BieresDesMoines, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, fruit, and slight sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, tart, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the aroma was I was expecting this one to be a little sour, but instead it was tart. This was a nice welcomed surprised as it worked quite well with the cherries in this one. While this brew wasn't very complex it was quite good with what it had as everything was in the right portions. Definitely worth trying.

thagr81us, Jul 12, 2011
Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.