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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: 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a faded hazy mahogany red with a foamy looking bubbly head. The nose is ok, fair bit of oak with light vanilla and cherry as a moderate acidity and sawdusty Brett. Flavor is similar. Decent acidity in the finish, cherries are light and the oak is still most prominent with a fair bit of vanilla. Light body, assertive carbonation, semi dry finish and assertive but nice sourness. Decent, drink closer to room temp. Balanced but a touch flabby.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Madame Rose, bottled on 10/10/2010.
6.5% ABV, 22oz. bottle
"Ale brewed with cherries and aged in wine barrels."

Poured into a wine glass, Madame Rose has a dusty red color topped by a finger and a half of pinkish beer foam. The head eventually disappears and leaves no trace. Attractive coloring, and the style allows for the cloudiness. I'm gonna give it a "good."

Wow wow. Beautiful aroma! Acedic acid is prevalent, coupled by a sweet cherry aroma. Very mature smell in that the aroma is well-rounded, not overly harsh on either the vinegar or fruit aromas. Reminds my of LA Red Poppy...

Sour up front, but fades into a softer vinegar bite towards the finish. Flavors of tart cherry shine through out, with some vinous notes. This might not be the best example of an Oud Bruin (which it is not!) but a better approximation of a Kriek.

Great carbonation, light bodied with a slight amount of slickness.

Overall, a beer geek's wet dream. I would highly recommend pairing this beer with a soft stinky cheese, as the tartness cuts through that buttery cheese like a champ. I love the great balance that is maintains, as is ever important with a sour beer. The cherries are a welcome addition, and I think it would also do wonders for a cherry dessert, like a torte or Black Forrest Cake.

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - 2010 vintage

Pours a bright, mostly clear cherry color with some bright reddish and golden hues in the light. Crop of bubbly white head fades out into a few wisps of film and some spotty lacing.

A mix of sweet and sour in the nose with a pretty heavy dose of cherry. Red wine lurks underneath with soft earthy oak notes. Cherry skin and a hint of red grape. Funky and soft.

A blast of cherry right up front with a borderline puckering sourness. Cherry skin with red wine tones and a pleasant oak barrel character. Funky and soft on the tongue. Mild malt backbone comes through before finishing sour with some lingering cherry sweetness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. I really enjoyed the cherry version of the 3 sisters - I hope to have this again eventually.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Goose Island chalice
2010 vintage

A: Pours a red-tinted, hazy brown color. There is some foam as the beer pours which reduces to a faint rim at the edge of the glass but no head or lacing to speak of. 3.5/5

S: Smells like sweet, dark fruit. There is just a hint of the sour yeast and light malt sweetness. 4/5

T: Cherry is both prominent and subdued at the same time. There is a moderate amount of tartness, but less than both the Lolita and Juliet. A small amount of funk accompanies the cherries. 4/5

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. 4/5

O: A decent beer. Easily my least favorite of the three sisters, but good nonetheless. 4/5

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Tim at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!

A: Dark orange with a fast fading white head. Nice color.

S: Strong cherry notes with a slight medicinal influence. There's a touch of vinegar. Sweet malts are apparent and there's a firm lactic profile. I detect a slight mustiness and a dash of leather.

T: Lightly tart with a little sweetness. Cherries remind me a little of cough syrup. Light acetic acidity with notes of vinegar. Malt is moderately sweet. Light oak notes are present in the cherry finish. The beer possesses a moderate lactic sourness.

M: Spritzy mouthfeel with a medium body.

Overall: The medicinal notes are somewhat distracting but this is still pretty good.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown with a thin white head.

Smells of good lacto and pedio with a heavy malt bill.

Slighty fruity upfront taste rounding into a light sourness. Finishes both sweet and sour.

Fairly light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Solid beer, but nothing special. Got better as it warmed and will probably seek out again at some point.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. bottled on 10/1/2010.

reviewed from notes taken 3/14/2012.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: orangish / amber bodied beer with a thin white head that is more of a cap on top of the beer.

Smell: Funky and sour cherries and a hint of an oak barrel.

Taste: mild to moderate sour; decently funky with the sour. Mild cherry and oak notes. Nice delicate beer that is fairly tasty with a short lived finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. really easy drinking and crisp beer. It still tastes fresh and carbonation is lively.

Overall: GI makes another really nice sour. I think that I like Lolita a little bit better. Madame Rose and Lolita are really similiar.

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a lot of effervescence stuck to the aides of the glass. Murky brown in color, collar appears quickly.

Snippy snappy tart.

Sour but not overpowering. Hint of cherries.

Prickly carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Nice.

This is a pleasant sour. Id place it at the low end of the top tiers of sours. Thanks Elliot!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

The beer is hazy and light brown in color with a small, fizzy, white head. Pleasant aroma of cherries, funk, yeast, oak. Brett character comes through nicely in both the scent and flavor. Bold flavor and quite tasty, with prominent oak and sour cherries. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would certainly have it again. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jeonseh
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a GI goblet

A - Dark, ruby brown with a slight haziness to it and small traces of carbonation. A small dirty brown head disappeared quickly leaving only an island of white foam sitting in the center

S - A very fragrant nose which at first smell reminds me of a Cabernet. I get hints of cherries, oak, lemon peel, and Brett. The one thing I really liked was that all the scents meld together perfectly without one powering another.

T - Up front is lemon peel with tart cherries. You get a kick of tart sourness, lemon grass, and funk right after this. The finish is dry and crisp with hints of oak and lemon lingering. This was definitely tarter than I picked up on the nose.

MF - Light and crisp which goes well with the rest of the beer. Has a decent amount of carbonation as well.

O - Madame Rose is a solid GI offering that stands up to the other Sisters. I feel like this is one that doesn't get as much credit or hype as Juliet or Lolita but is just as good.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1125th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

2010 Bottle

Thanks to Gurudel for sharing

App- A very dark copper color with some browns and some ambers intermixed. Its semi-translucent with some clarity as you bring it up for a sip. A few bubbles developed but didnt really stay. No cling or lace.

Smell- Right what I was expecting. Slight acitic and lactic acids, big cherry, mild funk and brett floral notes with a ton of cab and tannin notes.

Taste- A great suprisingly flavorful beer. The cherries were prominant but didnt overly dominate the flavors. Each additional ingredient added to the beer and didnt take away or outshine the others. A great bit of brown malty notes remained and the cab barrel added a certain earthy dampness. The Brett didnt punch you in the face either. Very layered and smooth.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit of Brett, funk, oak and cherry remained. A bit tart on the finish.

Drink- It took Vince a while to land this 3rd sister and it was well worth it. I hope the 2 sisters I have are as good as this one was.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the other Matt for sharing this beer the other day. Beer served in a snifter of some sort. Beer is brown with a haze, almost no head, no lacing, apparent low carbonation, beer is also quite hazy.

Aroma is nice, acetic, lactic, cherry tartness comes through as well, mild sweetness almost.

Beer is light in body but has depth of flavor and character. The cherries show up in the back half of hte mouth and finish the beer nicely, there is a minor brightness on the palate from the organic acids, I enjoy it a lot.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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