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Madame Rose - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 227
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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Photo of TATURBO
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/01/10.
A: Caramel color, No Head

S: Sour Fruit

T: Cherry with moderate sourness.

M: Medium Carbonation with slight effervescent.

O: Good sour! I'd go for another but personally I prefer the Lolita over Madame not to mention the cost. Thanks egrace84 for sharing this $25 bottle with us!

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

A cloudy light brown beer with reddish highlights; off-white head on the small side; settles down slowly and leaves some decent lace on the glass. Aroma of tart cherries and oak, predominantly, with light acidity and brett funkiness.

Very tasty and easy to drink; moderately sour and acidic, with hints of vinegar creeping around under tart cherries. Again there is a light oak component; some mild sweetness, hay, moderate brett funkiness that’s pretty subdued overall. Definitely not for the super-sour heads; easily shared with a wine-drinking contingent.

Medium-light bodied with carbonation on the high side. Clean and crisp drinking, refreshing, with a tannic, drying finish. Quite good.

Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending me this bottle.

Pours a  dark golden ruby color with burnt orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky barnyard aroma with lots of vinous fruit and prominent barrel, giving off strong notes of oak and vanilla.  Lots of cherry and other dark fruits.  Plenty of bugs and funk.

Medium body which is dry, very tart and puckering with lots of earthy funk, oak barrel and sweet fruit.  Prominent tart dark cherry but still sweet with lactic funk.  Subtle acetone presence at first that becomes a bit overpowering with a powerful, lingering vinegary/solvent finish.  A bit harsh on the acidity but decent amount of sweetness and oak countering things.  This had the potential to be a lot better but the acetic solvent character is just too strong for my liking. 

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cherry red color workout much of a head on it. Nose is cherries, vinous character, sourdough bread. Taste starts with cherries that move to a citric character. Some bready malts take the palate next and are overwhelmed by some more citric cherry flavors mixed in some vinegar that is ultimately drowned out by a lingering vinous flavor. Really nice complexity. Decent mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I don't know if I would pay the price tag again for it, but wouldn't say no.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.