Madame Rose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style wild ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.

Added by botham on 08-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,720
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
1,348
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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294
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476
Trade:
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle - 2016 vintage - poured into a chalice at about 45F

Nose is quote acidic to start. A good blast of vinegar first and foremost. There is a very large oak presence, some lactic tang, and some way overripe cherry notes. There's a very dry vinous character to it. Some white pepper. Cardamom. Hay, funk, barn. Some sweetness. Complex, yes, but lots of acetic sharpness.

Palate opens up puckeringly sharp and sour. Contracts the cheek muscles. A lot of acetic acid. A lot of lactic acid too, like biting into a lime. There's some dusty, musty brett bitter notes of fermeted stone fruits. There are some really nice sweet dark fruit elements, with juicy bing cherries taking center stage. This cherry sweetness begins to take over the vinegar sharpness in mid-late palate, and provides some relief. The wine barrel builds and builds to a very nice oaky, tannic finish with underlying notes of brett and red fruits. Looking past the serious sharpness, there's a lot of pleasant nuance going on, but it WILL induce a pucker. Honestly, this to me drinks so much more like a Flanders Red Ale, than a typical wild ale, but I'm splitting hairs.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, smooth, and very highly carbonated. Some aggressive wild bubbles really give the illusion of this being lighter than it is. Drinks crisp and light and lively.

Overall, there is so much complexity going on with this beer. I love the nuance, and all the interesting notes that unfold. However, I find the intense vinegar sharpness to really hold it back a little. It's still drinkabke, and I can kind of get over the sharpness, but I do find it to be somewhat to its detriment. However, I let my mother try this, and she does NOT enjoy beer at all. She loved this. Polished off 2 good glasses of it, and she never ever drinks. So even though a seasoned sour beer drinker found it very aggressive, and total beer novice said it's the best beer she's ever tried. Shoes how subjective taste is. I should note, I got these bottles for 1/5 of the retail price. If you like complex, acetic, sharp, sour wild ales, or even better, if you enjoy Flemish Browns, then this is definitely worth a try. Just have a friend or two to help polish off the bottle, if need be.

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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light cloudy Amber bubbly, short off white head fades fast.

Smells Cherry, brown sugar, vinegar and light funk.

Taste cherry, tart lemon, Oak, bready, vinegar and brown sugar. Finishes dry with a cherry and Funk linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pohr10
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a small bottle, this is a pink-rose colored beer with a thin white head. The aroma is a little tart with some fruit. I get cherry and strawberry. The beer is dry, fruity, and has very little hop or malt presence. Medium body and dry finish. This is an interesting and engaging beer, but not one that I would have regularly.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

A: Dark crimson and opaque, with a finger’s worth of white head with poor retention. Average level of carbonation visible, running up the sides.

S: Lactic and malic acid, with just a touch of acetic. Funk and feet too, with some dry tannins and dry vinous character. Mild underripe cherries, and a roasted malt body under the tartness.

T: Lactic and malic tartness again. Funky with very dry oak tannins. Sour cherries, roasted malts. Less feet and cheese than on the nose but a decent amount of funk. This stays quite sour and acidic in the hang.

M: Full-bodied for a wild ale, with a good level of carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable but not too hot.

O: Very nice beer for sure. I think the cherries could maybe be a bit bigger, but there’s nice funk here.

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Photo of Diura
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flynn
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Flight, Goose Island Philly, terrific!!!

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Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish color with beige head. Aroma has light acetic notes, a hint of smoke, toasted malt and dark fruits. Taste has light sweetness, medium tartness, macerated cherries, light balsamico notes on the finish. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Quite nice with some flanders style flavors.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a small pour at the Fulton Street taproom. An excellent Sour fruit ale. It is cherry forward, and has the right level of tartness without being over the top. The balance and restraint here is commendable.

Lots of complexity with the wine barrel aging - this is a beer that a cider or wine drinker would absolutely enjoy.

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good sour. Pours a fairly clear bubbly amber/brown color from a 750 ml bottle into a flute. The delicately bubbly small white head don't last long and there is minimal lacing. Still a nicely carbonated, beautifully colored beer. Aroma is terrific, cherries, oak and a little vinegar. Really whets your appetite to taste it. Taste does not disappoint. Vinegary sourness is just right. A pucker factor but not an off-putting glass of vinegar. The cherries add a little bit of sweetness and a big amount of flavor. The oak presence is very noticeable but does not dominate the overall flavor. Really tasty, I could sip on this all day. Mouthfeel is light, beautifully carbonated. The sourness is just right. Goose Island really nailed the style. This is the first of four high-end beers I bought from this brewery. This one justifies the price, hope the others do as well!!!!

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
1/5  rDev -76%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Beersnake1
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,348 ratings