Madame Rose
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #7
Ranked #1,846
4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Belgian-style wild ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.
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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 1,365
Photo of Aurascoper
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2015, bottled in September so this is pushing 4 years. When we first poured it, I was skeptical of the colour as I thought it's time might be passed. However, once I smelled it, I knew that was not the case. The whiskey aroma with no off notes stuck out that this would be one to remember. Once I tasted, it verified my olfaction: this beer is one of the best beers I've ever expereienced. I immediately decided that I would light some pipe tobacco as I knew the cherry and wood profile would compliment the tobacco. That was dedinitely the case. This beer has inspired me to cellar beers (and that sours can cellar for 4 years at that)!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Label is stamped with bottling date of '05APR17'. 2017 Release.
Color is muddy brown mixed with cherry red. Red really comes out when glass is back lit. The pour brings forth a bubbly cap, but this disappears almost immediately. No lacing.
Aroma of red wine vinegar, cherry, and oak. Vinous and tart.
Taste is tart, with vinegar influences. There is a bunch of fruity cherry in the mix. The back is held up by the red wine oak barrel, with the emphasis on the tannin.
Medium mouth feel, with the oak and vinegar hitting the nasal cavities. Good carbonation.
Very much like a red wine, but with the slightly sweet cherry broadening the experience. Vinous and tart in the end, with particular dryness.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 bottle:
A a mix of weak Bloody Mary and hazy IPA michelada. Bubbles barely get replenished as I pour, and a couple of streams throw bubbles to their death atop the body.

Nose is a tad vinegary, but crab apple and sour cherry come through easily. Exploring deeper the barrel comes through as does a little hint of red wine (after 3 years, it might be power of suggestion on the latter).

The beer is unexpectedly effervescent - not overwhelmingly so, but those few streams pack a little bite. Moderately puckering, with a little tang and lightly drying lingering feel.

Wine vinegar general impression, though the sour cherries really drive the fruity side of that more than the wine barrel itself. Red wine sneaks in back like the nose, with a very slight tannic note.

Note sure how age affected this, but I could envision a bit more complexity from the barrel on a younger beer that I might enjoy.

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Photo of npolachek
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is actually better than Rodenbach and other similar style Belgian Sours. Truly amazing creation with a great bite. Reminds me of Allagash Bizou and other brewery only offerings. Superb!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Madame Rose is an impressive "sour" or Oude Bruin. It's essence and style is more like a red wine than a beer, but it is definitely a Flanders Wild Ale. I drank a 750ml bottle from a large tulip, which allowed all the aromas to come out. Very nice.

Look: reddish-brown with a thin fizzy white head

Aroma: tart cherries, oak

Taste: There's some roasted malts, then tart cherries, oak, some yeast, it's vineous, hints of red wine and tannins.

Body/Overall: medium, red wine type of body

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 5/5/16 @ Fischman's.

Muddy brown/orange rust appearance.

Nice, noisy tan head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Tart raspberry & sweet cherry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart strawberry & sweet cherry flavors up front; faint red wine notes on the finish.

A refreshing, tasty summer quaff.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: cherry, tart, spiced, sour, wine, woody, funky notes. Same with the nose. Dark reddish/brown hue, semi clear, tan with a delicate head and lace. medium to full body. 25 IBUs

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huuuum, well that's a great smell. Vinous notes with an acetic character and a good portion of cherries.
The taste follows, a bit of remaining sweetness

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Photo of Redskeleton
1.15/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

The worst tasting/smelling thing to EVER hit my taste buds. It astonishes me anyone can actually drink this. Tastes more like water soaked in a bag of trash than the fruits they describe on the label.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Madame Rose pours a dark reddish color, with a small, but long lasting head. Rich sour aroma, hints of tart cherries. Flavors are very rich, big sour, but big sweet from the cherry and the big tart, it all balances out in the end. Great feel to this one. Overall, very rich, very complex, sweet, sour tart, and yet very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Blackop555
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Suds
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +2.6%
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 Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +1.2%
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 -0.2%
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 Gajo74
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Dive Bar, NYC. It pours an amber brown with a bold presence of ruby red. A modest frothy head forms a thin silky pillow. It quickly dissipates and leaves a thin ring collar.
In the aroma, the lemon tartness and sour cherries immediately stand out. On an even more intense note, a funky, vinous and oaky, Cabernet like, dry cider and vinegar like quality foretell what is to come in the taste.
The taste is quite intense and complex. The mouthfeel is oily and slick with a burning acidity, vinegar like quality, and stinging spiciness. Medium bodied, vinous, and oaky with a bone dry finish. Flavors of cherries present themselves as a centerpiece that take the edge off of the tartness.
A well done interpretation of a Belgian sour style. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Gaslight Social.

Pours a deep brown red, small head of foam that shrinks until only a ring around the glass remains. Even has some lacing.

Smells of tart cherries, oak, Brett.

Tastes of tart cherries, Brett and oak in that order. Finishes dry and funky.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Nice AWA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Semi deep Auburn color with hues of brick red. Lots of fizz with this one. Balanced really well with the Belgian style and malt playing quite well together with the fruit tartness and a nice amount if funk. Tart raspberries are nice and mixed fruit jelly. To the

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Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 765ml bottle into Chimay goblet

L - Hazy auburn pour, minimal head, soda-like carbonation.

S - Brett, wood, biting sourness on the nose. The malts come through after it warms slightly. Very complex.

T - Oak & brett (brings to mind hot dog water), mild sweet cherry notes, and red wine comes through faintly in the aftertaste.

F - Super sour, activates the salivary glands. Very fine carbonation makes it vaguely creamy.

Better as it warms and the grain starts coming through.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby red colored with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige about the size of a half dollar in the middle of the glass. The nose is horse blanket, funk, and tart cherry to plums. I'm tasting a blend of tart dark ale and horse blanket with plenty of funky tart cherries. The mouth is very dry, highly carbonated, and very refreshing.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.07/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color and leaves the same colored body with no head whatsoever and barely any lacing. Though what lacing is there is very thin and doesn’t stick as it just slides. The smell is extremely vinegary and vinous, sturdy acidity, some lactic. The taste is extremely sour and tart and super hard to put down my throat. The aftertaste is extremely vinous and has an extremely dry vinous finish. On the palate, its between light to medium on the body. This thing defines harshness. Overall, for a Flanders Oud Bruin it works, but honestly, it's a hard one to make a session out of.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass 2016 version.

A: Pretty aggressive pour yielded a fairly small tiny bubbled off white head that disappeared quickly. Body is a deep rich red in color bordering on caramel with great clarity.

S: Lots of cherries smells like it will be sour, light oak, some wine grapes, slight vinegar, green apple.

T: Lots of cherry oak tannens nice carbonation sour but not overwhelming. Cherries really shine and play well with the oak from the wine barrels.

M: Prickly carbonation slightly dry finish very clean.

O: This is a great wild ale, I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had purchased a 2015-vintage bottle at Monde Market in Philadelphia a while back & set it aside for a special occasion. Yesterday was 4-20 Day, 2017 & my mother, who owns my childhood home at 420 W Walnut Street consented to have her brother (my uncle) & I over for some beers. They were not huge fans of this one, so I brought the remainder home for a review.

From the bottle: "A wild ale aged in wine barrels with cherries, alluring layers of sour cherry, spice and wood"; "Develops in the bottle over 5 years. Contains live yeast. A sediment may form."

I had very gently Pop!ped off the cap yesterday so as to keep it for a local artist whose medium is bottle caps, thus allowing it to be resealed overnight. I prised the cap back off and began a very gentle pour so as not to rouse any lees which may have settled on the punt. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised a very brief finger of soapy, light-tan head which seemed anxious to return to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown ((SRM = > 27, < 34), but closer to 27. Nose smelt not of elderberries, but of sour cherries and a woodenness, probably of oak, but I am not an expert on such things. It had a vinous quality, reminiscent of my uncle's Montmorency Cherry homemade wine. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially just sour cherry and wood, but as it warmed, I got a spicy earthiness, not cinnamon, but close. Cardamom? Coriander? I could not directly identify it, but it was there. The finish once more evinced a load of sour cherry and this was definitely to my liking.

In fact, I was starting to get a breadiness coming into the picture, reminding me of a Semester Final in Foods 2 during high school. We had been instructed in baking & we were to develop our own recipe as a final project. I somehow hit upon the idea of sour cherries in brown bread & the smell coming from the oven was heavenly! It was a bit tart/sour for some, but I liked it, as did some of my teachers who came down to try our creations. I never made it since & only now had occasion to even think of it. [sighs wistfully]

I have said before that, as a self-avowed, self-described hophead, the beers are not my forte, but that does not mean that I cannot enjoy them for their art & craft. This was a very pleasant interlude & worth revisiting, although in a different vintage.

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