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Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.17/5
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Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild AleMadame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale
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:
Brown 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:
#1,357
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
1,326
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,326 |  Reviews: 253
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

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +1.9%
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 Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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 RAFH
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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 emottram
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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 bcsbeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RPM3334
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
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 +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 paulish
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,326 ratings
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