Madame Rose
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #11
Ranked #3,966
4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Feb 13, 2022
Aug 19, 2009
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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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4.25 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Feb 13, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Tart sour cherry. More like a rose Bach than a cherry lambic. May 2016 bottle opened July 2021 and still very good beer. Can taste the wine barrel on swallowing.

Jul 18, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by robotic_being from Florida

4 year old bottle, date stamped April, 5th, 2017.
Super yummy!

Apr 05, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Goose Island Beer Co. "2017 Madame Rose"
$6 / 5 oz. @ Goose Island Brewhouse Philadelphia on 06/02/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: I have no idea if this is draft or from a bottle, but I'll assume it's a bottle. It's not a very big pour for $6 but what can you do. I've had this before, I think it was like $28 for a 750 ml bottle, but I'm kind of stuck here so I might as well review it while I'm waiting. Slightly hazy deep reddish brown color beneath a finger's width of off-white foam. Surprisingly good head retention for a sour beer, although it has now dropped to just a thin cap. The nose is funky (wet straw, mud, dried wood, grass, leather, musty basement), oaky, vinous, acidic, fruity, and malty. On to the taste... well it's what you'd expect given the aroma. It's sour. There's some caramel and a hint of chocolate to the malt. It's fruitier (suggestions of cherry, pear, apple) than you might think but the Brettanomyces character is still there. Restrained bitterness, but acidic ~ dry, acidic and fruity finish with some dry oak lingering. Medium-light in body with a soft and smooth carbonation that gains some zest from the acidity. It's complex without being overly so, well rounded in its character notes, and nicely balanced. Well worth trying.

Feb 17, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by J_mo from California

Plenty of carbonation. Red orange color. Tart upfront and changes in to the funky brett flavors. 2016 aged.

Jan 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a hazy cherry color with thin pink lacing, carbonation is very low to none.

S - Tart cherry aroma with light Belgian yeast and a little bit of tart grape.

T - Tart cherry from start to finish, delicate oak, and alot of puckering cherry funk. Slight cherry acidity but never detracts from the flavor.

M - Big medium body with a wet finish.

O - This beer held up extremely well for being (8) years old.

Nov 22, 2020
4.41 by bainz from England on Nov 07, 2020
4.38 by edthehead from New York on Jul 23, 2020
4.14 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 28, 2020
4.29 by pmorey from Indiana on Mar 07, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a hazy brownish color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a generous cherries and Brett hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a well balanced Cabernet oak cherries and Brett flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Flanders Oud Bruin

Feb 29, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of lots of funky barnyardy brett with some horseblanket and a touch of cherries.
T: Taste is slight tart cherries up front before the bretty barnyard and horseblanket comes in with some band aids and furniture polish along with some more cherry. On the swallow it's more cherries and wine barrels with some more funky brett notes and furniture polish with a slight roasted malt note on the very back end.
M: The beer has a body which is slightly syrupy and on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity and long time to condition in the bottle.
O: Overall this one is very well executed. The flavors are nice and there's some nice complexity. This one may be a little over driven by the brett due to the time in the bottle but it still drinks very well. Worth a try.

Jan 14, 2020
4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa on Dec 31, 2019
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4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Aurascoper from Missouri

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)!

Sep 17, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Sep 13, 2019
4.31 by dansmcd from Australia on Aug 18, 2019
4.15 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2019
4 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on Jul 07, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Jul 07, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by npolachek from New York

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!

Jun 19, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thinwhiteduke from Illinois


May 16, 2019
4.21 by animal69 from Louisiana on May 15, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

May 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 06, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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

Apr 27, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bruno74200 from France

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

Apr 25, 2019
4.27 by stephenlee from England on Apr 02, 2019
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1.15/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1
by Redskeleton from Kansas

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.

Feb 15, 2019
4.25 by tyjohnson55 from California on Feb 10, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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.

Jan 26, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Dec 27, 2018
4.75 by Vylo from New Jersey on Dec 12, 2018
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Blackop555 from Michigan

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.

Oct 11, 2018
4.21 by akopczyk from Ohio on Sep 21, 2018
3.23 by Pohr10 from Luxembourg on Aug 20, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

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.

Jul 04, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Jun 24, 2018
4.23 by Diura from New York on Jun 16, 2018
4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Apr 17, 2018
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