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

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Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild AleMadame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of jwilcox767
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I typically like sour ales, but only when I'm expecting them. And I think I prefer them on the fruitier side. This one falls more on the salty/sour olive spectrum like someone else said below. I had this by itself so there was nothing to tamp down or moderate the flavor. Glad tired it but not something I'll go back to often.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 10 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on February 10, 2017. Look is dark ruby red with a thin head and little lacing. Smell and taste is sour cherry with some nutty notes. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 765 ml corked bottle into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Color is crimson/amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A sour and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of tart cherries, funk, and spice. Belgian yeast with a good scent of pepper. Big scent of funk. Tart scent of cherries along with some oak and wood hints. More fruit hints of berries, green apple, and grapes. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and toast. Nice hints of tobacco. A really nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, and sour and fruity Belgian Kriek style taste with notes of cherries, yeasty funk, and spice. Big tart and sour taste of cherries. Good notes of oak and wood. Belgian yeast with some pepper notes. Lots of farmhouse funk. More fruit notes with some berries, green apple, and grapes. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and toast. Also some tobacco. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, tart, and drying.

Overall: A really good fruity sour. Great tart cherry flavor with good funk.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz draft pour into a snifter boasts a nice light mahogany colored body and no head of any color.

Odor, just as previously described, is barnyard, vinegar, and citrus, with faint oak barrel.
Flavors match especially the citrus stringency.
At first sip the mouth feels like it is going to dry up, then comes the saliva on strong.

Beautiful looking, needs some suds, but this is just not for me, certainly not at this price point.

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Photo of Lucular
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap back to back with Juliet. More funky, fruity, sour, and overall tastier than Juliet. Pours a gorgeous reddish-brown with a slight head that lingers. Very nice.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying to get into sours more because I don't like them that much. I typically find them too astringent. This beer has a good depth and was a good accompaniment to my pizza. The taste is sour salty olives. Again, great with pizza, not really something I want to drink often. Glad tired it but not something I'll go back to often.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany color with a small off-colored head that dissipates like soda.

Aroma is of barnyard, baking soda, vinegar, cherries, beef jerky, and a fruity generic citrus.

Taste is complex and evolving with each sip. Lots of bright citrus with a vinegary twang. Lots of funk and very sour. Pickled, salty cherries dominate the core flavor. A meaty taste is present; again, similar to that of beef jerky. The beer is missing a bit of sweetness.

Overall, this is one of the better sours by GI. I see it pairing well with crispy seared duck with an orange glaze. It gets a 81/100.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown with a thick tan, slightly pink blanket.

Smell is toasty cherry, oak, pepper, and olive brine.

Taste is milky oak, cherry, very well balanced and quaffable, with a slight sting and blackberry.

Semi-dry and crisp.

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin white head. Head dissipates leaving a ring of white foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell is vinegary with some notes of tart cherry, tobacco, oak, wood, fresh sawdust. Very rustic and earthy.

Taste has notes of tart cherry, oak, wood, vinegar, slightly tart. Probably could be more tart.

Feel has mild carbonation, slightly tart and bone dry.

Overall a nice our bruin, but just not good enough to justify the price tag.

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Photo of Patinthebronx
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date on bottle March 4 2014.

Super sour, with a nice fruity back taste. Pours a deep red, but doesn't have typical sweet taste of a Belgian Wild Ale. Still a phenomenal sour that has mellowed nicely in 2 years.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Reddish with thin white head
S- Vinigar tartness with pie and tart cherry nose
T- Follow the smell. Tart cherries, pie cherries, medium level of tartness
F- Nice level of carb for a sour
O- Very enjoyable cherry sour

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Pours a translucent amber/garnet with a loose head that dissipates towards the shoulders. Nose expresses cherry notes, reminiscent of cherry Sucrets. Taste follows nose - some oak and vanilla notes; very Rodenbach-esque. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and an acidic bite. Overall, nice complexity on this beer. Quite tasty for six years old with just a hint of vinegar beginning to come out.

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06MAR14: A well aged 2014 bottle, pours cloudy reddish chestnut brown color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly as it was hissing and dissipating, leaving no lacing anywhere to be seen.

Smells and tastes very much the same: tart and sour up front with toasted grains, dark cherries, red wine, oaky notes, funky yeast, fruity notes like raspberries, brown sugar, white wine like a pinot grigio, tart green apple, musty, earthy aromas and the general confusion of the brett and Belgian yeast strains which I assume were used. The nose is more old basement, farmhouse and musty while the flavor brings a lot more wines of all colors. The barrel aging has a huge and extremely flavorful impact on that taste, with mild alcohol, peppery spices and a raspberry or strawberry vinegar influence that ties in some heat, more spices (like coriander) and both sour and bitter flavors. It's wonderfully complex, getting better as it warmed - this bottle seems like the wine had a major influence after 2 years.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, peppery and spicy with tart aspects, some bitterness, fruity sweetness and sour notes like rotting fruit or old wine. No alcohol bite, but the oaky, earthy and wine notes make it very complex as the sourness mixes with farmhouse, musty characteristics that tingle and feels prickly, with fizzy carbonation across the tongue as it fades sweet, bitter, sour and dry all at the same time. A great American effort to pretty much master this classic Belgian style. I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while and it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Whoa, didn't see that coming. This was absolutely tremendous. Great nose right off the bat, with a bit of musty funk, some oak, and a healthy vein of natural sour cherry. Palate is similar, beautifully melding all the pieces. Tremendously drinkable, neither excessively acidic nor too flat, just the perfect amount of carb to make you want to guzzle this right down -- a particularly incredible feat for a sour beer. I want to find reasons not to love this as much, but this is right there w/ Rodenbach GC for me. A+.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/17/16 Chicago (765ml bottle bottled 3/7/14 poured into tulip glass). Dark red/brown pour, moderate tan head with mild carbonation. Aroma of cherry and blackberries. Texture more like a carbonated wine. Nice feel with the flavor and significant carbonation. Taste of tart cherry and blackberries prevalent, nice mix of sweet fruit with sour taste, malt solid. Really enjoyed the strong variety of tastes. I enjoyed the entire large bottle more than I recall the original split offering. Glad I picked this second bottle up from Binny's!

1/1/16 Chicago (765ml 2014 bottle split three ways). Dark red/brown pour, slight tan head which evaporated quickly with mild carbonation. Aroma of cherry and blackberries. Texture more like a wine than a traditional beer, with light body. Nice feel with the flavor and carbonation. Taste of cherry and blackberries prevalent, somewhat sour but pleasant. Very unique offering from Goose Island, and I'm glad I came across this bottle. Will be looking forward to future offerings!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a brighter oud bruin/flanders. didn't give too much head to lead to a conversation about lacing or retention. Aroma was tart cherries, neutral oak, brown malt.

Taste was nice and sour, more brown base feel. Cherries are contributory, but they aren't calling the shots. I guess this is my least favorite of the three sisters. Still a good beer, would bang at that $20 price point once in awhile.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 2012 vintage
- 22oz. bomber poured into stemless wine glass on 3-Sep-15 (aged 3 years)

Very well balanced. The cherry and berry notes are still prominent. The mouthfeel is one of the better I've felt in sours. One of the better ones of the GI sisters (have tried the five of the regular sisters).

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Photo of JohnDon
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2014 on tap. Did not enjoy this beverage.

The look was dark brown, looked fine.

The smell was very earthy, but was not appeasing.

Taste was sourish and was not pleasing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this 2014 cellared bottle shared at a recent sour ale event I hosed, poured chilled in a tulip. first taste

The color is dark murky ruddy brown with ring of pale tan beads after settling. The smell brings a flanders type wild yeast with cherry odor, sour cherry smell with woody aroma and light vinous aroma. The feel is very intense with cherry acidity and strong puckering lactic acid with moderate carbonation and tannic dry finish.

The taste is good but almost as much wine barrel as cherry in the initial flavor which grows on me with tart cherry and lemony acidic elements with the complimentary woody character with vinous taste from the wine barrel in the back end with puckering sour intensity . Overall this is a nice belgian brown style with lots of fruit in the flavor with the wine barrel almost a bit overpowering to my taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Increasingly milky brown/red, sandy-tan foamy head that recedes to nothing. Fizzy carbonation.

S: Sour cherry, a bit of wet lumber.

T: Sour with a bite that lasts. Cherry is prominent, oak/wine notes are minimal. Not funk detected, so much for the brett. I'm pretty sure there's some downright sweetness here...

M: Light, only faint fine carbonation that speaks delicacy to me. No grit on the teeth.

O: Very good rendition of a wild ale, but perhaps I should have aged it to give it funk/unique character. As it was, enjoyable, but middling as far as top-tier sours go.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Brown murky ale, decent off white head, little lace
S - Funky and sour!
T - Very sour, but softened by the malt. Nice overall taste.
M - Good balance of sour, bitter, malt and carbonation.
D - Very easy to drinK!

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Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When fresh, the aroma is sweet, floral, and somewhat subtle. Flavor is phenolic, with a respectable sour quality. Five years aging increases the sourness considerably, revealing an acetic acid dominance, with floral hops highlighted in the aroma.

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Foundry in Northampton, MA on New Years Eve.

A- Dark red to brown pour from the tap to a tulip glass. A puffy, foamy head forms to over a finger with decent retention. Lacing is rare for me.

S- Funky Brett and lactic bacteria are strong as the "wild" added bugs are responsible for most of the aroma. Strong fruits like lemon juice and then some cherries. Funkier here than the flavor.

T- Less funk and more of just a lactic acid battering of the palate reminding me of yogurt tartness and lemon juice sourness and flavor. Notes of cherry come and go as well as the wine grapes and old wet oak. Slight funk but the sourness drowns a lot of the complexity out.

MF- Rather dry and body toward the light side with a slight slickness and by the end a high sourness throughout. Carbonation on the high side with a foamy and fizzy consistency.

Overall probably just a bit too lactic forward for it's own good. The tasty cherries and wine barrels are a bit drowned out by the sourness towards the end for me. Funkyness and sours are well done, however.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage was best I've had (drank with close to 3 years age). Remember having 2012 with 4 years on it as well. That year was more sour. 2014 is more balanced; fruit more pronounced.

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