Madame Rose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fixture upon the Nouveau Craft. Cherries, some contained sourness, and well balanced. A masterpiece. Capone’s restaurant acquisition. Well saved for Oscar night -no wine shall compete with you tonight. Reddish tinge and cherry and yeast aroma. Lasting head and lace. Smooth mouthfeel. A sipper and full drinkability with dessert

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 10/1/10. 6.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy cranberry brown color with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thin streaks and dots of lace drip back down into the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, slight vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, funk, and lots of wood flavors. I am not really getting any wine in the smell or taste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice earthy and sour smells and tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the best oud bruin ive ever had, if we can even fairly call it that, and easily the most enjoyable brew from goose island for me, including a few bourbon county variants. special beer here. more red than brown in color, fairly light and see through, with soda like carbonation and an inch or less of off white fizz head. the nose on this is awesome, bretty, as funky as it is sour, the cherries are authentic but not too sweet, the base beer is true to style, and the cabernet barrels have left their mark with a fruity tannic kick. i also smell something uniquely floral, vegetal flowers, lush and in bloom. the flavor of this beer blew me away, my favorite in a long lineup of excellent beers. i do get the oud bruin malt profile, but its dressed up in tart cherries as bright as day, and mellowed with a refined oak profile that includes vanilla and all kinds of brett charcter. its sour sure, but not too acidic like some can be. its only a gentle sour, drying but not burning, elegant beer. i also get the floral thing in the flavor, like biting the head off a fresh bright red tulip, its vibrant and wet and the embodiment of captured sunlight. this beer is so complex, so layered, so intricately put together that its bringing me all the way back to the first time i had consecration. im not sure i have been as impressed with a beer since. i could not imagine a better flavor profile or feel. the cherries, the brett, the cab barrels, its all so well done. i will remember this bottle fondly for a long time, and eagerly await the opportunity to drink another one. this was the last in a night of maybe 25 beers, and it was so darn good it made me sober. mind blown.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fizzy tan head on top. The head fades not leaving any lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is tart with cherries and has a subtle sweetness as well as plenty of oak barrel on the nose. The taste of the beer is tart/sour there is a good amount of cherry in the mix. The flavors are a little medicinal at times but it could be much worse. The mouthfeel is thin, with a sharp carbonation. The beer is dry. Overall it's a pretty good Flanders, worth trying if the price is right.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin layer of lacing covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: A moderate amount of sourness stands out in the taste, which has some complexities and notes of cherries and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style because the sourness isn’t too strong and is fairly well incorporated into the overall taste.

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

Aah, these girls of Goose Island... all elegance, all pompous, all sour, and all irresistible. Nothing against the rustic balance of Matilda, or the winey tart Lolita, or the sultry rich Juliet, or the soft and tepid Sofie- its Madame Rose that reigns supreme!

Her masculine colors are brown with tawny rust shaddows. She rises with an eggshell-white mid-structured head that reduces to a translucent skirt on the surface. Lacing spottily with islands on the glass, the ale is both sturdy and dainty in the same breath.

Earthy wine tones dominate the nose- Red wine, balsamic, cider are soon coupled with medium toast, pepper, and wood rot (in the most elegant way possible). Shying away from mushroomy properties, the ale is cast in a veil of sour cherry shadowing.

To taste, its those Merlot wine properties that come alive- tart, sweet, fruity- but with the sharp and sour cherries instead of grape, the beer claims an acidic tone that's distinct to sour ale. Subtleties of balsamic, sherry, and soy sauce bleeds into a lightly salty bit with toast, peppercorn and an implication of chocolate. Finishing crisp and cidery more rustic leather taste softens its closure with earthen rusticity

Crisp, clean, and mildly malty- the beer's upstart is modestly malty. But shortly after the initial palate, the feel of the beer sheds all malt sweetness and its associated carbonation to favor a quick, clean feel of sour acidity that evokes sweating. Lightly minerally- its light iron finish is warm and slightly astringent with echoes of fruit and wine.

Madame Rose is the most refined and elegant of all the girls of Goose. She's crafty, imaginative, and regal in her recipe formulation and brewer execution. She's perfect, even in her flaws.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a rusty color with garnet highlights; the modest head fades quickly to a ringlet leaving just a few dots here and there

Smell: Lactic cherry sour notes and a vinous, wine barrel character

Taste: Lactic cherry flavor, up front, with acetic sourness building in the middle along with oak notes; chalky and dry, after the swallow, though the lactic cherry quality lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable to drink but really lacks some complexity - where is the funk and depth of flavor?

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

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

Bottle shared by nickd717.

Muddy amber with red highlights. The small head dissipates completely after a short time. Nice sweet and sour cherry aroma, fleshy and earthy with a backing of earthy brett funk. Thin, dry body. Pleasant lactic sourness, some vinous fruitiness. Tart cherry finish, quite mild but very enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap, bottled date 10/01/2010 #1549 served into an Gouden Carolus goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. ABV on this year is 6.5% according to the label.

A: Pours a one finger head of light cream lacing, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark murky cherry. Nontransparent.

Sm: Some sourness and funkiness. Cherry fruit esters. Red wine. Quite strong, but also subtle. A delightful near-perfect aroma. Very inviting and intriguing.

T: A lightly sour cherry build with some light funkiness and bacteria/wild yeasty notes. Complex, yet delightfully subtle. Exquisitely balanced. It's a bit understated with its flavours, but nevertheless quite pleasant. It's extraordinarily well done for the style. Cherry re-injects itself in the finish, closing out the beer on a stronger, bolder note whilst still maintaining the easy drinking nature of the beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and not too thick or too thin. No cream emerges, but this is in keeping with the general focus of the beer. Complements the flavours very well, mainly by simple staying out of the way. Not unique or particularly impressive, but well executed.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. No alcohol comes through - not that I was worried it would. I'd definitely have this again. I doubt it would age well at all given the low ABV, but I wouldn't mind trying. A refined beer.

This is likely best enjoyed on its own, unpaired with food.

It drank just fine out of my Gouden Carolus goblet.

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Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this has lost some depth. Fairly one note cherry with slight oak tannins. Brett yeast has a distinct aftertaste of corn nuts that's hard to shake. Kind of strange, you'd think after a few years it would become more refined, but something is off with this batch. Don't waste $30 on this.

2011: 3.97
Dark amber brown, fair clarity. Not much foam, a wispy skim across the surface and a ring around the edge. Visible carbonation, much less foam than expected.

Light acetic aroma, cherry flesh and pits, soft oak and vanilla derived from the wood. A premature earthy Brett funk that is still somewhat underdeveloped.

Juicy and sour cherries, distinctly fruity, savory. Dry oaky tannins in the finish, a distinct cherry pit dryness. Lingering natural cherry in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation, it becomes creamy after the initial sour/tangy bite. Light and spritzy, nice for a Wild Ale, less so as an Oud Bruin. Very juicy and quenching, the dryness encourages frequent sipping. Age it longer to develop more Brett character, blend old and young batches, this will be a winner. Rodenbach Grand Cru still has a corner on the market though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart cherries notes with some oak notes clearly identifiable with some funky yeast strain notes also perceptible. Taste is quite tart with cherries and oak notes mixing together very well with a funky yeast notes finish. Body is about average with good spritzy carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with good restraint on the acidic notes with loads of complexity.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with under a finger of off white head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Very vinegary with some malt and fruit sweetness.

Taste: Not as vinegary as the smell would suggest. An acidic sourness with cherry and wine. A nice malt backbone with an acidic wine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Coats the mouth with each sip. Tiny bubbles with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the use of the wine. The flavors went together very well. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours a nice reddish-brown with a good white head with nice retention and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good bit of oak along with some vibrant cherries and a bit of citrus. Good lactic presence throughout. The flavor is equally a nice with the fruit really coming through alongside a nice complementary oak character. Feel is slightly tannic with some sourness and a dry finish. Really drinkable. Solid hit from the Goose.

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Photo of mothman
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Madame Rose

Pours a beige head. Leaves some rings. Color is a clear ruby amber.

Aroma: Cherries, medicinal funk, oak, crayons, cherry pie filling, and a light sweetness.

Taste: Tart cherries, then sweet vanilla and spice. Has a slight resemblance of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Cherry pie filling.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sweet, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a solid sour. One of the better sours from the night. Easy drinking with some tasty flavors. I like it.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, red grape, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, toast, musty funk, pepper, light leather, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, cherries, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, red grape, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, toast, musty funk, pepper, light leather, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, red grape, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, musty funk, light leather, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, cherries, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited wild ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, cherries, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seemed like it would be a relevant beer for Valentines day. Bottled 7/31/12. Oh yeah and a big thanks to mmulebarn for this one so I don't have to crack my 2010 version anytime soon.

Pours a very small fizzy head that runs away almost instantly, like a very sour and highly acidic or high abv beer, super dark murky molasses brown beer.

Nose is awesome, a great mix of a soured brown malt, mild malt vinegar bite, with some acidic notes, a mild creamy caramel like aroma too adding to the sour mash malt vinegar notes, then a nice deep cherry note under that, like a dark cherry juice and a little fleshy cherry, with a nice sour funky souring bacteria mix with nice funk, and rounding all that is quite a nice barrel aroma, toasted and vanilla oak with a little buttery note, with a mild vinous touch.

Taste starts with lots more souring flavors, soured mash of a nice brown malt, little dark caramel like flavor and little syrupy note, etc, and mix of fresh caramel into it with the soured version. Then a nice cherry, fresh dark cherry juice and flesh blended with a bit of a balotin cherry almost cough syrupy sticky taste, but more of the fresh sour cherry. A big acidic bite as well, followed with some malt vinegar but not too much of all that, with a nice blend of souring bacteria funk. Then again comes the barrel, not a ton of barrel but enough, little toasty and buttery, little vanilla, and mild very mild vinous notes. Finish is sticky a little syrupy and flemmy, bit more acidic bite, more dark cherry and sour cherry notes, more malt vinegar and souring bacteria lingering.

Mouth is med bod but a bit syrupy, nice acidic bite, decent carb for a sour.

Overall pretty nice, great souring bacteria mix, nice dark soured malts blended with a fresher malt, nice balance of the malt vinegar and regular malt flavors with nice cherry, and a great barrel balance and flavor. Very tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Edition

A: Pours a clear deep copper to ruby red in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a mild smell with aromas of sour cherries, oak, and just a hint of brett-like funkiness.

T: There is a very nice complexity to the flavor of this beer with a moderate presence of sour cherries. There are lighter notes of oak and funkiness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly puckery because of the acidity and quite dry in the finish.

O: One of the styles I really enjoy, I find this beer pretty easy to drink since the sourness of this beer is not overpowering and there is a very nice cherry flavor as well. Very enjoyable and certainly one I would have again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a pinkish/red color with no head whatsoever. Lots of carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S: Rather aromatic, lots of cherry, a little bit of oak, a very nice tartness/sour component as well. There is a little bit of wine coming through and some spice.

T: Nice sour cherry flavor, a little bit of oak again, slight yeasty funk too. Some darker fruit comes forward as it warms a little.

M: Nice level of tartness/sour, not overdone at all. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes you pucker a little.

O: Really well done Flanders, easy drinking with the right amount of tartness. Very well balanced.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured brown in color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma mixes the tart, slightly sour flavors with the sweet cherries very well. I get some oak to it along with a little of the vinous qualities of the wine barrel. There is a bit of a cigar or tobacco like presence to it as well. It comes together very well, I love the cherries.

The taste shows more of the tart cherries to it throughout. It's got a little sourness to it as well. The wine and oak influence starts to come out in the long, dry finish. The wine barrel flavors really compliment it well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a really good beer. The combination of the cherries and the wine barrel was really good. Everything came together very well and it was a very enjoyable beer. Really good version of the style as well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice with a rich medium brown color and a nice light tan head on top. Nearly opaque with some light reddish touches to the sides and bottom. Deep horse funk on the nose with apple vinegar and ripe sour apples dominating the aroma with some light oak notes as it warmed. The flavor was crisp tart and very full. Ripe apples and sour fruits just ripping through the mouth. Puckeringly good here with a great carbonation level and really solid body all around.

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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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me the set of three sour ladies from Goose Island.

A: Pours a slightly clouded dark amber/brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Nice cherry notes on the nose with a moderate level of acidity. It's tart, but not overly so. Mostly lactic acid with negligible acetic tones. Some mild oak character and almost no funk.

T: A solid amount of cherry flavor to the beer, though not all that tart. When looked at as an Oud Bruin, this makes sense. Fairly malty with a moderate oakiness and tartness, and perhaps a slight mustiness.

M: Medium in body with a fairly lively carbonation.

O: These first generations of sour beers from Goose Island have been pretty good, and I look forward to seeing them continue to improve.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/27/11 notes. Another big thanks to the Chicago Group for sending this one our way. Tried in the small tasting as Lolita, the last of the three sisters I haven't had. 2010 version, bottled on 10/01/10. Bottle 1500.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, brett, oak, sour raspberries and dark fruits, wine, spice, and Belgian yeast. Smells very tart, really loving the nose.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart raspberries and dark fruits, oak, brett, Belgian style yeast, light spice. The taste has a lot of cherries again, but it's not quite as tart as the nose was. A slight step down, though still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good flanders style beer. The nose is great and full of tart cherries and dark fruits. The taste still has a lot of cherries too, though not as sour as the nose. Easy to drink, and would definitely like to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

2012 vintage. Well, hadn't seen my man VDubb and his lady in some time, so I figured I'd bring over a bottle o' this to mark the occasion. It pours a dark faux-murky ruby-garnet topped by a finger or so of off-cream foam. Not all that much to look at, though, until it was held up to the light. The nose comprises dank/slightly tart cherry, light caramel/maple syrup (I couldn't untangle the two), and a touch of general earthiness. The taste holds notes of sweeter-than-usual cranberries, light tart cherry pit, light earthy greens, and a smattering of vague sweetness running beneath it all. Honestly, this aspect let me down a little, especially considering the pedigree of her sisters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but one that just didn't live up to expectations. There was hardly any appreciable tartness of any kind, the cherries came through somewhat muted (even transmogrified at times), and the whole thing came across as just too sweet for its own good (and, mind you, this is without coming across as sweet in any absolute sense whatsoever, only a relative one based on the style/expectations/whatnot). It's still generally enjoyable, but nothing to really celebrate too much.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and light brown in color with a small, fizzy, white head. Pleasant aroma of cherries, funk, yeast, oak. Brett character comes through nicely in both the scent and flavor. Bold flavor and quite tasty, with prominent oak and sour cherries. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would certainly have it again. Recommended.

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
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