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
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
Ratings:
1,310
Reviews:
248
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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292
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473
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39
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Ratings: 1,310 |  Reviews: 248
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

2015:
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 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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Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,310 ratings.
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