Madame Rose | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style wild 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 mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 STEG
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn red/brown 1 finger light tan head which disapates quickly.

Smells of acetic notes, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, funk. The funk itself is very interesting, it's tough to pin down exactly what it is, it kinda reminds me of tom yum goong, theres almost a sour herbal(sage?) quality to this as well...

The flavor of this beer reminds me of an easy drinking less flavorful supplication. However I do find it much more balanced. The cherry and Brett mixture makes quite an acidic punch but overall this beer just seems more quaffable than supplication and reminds me a lot of it, most likely due to the similarity in style and process.

Mouthfeel is overall quite watery with medium carbination, acidic sourness is at the back of the throat sip after sip.

I'd have no problem drinking this all night and if it wasnt so hard to find and/or cost prohibitive I would.

ATTN: Brett Porter, Madame Rose Six Packs Por Favor, kthxbaii

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip, another huge grazi to Jeff (Alewatcher) for the bottle of this enchanting tonic. He has piles and piles of them by now (thank yous from me, that is).

Pours a murky red-brown, with a one-finger bone-white head, fizzy, that fades fairly quickly into a thin ring. Nice lacing though.

Nose is very brett-forward. Sharp zing of barnyard, a bit of old cellar mustiness, with sour cherry coming through nicely. The brown ale base adds a very light breadiness underneath.

Taste is a bit mellower. Nice blend of sharp barnyard notes, mellow acidity, with the brown-ale base providing a nice, round base to take the edges off. Cherry is certainly there, and the wine barrel adding a bit of richness as well, though with both staying underneath the brett presence. The Brett is really well balanced - no lingering cat-piss bitterness, not too citrusy, not too aggressive. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel has a nice bite from the acidity, with a carbonation that's just a bit softer than expected, adding to the overall mellowness. Medium bodied, lingering acidic bite in the back and sides of the throat after the swallow.

Overall, a really tasty beer. Quite refined, easy-drinking but with a bit of complexity also. Another winner - thanks again, Jeff!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Goose Island Snifter glass at Hop leaf in Chicago.

I first tried this at Pracna during MN Craft Beer Week in one of the flights, this weekend was in Chicago and made a stop at the Hop leaf and split a bottle with the wife.
A- Dark amber brown appearance, no apparent head, no apparent lacing, off white ring around the glass.
S- Sour, funk, amazing aromas of cherries and wild yeast, as well as oak.
T- Wow smooth, vinegar, cherries are definitely present, amazing smooth sourness to this brew, an oaky flavor is present as well from the wine barrels.
M- Very tart, medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth as well.
O- Very tasty beer, well balanced, puckers your lips, love the cherries and the oak flavors very solid sour from Goose Island.

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Photo of mothman
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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 kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Served at Pracna on Main for the 2011 MN Craft Beer Week.
Poured into a snifter glass a copper red color with a slight collared white head. Very nice nose of cherry, vanilla, and oak. Light mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla cherry flavors upfront with an underlying sourness but not mouthpuckering at all. Somewhat reminds me of New Glarus Enigma. Not overly complex at this time but pretty tasty. Curious to see what some time in the bottle will do to this.

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Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Red in color with a white foam head

S - Scents of oak and cherries, plus a yeasty aroma.

T - The sour taste finishes off with a sweet cherry flavor. Very similar to a lambic, and almost like a milder 3 Philosophers.

M - The sourness may make this a one beer style. It gets to be a bit much.

O - This is a unique style and quite enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Blanco
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber red color with offwhite head. smell is of brett and wild yeast/bacteria, with a hint of fruit. the taste is tart, but smooth, with a nice sourness and sweetness from the fruit. Not a lot of "funk" in this one and that's a good thing with this brew. the mouthfeel is lively. Overall, outstanding wild ale. I like my wilds a little on the sweet side and this one delivers. Excellent.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to smurfbeer for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Rusty brown hue. Small off white head fades quick leaving a smattering of soapy lace.

S: Pleasant sour cherry is the most dominant aroma. Moderate spices, pie crust, wet wood and a dash of vanilla. Not much funk. I really hoped for funk.

T: Mildly sour cherry and a good amount of oak. That's pretty much all I get. Not medicinal. That's a plus.

M: Smooth medium body. Very mild carbonation.

O: Well this was better than The Dissident for sure. However it was nowhere near being a great FOB. Maybe some age would do this one some good.

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Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy brown tinged burgundy with a 1 finger off white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Decent amount of yeast (non funky other than a light lemon brett note) and a moderate cherry pucker. A hint of oak also says hello.

Taste: Same players as the nose but it doesn't come together well for me. Flavors are mild and lackluster but I do enjoy the moderately citric/puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit undercarbonated for my liking.

Overall: A decent beer but it doesn't contend with the better options in the style category.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Madame Rose
Poured into a tulip glass.

A – Pours a nice light woody brown color with some nice copper hints and golden hints as well. There is a thin off white head that recedes quickly and leaves a nice little ring around the glass. (4.0)

S – Starts off with some slight sweetness followed by some nice woody almost cedar hints. Cherrie tartness comes along for the ride as well as some slight nuttiness to it. Nice tartness and some funk is also present good Bretty nose. I cant stop smelling this brew its very delicious.(4.5)

T & M – Flavor starts out very tart. But more of a fruity tart as opposed to a vinegar like tart. There is some good dry funk to the flavor followed by some nice cherry notes that come along with the tartness. There is some mild sweetness. Almost like some caramel trying to fight its way through. Quite a delicious brew! Wow I’m very impressed. Goes well with some food goat cheese as well. The funk is delicious and gives the beers some balance from the tartness. Good dry notes with some great mix of flavors and some good crisp notes (4.5) (4.0)

O – This beer was a real treat for me. I was a bit hesitant but it is a very good sour. Great cherry flavor with some nice malt notes and good funk. (4.5)

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby-amber with a small off-white head

Smell: Some cherries and brett, not particularly sour. Perhaps some bits of oak.

Taste: Some cherries, but not tart or sour. A bit of oak and brett. Not that noteworthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, average carbonation

Overall: A very ho-hum beer, below-average for the style. Points for a cool label I suppose.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale brown color. It Has a small 1.5-finger off-white head that had a touch of reddish tint to it. The head left some specs of lacing behind.

S - It smells of cherry and vinegar. There is also a barnyard funkiness to it, as well as scents of oak. It smells quite dry.

T - Taste starts off sour and acetic. The cherries are present, and there is a nice oakiness to it as well. It is tart, but not overly so. Also, there's a nice bit of funkiness present. The finish is dry and oaky, with a touch of vanilla.

M - This has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down very easy, and has a slightly creamy quality to it. The finish is dry and lingers on the palate for just a second.

O - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy and has great flavor. I could drink more than 1 bottle of this in an evening. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I would buy it again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pzymali for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2010 vintage, bottled 10/01/2010.

Pours a thin, crackly pale brown with some sparse white head. Nose is of a classic oude bruin, a little caramel, some apple cider vinegar, lemon peel, and wet wood boards.

Palate is thin but not quite crisp. Acidity level is high but not scathing and is balanced by some malt sweetness and some fruitiness form the cherries. Flavors are leathery and woody.

Notes: The cherries take a back seat, or more accurately, they play a supporting role instead of dominated the palate. At first I was disappointed because I was hoping for more cherry flavor, but the more I think about it, the more I find this to be a well-made beer with great integration of the fruit and wood. Not my favorite, but a solid example of the style and worth seeking out.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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 SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to Paul (pmlondrigan) for this beer. Have been wanting to try it for a while. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a mahogany, slight brown color into my RR Tulip. About a half finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - At first blush this smells like the Dissident. Nice tart cherries, tannins, oaky wood, tart, acidic notes.

Taste - My mouth puckers with the first sip. A nice tart black cherry flavor combined with a hint of lemon. There is slight red vinegar flavor [edit - this becomes a bit more prevalent when the beer warms] and also red wine characteristics. The oak flavor is noticeable, thought not strong or overbearing and is there throughout the sip. A bit more tart than I was expecting (good).

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, lots of carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall - This is my second "sour" from Goose Island and I will admit, they are both a hint underwhelming. I do admit, however, they do seem to be improving from the Juliet I had almost a year ago. I'd like to see what this will do with a few years on it (which I am planning on doing - I have the full set of the "three sisters" back in IL and won't be opening those for a while I feel). Still, a solid oud bruin.

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Photo of Papi
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden brandy color, hazy. Head dissipates pretty quickly to minimal lacing.

S - Tart cherry aroma up front and with wood shavings.

T - Quite tart from the beginning, bordering on a sour. Dry and light like a white wine. Indeed, I almost taste tannins. Finishes dry and not much sweetness.

M - Light/Medium body, nice carbonation tingle and dry finish.

Interesting beer that I would serve with apple, sausage and walnut-stuffed pork chops.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Blind BIF #4 invitational from AleWatcher. Thanks, Jeff! Poured into a snifter.

Smell of a sour, that pours with a reddish hue, a spritzy head that drops quickly. More legs than lacing.

Aroma of funky, cherry, lactic feet. Wood? Hint of vinegar.

Flavor of lactic sourness, tart cherries, cherry pits, no malt or hops. A little acetic as well. Finish is long, sour, with that "vomit burp" feel in the back of the throat. Sounds nasty, but apt.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, slightly puckering sourness with a tug at the cheeks.

Very nice wild, cherry ale. Not very complex or aggressive.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into snifter.

A- Light brown with signifigant ruby highlights. Aggressive pour still summons a lackluster head.

S- Strong berry sweetness, mild vinegar.

T- Mostly tart cherry skin. Some *mild* funk, hints at a kriek- this is pretty obviously a homage and not an actual attempt. Berries are pretty vibrant. Mild twinge of vinegar, but it's subtle.

M- Nice and dry, good tartness without destroying the tongue. Pretty well-balanced, no complaints here.

O- Overall, this is a pretty good American Wild Ale. I found the serving size to be a bit much- would much rather see this in 12oz bottles. I would revisit this, but would not go out of my way to land another bottle.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Pours a brilliant red/mahogany color (respectable clarity) with a decent size white head. The head lingers for a moment then gracefully recedes leaving some lacing.

S: Cherries dominate the nose with a pleasant lactic sour aroma in tow. There are elements of hay and the typical barnyard crew, along with notes of leather and oak.

T: The sourness is pronounced eloquently with the cherries holding their own. It is not puckering (the sour), but rather sublimely tart. The barn funk is solid mid palate and it finishes quite dry with some oak noticeable. The flavor components are very well balanced.

M: Bubbly and medium bodied.

D: Excellent brew from Goose Island. This is the best "wild" beer that I have had from them. I will be sure to pick up a couple more this week.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rose brown. Hazy with steady but light carbonation and an ever-present ultrathin lacing.

Aroma: Lactic. Cherry Vinegar. Dirt. Tannins.

Taste: Sour milk, fermented cherries, earth, vinegar, hints of lemon and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Rich. Earthy. Tangy and slightly tart. Balanced. Medium dry.

Drinkability: By the gallon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 stimulus
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled 10/1/10. Note: 6.5% abv.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a white head that disappears almost instantly (but this is to be expected of a sour).
S: Sour cherries and some moderate funk.
T: This beer starts as a very sweet fruity yet funky beer, but as it warms, the true balance between sweetness and sour acidity is discovered.
M: Spritzy and medium bodied.
D: Easy drinking for a sour (but only if that's what you're into). This is a very nicely balanced oud bruin, and I really like that it's a little bit more on the sour side than a traditional Belgian (Rodenbach, Monk's Cafe, etc.).

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