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:
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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Ratings: 1,342 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of sometimesibreathe
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 765ml bottle into Chimay goblet

L - Hazy auburn pour, minimal head, soda-like carbonation.

S - Brett, wood, biting sourness on the nose. The malts come through after it warms slightly. Very complex.

T - Oak & brett (brings to mind hot dog water), mild sweet cherry notes, and red wine comes through faintly in the aftertaste.

F - Super sour, activates the salivary glands. Very fine carbonation makes it vaguely creamy.

Better as it warms and the grain starts coming through.

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Photo of emottram
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby red colored with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige about the size of a half dollar in the middle of the glass. The nose is horse blanket, funk, and tart cherry to plums. I'm tasting a blend of tart dark ale and horse blanket with plenty of funky tart cherries. The mouth is very dry, highly carbonated, and very refreshing.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RPM3334
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color and leaves the same colored body with no head whatsoever and barely any lacing. Though what lacing is there is very thin and doesn’t stick as it just slides. The smell is extremely vinegary and vinous, sturdy acidity, some lactic. The taste is extremely sour and tart and super hard to put down my throat. The aftertaste is extremely vinous and has an extremely dry vinous finish. On the palate, its between light to medium on the body. This thing defines harshness. Overall, for a Flanders Oud Bruin it works, but honestly, it's a hard one to make a session out of.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass 2016 version.

A: Pretty aggressive pour yielded a fairly small tiny bubbled off white head that disappeared quickly. Body is a deep rich red in color bordering on caramel with great clarity.

S: Lots of cherries smells like it will be sour, light oak, some wine grapes, slight vinegar, green apple.

T: Lots of cherry oak tannens nice carbonation sour but not overwhelming. Cherries really shine and play well with the oak from the wine barrels.

M: Prickly carbonation slightly dry finish very clean.

O: This is a great wild ale, I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 MTKATL
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwilcox767
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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 dustin22martin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 HermitDan
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 dsshuck
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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