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 Cresant
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled 7/31/12 batch #1245. The body was a brown leather color and clear. Fine, tan head was small. The second pour was cloudier. No real lacing was present.

The smell was sour candy. Powdery. Melba toast as it warmed. Faint balsamic vinegar and a little spicy. Dark bread and jam. Lots of depth to this one.

The taste was puckering tartness. Sour cherries. Woody. Drying finish. I would not have guessed this one was over 7% ABV.

The body was medium to light with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

S: Slightly tart smelling, heavy cherries, some wine notes, carmelized pears.

L: Very dark, brownish red, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Tart cherry richness up front, some prominent pinot noir notes follows. Some tannins going into the finish. Medium light malt character. Quite acidic finish, cherries and red wine mingling well.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Nice mix of flavors., but malt severely lacks to complement the tartness for this style.

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

From a 650 ml bottle (dated July 31, 2012) into a wineglass.

A-The brew is the color of extra-strong iced tea, sort of a walnut brown with highlights. The head is thin, short-lived, and tan in color. No lacing or bubbles here. Pretty typical for the style.

S-The smell is an inviting and bracingly sour mixture of vinegar, wet oak, cherry, prunes, and raisins. The aroma is complex, vinous, and earthy, with just a bit of funkiness.

T-The taste is not as amazing as the smell, but contains many of the same flavors: cherry, tart vinegar, funky wet wood, prunes, and a hint of sweet raisins. The acid levels are high, so be prepared.

M-The feel is light to medium body for style with a chunky, moderate carbonation that fits the brew well.

O-This is a very good (almost great) sour beer. The smell is especially inviting and complex, and the feel is very well-suited for the style. The taste is also nice, but a touch on the acidic side, which hurts drinkability. That criticism aside, this brew is on par with La Folie and one of the best Oud Bruins out there.

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

2012 vintage, thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle. It pours a ruby color, deeper than the Mariana Trench, though light still bursts through this blood-red brew when held up to the light. Barely any head forms; a janky, gray-tinted skin of chunky bubbles disperses quickly towards the edge of the beer and asserts itself as a tiny collar.

Deep, mashed cherries and cherry skins outline the aroma, also filled with grape, light oak, and mild funk - complete with a backing lactic sourness. Very good, but lightly one-track minded without ever really opening up with time. I was expecting a bit more complexity, but I was still completely satisfied with the aromas that were there (does that make sense?).

The taste is pretty light up front - each sip from there on out brings forward a little more flavor and robustness. Warm cherries, lightly tart, though maybe not as sour as the aroma would make you think. Faint lemon spritz, tons of grapes and vinous notes, along with a slightly nutty undertone. Funk flashes in and out at times; mildly musty and just a touch corky.

There's a nice hint of vanilla and cinnamon that I'm picking up. I'm guessing the vanilla could be a mild induction from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, but I'm confused about the cinnamon. Hell, it might not even been cinnamon. But whatever the little spiced note is, it works. It completely stands out, but at the same time feels right at home, like R. Kelly at a Chuck E. Cheese.

Dry and oaky finish with only remnants of cherries and vinous grapes. Thin-medium bodied with a pretty smooth mouth feel that turns sharp in the end thanks to some hefty carbonation. Another very solid release from Goose Island's line of Belgian style ales. I'd like to see a little more sourness for the price, but overall, the beer itself was very enjoyable. I feel like a few years of age could take this one in a positive direction.

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Photo of Jonada
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/31/2012. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with hints of red. A standard pour yielded less than a finger of an off white head, which dissipated almost instantly to a thin collar.

Smell: Sour cherries, caramel, balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Cherries, oak, big lactic character, vanilla, caramelized sugar, slightly bready. Medium level sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light-ish medium carbonation. Refreshing and relatively easy drinking.

Overall: Another great beer from Goose Island. The price point keeps this from being more regular purchase, but it's definitely worth a try.

2014 vintage

Major difference from the previous release is a much higher brett/funk character in both the aroma and taste. Overall I think i probably prefer the 2014.

A: 3.75, S: 4.00, T: 4.25, M: 3.75, O: 4.00

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Photo of teal
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer all around. Nice and tart without being way too tart for an easy drinking beer of this style.

I enjoyed it greatly and paired it with venison medallions and potatoes with onions that had been sauteed in Canadian Whiskey. It stood up rather nicely to the dark venison tenderloin and was the perfect pairing (for me).

Pours a perfect dark color with the proper head and carbonation.

Has the classic sour smell with the hint of cherries that it was made from. Cherry doesn't overpower the rest of the flavor profile - it works in concert with the malt and tartness provided by the bugs. Easy drinking.

Just a great beer and I wish I could go more 4.9 instead of 4.75. I didn't give it a 5 because I just wanted a hair more tartness but it's as close as I can get to a perfect beer without being perfect IMO.

Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Markito
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good tart cherry taste. Was able to take care of a bomber myself without hating the tartness at the end. While the smell was hard to get the taste was right on. Opened it eleven months after the bottling date and it was excellent. Even though I have had it only this once, I recommend a year aging.

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Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Msquared2 for this 2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber-brown with just a skim of off-white head that fades very quickly.

Smell. Sour dark cherries and some sweet malt with a little caramel and damp old wood.

Taste. Dark sour cherries again, some caramel malts and lightly funky barrel wood.

Mouthfeel. Fairly light body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. A fine, easy drinking Flanders style beer with some nice real cherry flavour. Not too sweet like too many of the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. Bottled 7/31/12.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger pink head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a reddish brown color with some clarity when held up to light. Lots of bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Looks pretty alive.

Smell: Tart, malty, bready, oakey, bready, funky, barnyard, and cherries.

Taste: Tart cherries and barnyard goodness. Malty, bready, sour, oakey, and tingly feeling in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Holy pucker, whoa. Low to medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, dry, and quite the twist on your palate.

Overall: Pretty solid puckering beer. Tart, barnyard, bready, oakey, and delicious.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with notes of cherrywood color into a snifter, giving off the appearance of a wine with minimal head that immediately disappears.

A strong smell of black cherry mixed with merlot and oak.

Tastes a tart black cherry with a hint of sweetness very similar to a merlot with the tart after taste. The tartness is not overwhelming and they found a good balance that allows you to really enjoy this beer.

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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 scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into LA teku glass. Thanks Jay! Bottled 7/31/2012.

A: Pours a deep brown cola color with three fingers of foamy short-lived tan head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Vinous barrel notes are prominent, tart tannins, faint date, caramel and honey, with dark cherry skins and a splash of cranberry juice. Dry smelling.
T: Milder than the nose. Buttery and vinous barrel, caramel, cranberry juice, leather, with dark cherry juice and skins in the finish.
M: Dry but not crazy, medium body, low splashy carbonation with a bit of sharp acidic bite.
O: Delicious, not as good as Juliet or some of their others sours but a great and drinkable Flanders. Thanks again, jbck109.

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

A-brown color with ruby hints, a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-sour cherries, malt, wine, hint of sweetness, slight funk

T-sour cherries, malty, oak, vinous, yeasty funk/bready

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very flavorful with good balance between malt and tartness

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Photo of BostonHops
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a muddy brown tone; aggressive pour yields a short-lived 1/4" head; spots of lacing. nose is headlined by a big tart cherry presence, flanked by secondary notes of grape and funk, maybe a hint of cocoa hiding in the background.

flavor follows the nose, delivering that tart, sour cherry presence as expected, with a faint oak presence. notable vinous character to it. tasty. medium bodied on the palate with medium carbonation.

overall a must-try for sour fans. not falling into this category myself, it's nothing i would seek out again, especially at its relatively hefty price point - which i'm not sure it lives up to. still, it's a very nice beer worth a shot.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2012 vintage

Hill Farmstead stemware - dark garnet hued brown body, minimal beige lace. Nice tart aromas, wood, tart cherries. I was a little surprised by this - I guess I didnt really realize what it was. An outstanding beer - tart (but not oppressive) cherries, brett, chocolate, dark fruity cabernet notes. I would like more of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/31/2012.

Appearance - Cloudy reddish brown. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Nice acidity. Oaky. Cherries. Very nice. Hint of malt behind it.

Taste - Cherry flavor blends well with the acidity. Oaky, kind if a dirty sourness but nice. Maltiness still comes through in the back.

Mouthfeel - Drinks well at first, but gets a little sluggish. Good sourness, medium carbonation.

Overall - Very tasty and pretty authentic Oud Bruin. Nice sourness and a well blended cherry flavor.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2012 vintage, poured into a FFFs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 4/12/13 over two hours.

A: 4.25 - mud brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), whitish one finger head quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing, short alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - lots of tartness, tannins and Brett funk, lives up to expectations for a Flanders Red

T: 4.75 - as expected from the aroma...on the front of the tongue, there is a Brett funk and tartness that cuts through some of the more subtle flavors like cherry, burnt candy and even caramel; there is a pleasant sourness that lingers after a full sip

M: 4.25 - light-to-medium bodied, moderate alcohol and sticky consistency; very soft carbonation

O: 4.5 - a really nice American example of a Flanders Oud Bruin/Flemish red that borders on experimental with the addition of Wisconsin cherries; to be honest, I am just getting into sours now, but I really enjoyed this one, which excited my interest to further explore the style with other Belgian and American examples

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Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle with a recycled paper label of a nice drawing of cherries on a branch. Below that in a weird font is the name of the beer. Above the cherries is a bottled year. To the left is the Government warning and to the right is a picture of the proper glassware, a description of the beer, and a bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 7/31/12. It has a little age on it. Poured into an Ommegang Tulip.

This rose of a beer wasn't red in color at all. It was more of a deep dark cola brown color with some faint burgundy highlights toward the bottom. The color was pleasant, but the head of foam was a disappointment. Up rose (no pun intended) a good 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch fizzy light beige head of foam. As fast as it came, it left just as fast. It only managed to leave behind a miniature string of rings. No spots or steaks. Just the string of rings.

This beer was just ripe with the rich scent of sour and tart bing cherries. It was a little musky with some barnyard funk behind the cherries. The aroma then finished up with some sour green grapes, cocoa, and oak. It was pleasantly sour. It wasn't so sour that your nose immediately turned away at first scent.

The taste was very cherry based. It didn't taste like you were drinking straight up cherry juice, but you could clearly tell that the cherries ran this beer. The acidic level in this beer was on the low side. Just like the beer's barnyard funk side. Besides the sour and tart cherries, there was a few green grapes, a drop of raspberry, and a subtle oaky-ness at the end. This beer didn't let the barnyard funk or the oak run this beer.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with lively carbonation and with a dry cherry based aftertaste. The aftertaste will filled with sour and tart cherries, green grapes, and red raspberries. Like the taste, the beer's musty-ness, acidic level, and barnyard funk was on the low side. It will take one or two glasses of water to rid your mouth (if you want to) of this dry cherry aftertaste.

It's a very nice drinkable sour and tart cherry based beer. It was so sour and tart to keep your tastebuds entertained. It wasn't so sour that you made a sour pucker face every time you took a sip. A winner from Goose Island. I would drink this again if I was given another chance.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled on 7/31/12, consumed a few months later (didn't get to post this review until now)

A- Pours a muddy brown, hazy body with a small 1" fizzy head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells literally like freshly baked bread, burnt toast, tart dark fruits, and candied sugar. Unique and interesting.

T- The first note I get is super tart apples/cherries. The tart fruit character pretty much overtakes the rest of the flavors, in the background is some grassyness and red wine. The aftertaste is almost smokey and bready.

M- Light, crisp, super refreshing. Medium-high carbonation.

I was pretty impressed with this beer. For the money, there are definitely other options out there, but try this one at least once. Could pass for a wild in my opinion.

Update on 3/26/15: Just drank a 2012 vintage bottled the same date as the above bottle. The aromas have drastically changed to more sour/tart/lactic, and the taste is more complex, just as sour, but more balanced. Age did this one very well!

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Photo of indesertum
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown. Small head. No lacing in a clean glass.

Smells like sour cherries. A little oak. Tastes like sour cherries, some oak, some lambic barnyard funk. Not so much funk.

Little complexity. Light refreshing balanced.

Would rather drink rodenbrach grand cru for the price

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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 unclejazz
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had the pleasure to have the 2010 release on multiple occasions. This review is of the 2012 release bottled in July.

A-nice fluffy head and plenty of carbonation throughout the experience. Reddish-brown in color, slightly hazy.

N-ripe tart cherry and tannins in the initial nose, secondary was vanilla and sweet breast malt.

T-sweet tart candies lead with a cherry chaser, solid brown ale back bone reminiscent of Rodenbach, but with more Grand Cru tendencies.

M-lots of carbonation and sharp bite on the tongue. Nice background of funk and horse blanket action. I now see there might be a high point for this guy about 6 months down the road.

O-there are some real similarities between this and Supplication. It doesn't age as well, but hit hard up front in the some way. Good stuff.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A- Pours a rusty rootbeer brown into my Excelsior tulip. A very thin strawberry tinged head whispers and bubbles, but fades away immediately. The dots of lacing that remain are sucked down by the surprisingly oily legs that drag them into the abyss. Nothing really special to look at, but not bad for a Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Sweet, yet very tart cherries. Brown sugar, wet compost, horse blanket, old barn, and subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa hidden well underneath. Picking up some sour red grapes and musk.

T- Punched in the mouth with sour cherries strained thru a horse's blanket. Really no other way to describe it. Very faint hints of vanilla, cinnnamon, raisins, milk chocolate, brulee'd sugar and banana in the way back of the bus. It gets extremely funky as it warms up! Damn, I almost wished I had just drunk this straight from the cellar. Lots of spiced banana and black pepper on the finish.

M- Very complex, juicy, yet dry! Dry red wine, tart cherry, little touches of banana and spice. No carbonation at all. You can almost feel the bugs in your mouth! This shit is funkier than Bootsy Collins! Tons of barnyard and compost, but with such an amazing blend of fruit and spice. Truely awesome and awe inspiring.

O- Really sad that I only have one more bottle of this little piece of GI infection perfection! I gotta grab some fantastic goat and sheep cheese to pair with this one on the next go round. Absolutely stunning!

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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 barleywinefiend
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a hazy amberish-cherry color with a small dirty white cap which fades leaving a still boring beer with almost zero lacing and bubbles.

S:Nose is sweet cherry, like artifical cherry like I would get a cheap kids drink blended with fresh red cherries. Bugs are present leaving some funky notes on the nose with some old wood and vinous smells

T: Initial red cherry, cheap tasting like its kool-aid. Thankfully the taste fades rather quickly under the bugs and barrel influence. A little booze sting comes on at the end. The finish is somewhat dry, tart and sweet simultaneously

M: Medium bodied, I felt undercarbonated, still and a snoozer

O: Not bad but mot something I would go for again.

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Madame Rose from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,299 ratings.
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