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

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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 MordorMongo
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Start of a year of at least a review a day. 2012 Vintage. Decided to start with some GI, why not?

A - Ruddy brown, minimal head and lacing, pretty standard oud bruin look honestly.

S - Some vinous barrel, slight cherry (not as much as past vintage), vinegar notes, very slight funk hiding in there somewhere.

T - Not as much cherry as last batch, definite lactic sour dominant, not as much funk as I would like, vinegar more evident in finish. Woody notes throughout but overall just a bit dull, not near as crisp, fruity and funky as last one.

M - Medium, some carb in there, more than what appears visibly.

O - For the pricepoint and GI rep I would expect more but hard to say this is a let down. A very solid oud bruin, would love some bigger cherry influence and more FUNK, but I won't say no to another one so cannot complain much.

Definitely preferred last batch to this one....but perhaps my memory is just playing tricks on me. Cheers!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a ruddy kind of appearance that you expect from a flanders oud bruin, equal parts amber and light brown. It would seem like a flanders red versus a flanders oud bruin would be a better beer to showcase the cherries, but nonetheless, here we are. Thin head, no lacing or retention really.

Aroma, fits the bill, minimal vinegar feel, the cherry is there, but at over 2 years old, this one is probably a little less on the fruit mouthfeel and higher on the sourness because of it.

I thought it was pretty good, but the brown malt made me keep wondering if this would be better suited for a red. I guess my natural preference is for a flanders red moreso than a brown, so that's probably all it is. The wood presence is there, but not heavy on the palate. For my money, I think this is far superior to Rodenbach. The wine barrel intrusion is minimal, but complimentary and tannic. That with the brett give kind of a chalky, grittyness that sticks to the teeth, pretty enjoyable at a little over the two year point. Not overly acidic, its kind of a more bretty then lactic sourness.

This is one of the more rare beer reviews from beerandraiderfan, as this review is being written immediately after consuming said beer this New Year's Eve, 2012. What can I say, everyone of drinking age isn't drinking anymore. In the end, its a pretty good and enjoyable beer. How many more will I continue to get a hold of? I dunno, there's one or two still in the cellar, it costs a little to get it shipped here, and its about the same price as Oude Tart, so prolly not much, but it doesn't mean this isn't a quality beverage here. . . man.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of RelentlessLefty
5/5  rDev +22%

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

A: poured a pale brown in color with slight ruby highlights and almost no head which barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: not as funky on the brett as the description suggest however there was a good presence of cherry fruit, signs of vinegar, a little vinous wine barrel character and citrus notes.

T: cherry fruit was a little more pronounced on the palate but not too loud alongside good vinous wine barrel accents, mild bretty funkiness, brown sugar sweetness followed with a bit of citrus twang, slight vinegar flavor and a touch of vanilla.

M; the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, vinegary, citrusy, vinous barrel, semi sweet and tart finish.

O: I thought it was just an average oud flanders but was still good and worth the try.

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Photo of Honus1
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

2012 bottled 7/31/12 poured into tulip.

A - Dark brown with slight reddish tones with a one finger head that fades quickly. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Tart cherries, lactic acid, slight barnyard funk and acidic vinegar.

T - Starts out with a mildly tart cherry followed by a bit of funky brett. Not picking out too much more on this other than some slighty acidic tannins.

M - Light and lively with decent carbonation.

O - Slightly one dimentional, although I do enjoy the tart cherry flavor. Madame Rose is a relatively tame sour. Worth trying this once but the $17 pricetag is a bit steep for what you get here.

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Photo of jonbeer89
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of yamar68
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite the pain in the ass to track down this year... 2012 vintage at cellar temp:

Pours an appropriately murky reddish brown body - a finger of off-white to brown head swells to form the first set of lace and eventually fades down to a thick stubborn collar that laces just as well.

Mild funky red fruits... overripe cherry and tart brown sugar notes, very smooth, no obvious sour presence, incredibly approachable in this respect.

Oh that's good stuff... a reserved sense of tart cherry flesh layered over sweet dark malts and semi-sweet dessert flavors. Some floral qualities, a variety of pleasantly sour fruits... very smooth stuff. Won't make you pucker but the variety of nuanced flavors and aromas will keep you interested.

Good shit.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours murky dark brown. almos black. Little head

S- Cherries. Winae, caramel, brett. Dark fruit and cherries.

T- Sour. A very sour and tart beer. A lot of cherries in the beer as well as other dark fruit flavors like plums and raisins. Big on the Brett yeast. Puckering. Couldnt taste the barrel flavor.

M- A thick beer. Low carbonation but a lively and intense feel. Nice stuff to sip on.

O- A solid sour, Cherries taste great. Not much barrel flavor and a steep price but otherwise good stuff.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to tulip. $20 for the single.
Vintage 2012, Batch number 1115.
Bottled 07/31/12, Sampled 26DEC12.

[A] A still pour. Without a head but an incomplete off-white ring encircles the glass. The body is dark brown, becoming ruby when backlit. Clarity is above average. No lacing.

[S] Impressive. With layered complexity. The lactic quality and tart cherries combine to make the first impression. Then the vinous character sets in. I would have guessed that Madame Rose was aged in Merlot barrels, but it's not hard to believe that Michigan's cherries would add the bold, dark fruity qualities that I'm experiencing.

[T] Punchy, dark, red fruits. Sweetness, then sourness. The drying, fuzzy tannic qualities bring it all together. Mildly acidic. The maltiness is somewhat lacking for a typical Oud Bruin but the lactic notes compensate more than adequately.

[M] Semi-assertive with just enough 'bite' to keep my interest high - yet plenty accessible for the preferred wine drinker. The body is medium-full and comes off of the tongue cleanly.

[O] Madame Rose is a fantastic beer and I would gladly purchase another bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, light brown color with less than one finger of loose off-white foam head that quickly collapses to a peripheral ring of bubbles. scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Brettanomyces metabolites are writ large all over this beer's nose. Oak is also contributory, although it is difficult to tell where the mustiness of the brett ends and that of the wood begins. Slight sourness is suggested, although fruit is lacking from the smell.

T: Begins dry, with fruity tartness that is predominantly lactic, and fermented brown malt. Dark cherry fruit briefly shines, then retreats into the middle as vanilla displays equal brevity ahead of oak. Lactic acid clings to the palate during the finish, attended by phantom remnants of earth and dark fruit.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and astringent on the palate, with moderate delicate carbonation.

D/O: This is an accomplished, easy-drinking sour ale that compares well to other similar American wilds. Its most distinct quality is not from the barrel or the fruit, but from the brettanomyces yeast that dominates the smell. A complex combination of other appropriate qualities are present, but overall rather restrained. The flavor profile is particularly delicate; Russian River Supplication it is definitely not.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

We pour a (2012 vintage) dark, brownish ruby brew. It holds a one and a half finger head of creamy tan bubbles. This shows okay retention (but is easily reproducible), leaving spots and legs of lacing down the glass. Aggregates of bubbles remains bubbling away towards one side of each glass. Carbonation appears active, while a thick haze with specks of sediment percolates the liquid. The aroma shows big metallics and soured Brett, giving a vinegar air at first. This eventually cools down, leaving more room for lightly toasted caramel malts, strong oakiness of red wine, soured cherry mash, and an additional sour saltiness of black olives. The final warmth brings light vinyls and leathers, sticky pine, light booze, and more musky spice of mossed wood. Our first impression is that the sourness mixes to a complex peak, with any cherry sweetness being subtle and pushed far to the back. As we sip, strong Brett sourness becomes apparent right from the start, mixing with the sharp metallic bite of grain, smoother brown malts, and a fresh lemon juice pucker. Florals, grassiness, and barnyard funk work in as well, adding depth and dryness to the grain and initial sourness. The middle peaks with that subtle sweetness of fermented cherries and red wine tannins. This gives a juiciness and fruitiness to starkly contrast against the dryness of that same grain, wine, and oakiness. The end quickly returns to its sour, musky roots, giving strong acidic sourness of Brett. The cherry also returns, but with a bittered, chokecherry greenness and astringency. The final wash is of paler grain, Brett, mineral, herbal sourness, lemon bite, and the clean dryness of red wine. The aftertaste breathes of soured oak, mouth-watering Brett, pale malts, soured cherries, those aromatic olives from the nose, big musk, mineral, stone, and citric rind. The body is light to medium, while the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, and pucker, with lighter cream or froth to the lip. The mouth is lightly coated and left sopping wet, with an eventual final dryness of light oaky astringency. The abv is appropriate, and while this one is a sipper, it has great drinkability.

Overall, what we like best about this brew was how smooth it drank for how sour of a punch it packs. You could drink this all day, unlike many of the style which may kill your palate and become a bit much by the end of a serving. This guy keeps things fresh and smooth to the end, with robust sourness to the nose and taste, but without going overboard. In that same vein, the cherry flavoring gave only mild sweetness to the back of this beer. This was both good and bad, as we wish that it had a bit more of that advertised flavor, but are thankful that they didn’t overdo it, overpowering the otherwise excellent flavoring.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Madame Rose Belgian Style Wild Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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