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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,506 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,506
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 151
Gots: 409 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden sunrise color, baking spice aroma, fruity biscuity malt flavor, dry body.

Users have reported some infected bottles from these batches:

4/1/10 12oz
4/17/10 12oz
4/22/10 12oz
5/20/10 12oz
4/16/10 650mL
5/21/10 650mL

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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle clearly marked with 2007, Bottled on 031507 date.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz twist off bottle into a red wine glass (couldn't find my goblet). The red wine glass is oversized, yet only holds about 8 oz of liquid. I get maybe only half that in the glass. The other half is all foamy white head. Head takes a lot of time to die down (never fully leaving). Leaves only little patches of lace which allows me to justify this from being a five (I like the look that much).

Smell: A good bouquet of yeasty malty aromas with floral notes greets my nose. Overall scent seems a little lacking though.

Taste: Yeasty/bready/malty with a touch of acidic fruit. A bit boozy with a faint bitterness and sour/tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated with a slightly dry finish. A little alcohol heat in the throat.

Drinkability: I purchased a four pack which is ok, because that is about all I want. A nice treat and worthy of trying out at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:26:42 | More by BigRedN
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John_M

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Ohare airport the other day.

Poured into a moderate size wine glass...

The beer pours a rich honey color with decent head retention and lacing. Initially I don't get a great deal on the nose, but as it warms up I start to get aromas of cherry and honey with some underlying spice. On the palate the first thought that goes through my mind is that this beer is a dead ringer for North Coast's wintertime ale. The flavor profile is nearly identical and the beer has roughly the same mouthfeel. In any case, the beer has a moderate sweet flavor profile, but with enough hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness from tiring you out. The beer is medium bodied and has a slight spicy/skunkiness (just like the North Coast) in the finish. The abv. is pretty well disguised, though the beer is a bit warmng after a bit. The beer is generally pretty drinkable, but again the slight skunkiness in the finish detracts from it just a bit.

A nice beer from Goose Island.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 17:47:36 | More by John_M
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SiphonKing

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with white head atop a copper/light amber body. Aromas of spicy, yeastiness with a classic example of the belgian funkiness. The taste continues the experience resulting in a smoother, well rounded belgian ale. The Brettomyces definitely lends that belgian characteristics that those familiar to the style appreciate. Only 7% alc. by vol. this beer finishes with apricot, spicy notes. Very drinkable offering by Goose.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 03:08:03 | More by SiphonKing
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick swell of white foam tops a cloudy, cidery orange body rife with particulates. Ample lacing adorns the Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass. Pepper, cinnamon, and fruit assault the nose, with plenty of hops lurking nearby. Hops certainly emerge strongly in the taste, combining with the pepper to provide a solid, bitter taste. Yet there is enough fruit here--berry, orange, and sour apple especially--to establish a good balance. Impressive.

Well carbonated, this is well in line with what Trappistes Rochefort (though superior to Matilda) and other Belgians provide--fruit and spice in a carbonated cloak. It's a very good American version of the style, impressively done. Yet another gem from Goose Island, whose reserve beers continue to impress me.

Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 19:27:35 | More by Gehrig
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daledeee

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this and the "sister" brew Demolition at my local beer store.

I poured this and had to slow down. Lots of suds. Very big head and good retention. Brownish/gold clear.

The nose is not very revealing. Bananas and tart fruit in the nose.

Taste is quite appealing. Tart fruit and some malt thrown in for good measure. Also some hop flavor and a little sweetness!!

Mouth feel is carbonated and slightly drying.

Very nice beer from Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:11:06 | More by daledeee
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this lovely bottle when I was in Ohio a few months back. It is a very nice twelve-ounce bottle in Hyde Park liquors on the first day I was there. Vintage bottling from July of 2005. I have stored this away in the cellar for the last couple of months and decided to bring it out last night. Served at 50 degrees and poured into a Rodenbach chalice, I was ready and waiting for this one.

Appearance - As soon as I popped the cap on this one it came screaming out of the bubble, with suds and bubbles fizzing all over the place. Huge amount of carbonation here which was quite shocking, and this was obviously bottled conditioned. Once I was able to get it calmed down, I proceeded to pour it into the glass, which took several attempts before I was able to get the entire thing inside. Once this was accomplished, a lovely light orange hue took shape. Very nice and bright colors here. There was a very cloudy and hazy consistency here. Loads of sedimentation floating throughout and on the bottom, and on the top of the head. Lots of yeast present here for Sure. Good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. There was an enormous head of off white colored foam that really had no height limit as it poured over the top of the glass. It really never did settle down as there was still a good bit of it left even when the glass was empty leaving small pillow like deposits of foam all over the inside of the glass and dripping down the sides. Very big look to this one here.

Smell - The aroma was also very big here, and I was really starting to get excited for the prospects on this one. The first notes I picked up from the aroma were some nice funky notes of yeast. Lots of sour, almost Brett like notes coming through on this, I am sure the aging had something to do with that. Once you could move past this there was a nice touch of banana that started to come through, mixed in with a decent amount of spice and an almost lemon like hoppiness that was really brightening it up nicely. Some light grains and a touch of alcohol present as well. Very nicely rounded here, and the sour notes were a bit of a surprise to me as I was not expecting that.

Taste - The flavor was a touch of a letdown for me. I was expecting a very big flavor assault here based on the look and the smell, but the flavor at least to me seemed to come off somewhat muted and not as full as it could have been.. It was still rather nice though I have to admit. There sour notes were pretty downplayed and muted in the taste, but the funk was definitely still present. A nice touch of alcohol greeted me as I sipped this one, not harsh at all, but just a little bit showing up. A very big grain flavor then came through for me, but was very short-lived, getting rolled out and smothered but a nice light fruit flavor. Hints of peach and apple then taking over nicely, though nothing really extreme about any of the flavors. A good touch of grassy like earthen notes rolling through now and mingling with the funky yeast presence. Another hint of banana coming through in the finish, but that was squashed out and nice long lingering sour flavor was what capped it off and left you waiting to come back for another taste.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this on was remarkably smooth. In the beginning, there was soo much carbonation that it really was overblown when it first poured. After a few minutes, though this really started to fade and it blended out very well. There was a really nice touch of smoothness to this and a bit of a chewy grain consistency as well. Very well done.

Drinkability - This actually turned out to be a markedly sessionable ale. Really coming through and delivering on the flavor without being overblown, and offering a touch of alcohol, but nothing really to extreme here. A really fine little Belgian ale that really was just what I needed at that moment in time.

Overall, this was not bad, and sure, I have had better but not to distract from this at all. There was a little something special about this one, especially given the very nice overall contribution from the funky little yeasties who were making their presence felt. Overall, a really solid call, and I would not turn this one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 13:29:12 | More by mikesgroove
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ithacabaron

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy, muddy orange into an oversized chalice. Takes two pours to get it all in there, even with the extra room. Promisingly sudsy with carbonation.

Aroma falls a little short of expectations, lemon zest and dry cider, a little bland. A little too clean and lemony. A little funk -- think KC and the Sunshine Band, not Parliament Funkadelic. I want some George Clinton up in here, but it's not to be found.

Taste follows this pattern -- although it paired nicely with the clam sauce and pasta that I had for dinner, providing a citrusy palate-cleansing burst when I needed it, there wasn't a lot of depth here lacking the horse and hay funk that makes good bottles of Orval and (the dear departed) McKenzie Trappist Pale Ale stand out. If you're going to come right out and call this a tribute beer, then I have no choice to judge it against the original. Additionally, the booze at the end proves a little hot -- I think this beer could have done well with a percentage or less in terms of ABV. I'd like to have this on-tap, to see if there's a difference.

Mouthfeel is nice, big, blooming and foamy. Like being caught out in the breakers, swimming in the ocean. This part is nice, and the scrubbing bubbles helped lift the shellfish and oil flavor from my palate during bites of my dinner.

Drinkability is good, but again, the finish is a bit hotter than Orval. One bottle is plenty.

All in all, an admirable attempt, clearly made with respect and love for the original product, even if it falls a little short. If anything, it paired wonderfully with dinner, and, at two dollars a bottle, the price is more than right.

I'd be happy to have this at my table anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 15:00:44 | More by ithacabaron
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LittleBreeze

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't like fizzy beer. Matilda is fizzy.

Fruity. Tart lemon is there and maybe a bit of orange with the spices. Honey sweetness isn't over done. Acidity was not pleasing.
With the things I don't like about this beer, there are a few likes. After warming, it seems rather crisp....there is range and complexity. But in the end, fizzy killed...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 05:21:44 | More by LittleBreeze
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours out a gold tinged copper colour, with a tight, fine white head that sticks, leaving some dainty lace. fresh, fruity aroma, orange zest, some woody notes and fresh leather. nice hop whiffs, also. sweet candy flavour...lots of spice and boozy notes intermingled with a citric zestiness that melds into a gentle yeast and banana flavour. some white grapes, green apples, and pears come to mind. body is above medium, with a mouthfeel that is smooth, silky and sensual. this is a damn drinkable belgian style strong pale ale. it would be nice to have this on tap to drink at will. too bad it comes in expensive four packs. i drank one and put the rest away for future enjoyment.

definitley worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:35:34 | More by budgood1
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 750 ml capped bottle labeled "2007 Batch"

Appearance: Amber gold in color. Rough pour produces a rocky two-finger head in a Duvel tulip. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, along with some hops. Not what I expected, but very nice and balanced.

Taste: Hops are more up front than I expected, but there's plenty of sweetness that really reminds me of honey.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, which is quite a feat after the hops and malt battling it out.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It's easy to imagine drinking this all night. Or as much of the night as one remained upright.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 02:00:09 | More by rdickey
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Kendo

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 15, 2007, consumed on February 2, 2008.

A: Poured into an Augustijn chalice. First impression is WOW -- that's a helluva big head. Body is murky, orangey-amber in color, with a HUGE ivory head on top. The head is active. I wrote "I've never seen a beer with a head that's so alive." I had to let it settle to finish the pour, and when I did, it came to life again, fortifying a craggly, rocky head that settled slowly, and when I started drinking left behind legs of lace with each sip. The active carbonation is there throughout, with bubbles rising and visibly crashing to the surface. Very nice show.

S: Sweet -- candied sugar, maybe JuicyFruit gum, and fruity.

T: Fruity malt with a slightly tart finish -- a hint of green apple skins, perhaps. Some spice as well, maybe nutmeg or even cinnamon-like. Nice balance all-around.

M: Excellent. Prickly and palate-cleansing, like an authentic Belgian, IMO, makes it finish dry and clean and leads you to believe it's lighter in heft than it really is.

D: Very good. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to another soon.

Notes: Bought the 4-pack at Halftime in November; I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't cheap -- somewhere around $13 for the 4-pack, so I won't be getting this all that often (I also can't find it in Albany). But a worthwhile beer, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 21:59:47 | More by Kendo
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iasanlee

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap

A- Pours a clear copper color with barely one finger of off-white head. (It was rather dark in the room)

S- Sweet but mostly bready. Herbal, and just a hint of citrus. Very floral.

T- Sweet carmel. A noticeable hop character. Very faint hint of grapefruit. Floral, and slightly tart.

M- Medium to thick. Not a lot of carbonation.

D- Good, great. I drink this a lot lately.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 06:20:01 | More by iasanlee
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reading the story on the label, I'm assuming the brewery in brewmaster Greg Hall's tale is none other than Orval. A cool label, a cool story...I was anxious to pop the top on this 2006 vintage (thanks to brew-brutha Nicky Wags).

WHOOOOSHH...huge lava release upon popping the top. My brother, who sent the bottle, told me this happened to him as well. I forgot. Too late. Spillage all over my desk. Luckily only lost about 15% of the beer, so it's not a total waste. Once poured I got a fluffy, creamy, rocky head on top of a burnt copper/sunset color. Lace practically wallpapers the sides of the goblet.

Aroma is big and fruity, also full of yeast funk and fried plantain. Yep, they were obviously going for an Orval-style thing. Judging by the looks and aroma, they nailed it.

Saddle-blanket and leather, banana and orange, honey and pepper, toffee and maple...flavor is also reminiscent of Orval
but the finish is a little too astringent and grassy. Otherwise an amazing tribute to Orval and something that rightfully stands on its own as well.

Mouth is smooth and creamy, sliding across the tongue and down the throat like liquid velvet. In this category I'd say it trumps the monks at the Big O.

Matilda, I could really grow to love you. I wish she traveled my way more often. She's playing hard to get but is worth the chase, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:12:52 | More by Metalmonk
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baos

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my new Schlitz Weizen Glass fresh from Franklin flea market.

A: Nice amber color with a bit of haze, but I didn't pour too much sediment in there. 3 finger head that sticks around very nicely and the lacing is dyno-mite!

S: Banana and pink bubble gum breadiness, with a bit of a lemon twang.

T: Basically just like it smells. I get a little hoppiness the beeswax flavor but this time its with lemon rind instead of orange rind. Clover. Ends with a nice dryness.

M: Medium body. Theres a lot going on in this beer very complex.

D: Very nice seems it would be very refreshing on a hot summer day with its lemon twang and all. Best Goose Island I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 03:36:35 | More by baos
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stimy

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:

Like Orval but Fruitier.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 19:08:04 | More by stimy
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BaronVonHawkeye

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA

Appearance: Pale orange in color, slight haze. Poured a very thick white head into a large wineglass.

Smell: Coriander and orange peel really standout with a hint of yeast and bread. At rest and during agitation, no alcohol present.

Taste: Definitely an orange cider flavor with very light malt flavor; the malt is there, but very subdued. Light floral hop on finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: A little grainy, but smooth for the most part. Consistency felt right, not too sweet, not too dry. You can feel the alcohol warming the back of your throat, but cannot taste it.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, although a little strong for a true session beer. Goose has done well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:36:55 | More by BaronVonHawkeye
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 03-02-06
According to the label, the "Flavor will continue to develop over five years"

a: Pours a hazy pale orange with abundant debris slowly settling to the bottom of my glass. Thick and frothy head coats my glass with lacing and just won't die down, superb head retention.

s: Well balanced aroma combining honey, hops, spices and yeast.

t: A complex hop character forms the backbone of this intriguing belgian style brew. Notes of honey, fruit, and herbs can be detected.

m: medium body, dry finish, appropriate carbonation.

d: I'm sipping this one, but that's because I want to enjoy its complex and subtle flavors. The alcohol is masked well and it really is easy to drink. A good American made Belgian beer, my only complaint is the price. Not that it's not worth the money, but for the price of a 12 oz bottle of Matilda I can get a 750ml bottle of Ommegang, so I doubt I'll be buying many more of these. Still, it is a very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 18:29:39 | More by BradLikesBrew
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with gold. Big head forms off a not very firm pour. Nose is yeasty a bit, but overall is very subdued. Doesn’t seem to deliver a whole lot. Extremely mild citrus is there. But it is just a weee little bit. Flavor is a punch in the mouth. Firm and full. Sweet from sugars, yes. But the yeast plays a good part in it all and the full experience is well rounded and mature. Feel is a bit dough like on the liquid with a thick carbonation. Overall I have to say that this is a very good production of the style. We all know how it can be with American producers trying to work the Belgian styles. Not the case here. Quite good. Worth trying. And worth holding onto for a while to see what may happen.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 02:47:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim at Trader Joe's, feeling a yearning for Belgian ale coming on. I was interested to discover how Goose Island dealt with the style. Pours with quite a quiet head, a fairly pale amber and a hint of haze. Aroma slightly muted but has some varietal characteristic. Taste just a bit disappointing - this isn't Orval Trappiste - but is a fair imitation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:06:49 | More by AylwinForbes
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a 2006 vintage bottled on 03/02/06 so it is a little over a year and a half old. I foolishly stuck my nose over the bottle and took a whiff, the bottle was a gusher and I began breathing foam, shit! The color is a nice cludy, dark orange. It smells slightly medicinal and tastes medicinal and dry. I'm not so impressed by this beer, its ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 01:44:04 | More by ArrogantB
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into cylinder glass. Bottled 05, poured 07.

bottled 03/2006, sampled 05/07

A: Dark amber wiith reasonable fading head. Broad bubbles.

S: Spices and fruits. Bready aromas with not much alcohol. Could detect the fizziness.

T: Yeasty and fruity with toasted bubbles. The breadiness was interesting at first but seemed to fight against the fruity esters that were holding down the belgian characteristics. Really didnt pick up much in terms of the hops but the flavors were just a big confusion on my palate.

M: Too much carbonation. Light for the most part.

D: Alcohol presence not strong but did not find it enjoyable enough to really crave more. Not offensive but not tempting.

Overall I was very disappointed in this beer. Just seemed sloppy to me, given 2 tries and still the same. A lot may be due to it not being a style I enjoy perhaps but just found it confusing. Not sure if affected by age but other reviews had me expecting more. Least favorite GI offering thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 15:04:06 | More by marcpal
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MillRat

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GI Reserve tulip glass at the Bavarian Lodge. Hazy yellow-orange with a persistent white head. Citrus and pepper aroma with grainy malt in the background. The flavor adds more fruit flavors to the citrus, with some apricot or peach. Prominent (Brett?) funkiness that tames the fruitiness. You can taste the hops bitterness if you concentrate on finding it, but it's only in a supporting role. A well-crafted and true to style Belgian, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 02:34:26 | More by MillRat
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy orange with copper highlights and a rocky, two finger, off white head that hold its own. Big lemony citrus and rock candy aroma followed by a booziness and some buttery toffee in the back. Nutty, grain bread, slight caramel malt bill. Citric acidity throughout and a stiff peppery bitterness follows. Tea like florals from the start and notes fruity, orange rind and clove here and there. Hot for a 7.0, but can be easily ignored. A smooth mouthfeel fights with high carbonation that bites the tongue. As it warms earthier and somewhat charred grain characters become more apparent.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:25:30 | More by cabsandking
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Crystal clear burnt orange body with a thin head that slightly sticks to the rim of the glass. Very light yeast suspension.

S-This is a bouquet of goodness. A grassy, herbal, and spicy aroma is sharp and wonderful. Before taking a sip, you can taste the crispness in the beer. Very slight Brett aroma that makes me want to dive in.

T-Where do I start. This is one of those beers that you do not forget about. A multitude of peppery spice and wild yeast compliment the malty belgian body. It is biscuity, but just enough to add body. The hops are present but must be very low AAU nobles that give off phenomenal flavor and dry bitterness. This is truly an earthy beer that reminds me very much of Orval. A sweet finish brings out the evident use of sugar in this beer. There is definately some wild funk blended into this one, but perfectly balanced. Outstanding flavor!!!

M-The spicy, funky, dry, chalky mouthfeel is magical. The body is thin, but loaded with depth. The finish on this beer is legendary and I would love to see this style of subdued funk in more of today's beer.

D-Oh my god, this beer is so good, it should be banned. I love that it is only 7% because it holds enough body and flavor but doesn't wreck you after the first bottle. I could easily drink this all night (every night)

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:26:03 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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crayphish

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Goose Island offering pours a clear clean amber. Moderate carbonation drifts up to thick craggy white head. Some lacing noted. Smell is floral hops, lemons, and an earthy element. Taste is fairly sweet with some sour notes as well. At first I was a but put off, but the beer was too warm. The sourness mellowed and turned out to be enjoyable. The sweetness resembles nut bread. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy but nothing over bearing. And gets cleaned up nicely by the noted sour hints and hops. I'd like to try this brew again for sure, though it is definitely nothing to be sessioned.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 01:59:34 | More by crayphish
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,506 ratings.