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Matilda Lambicus - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Matilda Lambicus
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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden copper color, fruit and baking spice aroma, spicy tart flavor, very dry body.

(Beer added by: merc7186 on 08-16-2013)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass. Was able to try this once at a beer festival, but it was a couple hours in, so I didn't trust my ability to properly evaluate. Glad to get an opportunity to try it again with some time to sit and appreciate it.

Appearance - A beautiful looking beer, with a big frothy whipped head of stark white three fingers thick and full of tiny microbubbles. It begins to recede immediately, but takes its time, with the foam creeping back but leaving opaque sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. Beneath the luscious head is am enchanting brassy orange with a jewel-like quality to it. Darker notes of amber and lighter tones of gold and what looks like a bit of a chill haze.

Smell - As one would expect, the Brett is front and center, with dominant notes of white wine must, grapefruit, and chardonnay balanced along side fresh cut grass, funk and wet hay. I know it can smell somewhat off to some, but I just love that yeasty pungency that the Brett provides. This one makes it the star.

Taste - Not quite as enchanting as the nose, but with a lot of the same characteristics, just more subdued. Grapefruit and dry citrus are again on display with plenty of funk, white tea and damp wood. Just a touch of tartness, like lemon juice that has been cut with water to take the bite off. The pale malt is there, but it really takes a back seat to the yeast.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and plenty of carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall, a wonderful beer. I'm a bit biased when it comes to Brett beers, but this is a good one. The name might be misleading to some, given that "lambic" as a style of beer is usually sour to some degree. However, the Brett culture after which this version of Matilda takes its name is only a component to making a lambic and doesn't provide the souring that bacteria like Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Anyone expecting this beer to be sour is likely going to be disappointed. Personally, I think a more analogous comparison for this beer is Orval, or perhaps Rayon Vert, even if people's opinions may very on which is the most preferable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 03:44:57 | More by LambicPentameter
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Matilda Lambicus from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.