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Matilda Lambicus - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Matilda Lambicus
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, floral, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, floral, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice Brett presence, especially in the taste.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Thorpe429, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with some fruity flavors and transitions into flavors of yeast and pleasant sourness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting twist to the original Maltilda as the Lambicus yeast strain imparts a light amount of sourness and gives the beer added complexity.

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"One man's trash is another man's treasure." It that statement doesn't ring true in any other realm, it certainly does in the world of craft beer. Where mistakes are made and concessions are drawn- sometimes the results don't just change expectations, they exceed them!

Like the original Matilda, this Brettanomyces infused version looks much the same- an amber body diffuses light to allow only an ominous amber-golden glow. Firmly headed with a boastful bone-white froth, its staying power is withstanding and its lace is clingy and concentric from its first sip until its last.

But its deeply earthen aromas are a far cry from standard Matilda. This one is raw, rustic, and pungent with everything from hay and straw, to leather and oak, to floral and cheese, to barnyard and cellar funk. It simply spans the gamut of all things mushroom, horse blanket and wood rot.

Although all those aromatics may seem off-putting, remember that the best cheeses are challenging to the nose. This beer is much the same as the taste of toast, dry caramel and nuts claim an early stage. But its the middle palate that offers up a dry earthy taste that's much more floral, salty, and tea-like as the base flavor of dried fruit and cinnamon spice play out underneath.

Firmly dry from start to finish, the ale has a creamy-dry beginning but then turns a leaf in order to accept powdery textures, light spicy astringency, and a hint of peppery warmth en route to a clever dry finish with echoes of decaying wood.

This is a highly challenging and experimental beer that will give the staunch sour ale lover something to chew on. but also leaves the everyday appreciator of beer a distinctsive introduction to Sour Ales.

BEERchitect, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Texasfan549, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

largadeer, Jan 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

JAHMUR, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SocalKicks, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

russpowell, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with good clarity and thin ecru head with fine bead. The smell is wild yeast which has a stone fruit aroma like cherry with a subtle malt hint in the background. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and subtle dry texture with light yeast tanginess and low sweetness with light wild yeast and alcohol in the finish.

The flavor is good with nice demonstration of the base with some brett character giving the slight cherry-like taste and the malt has a mild toasted so the slight jam on toast comparison comes to mind. This is pretty decent...better than I expected actually. I like this as much or more than the un brett-ed version.

Slatetank, Nov 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

oline73, Oct 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

mendvicdog, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12/11/13 notes. Originally had a couple of pours of this at a beerfest in NYC a couple of weeks ago, but having this on tap at Beer Authority in NYC again for a proper review. 14oz. pour in stemware.

a - Pours a hazy, deep burnt orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sour white wine, grapes, oak, fruits, spice, yeast, floral notes, and earthy notes. Really nice nose, lightly sour and floral, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour white wine, sour grapes, fruity malts, yeast, spice, tropical fruits, citrus hops, oak, floal hops, earthy notes. Taste is good, more spice and a little more white wine. Pretty good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp, and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good beer; not as good as the new Sofie beer Sofie Paradisi, but I like it better than the normal Matilda. Lightly funky and sour, and easy to drink, would love to have this again sometime.

mdfb79, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

MarkyMOD, Sep 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

oriolesfan4, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a strong farmhouse character and powerful brett/wild bug presence.  Earthy with hints of grass, straw, barn and dry, funky yeast.  Some pale malt underneath with ester-y light fruit notes.  

On the fuller end of medium body with slightly creamy texture and soft carbonation.  Dry, champagne-like effervescence with a musty farmhouse character and dry, funky brett.  Really strong wild yeast character along with bready yeast and crisp, light fruit.  Some biscuity pale malt and light fruit sweetness on the back end.  Well balanced and refreshing with the dry, musty brett giving this beer an interesting twist.  Not too exciting but flavorful and easy to drink.  

corby112, Dec 16, 2013
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Matilda Lambicus from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.