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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 russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

russpowell, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ehammond1, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

thegerm87, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Boilerfood, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Josievan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Josievan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev +9.6%

scottDC, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Matilda Lambicus pours a clear golden color with a small lacing head. The aroma is similar to that of cat urine. The taste however, is dry and has a mellow fruity sweetness. Flavors blend together nicely, and easy to drink. Overall if you can get past the smell its a nice easy drinking and enjoyable fruity beer.

vette2006c5r, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of CTJman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

CTJman, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%

Khaki head. Orange hued gold in color.

A lot of Brett and medicinal flavor here. Very funky. Not sour. Barnyard. Lots of yeast an bready malts.

Mouthfeel: dry. Medium bodied. Ends with more medicinal flavors.

Overall, much worse than Matilda. What went wrong with his beer? Just not enjoyable compared to the original.

mothman, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of MJCVII
3.25/5  rDev -11%

MJCVII, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

duceswild, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -11%

ShanePB, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kodt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kodt, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

MarvinSnyder, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

oriolesfan4, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, sourness, and spice (nutmeg and allspice?). Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of sourness, slight grass, hint of hop, and spice (nutmeg and all spice?). Overall, not very sour and the spices in the aroma and body are confusing. I did not like this nearly as much the regular Matilda.

Tone, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Phillyz, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

warnerry, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Gonzoillini, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Bright yet dark this wild ale already started kind of wild with a near schizophrenic amber to orange color. The head was thick and frothy and settled nicely for a while.

The aromas are typical and yet atypical. Sour grasses and acidic vinegarish aromas yield a pungent earthy nose. There is some bready scent and some background fruit but also a yeasty component.

Sour, tart, acrid and funky this has all the elements of a farmhouse ale and it seems to go well. Some breadiness and doughy tastes work with a yeasty, light clove and orchard fruit. Some Sour Patch Kid sweetness and a bit of acrid pungency all mix to create an interesting and intriguing beer.

KYGunner, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

billab914, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

"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
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Growler shared by Dave Miller. Thanks bro.

The beer is golden to copper in color with a thin off white head. The aroma brings grapes, grape skins, ripe fruit, wine. Sweet wine, alcohol, perhaps a touch of peach. White grape juice. A bit of out of kilter. Interesting feel. Kind of thick with moderately low carbonation. Lacking any characteristics that implore me to have more. Sofie Paradisi was fantastic in that regard. This was just ok.

Huhzubendah, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

yourefragile, Sep 07, 2013
Matilda Lambicus from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.