Matilda Lambicus - Goose Island Beer Co.

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: merc7186 on 08-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Golden copper color, fruit and baking spice aroma, spicy tart flavor, very dry body.
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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at tipsy cow, Madison. Served in a GI flute/tulip.

A: light orange brown in color. slight haze. Minimal whit head, but good retention. Some light lacing.

S: Dry, earthy with a mild woodsy quality. Cherries and grapes.

T: Taste is similar. Dry, earthy, some caramel and a hint of toast. There is a touch if acidity, but its not at all sour. Light white grapes.

M: lighter body. Appropriate carbonation. Light tartness. Mild bitterness.

O: a pleasant beer.

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Matilda Lambicus from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.