Matilda Lambicus | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by merc7186 on 08-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Murky copper colored brew, small oily head. Straight up sour. Light bodied with puckering sour bite. Dry finish leaves you licking your gums, light citrus notes. Well done!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is deep golden amber, transparent, with a tight light tan head. Nose has nice notes of vanilla and oak with fruit berry and a fair bit of Brett. Taste is a little thinner, notes of metal, light dusty brett, fruitiness is lighter, some grain and a touch of malt. Light body and soft carb.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw colored. Lightly sweet fruit notes on the nose. Light bodied. The brett brings a dry funk to this offering. The finish has an effervescent dryness that is reminiscent of champagne.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

heard this was born from a mistake. lots of good things were. clear, looks just like matilda, maybe even a shade lighter from what i can remember of it. the head is a solid inch and pretty thick but not all that long lasting. the nose here is more tart than sour, surprising given the lacto rather than brett in this. its cool though, as its mouthwatering and fruity like peaches and pears, but not a huge pucker. the flavor too shows only moderate acidity, with a lot more grain base than i remember matilda having. the lacto finishes it super dry though, and the sourness creeps up as it warms. i still get great belgian yeast fruit tones from this, and i like it a lot. i may even like it better than the original. drinks much lighter than its abv, and although it could take on a little more carbonation, still feels quite delicate and alive. overall an excellent brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/14/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, tart fruit and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some sweet flavors of berries and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There’s a decent balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at PreFunk tonight... Pours a hazy orange with a pretty flimsy white cap and no real lacing.

Nose is a bit funky, but with a bigger lean toward fruity esters... a bit of something that I associate with white peppercorns.

Flavor and aromas mirror each other... the brett shows as a sorta dank/dusty cellar essence.. damp hay... peachy esters play with the limited residual sugars and linger for the finish.

Body and carbonation are fine.... Okay brew... Seems sorta pedestrian given the pedigree... Though, there is nothing wrong with that in the grand scheme.

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of EGreen
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A very nice Wild Ale. Slightly musty old barn, apricot, peach, and spice aromas. Flavors pretty well align with the nose bit ends bit dryer and spicier than expected. Overall, very enjoyable but I really wanted a lot more Brett character in the beer. It was enjoyable but could have been over the top

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Out of the Park Pizza and served in a tulip. On to the beer:

This is a crisp orange color and is topped with a thick head which retains extremely well. The aroma has some fun notes, such as rose pedals, a modest tart aroma, and a sweeter version (sweet tarts). Not as fun as it taste, which is modest in overall flavor, though it honestly isn't very wildly interesting. There are kisses of rose, white pepper, a note of rubber, and a light bitter ending. The texture is smooth at least. Still, Matilda Lambicus was not as impressive as I hoped.

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Photo of MadCat
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light brown, short tan head (as normal for a growler) leaves some lacing

Smell: Some spicyness to the nose, and strong brett funk character

Taste: Malty, nice brett tartness (tart but not really to the point of sourness), fruity flavors. Very tasty. Also a little spice on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry finish

Overall: This is fantastic. Wish I had some regular Matilda to compare with, but I am very happy I could pick this up. I don't notice any real down sides to having this in a growler vs tap.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.72/5  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.  

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft, taster pour

A: Pours a clear pale yellow. Billowing draft head. Sticky lacing all over glass.

S: Bready biscuit malt. Belgian yeast. Lot of Belgian pale ale character more than a wild ale.

T: Not as funky as I was expecting. Strange Belgian pale ale and yeast funk. Finish is slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Clear blonde. Ok lacing.

S: Farmhouse and yeasty.

T: Slightly peppery. Very light. Foamish. Like a farmy saison. I can sense the belgian pale here. Definitely belgian. Lots of farmhouse and yeast.

M: Foamy and lots of bubbles.

O: Interesting, but I have yet to have regular Matilda.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, medium brown in color. Very similar to Matilda, except a little darker. Scent is slightly tart, and very wheat/yeasty on the nose. Taste is similar; starts out mild and grainy in flavor, like the regular Matilda, then moves towards a more tart flavor. The lambicus gives it a slightly sour taste profile, but it's very, very mild and drinkable.

Overall, a good, mild tart beer that lends itself to being incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Etan
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Coopers Tavern.

A: Pours a burnt orange with a small off-white head.

S: Aroma brings musty stone fruit, potpourri, slight vinous, bready grain.

T: Notes of apricot, floral, wet hay, light lactic tartness, mild earthy note, caramel.

M: Light-bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Certainly a more interesting beer than regular Matilda. I would have it again.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on Tap at Brixies in Brookfield in a tulip glass

A) Reddish brown color two finger head with lacing and clear.

S) Apple skin, apple juice/cider, definitely smell the Brett Lamb very bretty

T) Tasted just like Matilda with a minor sour finish not overly bretty though I was expecting more in the flavor. Wheat bread is too prevalent.

M) Smooth and coating, leaves it around the tongue and teeth

O) As I said I expected a lot more from the beer, I will not buy again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Agree with a previous review that the overall experience is lacking. There is an interesting taste component from some (highly muted) cherry notes. It seems like there's a sourness that wants to come out, but the initial malt beginning overwhelms it. Don't know if this is a good way to put it, but it's almost like a cherry shortbread version of a beer (not so sweet, more beer-like, but still).

Also to rephrase others, the only thing to dislike about this beer is the one thing that makes it different than any other "plain" beer, the "attempt" at some type of sour taste.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip at Rustico/Arlington

Don’t know if I can make sense of this one. Plain. Blah! A disappointment all by itself. If you’re thinking this beer is similar to Matilda be ready for even more disappointment. Nothing to like. Nothing to hate. One bright spot, this beer hides its 7% ABV very well.

A – Pours a clear amber. Little to no head (bar pour). Good lacing.

S – Upon a good swirl some sour cherry fruitiness emerges. Some faint funk. But all the aroma is generally missing. Budweiser has more.

T – Almost tasteless for a wild ale. Very little bitterness. No acidity or sourness from the Brett Lambicus.

MF – Medium light bodied. A bit sharp.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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