Goose Island Matilda de Bois
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Goose Island’s wonderfully balanced Belgian Ale, Matilda has been one of the most popular beers in the brewery’s portfolio. The "De Bois" is the Matilda in its raw state barrel aged in a French oak barrel for 6 months, giving this fantastically balanced beer a complex woody essence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured hazy medium golden with a tall, loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma picked up a blend of white and red grapes over Belgian-inspired pale malts and dry Brett funk.. backed by some apple juice.. odd. The flavor had more green apple juice paired with pale malts at the core.. dry, dusty funk surrounded.. spicy with white pepper at the edges.. dry vinous impression joined Brett on the finish. Medium-bodied or slightly thicker on the palate with low carbonation.. very dry.. OK flow and balance. I prefer the regular Matilda.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color with a soapy off white head. Smelled of caramel, honey, hay, and husky grain. Not really at all my recollection of the straight up Matilda. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with a light tart note. Cereal grain and pale malt flavors accented by apricot and citrus fruit. Decent, the regular Matilda is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger Alehouse. Deep amber beer with a slightly hazy appearance. Aroma is fairly sweet and caramell but with a touch of brown sugar and some light herbal notes as well. It’s quite earthy and there isn’t really much spiciness at all. Lightly peppery with a light earthiness and a kiss of wood. A bit of herbal dill-like character. Meh... not all that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
FoBAB 08. Pours a yellow orange with a thin white head. Some slight funk and oak in the nose over a pale malt base. Sugary bready malts, yeast, vanilla, and slightly sour. Ok, but I’m always hoping for a little more out of these Matilda versions. 7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008 - pours hazy gold with no head. yeasty aroma, flavors are yeasty, oxidized, winey, never really comes together and no funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
FoBAB 08. I had to try another version of Matilda. Nose is funky, but it wasn’t sour like the nose would indicate (too bad, I love sours). It has a little bit of acidic flavor, very interesting. Matilda is a solid base beer which makes for many interesting combinations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Fobab VI. Pour is amberish. Nose is pretty nice, funky and barn, hay, spicy hops and light oak notes. I’ve grown to expect that funky smelling beers do not always indicate sour, of which this one wasn’t. It is minimally tart with a stiff hop acidity/bitterness. Rich body with some vanilla from the oak. Very clean and refreshing, a nice riff on the original. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
FoBAB 2008: Barrel Aged Matilda: "A Belgian Strong Pale Ale with Brettanomyces aged in French Oak Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon barrels." ... pours a murky light brown/ amber hue with a fading frothy head. The aroma has notes of barnyard funk, oak, red wine, caramel and biscuity malts, and a hint of candi sugar. The taste is actually nicely complex with the tart barrel influence countering the sweeter base Strong Ale. I would love to see what this beer is like in another 12 months if the brett continues to find it’s way on the palate. Wonderful tannic finish makes you want more. The mouth feel is soft and lush, a tad underwhelming. Overall, a very solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draught @ BTAH. Pours a hazy light brown, no real head. Nose is sweet, with notes of oak and vanilla, sweet dark malt, and a nice funky barnyard whiff also. Flavor starts off with a rich, woody acidic sourness. Smooth, notes of vanilla mix in with a barnyard funk that creeps in over a rich, bready base. Beer is almost still, medium bodied.

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