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RATINGS: 1773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, Styrian and Saaz Hops, 2-Row Barley and Caramel Malt, Yeast and Granulated Beet Sugar.
Matilda is made with a rare yeast that suggests a fruity and spicy flavor. There is complex maltiness balanced with a profuse amount of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Found this one bottled at Binny’s Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Illinois. Standard amber pour with a thick white head, crazy spices - lots of allspice and clove throughout. Finished a bit weak for the powerful start, but a decent Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Sample from a bottle at Binny’s "Fall Festival of BEERS." Hints of piney hops, tangy-finish, spicey with elements of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Orangey-amber. Another one of Goose’s good, but expensive, four-pack line.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 pors orange with a small white head. aroma orange yeast and some spice with a hint of alcohol. flavor sweet orange spicy hops. medium body. sparkling carbination. finsh hoppy and spicy. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2006
I am not sure what the other reviewers are drinking, but it is not the same brew I had. Thin and shallow, aroma fails to impress, as dose the taste. The mouth feel reminds me of a light beer. This one pails in comparisons to even the most average Belgian. It is almost like Goose Island was trying to make a copy of Bell “Consecrator doppelbock “and failed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2006
A very good beer by GI again. Was surprised it was rated so low. Bottle from Hopleaf. I got some apple and spice, specifically cinnamon, white pepper, some corriander, nutmeg, some apple cider kind of spices. Very good. The taste was a little tart and sticky but still very drinkable. Some light hops but not as much as I expected given the mouthfeel of the thing. Still a good drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2006
12oz Bottled on 030306. Alcohol and spice aroma. Fire orange body with off white head. Flavor was all spice and aclohol with a mild fruit trying to break though. Little thin in body texture for a belgian ale. Spice left on palate might as well slicked an open bag of spice mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 2006 Vintage...

9/29/2006: Color is hazy orange. Moderate carbonation and an ivory decent head. Aroma is fruity with some yeast as well. Flavor starts malty, then becomes fruity, and finishes a little dry and spicy. There is also a little hoppiness in there as well, but somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium and coats the mouth well. I really like Goose Island beers (one of my favorite micros) and while this tribute to Orval came up a bit short, I still think that it is still a solid American-mdae Belgian.

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle at River’s Bend Wine and Spirits. Thanks Matt! Rating: 7 4 8 3 15 = 3.7.

2007 Vintage...

7/07/2007: Goose Island Matilda is a hazy/cloudy honey color with a thick, foamy beige head. The head lasts a long time and leaves some thing lacing. The aroma and flavor a malty and fruity (peach, citrus, and light apricot) with some delicate spice. There is some bitterness and spice in the finish as well. The body is medium-full and it is smooth on the palate. This is an excellent beer after a long, hot day in the sun! Just what I needed to revitalize myself!

Draught at Emmit’s Irish Pub in Chicago, Illinois. Updated rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 A good run at a non-Belgian Belgian. Frutiy/yeast aroma. Little head atop a soft tan/gold pour. Medium-high fizz. Fruity taste of apple-honey-spice. Smooth and dry finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pollaczek (1) - Roseburg, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
Nice initial taste- flowery, obviously "Belgian"- followed by a disappointingly thin, slightly metallic finish. Another valiant attempt by Goose Island falls short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Poured a clear light brown with reddish hues. Had an average white head. Bottle gushed all over the floor, be careful. Aroma had a little tartness and sweet sugar. Also had a little alcohol come through. The biggest drawback was this had the body of a glass of water. This really annoyed me. Overall though it was pretty balanced between sour, sweet, and hoppiness.

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