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RATINGS: 1687   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 Golden orange body with an huge white head. Very interesting aroma of white wine, yeast, homemade rock candy, some vanilla. Flavor is fairly light and fruity with notes of apple and peach. I also tasted vanilla and a wheat beer flavor. The finish has a touch of spice and hop bitterness. Flavor is nice but not very bold or exciting. A very drinkable, nice beer but I wasn’t as impressed as I’ve been with other Goose Island Reserves.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is yeasty with hints of apple, peach, citrus, and spice. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and a small soapy white head. Yeasty with hints of apple up front. Finishes with a big flowery bitterness and light spice. Flavors just seemed a little bland and simple. 7-3-6-3-13

Second bottle courtesy of Styles. The aroma is moderately fruity, floral, apple, light spice, and faint funky sourness. It pours a hazy orange with some sediment and a small white head. The flavor starts with fruit and candy sugar with a hint of sour apple. It finish with some light floral hops and light spiciness. Much better the second time around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle: A rather light and fluffy looking belgian ale. An oragney golden straw color with a light reddish tint. The head wasa monster, thick and foamy and it lasted for a long while, with a ring and some little lilly pads of head around through the whole beer. The aroma was of clove, citrus, hard candy, banana. The taste were cloves, spices, corriander, citrus, pine, and hops. More hops than I’m used to in a belgian ale, and I kind of liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2006
This ale pours a candied orange color that leaves a bubbly white lace that sticks to the glass. The aroma is black licorice, root beer, horse blanket, wet grass, citrus, and candied fruit very complex. The taste is sweet on the palate, starts bitter with a black licorice/anis flavor in the background. It then hits with a dull alcohol presence on the palate that has some bitter bark bit on the tongue. Then it finishes semi-hoppy with a light carbonation, great brew glad I picked it up. I would pair this beer with a baked haddock stuffed with bread crumbs, oregano, and thyme. The savory stuffing and delicate fish will really compliment some of the licorice, canided aspects in the beer. Also the beer will act as the "squeeze of lemon" some people put on fish cause of the citrus aspect in this brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Pours deep umber with a really nice, creamy head. Spicy, fruity aroma suggests cinnamon, kiwi, grape, plum. Soft, velvety palate compliments a pretty unique, spicy flavor, with a nice subtle hop finish. I can definitely taste the rare yeast mentioned (well, at least, its a yeasty taste that is unfamiliar to me after 300+ beers).

edit: After drinking a bit more, I’m realizing some pretty strong taste of pumello... it even has that same effect that kinda sucks up all the moisture in your mouth. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2006
took a few drinks from the same snifter duane was drinking from. This beer was all yeast. slightly spicy and slightly fruity, but there was so much yeast up front that I had a tough time distinguishing the more subtle flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle. pours a hazy golden color with a significant white head and lace as it chases its way down my snifter. aroma and flavor is very yeasty. also noted was some biscuit and candi sugar, but unlike so many other Belgian style ales, this one was not over-carbonated ( a good thing ). like so many of the GI reserve brews, this is a good one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Hazy deep amber with a huge fizzy off-white head that was lasting. Good fruity and citrus aroma. Medium body. Good complex spicy sweet bitter flavor with an average finish. Interesting brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2006
12-oz. bottle, #0951, bottled 072705. Pours a hazy golden sunset orange with a lighter hay, straw hue where more light is allowed to pass, a small rocky off-white head with thick bands of lace. Fragrant aroma of yeast (earthy) and peaches aged in oak and some wheaty malt and lemony notes. Buttery hop flavor, moderately bitter and acidic that slowly fades, a yeasty body that tapers off and some light malt (meal) notes with a slight tart lemon finish. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
thanks to secret santa. pours a light orange with a hint of red. aroma is hops, malt, and spice. taste is malt, apricot, spice and a subtle fruity sweetness. smooth and somewhat heavy mouth feel for a belgian. damn fine beer. thanks santa


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