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RATINGS: 1808   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 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 (3246) - 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 Riverís 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 Emmitís 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 (859) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottled, at The Map Room, Chicago. Sweet and not what I come to the US for. To itís credit it had the obvious fizz, yeast and zest of the style, with decent complexity. But get me back to the bludgeoning hops that the US is famous for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 12oz bottle, 2006 vintage, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Very pleasant, tart aroma, showing excellent yeast, citrus, and doughiness; very well-composed Belgian ale. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugar, mildly tart citrus, with doughiness and plenty of layered sugar; excellent, tasty Belgian core, with a nice hop character and red fruits throughout; dense and generous. Medium, Belgian sugar and dough and dried red fruits in the finish.

Trade courtesy of Monger! Pours a gold to reddish-amber color in the glass, topped by a medium off-white head with good retention and big-bubbled lacing. Generous nose: honey, spices, pepper and hints of vanilla; perhaps some citrus (lemon). Good carbonation, solid malt backbone - light maple syrup qualities, lemon, vanilla at the edges. Lacking a bit of complexity in the mouth, reserved spiciness, and a disappointingly light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by moejuck. Clear gold in color, white head. Bottle was a bit of a gusher. Aroma, spice (cloves), and soem yeast to it. Flavor was a bit floral and yeasty with some pale malts. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2006
I am sorry, but this stuff is awful! Tastes like spoiled food rather than beer. Yuk!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours a medium gold with a quickly fading head. A little of everything. Spice, hops, yeast, malts. Nothing really takes control and stands out. But an overall nice mix.

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