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RATINGS: 1880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is very yeasty and spicy. Bread dough, coriander, lemon zest, peach, and white pepper. Pours bright orange with a huge head and great lacing. Flavor is citrus, yeast and spice all at once. Snappy hop back really rounds out the flavor nicely. Palate is tart and crisp. A very tasty American Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2487) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Spice is the predominate aroma and flavor from this Belgian style ale. Almost too much so when that spice comes up against the hops. Cloudy amber pour with small, white head. The nose presents pepper, clove and plastic Band-Aid. Clove is the top flavor, too. But there are hints of orange juice and tart cherries. Beneath the spice are the floral hops. I was not particularly in love with the combination which left an aftertaste of musty plastic. Lively carbonation. Medium body that comes across as clean, but then has a slightly sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours hazy deep golden with a creamy white head. Aroma is hay and bread. Taste is slightly sour with apples and spices. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is almost grassy. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1296) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours an orange body with an interesting (uneven) cream colored head. Carbonating bubbles race each other to the top of the liquid. Aromas of mango, apricot, apple, very nice. Flavor is more of the same. Mouthfeel is fruity with a nice peppery finish. This probably is my favorite out of the series of belgians brewed by Goose Island. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Hazy amber. Huge, dense, spongey, off white head. Spicy, yeasty, sour, fruity (light colored fruits), lightly sweet. Dry finish. Medium body, balanced. Not as good as the real thing, but a damn fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Much Thanks to Several Ratebeerians for sending me bottles of this Fine beer!

It was at the 2005 GABF that I first had this beer. I knew from my first gasp I was going to fall in love with Matilda! From there out, Matilda and I waltzed the night away along the billabong…

She pours a foggy pumpkin hued body and a rocky ivory head to adorn the glass. The aroma is spicy and decaying-ly fruity, with wonderfully wild, yet intimately tame suggestions of brett. The aroma is marvelous! The flavor brings some Granny Smith Apples, some plums and apricots, with insinuation of green banana. More of the wild yeast comes alive as the beer warms… I really admire the simple complexity of the beer… It has always reminded me of the early batches, before the brett was the major influence of Jolly Pumpkins Oro de Calabaza!
Ahhhh.. Matilda, What an astonishing beer you are!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Foggy orange-ish poor with a nice white-orange head. The aroma contains mostly orange/citrus and coriander. This is the spicest belgian I think I’ve had. The coriander is the most present, with a touch of clove, and some non- citrusy fruit..banana maybe. very dry and quick finishing. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 12 oz bottle dated 3/27/06. Slightly hazy orange color with bubbly, lasting off white head. Smells of coriander, white pepper, and light citrus. Lots of coriander flavor with yeast and grainy malt undertones.. Dry on the tongue. Plenty of carbonation, but not more than I would expect in a Belgian. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Pours to this common orangey shade that for some reason is weird looking to me. Nose mostly of fruity candy sugars and yeast with some mango and orange. Flavor is initially malty followed by cloves and bananas foster, pistachio and walnut. A bit medicinal, and probably overcarbonated, and on this tasting, much less pleasant than i remember.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2006
12 oz bottle, dated 03/03/06, served at cellar temperature in a Unibroue galss. A large, stable off-white head leaves moderately thick lacing atop a dark clear amber body with faint swirling wisps of yeast....huge, brett-dominated nose, sour cherries and apples, followed by old dry leather, thyme and rosemary, just a scintillating combination....sweet front on the tongue with a fair amount of dark malt and a growing dryness and bitterness that seems to creep up insidiously, woody character and notes of walnuts especially in the somewhat oily texture and thickness....very complex and certainly bearing a bit of resemblance to Orval but darker in the malts and not nearly as dry and refreshing....still a pretty nice try.

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