RATINGS: 1922   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Pretty standard Belgian strong ale for me; but still well done. Yeast, citrus and fruit aroma. Flavor was much of the same.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Note: This is a rating for a tap glass of Matilda Reserve I was served at the brewpub (Clybourn location). Im re-writing my Matilda rating and not adding a new entry although there is a different entry for Goose Island Tripel and Goose Island Reserve Tripel. However this tap glass was significantly different from the bottles Ive had in the past. Even better that the already excellent bottle version. It may just be because it was on tap or maybe this should be a different entry. Ill move the rating if I see one day a local creates a new entry for a Matilda Reserve

In short: A Saison-like crisp Belgian ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden blonde body with a small white head.
In long: Lots of crisp malts. Although not funky per say the beer as a strong farmhouse character. Fruity notes are on the lighter juicy citric side of things with grapefruits, granny smith apples and so on. Wonderful complex hops finish blending Saaz-ish dry grassiness and citrusy American hops. Citric tartness just make you wanna go for more and more. This tap glass was much crisper and less candy than all the bottles Ive had before. Best thing with a woman name Ive had since... well... a woman.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours orange/brown. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is orange, lemon, citrus. A little banana becomes more evident. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
For what it claims to be, it sure does not stand up, but was very pleasent nonetheless. Very, very mild on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2007
12oz bottle. Bottled on 072705. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a larged sized off white head. The first thing that came to my mind when I smelled it was apple pie. Along with those aromas came light spices, lemons and light yeast. I was into the apple pie aroma. Tastes of all around fruitiness, trace of spices and yeast. Body was fizzy and too carbonated for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Sampled on cask at NotLA. This special version was dry hopped with Simcoe hops. Very yeasty nose, citrus, spice, red apples, and pepper. Lots of red apple in the flavor, sour spice, yeast and more fruit. The simcoe hops and yeast did it well, smooth, subtle, and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Cloudy orange with good, creamy head / Light, sour, fruity nose / Medium body with creamy, hop underpining, good finish, with some alcohol bite / Flavors of sour malt, banana, apple, and black pepper, with lovely hop finish / A fine Belgian highlighted by a superb body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2006 bottle from Pantanap; Nose was yeast, spices, and caramel maly; hazy copper with a big beige, light lacing, head, flavor was light fruitiness, pepperiness, spices, with a bit of hops in the finish. A good belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2007
2005 bottle from Moejuck - thanks, Joe! Sadly it was a gusher, but 2/3 survived. And what a lovely beer. Soft and floral aroma, but with some tasty sours and a nice peppery finish to it. Definitely some strong resemblance to Jolly Pumpkins La Roja. Man, I wish I could get this regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
2006 Bottle thanks to the generousity of Whaleman. This one gushed, no problem caught it in time to pure into the glass. Clear golden body with good size head and decent carbonation. Aroma was peppery, yeast. Reminded me of Fantomam Dark White. Taste had a slight peppery/spice to it. Good Belgian ale.

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