Goose Island Beer Co.
Available: IA, IL, KS, NY, OH
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 making it a great beer to enjoy with a plate of fresh mussels.
Alcohol (wt.): 5%
Alcohol (vol.): 7%
Color: 13 (SRM)
Greg Hall’s front label tale makes it clear that this ale was inspired by Orval, so let’s see how it measures up. The hazy, orangey color is lighter than that of its muse, and its sweetly tart, citrusy nose slightly softer and less funky. In the body, it’s sweeter than Orval, but in a fruity way that casts this beer in a whole new light. Perfumey tangerine notes lead the body and are soon joined by a mix of bitterness and tartness in almost equal proportions, with notes of citrus peel, peppery spice and oak. The finish carries more bitterness. Orval, I enjoy with tournedos de cheval; this I’d rather with soft, stinky cheese.
Greg Hall, Brewmaster! This beer defines the values of a true master of brewing. Complex fruitiness of malt and exotic micro-orgasmic fermentation. Call it “Brett.” I'll call it a special gift from the brewer. Fruity, a bit “horsey” and a wonderful balanced acidity. As the label suggests, wonderful with shelled critters from the deep. Never mind the wine—I'll dance with Matilda.
The label tells the tale of brewers inspired by a trip to Orval, and the beer pours a hazy burnished gold. One whiff tells you that the inspiration struck deep. The nose is full of the famously funky “horse blanket” aroma given by the wild Brettanomyces yeast. Behind that are aromas of apples, hops and mint in a complex interplay. The palate sidesteps Orval’s austerity and opts for a rounder, softer style with low bitterness. A beautifully realized beer that will evolve with age. Great with funky aged hams.