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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,245 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,245
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 210
Gots: 760 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

Golden sunrise color, baking spice aroma, fruity biscuity malt flavor, dry body.

Users have reported some infected bottles from these batches:

4/1/10 12oz
4/17/10 12oz
4/22/10 12oz
5/20/10 12oz
4/16/10 650mL
5/21/10 650mL
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,245 | Reviews: 1,199
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant amber with a thin white finely bubbled foam collar.
S: flowery nose, fruity, some tartness, the barnyard is there but subdued.
T: The beer starts fruity leaning to bubble gum, peach or mango, more malt mid-palate and then a balancing bitterness at the back where the sweet fruits, the malts and the earthy hop bitterness all come together.
F: Medium to medium light body, average to a little above on the carbonation, very fine and soft , has the Brett texture.
O: This should age quite well but unfortunately bottles never last long at my house.

Photo of ARoman
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 1/18/2014*
On tap into a shaker. The yeast smell come through strongest, mostly reminiscent of farm-like odors. This is accompanied by some not as strong aromas of citrus and clove spiciness with some trace butter and earthiness scents. It pours a cloudy copper-gold with a white, puffy head which leaves behind some faint lacing. It’s mostly citrus sweet with some lighter floral bitterness, and even light, mellow sour. The first thing noticed in the mouthfeel is the abundant, fizzy carbonation. The crisp, medium body leaves an interesting spicy/floral aftertaste, which has some moderate staying power. This one is probably more enjoyable in warmer weather rather than the middle of winter.

Photo of dbtossi
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer. Has the taste of vanilla and spices. Full-bodied flavor!

Photo of kbernthal
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smell had a spicy quality to it, taste was full and smooth

Photo of Michelleluw
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Matilda is a fun twist to beer like Sofie from Goose Island. The golden look with the citrus aftertastes makes you want to try more. This beer was a bit drier then Sofie, but I really enjoyed it. The presentation is also amazing.

Photo of Fmontana93
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely a little overrated. You can do better in Belgian ales

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this one. There is a strong funkiness I do not like. I would assume it is the brettanomyces yeast that I am not liking. This may be for some people, but to me it just tastes spoiled.

Will not seek our, purchase, or drink again.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.98/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Belgian Strong Ale in USA

Photo of redinge7
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth with a full flavor and texture.

Photo of BFCarr
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not a fan of Belgiums

Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very well crafted. Delicate and smooth. This beer isn't hiding anything, it's all up front on the nose/palate. Might be my new "go to" for the spring season.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, a bubbly, brilliant, deep-orange appearance, lots of larger and powdery gray-white sediment roiling about, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sugary, bready, sweet, horse blanket, with some citrus aspects. Taste is of those elements, with some white pepper and fairly bitter hop spicing. Mouthfeel is medium, and Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale finishes champagne-like, flavorful, and not boozy. Smooth stuff.

RJT

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a 1-2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild but decent, as is lacing. Aroma of Brett, Brett and more Brett. There is a mild coriander aroma with some hints of citrus. Nice spicy, hoppy burst that smooths out to a strong Belgian yeast taste. Mild astringent coriander aftertaste. Very good beer. Very impressed.

Photo of dethomp
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I only have a small amount of Belgian beer experience and my last one was maybe a year ago. But Matilda is excellent for a newbie. No way that person would always avoid Belgian beer, so his/her opinion would improve. A great starter for this variety.

Photo of ajm5108
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dry with mostly belgian malt grain on the tongue, with some orange and spice following up. Finishes like a brut champagne. Funky tart smell.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at frontera ORD. Poured into goblet. Carmel color with half a finger of almond head that quickly dissipated but left solid lacing. Bananna, malt, yeast aromas. Up front spices, yeast, and funkier than I expected. Finishes with a little apricot sweetness.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with white head.

Nose has Belgian yeast notes and bananas and Apple.

Taste follows nose. Over carbonated for my tastes.

Overall a good beer.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color into my Chimay goblet with a bubbly white head. Head retention is fairly good, not much in the way of lacing, Good aroma with peppery spicing and Belgian yeast with some light fruit.
Taste is very good, rivaling some of the better Belgian versions. Strong yeast and spicy profile, some light fruit. Tart, a little funky and mildly sweet at the same time.Mouthfeel is rich, tart and very nicly carbonated. This beer is a winner and one that I will enjoy again.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. It says on the label the beer develops for 5 years. Mine was pretty funky smelling and tasting. Inrteresting but not great.

Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Malt fruit and spice. . . nice!!
Appearance- A clear copper colored brew with a very small white head.
Taste- Has a nice floral flavor mixed in with the malt
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that has a thin but dry finish.
Overall- A really good beer!! If I come across this again I will definitely drink it.

Photo of TTripp725
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not what i was expecting. The beer had a weird after taste

Photo of Sgt_Solocam
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't ready for the floral spice taste at first. But as a got to the end of my pint I started to enjoy it.

Photo of DeaconsBrew
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect for when I want a strong Belgian Pale Ale and am in bit of a funky mood. Just enough floral spice to make it interesting.

Photo of fourstringer
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. 2014.

A: Golden, copper-colored body with good clarity. 1/2 finger of almost white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Must, funk. Grassy, floral hops. Fruit notes with element of indistinct berry, apple. Soil, earth. Candi sugar.

T: Light malt and an earthy funkiness open. Traces of fruit lurk in the background with a hint of sweetness. Noble-type hop bitterness builds to a mostly dry, but not exactly clean, finish. Light alcohol presence at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. A bit syrupy on the palate.

O: Not expressly bad, but this one just didn't resonate with me. A bit anemic in the hop department and the funk factor seemed dominant. Somewhat unique among Belgian pale ales, I suppose, but felt a bit heavy and unrefined.

Prost!

Photo of Toolman1962
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome flavors. Nice evening beer

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,245 ratings.