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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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very good

1,216 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,216
Hads: 4,487
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 23.87%
Wants: 234
Gots: 959 | FT: 19
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:

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is hay fields, dry grains and lemon zest.
The taste is clean to start, then mild fruit sweet to almost candy sweet, finishes with a mild bitter and spice.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
A fairly mild, but flavorful beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3.30.15

L - Amber with clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some lacing left on the glass

S - Brettomyces, belgian funk and slightly tart. Awesome aroma.

T - Belgian yeast, slightly tart and funk. Complex.

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - One of my favorite Belgian Pale's of all time.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely an interesting beer. For a moment, I thought it was corked as some MOA beers are, but apparently not. Poured it into a nice tall glass and left it for a minute or two, The head is nice and frothy, sticks the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes, leaving a nice little network of lacing right down to the bottom of the glass. The color is a nice dark orange and there is some visible carbonation with some small trails of bubbles working their way up. I can't get much smell. Some obvious sweetness to the nose, maybe some earthiness which also reciprocates in the taste itself, but not much else honestly.

Some gloves, grassy hops, a mild sweetness on the backnotes and a little burn of carbonation that comes with a big gulp. Overall, very silky and tasty. A good beer from Goose Island, but probably one I would not track down again. There's just too much beer, unfortunately and if you can't finish it all in one go, it's a waste of a nice beer. A 6 pack or maybe a 500ml single bottle or can and I would love to stock my fridge up, but as it stands now, it's a nice beer that I would take if offered or on sale, but probably wouldn't buy regularly.

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Photo of dcotom
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Spice and yeasts on the nose. Quite complex flavor profile, with clove predominant and some malt sweetness and alcohol warmth on the finish. Very impressed with the overall quality amd drinkability. If you like Belgian ales, don't pass up this fine offering from GI.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 2.79. Bottled 5/27/14. Served in a long stemmed Goose Island goblet.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with about an eighth finger pale head. There is an attractive, rising effervescence along sides and making "blistery pockets" in the clouds of surface retention. The healthy collar leaves only a few sparce specks of lace.

This smells mighty funky with notes of hay, citrus and faint clove-like spice on top of the familiar earthy, farmy Brett funk.

Flavors of old citrus pulp, wet hay, earthy yet fruity Brett funk, faint clove and white peppercorns. The Brett brings some pleasant fruit notes to the seemingly basic base.

Dry feel, on the lighter side of medium body with an appropriately zesty carbonation. Finishes with hay, earth and dry, funky fruity notes.

Matilda has held up well after almost a year and a half. The Brett has developed nicely but there is still something missing from the base to really help it shine.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into tulip

A: very light Amber dirty gold in color smallish dense head that goes to a film good clarity

S:clove, light banana, some lemon, a little grassy with some pepper

T: light clove and banana with a light bready maltiness and a touch of alcohol

M: very soft on the tongue makes the beer feel mellow

O: pretty good beer not overpowering with the spices or clove the alcohol taste was a little surprising I would drink this again but not go out of my way .

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Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a wine glass

l - pours golden amber, small white head
s - belgian delish smell, sweet citrusy fruits
t - sweet and fruity on the front, quickly pulled back into balance with light malts and alcohol but falls off into a little more alcohol flavor than I'd prefer but is not uncommon of the style
f - nothing special, little watery dissapointingly
o - solid, good Belgian. Always been a fan of goose island

bottle is notable fancy.

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Photo of jooler
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pretty orange. Initial taste is of dried fruit. Nice carbonation and aftertaste is where all the funk is. It is pretty good especially for $9 at vons

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Photo of Abbo
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Has the flavor and flavor of a Belgium. It's missing that carbonation I associate with most Belgium beers though, the champagne bubbles. Happy to drink it though

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Photo of Budlum
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Release - This pours with a burnished brown body displaying ample carbonation and a thin white head. I can't get much from the nose of this beer other than a light spice. I expected more. Flavors of spice, rum cake, black pepper, a yeasty funk, and some faint grassy notes flood the mouth. The flavor profile is spot on for the style. The feel is lively and peppery, owing largely to the carbonation, making this an easy drinker.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage
look: hazy honey-gold. Messy off white head and lacing.
smell: Yeasty pear, apple, some delicate spice.
taste: Blooming bright fruit then delicate blend of yeast, and peppery spice.
overall: Keep coming back to delicate. Lots of flavors but they're shy and easy going.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on November 10, 2014. My first bottle of Goose Island Matilda, acquired a single bottle at the local beer store. 'Belgian Style Pale Ale fermented with brettanomyces'.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a deep golden orange body of decent thickness, hazed with some yeast sediment, and with one finger of wispy white head that falls to a ring. Medium chill haze with some thin wispy lacing that doesn't stick long. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Aroma is a bit light. Musty, yeasty, lightly fruity in the form of fermented apples.

T - Taste follows the nose: fruity, musty, yeasty, & appley. Very minor alcohol content. Not really detecting the typical funkiness that I normally associate with brettanomyces.

M - The feel is dry, but smooth & easy-drinking. Moderate carb.

Overall, an alright Belgian from Goose Island, not one I'd be too interested in trying again.

Goose Island Matilda -----4/5.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765ml bottle into goblet. bottled sep 8 2014, consumed aug 17 2015

a: a nice deep yellow, leaning towards light amber, with a finger of white head

s: bready malt, cinnamon, cooked apple, apricot, artificial mango (like mango jellies), lychee, banana, and pear, all tied together by tart and lightly funky brettanomyces notes

t: quite fruity up front -- apricot, mango, cooked apples, then some lemon and funky brettanomyces. mid-palate exhibits strong bready malt notes, the cinnamon-y/clove-y spices, white pepper, and lesser notes of banana. moderately bitter finish

m: medium-minus mouthfeel with medium-minus carbonation

o: an absolutely wonderful ale. just so well-rounded, complex, and delicious!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 16, 2015

765 ml bottle, tulip

A – Orange-ish and medium to light amber, and slightly hazy. A massive, craggy foam head, three-plus inches high, with moderate-long retention.

S – Orange peel, toasted cracker malt, and light peppercorn. Herbal-floral hopping with a minor note of citrus.

T – Crackery-toasty malt, maybe a touch of honey, and orange-citrus. Some floral hop notes, and a somewhat prominent peppery/peppercorn spice.

M – Carbonation is moderate, with a medium to medium-light body. A bit of sweetness up front, countered quickly by dryness throughout, moderate. A bit of peppery and hop bite.

O – An excellent American interpretation of the Belgian style, Goose Island doing what it’s always done with these: making it well. Could drink one of these every day.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : Pours a classy, hazy pinkish peach glow with stable head retention and about 90% opacity. Poured into a snifter so head is not being measured.

S : The Belgian yeast is apparent, it comes out right away. Among that is sour apple skins and raisin/prune, a little tire rubber, some slightly rotted fruit/bread (maybe fruit bread?).

T : Definitely more on the Belgian side than on the pale ale side. This beer is fantastic. Lots of delicious yeast, orange, plum, and bubble gum. A sharp but polite hop bite finishes out the flavor profile.

F : Fizzy carbonation, light bodied, with a crisp feel and a bite at the end.

O : Very delicious, very classy. I like this beer quite a bit. I'll have another, please!

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

Pours to a creamy white head and moderate lace and bright copper color. Aroma is spicy Belgian goodnesss. Ditto on the flavors and good MF. Damn good easy drinking for a Belgian strong.

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Photo of highTempo
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had bottled, poured into a 'goblet' (don't actually know what the name is for this glass shape!).

Pours hazy amber/copper orange. 4-5mm head that's slightly darker than ivory.

Great smell -- the kind of funk and oddity that I'd expect from a saison. It's very fruity and spicy, with tropical fruit dominating… kind of like a mango punch. The maltiness comes through a bit, too, giving it a bit of bread-y-ness.

Flavor follows through with a very similar character though the malt is more dominant. It's just a different balance of the same players.

Drinkable. This would be good spring-fall. Really nice.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light copper color similar to a penny with slight haziness and an ivory head that was about one finger thick.

The aroma was of fruits (cherries?) and a slight hint of cloves. To me this beer smells like jelly beans!

This beer has an initial bite. It starts sweet, and in the middle I taste berry and perhaps coriander. The finish is very interesting and seems to warm into cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent for a beer of this style - crisp with carbonation a bit toward the high side.

This is a good beer. It is as complex and interesting as advertised. However, those that claim that it is the best Belgian Ale that they have ever had have chosen a beer that doesn't really fit the style. I really liked this beer, but would not say that it is one of the best Belgian Ales I have ever had.

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Photo of ChrisP802
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Amber pour with big head that recedes fast
Very soft carbonation
Couldn't smell much from the pour, smelled similar to college
Tasted malty and sweet
Pretty drinkable
For a beer that's relatively easy to find and cheap, it's nice

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Photo of jmasher85
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish gold and no haze, and a nice little head and immediately, Ooh baby that's some funky junk! Strong yeast and brett with a hint of strawberries and spice. The first sip fills the mouth right up with a creamy, lightly foamy texture. S strange bit of wood and wet cardboard, but really delicious cardboard. Less sour than the smell implies, it's actually quite smooth and a bit dry and warm. Also, doesn't taste too boozy but feels stronger and numbs the gums more than I expected.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Day old review notes from a one year old bottle.

L: Amber color; moderate clarity. Two finger head and decent retention. Some sediment is visible in the beer.

S: Initially I get a bit of apple - think unpasteurized apple cider. As it warmed I got some more of the brett funk. Suprisingly, noble-type hop aroma seems to be quite strong in this beer.

T: More laid back than I initially expected. Maltly - not too much caramel but rather slightly biscuity and bready. Bitterness is slight. The Brett comes through only a bit and manifests itself as the traditional barnyard/phenolic type funk; That being said, funk is truly minimal. Actual acidity is minimal. Maybe a bit of pear and clove if you really looked for it.

F: Crisp and refreshing. It's definitely dry. Carbonation is just about perfect.

O: It's good but it's not THAT good IMO. Even after a year of aging I found it to be rather bland and found myself searching for flavors rather than reveling in the beer's complexity. It's worth a try but I would never ever pay the price I did (11$) again.

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Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's no Allagash or Ommegang, but it's still a good American Belgian beer. Here goes:

A: Not good. Not much carbonation relative to other Belgian brews. Also has very little head and lacing. The body, however, resembles most Belgian pale ales, i.e., very cloudy orange-gold.

S: We're getting there... Bready Belgian yeast imparts lots of spices in the aroma, including clove, coriander, white pepper. Also lemon and orange peel. Some candied sugar in the background as well. However, the scents appear somewhat gimmicky and lacking in substance, at least compared to other Belgian brews.

T: Pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Follows the nose with added emphasis on the yeasty bread and candied sugar. Fruitiness appears in the aftertaste.

F: Good. Nice and bready.

O: A good beer. There are better Belgians on the market, however.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: 2012 vintage, reviewed 7/9/2015. Poured center from bomber into a snifter glass. Hazy pale copper with over two fingers of egg shell white head of fine to moderate sized bubbles. Aggressive cone of carbonation arising from the middle of the glass. Thick soapy lacing and thick retention.

S: Big boozy nose right after the pour with orange peel, funk, yeast, and a note of resin.

T: Malty orange peel up front with a champagne quality. Hot alcohol by way of grain. Some lime in the bitter finish. Not terribly complex for me.

F: Smooth and creamy on the way down, but zingy citrus from the bitterness. A touch dry at the very end. Flavor stays on the palate a long time. 7% is noticeable for me more so than in other beers of the same ABV I've had.

O: I know there is huge hype for this beer, but I thought it was a little too simple for a brett beer when it comes to flavor. Make no mistake, well brewed and clean, but it leaves me wanting more. I wouldn't wait in line just for this.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter glass. Was wonderful. Slightly spicy but delightfully fruity as well. It was a little sweet almost, but overall well balanced. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Brondeau
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Had a two month old bottle at the Westin Chicago River North. Beautiful looking beer. Perfect gold-Amber in the glass. A little less carbonation than I like. Pretty mild flavors that blend well. First tastes felt alcohol-y but that has gone away. Would drink again.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.