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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,277 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,277
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 219
Gots: 791 | 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
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Ratings: 4,277 | Reviews: 1,212
Photo of Azaitouna
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look was a very dark gold almost amber pour. The smell was a of fruit but also a weird cheese/yeast smell as well. But the taste was great and with a dry finish. Overall, I enjoyed just need to fix the aroma of the beer.

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

When poured it was a beautiful dark amber colored ale. However, I was taken aback by the smell it excreted. It smelled like trash... I will blame that mostly on the yeast but it was really off putting. Though when I tasted it, it was not bad. It had a little spicy notes to it and was very dry. Overall not my kind of beer but it wasn't a horrible experience.

Photo of claudialeshok
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark amber in color and had hints of vanilla and fruit with a dry finish.

Photo of QueenDiva2015
1.92/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I'm not a fan of hoppy beer. The smell was very overwhelming.

Photo of CashChel
1.99/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark golden color and strong aroma. I'm not a fan very hoppy flavor.

Photo of carolynschaf
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was named after a Princess. It has a wild yeast strain. It is very robust and aromatic. It goes well with pork belly. It has a specific drying action. It should be served close to room temperature.

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

Amber color with citrus smell and light carbonation. Tastes of vanilla and has full body

Photo of joesi
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Brewed(?) start of May 2014; purchased and tasted 1 year later. Large bottle format.

I don't encounter wild/lambic/unique beers like this too often where I'm from, so I just had to pick this up.

Taste; it's *all* about the taste. Nothing to look at or smell really, although in my opinion no beverage at all should be something to look at nor smell.
It takes like a spiced Belgian ale (or at least the sensation of spice— phenolic and alcohol?) combined with a very significant dollop of Brettanomyces (wild fruit yeast). There is a reasonable flavor of hops as well (certainly _at least_ two varieties I'd think), but it's not overpowering , and mixes *VERY* well with the other flavors; I suppose that's what makes this such a critically acclaimed beer. Very rarely and/or slightly the woody hops show themselves, but typically it's just a generic mild bitter hops taste (don't get me wrong, it's great, although I'm not a big hop fan personally).
Note that I didn't notice _any_ major maltiness to this beer than normal, so I don't know why that it's mentioned in the commercial description. It's quite light tasting, and malt —at least in my opinion— is what makes a heavier taste. That said, the taste in here is still very complex without major malt notes.
There is a lingering taste of hops, spice, and Brett all in the aftertaste which is astounding. Best aftertaste I've ever had in any beer, I'd say. It's all balanced nicely, and is almost as if one was still drinking if it wasn't for the total lack of mouthfeel.

Speaking of which, the carbonation is a bit below medium I'd say, and somewhat fine in texture, but nothing too special. Quite nice mouthfeel overall, and the carbonation isn't too high to be uncomfortable.

Notes to a potential purchaser/drinker: If you like brett, definitely try it. If you are clueless, this would be a great thing to try to see if you like it or not. If you can't stand even small amount of brett, definitely avoid this. I think most people would appreciate the wild twist this beer has though; I know I do. It's really *the* thing that makes it.

This beer reminds me slightly of home made —natural— pineapple mead (perhaps more-so just overripe pineapple or fruit) and homemade pear ale that my friend and me have made (the pineapple mead likely containing little to no brett as far as I know though, but could have still been there).

Photo of wilgenb1
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber in color with a hop taste that is dry in finish and subtle hints of fruit

Photo of peraltaspade72
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great smell, my treat beer, as it can be quite expensive. Love the dry flavor.

Photo of Bangbang
2.21/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical Belgian that was being sold as an IPA. Not the same!

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.34/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is a dark yellow/orange. The aroma you get is a slightly orange smell with a hint of just straight rotten smell as well. Tasting this beer is strictly unpleasant and just not a good at all.

Photo of capilial
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a full bodied beer with malt undertones.

Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best smelling beers by Goose Island

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.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,277 ratings.