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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 184
Gots: 571 | FT: 13
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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003)
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Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, nearly four years old. Thanks, Kevin. Matilda pours a foggy copper outlined with some lighter brushings of amber at the edges. Though at first glance it may appear completely opaque, it has the lightest bit of translucency as I can see a faint silhouette of my hand on the other side of the glass. No head - just white, wispy collar. Not a huge surprise given the age of the brew.

The aroma is quite a bit different than I was expecting, but nearly better in every way. Heavy notes of dru, musky funk and an undeniable barrel-presence that oversees the whole process. Damp cellar, dirty cobwebs, and barnyard floor all come to mind when sniffing this funky brew. It's not without it's tart offset, though - generous helpings of lightly acetic vinegar, harsh apple skins, and lemon juice add a touch of tartness and combat the funk for center stage.

I'm already pretty impressed with the aroma, and the first sip keeps things rolling. A substantially dry and cheesecloth-y funk is the first flavor to run out of the gate, but it's quickly followed up with abrupt apple skins that play the fine-line between tart and astringent just a bit. Lemon, vinegar, and heavy tannins play hard mid-palate and add nice complexity to this Belgian style brew.

Matilda is pretty damn spritzy and effervescent on the palate, biting the tongue on all sides and really projecting the flavors forward with each and every sip. The nice tart spikes that sift through the mostly-funky static are really enjoyable, especially considering that I wasn't expecting much of anything from this beer. The finish is full of more tannin and dry oak, making the barrel-aging known and clearing your palate for each successive sip.

Very nice brew. I haven't had one fresh, so I don't know what four years has done to this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Quite a nice mixture of funkiness and tartness, never leaning too heavily towards one side, though the funk may have the lead by just a nose. If you've had this fresh and didn't like it, I recommend sitting on it for a while.

tectactoe, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Highbury09, 24 minutes ago
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

pigpen892, Yesterday at 10:50 PM
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3.96/5  rDev -2%

MattFox, Yesterday at 03:33 AM
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4.84/5  rDev +19.8%

Lusso, Thursday at 07:51 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Hydes, Thursday at 03:38 AM
Photo of mick303
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, had in Dec 2014. Poured hazy bright orange gold, with a compact head and nice lacing and retention.

S - a pleasant upfront yeast character, chewy citrus lemon, hay and horsey notes, tart gooseberry, some zesty florals, with a pleasant tropical character to it from some noticeable brett.

T - yeast is foremost here, carrying a wonderful bouquet of nice floral notes, sharp lemon, subtle pale malt, with some farmy earthy undertones, a gentle acetic bite to it. Has a complex balance of floral and growing tropical brett fruits, lychee and lemon, farmy earthy notes, all in a really bright pleasing body.

M - good body, moderate carbonation with a full coating feel to it and a pleasing bitter balance that leaves a lingering yeasty sharp finish.

Overall, the Brett really showed up on the aroma here and continued to add a nice complex tropical/ floral character along with some background yeasty barnyard funk. I thought it worked really well. Deliciously drinkable, has acquired some heftier brett flavours and a thick mouthfeel, will look to see what more age does to this. Lovely beer.

mick303, Thursday at 02:11 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

amalburg, Wednesday at 02:06 AM
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4/5  rDev -1%

JScoot, Tuesday at 04:01 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

samtrillo, Tuesday at 06:45 AM
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

Rob315, Tuesday at 12:30 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TechTriumph, Sunday at 04:13 PM
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Purified, Nov 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Trashcat, Nov 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

I just recently found out about the Goose Island Sisters and after having this one I'm elated to try the rest. The taste was crisp, fruitful, and the dry finish was what made this so memorable.

Poti0nseller, Nov 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

smmattenson, Nov 22, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +12.9%

SeanMallory, Nov 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

pkolafa, Nov 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

2012 bottle
copper colored body with a thin head.
aroma has a funky funk aroma to it.
taste has a funky tart apple flavor to it.
Mouthfeel is nice and smooth

chefhatt, Nov 21, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

The_Beer_Shark, Nov 20, 2014
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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.