Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by CZs:
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Poured into 8oz tulip glass. Unique warm orange/amber color. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Reminds me of a Belgian amber. I would like to sit this side by side with a Rare Vos and compare notes. I get a little Saison like farmhouse smell mixed in there with bready, slight bubble gum notes. Very pleasant to the nose. Not one aroma stands out - but it presents a "huh, I get a nice blend of numerous things." I think this separates what Belgian breweries produce v. what some U.S. breweries try to attempt - Complexity v. one predominant aroma and/or flavor. Neither is wrong, but having that complexity is what puts this right in the same league as the originals.
Taste: For me, it tastes like it smells - only I get a D-45 like taste in the background I didn't get in the smell. Without researching, I'd almost say they used 3-5% of Special B in here. Excellent, easy drinking taste. The appearance is a little deceiving - goes down more easily than an Amber style - they got a pale with a touch of amber, orange style Saison although slightly lower carbonation in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: I get dry, I get silky - a not often found combination outside of water infused with silica or ginger ale.
Overall: Goose Island Beer Co. is becoming my close second in terms of favorite American breweries next to Ommegang. I've had their Nut Brown, Pepe Nero, Sophie and now Matilda - all of which I "really like to love." If you aren't familiar with their brews, I suggest trying them out - very diverse selection for those that enjoy a wide spectrum of brews.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2013 16:11:46 | More by CZs
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
Appearance: pours a 2" frothy cream colored head which slowly falls with some mild lacing. Color is a amber-orange, cloudy with sediment in suspension. Extreme amounts of champagne-like streaming carbonation.
Aroma: banana and coriander, caramel, Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering alcohol burn.
Flavor: sweet caramel and spices, raisins, a hint of pineapple, yeast rolls, strong earthy hop presence.
Overall: nicely done and a pleasant brew for sipping and contemplation.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:50:11 | More by Foyle
2.36/5 rDev -41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
After hearing nothing but great things about this beer online, where I work, and on BeerAdvocate, I'm thoroughly disappointing Goose Island's Matilda, a beer that clearly looks to cater to those not so invested with Goose Island's more mainstream line. While the beer presents itself nicely in look and smell, the taste and mouthfeel leave something to be desired. The immediate taste isn't bad, effectively presenting an extremely yeasty but potent beer until it descends into a sharp, biting aftertaste that is along the lines of a cheap, high gravity malt liquor (I can equate it to the same kind of pungent taste of high-alcohol I got when swallowing Camo Silver Ice). After a few small to medium sips of this, the taste becomes overcompensating, to the point where the beer's introductory taste isn't even the slightest bit appetizing anymore, and I just sought to finish it as soon as possible. I can't see how this beer merits such exceptional ratings; it's one of the worst beers I've had all year.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 03:39:43 | More by SteveJeremy
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,500 ratings.