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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,167 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3167
Reviews: 1109
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%


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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Josievan

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Matilda pours a muddy peach-flesh hue. This doesn't make the beer sound too appetizing, but the appearance is not unpleasant. A lustrious head adorns the lightly shimmering body.

Smell: It's lightly spiced and subtly fruity. There's defnitely some Belgian yeast at play here.

Taste: There's a moderate portion of pale malt. Some lighter fruit is in the mix, maybe pears. The yeast, of course, really comes through with the end of the bottle. Very Belgian indeed!

Mouthfeel: Reminiscent of silky, with a light-to-medium body. Gentle spices massage the tongue moreso than prickle it.

Drinkability: Matilda is easy on the palate; once you've met her, you don't want her to leave. But watch out because she has a few tricks up her sleeve (meaning 7% is a tad high for sessioning)!

Notes: Matilda is one of my first few Belgian abbey style ales. My main frame of reference for this style is Chimay Red. I know Chimay is high-quality stuff, and Matilda is pretty similar, so that must be a good sign. I'm impressed by how authentically Belgian this beer seems. Goose Island must have gotten ahold of a nice yeast strain. While Matilda doesn't quite have the oomph of the likes of Chimay, it comes darn close.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:14:49 | More by Josievan
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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,167 ratings.