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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,925
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 183
Gots: 564 | 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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Ratings: 3,925 | Reviews: 1,152 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Josievan:
Photo of Josievan
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.

Josievan, Feb 20, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of don1481
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Just picked it up from the grocery store, so no refrigeration.

Appearance: Golden with a bit of haze and a nice, steady stream of bubbles. Poured with about a finger-width of foam at the top. Foam does a nice job of lingering, but not obnoxiously so.

Smell: Definitely... different. Get the bananas, cloves... I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Is this the "funk" that others are talking about? Interesting and complex, to say the least.

Taste: VERY complex. Yeasty, sweat, and with a hint of hops all in one sip. I keep having to drink this thing down just to be able to try and figure out all the different flavor notes. I may empty my glass just trying to figure this one out. This is REALLY REALLY delicious - that much I can say.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, and pretty clean. Lingers slightly, but it's not a bad linger by any stretch. Makes me want to drink more of it. Definitely not a bad thing.

Overall: I might down the entire 4 pack I bought tonight. This is disappearing from my glass at a surprising pace. Keeper! It'll be hard to cellar if I buy it because I'll just want to keep drinking it.

don1481, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

aszatk01, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

beerhunter13, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DanGeo, May 24, 2014
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Fear4Beer, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Smokesnotes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Smokesnotes, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: A deep golden beer with excellent clarity. Pours with a finger of fine to rocky, off-white faom that leave fine lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of floral hops and orange aroma with a some black pepper. There is a moderate amount of bubble gum, barn yard brett aroma in there.

T: Fruity and spicy with a touch of honey-like malt sweetness. There is a moderately-low hops bitterness. Some brett funk. Oranges, peaches and black pepper. The balance is a slightly sweet and the finish is medium.

M: Medium bodied with a strong level of carbonation.

O: Exceptional, everything I want in a Belgian Strong like fruit and black pepper without being all that sweet with a satisfying brett character.

12 oz Bottle, bottled on: 07/26/12

MadScientist, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of MaxT
4/5  rDev -0.7%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Nose starts off with bread and subtle brett and a spicy hop note, toffee, and a biscuit dough note that is a little to pronounced for me.

The flavors are very unusual. A kiwi-like fruitiness mid palate, caramel, watermelon, orange, with a slight tart touch. It remains fairly sweet overall.

Not bad, though I would like to try an older bottle to see if the brett comes out more and the flavors synch up a little better.

brownbeer, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

npala86, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of kaimcm
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 03/2006, sampled 05/07

A: gunsmoke and a mild eruption. age and bottle conditioning have produced an agitated beer. medium brown body with amber hue. over fluffy white head. a few splotches, not much.

S: spicey, bready, yeasty. husk and pepper, ginger, a tinge of alcohol and some peach fuzz kinda fruityness. light funk.

T/M: body is light, a bit prickly. over carbonated due to its age, needs to be worked out with agitation and air. softens up with time. very bready and yeasty, almost overly so. lightly fruity, funky, hints of wasabi and soy, starch and salt. a bit spicey but not as present as in the nose. finishes dry and slightly astringent.

D: decent. doesnt offend by any means but doesnt really beg for much more.

overall a nice beer. seems like a solid foundation for a few tweaks and the eventual production of a really nice beer. i wonder how much the age in the bottle has effected it but as i find it, this beer is lacking a complexity, and artistry readily available in other belgian examples.

kaimcm, May 07, 2007
Photo of withliterature
4/5  rDev -0.7%

withliterature, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Tiernan, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

tbryan5, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz bottle that was bottled on 10/10/08. Donated to the cause by a friend.

A: Nice clear dark golden color. Plenty of carbonation. Creamy head, great head retention and nice frothy lacing.

S: Yeasty, phenols, fruity pears, almost a wheat dryness

T: Tangy fruitiness like the smell is up front. Goes quickly into a phenolic taste but also some has sweet maltiness. Good amount of hop - very well balanced. Overall flavor is not that complex but seems to be delicate and well done.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fuller body than you would expect. Plenty of carbonation that adds plenty of life without the prickly aggression.

D: I am not the biggest fan of Belgian ales but this is a really nice brew. I'd be happy to have it again and I'd love to try it at Goose. I would also be interested to see how this flavor manifests itself over time.

sgoodship, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of mysteryatoms
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%

mysteryatoms, Aug 30, 2014
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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,925 ratings.