Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Morakaton:
4.23/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Ah, Goose Island's Matilda, an interesting brew indeed. After trying the 4 sisters out at a tasting recently, I decided to crack a bottle of one of their relatives, the relatively praised Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Matilda.
The logistics: 12oz bottle dated April 10, 2013, poured into a snifter. The beer has been in storage in a pantry kept at about 65 degrees for the last 4 months, stored in a fridge 6 hours before serving.
Aromas and appearance: Upon opening the bottle, the nose let off a wonderful fruity and spicy fragrance that filled my nostrils. The drink poured with a nice small 1 inch head that turned into a lingering ring. There is a lot of character going on in this bright golden amber body, with very pretty lacing and foamy figures on the surface of the beer.
Mouthfeel and taste: The beer has a very nice, slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, but has enough retention that the beer holds up well. Slightly above average ABV at 7%, but it's completely hidden for the most part. The taste is much like the nose, lot's of fruit and spice as typical in belgian style beer. Very well balanced, no one taste is too overpowering. Well carbonated too, perhaps just a bit too much carbonation though.
Overall: This was a big improvement for Goose Island for me tonight (aside from the godly Bourbon County series), as the 4 sisters disappointed me, and also since my first beer of tonight's drinking session was their relatively bland and imbalanced Sixth Day brown ale. I would love to purchase a 2014 bottle and compare a fresh bottle with this 10 month old bottle, I'm not quite sure if age makes a big difference, but they supposedly can develop for up to 5 years.
Until next time!
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 02:42:02 | More by Morakaton
More User Reviews:
3.05/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From a bottle into a pilsner glass. 5/21/14 is the date
A: the best part about this beer. It's a golden orange color with a thin layer of thick head and whisper lace on the glass
S: slight aroma or hops and orange peel
T: follows the smell right down to being slight.
M: light on the tung. I can see this being great on a hot day
O: a bit disappointed with this one. With the reputation goose island's rare and mainstream beers has. I was hoping the less popular would still be really good.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 00:53:26 | More by Gear54
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,531 ratings.