Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Ratings: 3,495 | Reviews: 1,124 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Phatz:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Goose Island continues to impress. Matilda is a nice treat.
Appearance: Pours an orange brown hue in my snifter glass a thick head stands only 1-2 fingers and falls quickly to a partial cap and collar around the glass.
Smell: Fruity and sweet but with a nice Brett sour apple twist, herbal tea, and plenty of cinnamon and some alcohol.
Taste: It is warm with alcohol but quite pleasant with a light yeasty tartness, a bready pale male attribute and perfect phenolic tropical fruits. Banana pineapple apple pear, with lemon honey and coriander. Finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and pepper on the cheeks along with just a touch of sour funk. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body beer with a snap.
Drinkability: This beer is as drinkable I would expect from a 7% Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It is a great Horderves sipping beer, and yet one I won't tire of.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2007 08:21:10 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
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 3,495 ratings.