Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Ratings: 3,054 | Reviews: 1,102 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by fx20736:
4.29/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a 4pk from Wegman's Calkins Rd on 12/31/13.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a St Bernardus Chalice, served cool.
appearance: attractive reddish amber with a thin white head.
aroma: Belgian yeast, Band Aids, spicy Hops
mouthfeel: solid, prickly, seltzer like
taste: very dry bed of malt, some spicy hops, an aspirin like bitterness
notes: stunningly authentic Belgian Pale. I admire this beer more than I like it. I have 3 more bottles to form a better opinion.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 21:55:21 | More by fx20736
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I enjoyed Matilda out of a bottle last summer. This time, on tap and poured into a snifter.
Dark orange in color with some haze. It actually looked really nice in the (restaurant) setting I was in - as they had some darker woods and orange lighting above the bar. Head didn't last long, and minimal lacing.
Aroma was fruity, almost sour, on the nose. Along with some spice too.
Taste hits you with some of the fruity and peppery smells mentioned above. Citrus...like apple or pear are there. Hints of breadiness and malt too. Nicely balanced and well carbonated, and is very crisp on the palate. Dry finish.
This is a really nice, and easy to drink, Belgian-style beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 14:17:42 | More by BeerDazed
4.19/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, knowing that I had a nice, fresh bottle. The date on the bottle was from the 16th of January so I was excited to have one that was less than two months old. This felt like a Belgian Pale Ale because of how easy this was to quaff and the relatively low alcoholic content and since none of the flavors overpowered the others, the mouthfeel was quite smooth and nicely balanced as well.
Nice pour to this, as this beer had a deep golden hue with some translucence to it. Not a lot of head here but the lacing after the first few sips was some of the best I've seen in a long time, with solid, thick rings left down the side of my pint glass. Lots of apple, with some caramel and candied sugar underneath int he taste. The carbonation and lightness of this made me think of champagne and reminded me of the Brooklyn Local 1, which was the my standard for this style for a long time. While not as light and effervescent as that, this held up well since the biscuit-like mouthfeel lent the right amount of bite to this without being heavy on the wheat or starch.
This almost didn't feel like beer since there really any hops noticeable and the same could have been said for the alcohol. I had to pace myself while drinking this and only a slight warming sensation that came over me as I polished this off led me to realize that there was booze in this. While not outstanding ,this was the best and most accessible example of this style that I ever had and worth a go for anyone who has never tried a Belgian-style Pale Ale or Strong Ale before. Not too sweet, funky, or overpowering, Matilda was a beer that I'd grab again as I await the transition to warmer days ahead. Subtly enjoyable and up to par with its European counterparts.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:54:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,054 ratings.