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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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90
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3,677 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,677
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 163
Gots: 464 | 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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Reviews by mralphabet:
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into le poured tulip glass.

A: Poured a cloudy copper color with a little less than a fingers worth of head that settles to a small ring with a touch of lacing.thin head that disappears quickly.

S: Big cinnamon, with touches of cloves and sweet malts. I'm also getting a little unripe banana and yeast.

T: Wow strong sweet notes right up front lots of cinnamon with hints of sweet caramel malt and a little unripe banana just like the smell. Then I'm getting a quick hit of tart fruit maybe green apple?? ... It is quite a wild mix flavors. I'm getting a little pepper and clove in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a little stickiness.

O: Wow very complex flavors mixed in here with a wonder balance of sweet and tart.... A fantastic beer. At 7% ABV this is a one or two and done.. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, let this one warm up and little and it just gets better and better... Very much worth looking for.

01-22-2013 03:20:44 | More by mralphabet
More User Reviews:
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

11-24-2013 02:41:45 | More by don1481
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-14-2013 23:40:35 | More by aszatk01
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-14-2013 20:57:34 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-03-2014 14:22:07 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-24-2014 17:51:15 | More by DanGeo
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Fear4Beer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-04-2014 04:07:59 | More by Fear4Beer
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Smokesnotes

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-24-2014 00:32:56 | More by Smokesnotes
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

07-06-2013 18:36:57 | More by tectactoe
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MadScientist

New York

4.69/5  rDev +16.4%

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

03-29-2013 23:41:30 | More by MadScientist
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-18-2013 16:30:09 | More by jono0101
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MaxT

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-28-2013 04:42:24 | More by MaxT
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -5%

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.

12-11-2009 00:23:00 | More by brownbeer
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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-10-2013 19:39:26 | More by npala86
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kaimcm

California

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

05-07-2007 03:48:12 | More by kaimcm
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withliterature

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-24-2013 22:58:42 | More by withliterature
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-23-2014 04:42:27 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-27-2013 02:58:41 | More by tbryan5
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-09-2013 22:09:01 | More by TimBeaulieu
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-07-2014 14:20:15 | More by GameOfBeers
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-07-2009 04:44:27 | More by sgoodship
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-09-2012 16:01:06 | More by JacobMutberg
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mysteryatoms

Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +20.1%

08-30-2014 11:27:58 | More by mysteryatoms
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clflava

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +24.1%

03-05-2013 18:31:37 | More by clflava
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-11-2014 08:27:38 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,677 ratings.