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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,175 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3175
Reviews: 1111
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%


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 soju6:
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soju6

Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2013 vintage. Pours an amber color with a decent head that fades slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of malt, fruits, some pine and spice with bit of caramel. Taste of malt, some caramel sweetness, citrus, with some fruit and spice in the background. Subtle bitterness and the finish is quite dry. Medium body, smooth with a nice bit of malty character. Nicely balanced as the there is no hint of the 7% ABV. Nice beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:56:04 | More by soju6
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magictacosinus

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decided to crack this open with my dinner - 2013 vintage no less, bottled in "01/09/13"! Unfortunately, I didn't cellar this one this time around - I purchased this at a store and have no idea what the storing conditions were. Poured out of a 765ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden, straw amber color, complete with a rising foamy head that's similar to soap bubbles, yet not nearly as thick - it descends rather quickly over the course of consumption, perhaps in part due to the age on this. It does leave behind some cobwebby lacing against the sides of the glass, including a half finger of head that sticks around for a good long while. Bubbly, yet more subdued - if this is supposed to be GI's take on Orval (as I've heard), it's not too far off - no one else it the world is going to be able to exactly replicate that beer's head, regardless.

Smells delightfully fruity, with some brief farmhouse and spice notes immediately at the forefront. Ripe peaches, pineapple, pear, yellow apples, as well as some brief hints of strawberries and orange. Slightly pine forward, yet far more grassy than you'd expect, with some wet hay, barnyard elements that keep things interesting. White pepper, lavender, and a slight herbal texture underneath. Fruit forward and yeasty overall, and the toffee and caramel notes keep things slightly interesting. It's earthy, but only to an extent - it's solid yet lacks the much needed rustic grace that's difficult to obtain in these types of beers.

The flavor is suprisingly different from the aroma, in the sense that it's far more mild. Yes, some of the yeasty notes, ranging from apples, pears, and light peach are here, as well as a brief dried grassy flavor, with earthy citrus and floral notes to round things up. Finishes more earthy, with a honeyed banana filled yeasty flavor, as well as some caramel and toffee. The aftertaste is extremely mild, with a lingering sweetness from the malts and fruity phenolic flavor from the yeast, but it's not extremely lively. Finishes clean, with mild bitterness and and some toasty grainy notes, but there's not much else to report about. The carbonation is excellent, as well as the feel of the beer (medium-bodied), which accentuates the delicate flavors of the beer, but I'd imagine this was more complex at its youth. Maybe I opened this too young?

I expected a year to do something to this, but instead there's not too much else to report other than this is like many other farmhouse styled ales I've had domestically, with this containing the notable exception of appearing cleaner and crisper in body than others I've had in the past. It's solid and extremely food friendly (paired excellent with hand patted grilled burgers), and isn't a bad price ($10), but there's honestly other beers of its kind that I'd more often run to get, and especially that goes for those I'd lay down - Orval itself, for instance. Not bad, but I definitely heard better things about this with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 07:51:52 | More by magictacosinus
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tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-24-2014 02:46:36 | More by tclipse
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robotiks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-23-2014 01:25:01 | More by robotiks
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jbravo79

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-22-2014 23:35:34 | More by jbravo79
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RedRockOasis

Florida

5/5  rDev +24.1%

04-22-2014 21:50:15 | More by RedRockOasis
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Bonsall_Phil

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass
Purchased from La Vista Liquor in Vista CA

A: beautiful clarity, almost no head with fairly aggressive pour.

N: sweet shortbread like malt on the nose, pleasant

T: a little raisin fruit forward, lasting sweet malt lingers in the otherwise dry aftertaste.

M: runny and thin, not much body here.

One of my favorite styles, but I'm pretty underwhelmed by this one. Still very drinkable and certainly not a bad flavor, just a little light. Perhaps a bad bottle, I trust the merchant highly on the storage.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 01:23:08 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-21-2014 21:21:26 | More by Mini4x
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Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-20-2014 14:00:46 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-19-2014 17:37:15 | More by Ultimate
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-19-2014 06:27:59 | More by billysveen
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-18-2014 19:31:07 | More by Andy_Luft
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Celtics17

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slight sourness, not what I was looking for with that, but it doesn't kill the beer. I do get some apple, and some sweetness. You can really taste the Belgian yeast coming through. A dry finish, and a slight fruity bite after this beer sits in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 06:14:11 | More by Celtics17
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-18-2014 03:11:13 | More by alex_hart
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apasternak

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-18-2014 01:54:24 | More by apasternak
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2010, properly cellared bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a thin off-white head that left light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light stone fruit and mild oxidation. Flavor begins subdued dried light stone fruit, and light caramel, but the caramel intensifies towards the finish revealing bready malt and more intense stone fruit flavors, mildy buttery. Medium bodied. I took brief notes on this when I bought it fresh and they reveal that I was not too impressed with it, finding the flavors pleasant but underwhelming. I have been skeptical about the claim on the bottle that it would age for up to five years. I'm not in doubt now, this has turned out quite nicely. Still somewhat restrained, but the light fruit fruit flavor of the young beer have not so much intensified as become deeper, like dried fruit. Quite enjoyable and I will certainly age this one again if I see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:08:56 | More by LiquidAmber
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Matt_Quinn

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-16-2014 18:57:22 | More by Matt_Quinn
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-16-2014 08:18:25 | More by Burt
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DubCo21

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-16-2014 02:16:21 | More by DubCo21
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JaBes

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-16-2014 01:23:10 | More by JaBes
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California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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EdTheEdge

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-13-2014 23:26:56 | More by EdTheEdge
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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TeddyMcKinney


3/5  rDev -25.6%

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,175 ratings.