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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,505 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 151
Gots: 409 | 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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Vig


1/5  rDev -75.2%

10-14-2012 02:48:25 | More by Vig
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ErikTheRedd

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.2%

04-19-2012 21:30:27 | More by ErikTheRedd
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lovelyallen


1/5  rDev -75.2%

10-26-2012 00:36:18 | More by lovelyallen
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tdevo

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -75.2%

01-05-2014 14:48:45 | More by tdevo
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Filabee

Michigan

1/5  rDev -75.2%

06-02-2014 02:12:51 | More by Filabee
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Pyjack

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.2%

12-14-2012 20:51:33 | More by Pyjack
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -75.2%

08-21-2012 03:28:50 | More by tmars13
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Mongoose


1.4/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured okay - a rich honey color although the head did not stay long.

The smell was almost skunky. Before I even sipped it I was a little wary.

The taste was horrible - dirty diaper would absolutely best describe it. I had one a couple of weeks ago and felt for sure that it had to be a skunk bottle. Went back 3 weeks later - got another bottle - and tasted again. Same result -

I love a good ale.This is not an easy drinking beer.

This is a beer I could never recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:16:30 | More by Mongoose
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jlynch1987

Iowa

1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

04-13-2012 21:07:46 | More by jlynch1987
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Dayman766

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

03-26-2014 14:21:12 | More by Dayman766
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

11-03-2012 16:29:50 | More by RobertColianni
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jubie921

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -50.4%

06-01-2014 17:14:26 | More by jubie921
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Etan

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -50.4%

12-23-2011 06:19:21 | More by Etan
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.4%

01-15-2014 07:04:19 | More by ChainChompsky
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harrylee773

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.4%

10-12-2012 14:21:47 | More by harrylee773
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -50.4%

09-29-2013 01:49:57 | More by JohnnyK
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cjac

Maryland

2/5  rDev -50.4%

06-24-2012 00:04:39 | More by cjac
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Illini5596

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy amber with a small bit of head (maybe half an inch) which sadly fades quickly. The lace is sticky but almost non-existent.

I'm mildly put off by the smell, kind of grassy, with some unpleasantness.

On tasting it, given the bad odor, poor head, and almost non-existent carbonation, I'm beginning to think I have a skunked beer. Just bought it this week too. A shame. I'll re-review this one when I get the chance, given the excellence of the other Goose Island reserves I have trouble believing this beer is really this bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 04:28:23 | More by Illini5596
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jbakajust1

Oregon

2.08/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz 01/26/2010 Bottle poured into SN Tulip

A - Deep ruby with a 2 finger beige head, nice carbonation, but too light for the style, very clear, head fades to thin cap with good lacing

S - Dark fruits, light cellar must, a little horsiness, grass, peppery alcohol, caramel and toffee, cloves, pears, a little banana, and mild chocolate

T - Chocolate, caramel, light spiciness, warming alcohol, raisins, dates and figs, honey, a little horsey.

M - Medium to full body, sweet, rich, lightly carbonated.

O - Very complex, deep, rich, spicy beer with lots of dark fruits, some Brett character, sweet finish, really enjoyed it... but it is not a Belgian Golden Strong. It is way too dark in color, aroma and flavor is of dark fruits and caramel and not of pears or apples, carbonation is too light, and the finish is too sweet for the style, Belgian Golden Strong finishes dry and has a lighter body. Great beer, just not to style. Had it been categorized as a Belgian Dark Strong, would have had an A.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 16:43:38 | More by jbakajust1
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Prostman81

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer seemed to be trying too hard to be something. I like plenty of GIs other offerings, but this one just was a swing and a miss for me.

Poured a decent head, but just couldn't decipher any aroma. None of the usual malt/hop/yeast notes, except for maybe a tartness or sour note.

Taste is where this one falls flat for me. Too much Brett character...I just can't seem to get past it's flavor to appreciate any of the other things that would normally be associated with this style. The mouthfeel just is too thin...bordering on watery. Combined with the funk of the brett and it made for an unhappy camper. Managed to get thru the bottle but that's it, no more for me.

And I don't believe aging this one (as told by GI) will help it any either. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 21:35:04 | More by Prostman81
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dvmin98

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a 22 oz bottle. Shared with several friends.

I assume I got an infected bottle. Everyone drain poured it. The taste was pungeant and horrible. I couldn't get past 3 sips.

From reading all the reviews, that's what it has to be. Will try it once again to make sure, but in the meantime, I have to give a poor rating.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 15:59:08 | More by dvmin98
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

12-08-2012 05:57:50 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

07-25-2014 22:11:49 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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FlemingVSKing

Florida

2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've come to realize that while I love IPA's, standard pale ales are just not my favorite and this one is a good example why.

It's flavor is just funky. It tastes musty and that being the case, any other redeeming factor can't possibly salvage it.

It does seem to be well crafted however so if pale ales are your thing or your looking to try one for the first time then this is probably one to check out.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:43:43 | More by FlemingVSKing
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DangQuesadilla

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap tonight at my local establishment. I was rather disappointed and could not even finish the glass. It was served in a nice glass, and the bartender stated that it usually goes for $9 a glass. Tonight was half off all tap beers and I was getting a deal. I found this to have a slight undertone of peach... but after that, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. It tasted like the smell of a dirty diaper to me. As I leave near Chicago, I have an affinity towards Goose Island. This one, is for the birds. Never again. Terrible mouth taste. Like I said, dirty diaper.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:37:04 | More by DangQuesadilla
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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.