Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Ratings: 3,636 | Reviews: 1,132 | Display Reviews Only:
1.4/5 rDev -65.3%
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.
07-04-2012 02:16:30 | More by Mongoose
2.05/5 rDev -49.1%
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.
04-17-2007 04:28:23 | More by Illini5596
2.08/5 rDev -48.4%
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.
09-06-2011 16:43:38 | More by jbakajust1
2.15/5 rDev -46.7%
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.
05-24-2010 21:35:04 | More by Prostman81
2.23/5 rDev -44.7%
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.
02-24-2013 15:59:08 | More by dvmin98
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,636 ratings.