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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,924
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 183
Gots: 564 | 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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5/5  rDev +24.1%

MaddDogg84, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of 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.

fx20736, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mscottjohnston, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Cheld, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

alwaysplayin, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

flyersfan900, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Arrived a slightly orange amber. Slight head, which was probably the result of the pour. Very little lace on the glass. Slightly hazy, but predominately clear.

S - Mild smell. What is there is mostly a combination of moderately sweet malts and a slight funkiness that is hard to pin-point.

T - Okay, here is where all the complexity lies. The beer starts off somewhat sweet, with a fruity quality. Someone mentioned apples, which I think is closest to what I experienced. The sweetness gives way to a mild sourness that becomes the dominant flavor. Very dry.

M - Medium bodied with nice texture. The carbonation clearly plays a roll here, but it is supporting, rather than overpowering.

O - I keep dipping my toes into the Belgian yeast pool, and each time the water is just not quite my style. I appreciate all of the qualities of this beer, but the sour funkiness of it is still not to my liking.

Andrew041180, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Rhettroactive, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Gregwa, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Buckeyes1, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

rstenson, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

beerman34, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cjohns73, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mugenlude, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of TheVag
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As I do not possess actual fancy beer glasses, this was poured into a wine glass per the helpful suggestion on the label ("SERVE IN"). Given that the label design mimics a fancy wine bottle label, this seemed appropriate, even though I know I've already probably broken some important beer rule. It has a very appealing honey amber color and slight foam: it reminds me of unfiltered apple cider, and, at first whiff, offers similar intense fruit. I'd characterize it as concord grape, with a background of mustiness, grass and hella yeast. The concord grapes follow through into the taste of the beer, IMO, though tempered by a refreshing dryness. And if it weren't for that inherent dryness, I'd have to say the lingering sweetness/fruitiness would really lose me, but evidently the brave men and women on Goose Island were one step ahead of my unsophisticated palate. There's also an appealing fizziness at work as a further counterbalance to that potentially cloying fruit. Overall? It's drinkable but hearty, sweet and sweet-tempered but slightly edgy (7% alcohol, oh my!), and definitely earnest, but in a good way.

TheVag, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Molson2000, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

citylifelover, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

BrewClint, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

21Maestro8, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Alron, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Happyhopper, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Artjsantos, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

bump8628, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

APBT91, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Trfagan3, Dec 26, 2013
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,924 ratings.