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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,206 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,206
Hads: 4,417
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 229
Gots: 904 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

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
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Reviews: 1,206 | Hads: 4,417
Photo of Stingraystripe
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

VERY funky nose - musty orange and musty spice. Opaque gold amber with minimal head. Tastes of Dandelions and yeast. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Bitter orange rind finish. Snifter almost too much with the nose on this one - very strong, and a really good exercise in the influence of smell on taste. This one is highly interesting and would make for some great sampling. (383 characters)

Photo of Azaitouna
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look was a very dark gold almost amber pour. The smell was a of fruit but also a weird cheese/yeast smell as well. But the taste was great and with a dry finish. Overall, I enjoyed just need to fix the aroma of the beer. (224 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

When poured it was a beautiful dark amber colored ale. However, I was taken aback by the smell it excreted. It smelled like trash... I will blame that mostly on the yeast but it was really off putting. Though when I tasted it, it was not bad. It had a little spicy notes to it and was very dry. Overall not my kind of beer but it wasn't a horrible experience. (360 characters)

Photo of carolynschaf
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was named after a Princess. It has a wild yeast strain. It is very robust and aromatic. It goes well with pork belly. It has a specific drying action. It should be served close to room temperature. (207 characters)

Photo of joesi
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Brewed(?) start of May 2014; purchased and tasted 1 year later. Large bottle format.

I don't encounter wild/lambic/unique beers like this too often where I'm from, so I just had to pick this up.

Taste; it's *all* about the taste. Nothing to look at or smell really, although in my opinion no beverage at all should be something to look at nor smell.
It takes like a spiced Belgian ale (or at least the sensation of spice— phenolic and alcohol?) combined with a very significant dollop of Brettanomyces (wild fruit yeast). There is a reasonable flavor of hops as well (certainly _at least_ two varieties I'd think), but it's not overpowering , and mixes *VERY* well with the other flavors; I suppose that's what makes this such a critically acclaimed beer. Very rarely and/or slightly the woody hops show themselves, but typically it's just a generic mild bitter hops taste (don't get me wrong, it's great, although I'm not a big hop fan personally).
Note that I didn't notice _any_ major maltiness to this beer than normal, so I don't know why that it's mentioned in the commercial description. It's quite light tasting, and malt —at least in my opinion— is what makes a heavier taste. That said, the taste in here is still very complex without major malt notes.
There is a lingering taste of hops, spice, and Brett all in the aftertaste which is astounding. Best aftertaste I've ever had in any beer, I'd say. It's all balanced nicely, and is almost as if one was still drinking if it wasn't for the total lack of mouthfeel.

Speaking of which, the carbonation is a bit below medium I'd say, and somewhat fine in texture, but nothing too special. Quite nice mouthfeel overall, and the carbonation isn't too high to be uncomfortable.

Notes to a potential purchaser/drinker: If you like brett, definitely try it. If you are clueless, this would be a great thing to try to see if you like it or not. If you can't stand even small amount of brett, definitely avoid this. I think most people would appreciate the wild twist this beer has though; I know I do. It's really *the* thing that makes it.

This beer reminds me slightly of home made —natural— pineapple mead (perhaps more-so just overripe pineapple or fruit) and homemade pear ale that my friend and me have made (the pineapple mead likely containing little to no brett as far as I know though, but could have still been there). (2,396 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is a dark yellow/orange. The aroma you get is a slightly orange smell with a hint of just straight rotten smell as well. Tasting this beer is strictly unpleasant and just not a good at all. (212 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant amber with a thin white finely bubbled foam collar.
S: flowery nose, fruity, some tartness, the barnyard is there but subdued.
T: The beer starts fruity leaning to bubble gum, peach or mango, more malt mid-palate and then a balancing bitterness at the back where the sweet fruits, the malts and the earthy hop bitterness all come together.
F: Medium to medium light body, average to a little above on the carbonation, very fine and soft , has the Brett texture.
O: This should age quite well but unfortunately bottles never last long at my house. (564 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 1/18/2014*
On tap into a shaker. The yeast smell come through strongest, mostly reminiscent of farm-like odors. This is accompanied by some not as strong aromas of citrus and clove spiciness with some trace butter and earthiness scents. It pours a cloudy copper-gold with a white, puffy head which leaves behind some faint lacing. It’s mostly citrus sweet with some lighter floral bitterness, and even light, mellow sour. The first thing noticed in the mouthfeel is the abundant, fizzy carbonation. The crisp, medium body leaves an interesting spicy/floral aftertaste, which has some moderate staying power. This one is probably more enjoyable in warmer weather rather than the middle of winter. (727 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Matilda is a fun twist to beer like Sofie from Goose Island. The golden look with the citrus aftertastes makes you want to try more. This beer was a bit drier then Sofie, but I really enjoyed it. The presentation is also amazing. (229 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this one. There is a strong funkiness I do not like. I would assume it is the brettanomyces yeast that I am not liking. This may be for some people, but to me it just tastes spoiled.

Will not seek our, purchase, or drink again. (241 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very well crafted. Delicate and smooth. This beer isn't hiding anything, it's all up front on the nose/palate. Might be my new "go to" for the spring season. (157 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, a bubbly, brilliant, deep-orange appearance, lots of larger and powdery gray-white sediment roiling about, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sugary, bready, sweet, horse blanket, with some citrus aspects. Taste is of those elements, with some white pepper and fairly bitter hop spicing. Mouthfeel is medium, and Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale finishes champagne-like, flavorful, and not boozy. Smooth stuff.

RJT (515 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a 1-2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild but decent, as is lacing. Aroma of Brett, Brett and more Brett. There is a mild coriander aroma with some hints of citrus. Nice spicy, hoppy burst that smooths out to a strong Belgian yeast taste. Mild astringent coriander aftertaste. Very good beer. Very impressed. (357 characters)

Photo of dethomp
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I only have a small amount of Belgian beer experience and my last one was maybe a year ago. But Matilda is excellent for a newbie. No way that person would always avoid Belgian beer, so his/her opinion would improve. A great starter for this variety. (250 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at frontera ORD. Poured into goblet. Carmel color with half a finger of almond head that quickly dissipated but left solid lacing. Bananna, malt, yeast aromas. Up front spices, yeast, and funkier than I expected. Finishes with a little apricot sweetness. (261 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with white head.

Nose has Belgian yeast notes and bananas and Apple.

Taste follows nose. Over carbonated for my tastes.

Overall a good beer. (172 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color into my Chimay goblet with a bubbly white head. Head retention is fairly good, not much in the way of lacing, Good aroma with peppery spicing and Belgian yeast with some light fruit.
Taste is very good, rivaling some of the better Belgian versions. Strong yeast and spicy profile, some light fruit. Tart, a little funky and mildly sweet at the same time.Mouthfeel is rich, tart and very nicly carbonated. This beer is a winner and one that I will enjoy again. (488 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Malt fruit and spice. . . nice!!
Appearance- A clear copper colored brew with a very small white head.
Taste- Has a nice floral flavor mixed in with the malt
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that has a thin but dry finish.
Overall- A really good beer!! If I come across this again I will definitely drink it. (387 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, hazy. White head, reduces to a thin cast over the top. Some lacing.

S - Apple, strong hit of corruption, off and somewhat unpleasant. As it warms, breadst malts and alcohol eclipse the off notes.

T - Follow the nose, with less emphasis on the off notes. Fruit in the form of apples skins and flesh, cloves and spice. Corruption more in the form of a hint of band aids and plastic. As it warms, this remains, but new notes of minerality and stronger spice elements eclipse the plastic aspect.

M - Pretty clean.

O - I fear this is going through an awkward phase. A shame - I've had it better. The yeast is going all kinds of sideways. I guess I'll grab a Sofie next time. (701 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. 2014.

A: Golden, copper-colored body with good clarity. 1/2 finger of almost white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Must, funk. Grassy, floral hops. Fruit notes with element of indistinct berry, apple. Soil, earth. Candi sugar.

T: Light malt and an earthy funkiness open. Traces of fruit lurk in the background with a hint of sweetness. Noble-type hop bitterness builds to a mostly dry, but not exactly clean, finish. Light alcohol presence at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. A bit syrupy on the palate.

O: Not expressly bad, but this one just didn't resonate with me. A bit anemic in the hop department and the funk factor seemed dominant. Somewhat unique among Belgian pale ales, I suppose, but felt a bit heavy and unrefined.

Prost! (852 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice creamy half inch head, nice lacing.
Smell: Tart Apple, some sweet malt and just a hint of barnyard funkiness
Taste: Very ripe banana, lemony citrus, sour apple, some light brett and light malt flavors.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat light body, but smooth and creamy.
Overall: What a fine beer, I don't get a chance to try this one too often, but I'll take every opportunity to enjoy it I can. (419 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 brew

This beer seems to change each time I try it! Gorgeous color of red, gold, and orange! Nice carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is slightly tart fruit, baking soda, biscuity, mild hop florelness, blackberries.

Taste is different this time then the last. This batch is the October 13 version. Well balanced, but less fruit than I remember. I do get citrus and minor hop florelness. I do get a more biscuity, baking-soda yeastiness. No bitterness. A bit of sourness. Minor funkiness. Finish is a pleasant rounding of malt.

Ever changing beer it seems. I will keep buying it because of that. I like it when it has more fruitiness and a slight more tartness. This version wasn't quite there this time. I pair it with almost anything ... A nice butter poached lobster tail with a saffron rissoto would be excellent. I give it a 90/100. (838 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale cream head. Fruity aroma has notes of banana, pear and tangerine plus a subtle malty tone. Rich & fruity flavor delights the taste buds with banana and pear notes plus hints of tangerine and butterscotch. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz. Waltz with this Matilda! (350 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another amazing beer from Goose Island. This is my sip for the evening while watching World Junior hockey and it is fitting. Chicago is a great sports city and this beer brings a lovely international character. The orange-gold color, steady carbonation and lively mouthfeel are are wonderful combination. Matilda has an alluring scent - yeasty citrus - that pulls you in. The breadth of the flavors are difficult to describe and the final product is truly wonderful. From packaging to pour to finish, this is a special occasion beer. (533 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap and I got lots of bubblegum and strawberry on both the flavor and aroma. It was kind of over powering. I am surprised that this beer clocks in at 7% its pretty light in body. The initial sip was the only sip where i got more of the Belgium yeast flavors and candy sugar sweetness. (303 characters)

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.