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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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very good

1,216 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,216
Hads: 4,487
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 23.87%
Wants: 234
Gots: 959 | 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: 1,216 | Hads: 4,487
Photo of mmahanna41
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good... Look is cloudy amber. Smell is the only thing disappointing about this beer, slightly fruity but very light. Taste is fruity, very light hops taste.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hybrid of Belgian Pale and Belgian Golden Strong.
Aroma restrained with some fruit and farmhouse funk.
Beautiful golden color with a cloudy haziness.
Fruity esters in the flavor with slight spicy and biscuity backbone. Slight tartness.
Bone dry, thin mouthfeel.
All things considered, a fairly one-dimensional Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just realized that somehow I never reviewed this one. An excellent example of the style. I like this one with at least a year on it to really bring our the Brett flavor. I call this the poor man's orval

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Photo of bkatof78
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A little disappointing. 2014 650ml bottle. Excellent carbonation, nice belgian style ale, but lacked the complexity I hoped for. Couldn't help but compare it to Sofie, which I felt was much better.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 650 ml bottle in a DFH snifter 2014 vintage. This fine BPA pours a rustic hazy risty amber with a solid white head of foam that dissipates to a thick layer and solid lacing. Nose of light coriander, lemon zest, banana, honey, yeasty funky goodness, and medium floral hops. Flavors exceed the nose with lemon zest, orange zest, candy sugars, light bubble gum, and light bittering hops on all sides finishing off with a phenol laden banana and spice note that turns to a medium floral/bitter hop note. Excellent mouth feel, good carbonation, and a moderately dry finish. Improves with warmth. Excellent. A treat for hop/Belgian/malt lovers alike. Awesome, always a pleasure!

One of the greats from the Goose!


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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark golden with a creamy head that soon dissipates. Fruity aromas; bannana, mango, pineapple and other tropical fruit. The fruitiness carries over into taste as well as a solid malt and alcohol. Crisp feel, active carbonation. Goes down easily. I liked it a lot and I will definetely have again.

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Photo of farmhaus
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013; 22 oz bottle.
Look: A nice, rich golden color. Slight haziness.
Nose: Somewhat muted. Floral and fruity with undertones of spice.
Taste: Floral/perfumy character up front. Sweet, with some bright, dried fruit. Orange peel. Apricot? A touch of lavender on the backend.
Feel: Wonderful mouthfeel. Medium body. Silky smooth with a great transition to the dry finish.
Overall: Always a great beer.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2013 12 oz bottle, pours hazy honey gold color, smells yeasty and funky slight malty, tastes slight sour with maltiness and bitterness, smooth mouthfeel lasting finish. Carbonation still bright and present.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. This bottle is vintage 2011. The bottle gushed profusely upon opening, but the contents do not seem infected.

A: Tawny colored and hazy. The head stood at five fingers initially due to all the agitation, but settled into a manageable two after a time. Patches of foamy lacing cling here and there.

S: Toast, banana bread, walnuts. Very yeast driven and complex with whiffs of cinnamon and perhaps cardamom, plump golden raisins, and lighter pineapple/star fruit notes. Very slightly musty. Some wet paper bag oxidation.

T: Banana bread with walnuts. Honey. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Yeasty and very lightly musty. Wet paper bag oxidation. Golden raisin a very slight pithy lemon sort of flavor. Hollow hop bitterness, a bit earthy. Doughy and toasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and somewhat chewy feel. Fine carbonation scrubs with a firm but gentle tingle.

O: This is an excellent beer fresh, so take this review with a grain of salt. This was a four year old bottle that, while it didn't age as gracefully as I'd hoped, still wasn't a total loss. Age really took its toll, but it drank ok despite it.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Azaitouna
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of joesi
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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).

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.34/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Michelleluw
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.


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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of dethomp
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.