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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,019
Reviews: 1,157
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 191
Gots: 605 | FT: 14
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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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely gorgeous beer. Rich amber color with a HUGE, fluffy 3-4 finger head that billows up like a cloud. The head color is just ever-so-slightly-off-white. The head offers great retention and strong lacing as the foam clings to the side of the glass with fervor.

S- Classic Belgian yeast aroma. Some notes of clove with a clean, somewhat medicinal aroma. Also some mild fruit aromas, maybe a little apricot and a touch of banana. Also just a little bit of alcohol too.Pretty good aromas. Not the most phenomenal in the world, but not bad.

T- Not surprisingly, the yeast seems to make most of the flavor contributions in this beer. There is some clove and and a phenolic, medicinal taste. The medicinal taste is a good, clean taste, and not a negative factor. There is a mild hop presence at the end and into the aftertaste. It is mild, but it is there. The hops contribute a nice floral flavor, and even some clean spicy hop notes like you would find with Saaz hops. Overall, pretty good taste.

M- Nice and smooth. Great mouthfeel for the style.

O-pretty solid beer. A little more subtle than a lot of other Belgian styles, but i like the subtlety. Really solid beer. Can't find much of a fault in this beer at all.

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Goose Island Event @ the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $5. Tapped from the Silver Goose Handle w/ a black beak into a 16oz Tulip Glass.

Story Behind this Brew: Have wanted to enjoy on-tap & compare to the bottle for months now. Finally have the chance and while its a Goose Island event night, what better night to enjoy it!

Aroma- Huge complexed aroma with tons of fruit and light spiciness. Can't make out any of the fruits but pear comes across for a reason. Good amount of hops are donated to the aroma section too.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a golden colored body with good clarity. Effervescent and leaves a bit of the "Belgian" lace I find many times in this Goose Island line up.

Flavor- Has a good marriage of malt character, fruitiness, and light hop. The hops are almost spicy in here and the bitterness level is light-medium. The malt and sweetness definitely take charge.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Very High Carbonation, Effervescent, and goes down smoother than ever!

Overall Impression- And the jury says... This one is a winner! Not sure between this one & the Sofie on the drinkability for people but would be able to throw this in front of anyone and they can appreciate it! Enjoyed again and will many more times.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the maltilda into a goblet, slightly hazy and orange amber with a white abundant head that actually replenished thoughout drinking.
The smells were fruity banana and berries.
Tastes of citrus, grapefruit bitterness, some slight sweetness within as well.
Creamy mouthfeel with all of that head retention adding to the experience.
Everall a fine belgian strong.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 4,019 ratings.