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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,496
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 150
Gots: 406 | 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

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Photo of KarlHungus


2.35/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into minimal lacing. The aroma is of some malt and some yeast, but is very subdued especially for the style. The taste is much the same, but with a strong nasty vomit like thing that I guess is most likely the yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this beer is hard to drink. I will not be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:03:48 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip and enjoyed with pan seared sea bass and a light herb salad.

A - nothing all that special, Golden straw colored with a decent head that did not last too long and left a little bit of lacing.

S - I got some sweet fruit (maybe grapes and apples) along with some citrus grapefruit.

T - I get a lot of fruits; apples peaches grapes and grapefruit. then the hops come a knocking and leave a clean finish.

M - Light and lively yet this is more full bodied beer than you'd expect.

D - Definitely a beer I could drink all night. It left me wanting another one. It was excellent with the fish, one of those moments that will make me remember the pairing and try to repeat it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:14:41 | More by thepeter
Photo of vishneda


3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Liked: The aroma got nice as the beer warmed; floral hop notes mixed with grape and yeast are a pleasant mix. Has a nice crisp finish and decent lacing.

Disliked: This beer was too vine forward for me; it was like a champagne trapped inside a beer's body. It's gassy and body is nothing special for the style/price point.

It's possible that this 2009 variety is still too young and needs a little more time to condition. I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 15:45:35 | More by vishneda
Photo of bsp77


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange with bubbly head and lacing that forms and recedes with each sip.

Smell: Tropical fruit, banana, clove, earthy, and slightly tart. A little bit of that wet horse blanket aroma from the Brett.

Taste: Very hoppy, but not in a particularly bitter way. Tropical fruit (pineapple, fleshy fruit), pepper, spice, and an odd (but great) dry earthy mustiness. Complex and I feel inadequate to describe it.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry.

Drinkability: Nice sipping beer that is a great affordable alternative to Orval. Of course, Orval is still a little better overall.

One of my favorite Goose Island beers, along with Bourbon County Stout and Harvest Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:57:41 | More by bsp77
Photo of Beejay


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange, not a lot of head at all, slightly hazy.

S:Ripe citrus fruits, orange and maybe some clove.

T: Sweet and fruity, with heavy citrus and orange flavors.. a nice kick in the finish with some cloves and yeast flavors.

M:Like thick champaign.

D: Refreshing fruity and tasty. Great beer for a hot day, or for getting warm by a campfire. Easily approachable, and good for belgian beginners.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:36:54 | More by Beejay
Photo of jsh420


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 4/01/2009

pours clear bright amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left notches of lacing

smell sweet fruit banana pear - belgian yeast

taste is above avg. but still lacks - good fruit flavor and some nice bitterness a little spice

mouthfeel is light/medium not much carbonation very smooth

drinkability is ok but there are much better choices in this style

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:04:01 | More by jsh420
Photo of jnezda


2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Since I am trying local beer in Chicago and really enjoyed the 312 and Honkers I thought I would give their Belgian a whirl. Overall it was sort of disappointing but still flavourful.

Appearance: Pale for a Belgian amber colour with head that fades quickly with no lacing.

Smell: Light citrus and heavy on the hops.

Taste: Standard Belgian that lacks much character. The lack of carbonation also makes the finish sort of a let down. Overly sweet with some honey taste but little citrus.

Mouthfeel: Sort of airy considering the limited carbonation. Not too much body.

Drinkability: Beer was acceptable but not something I would buy again. There are a number of better Belgian style beers available.

Matilda Belgian Style Ale is an aberration from the other Goose Island beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:16:02 | More by jnezda
Photo of TexIndy


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 edition and bottled on 3/11/09. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Was an orange amber color. Good carb streams in center from etching. Good amount of slow sliding lace. It had a good sized white head that settled into a collar and partial center foam.

The aroma was very fruity and sweet. Almost overly so. Some spice in the back but needed it to be more prevalent. The taste followed the aroma. Very sweet with a little more spice. I found the sweet to be a bit overwhelming after awhile. This one would definitely benefit from some aging. Need to find another and age it. Needed some more spice or hops to cut the sweet. Mouthfeel was good as the carb levels were perfect.

Overall, an interesting but ultimately flawed beer for me. Too sweet in aroma and taste to want another fresh one. Would like to get one and age it to see how it tastes. One and done for fresh versions.


Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 23:22:52 | More by TexIndy
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: White head that doesn't last very long at all. Cloudy peach sweet tea coloring (for those of you down south), golden-orange-ish.

S: Very fruity, golden raisins, prune, and honey.

T: Sweet like the smell. A grapefruit taste, with a warming alcohol presence but not strong. Very sweet though. Tastes similar to a lambic.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel when it first hits your tongue, then gets lighter.

D: Not too highly drinkable because of the sweetness and the medium bodied mouthfeel, but it grows on you.

Notes: At first this beer wasn't tasting too good to me, but it grew on me. Tastes almost like a lambic. I'm not sure if my bottle was a little undercarbonated, but compared to some other reviews it seemed to not be as light and had little head. However, it was a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:35:38 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of AgentZero


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly orange, and cloudy. Not a lot of head, no real lacing on this.

S - Oddly fruity, with a nice hopes smell to it.

T - This is a very sweet Belgian strong. A lot of fruit comes through on this one, tastes a lot like it smells and finishes very quickly. No surprises on this one, it is what it is.

M - Nice carbonation, medium bodied, goes down very smooth.

D - Easy to drink, could do a lot of these, especially considering the 7% it's holding.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:15:23 | More by AgentZero
Photo of FernMaster


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I poured this bottle (the one I'm reviewing) into a Sam Adam's pint glass. Out of the three bottles I've poured thus far the beer has had very little head and lining on the glass as I've drank it, regardless of the glassware I've used. However, Matilda is a gorgeous gold beer that shines in the light giving a hint of red color. The smell is predominantly of lemon; a very nice aroma which beats out new car any day of the week. But once you taste it - oh - joy. The taste makes you want to seek out a girl named Matilda and show her your admiration for the beer (take that as you will). The lemon and yeast combination is so well balanced that it's very accessible, easy to drink and a damn good treat. Matilda reminds me of the Morimoto Soba Ale, but somehow better - this shocked the crap out of me. I love that Rogue product and if any of you have had that, you MUST try Matilda just to see if you find this to be more alluring.

Matilda may very well become one of my staple purchases. A great appearance, an alluring smell, easy drinkability and an excellent taste, all of this makes this beer a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 04:26:17 | More by FernMaster
Photo of jrallen34


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium gold slight orange cloudy with a white head, below average lacings.

It smells predominantly hoppy, but not a good hops, a mildewish hops, slight citrus(grapefruit) and notes of spices.

This not a belgian strong pale ale, I'll go with an American Pale Ale. Its a complete sessional, I could crush many of these. It tastes light hoppy and citrus, very ok, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:48:53 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Deep orange/red. Small head that happened to recede quickly.

S - Atypical scent for this style. Fruity by nature with a hint of peach.

T - Right along the line with a Belgian Ale. A little fruity but not too much with a nice bitter end. The flavor really comes out when you let this warm up a little bit.

M - I would say this is about right on when it comes to mouthfeel. A little on the lighter side but good overall.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. Pretty spot on for the style. A good one to sip on when the weather is warm.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:42:42 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of glid02


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy brownish-gold color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy pears, white grapes, and sweet malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by pear and white grape flavors midway through the sip. The ending is very sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a viscous thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a nice BSPA but it could use a bit more complexity. Still, it's solid and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:29:19 | More by glid02
Photo of Mistofminn


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub and Herb tonight.

Poured into a large wine glass. Color is amber orange, with a thin layer of off-white head. No lacing apparent.

The nose is very strange. I was expecting Brett, but got none. I got cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla and clove, maple syrup and allspice. It's very strange, I was expecting a more yeasty Belgian with a hint of Brett, but I didn't get it.

The taste falls in line with my observations from the nose. Slightly sour, with dominant nutmeg, vanilla and clove. I get dark fruits and a light hop bitterness. Not what I was expecting, but good none the less.

Mouthfeel is light. Lively carbonation gives it a bit of a bite, but nothing too intense. Drinkability is pretty high.

I don't know why, but I'm too big of a fan of this. It reminds me of Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale too much, which I wasn't a huge fan of. There are plenty better Goose Island brews.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 06:07:33 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of wyattshotmaker


2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 poured into a chalice,this beer is amber with a nice head. honestly,i'm not too impressed with this beer.i think because it's a year old.tastes like a watered down dubbel.smell is slightly nutty,reminds me of bbq sauce quite honestly. mouthfeel and carbonation are kinda meh,drinkablity is below average.im going to have to get a fresher bottle i think.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:58:25 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of vrazionale


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On This Date: 10/10/08 1749"

A - Sunset red body with a thick, foamy head that backs down to a thin layer across the top of the brew.

S - Juicy, summer stone fruit - peaches, apricots, and plums. A hint of mango and papaya. I pick up on a hint of hop pungency, alongside a touch (very, very slight) of basement funk. As the brew warms, a there is a slightly off-putting element of medicinal rubbery smells that distracts from the otherwise dynamic nose. I would have rated the Smell a 4.5 without this off-aroma.

T - Still a dominant summer fruit character (peaches and papaya come to the fore), but the sweet, juicy fruit is well-balanced by the subtle bitter hop notes. I also pick up on a yeasty sweet bread character. I noticed a touch of apple flavors as well, and then every sip afterwards reminded me of apple juice!

M - Perhaps a bit too light-bodied for the style, but the juicy fruit flavors and texture help to mask that.

D - A wholly enjoyable brew. I love the fruit character here. I agree with the label in that this brew would be great with mussels, and it would make a great complement to a rustic pork pate or a fresh goat's milk cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:06:00 | More by vrazionale
Photo of cvaypai


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2009 version, poured into goblet.

Appearance - Golden orange with small amounts of small sediment. Poured with 1 finger frothy head that stays. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells spicy, bready and fruity. Picking up sweet cherries and apples. Nice belgian esters coming through.

Taste - Starts up front with sweet cherries and a nice sweet mouthfeel. Ends with a bit of bitter, pretty tasty actually. This is surprisingly well rounded. Lots of bread and belgian flavor.

Mouthfeel - A bit overcarbonated and something that just doesn't seem right, a bit of bite, hard to explain.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these, they aren't too sweet or too overpowering, a tasty beer I would like to pair with some foods.

A pretty good american belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:01:38 | More by cvaypai
Photo of cbaird2


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap in a tulip glass at Crescent Moon, Omaha, NE

A - Golden amber, with a little orange to it. thick, off white head that lasted a bit before dissapating.

S - Fruity, lightly hoppy with a little spice

T - The hops do it. Really nicely bitter, not overdone. A little spice at the end as well, the taste then almost disappears. Leaves you wanting more.

M - Very carbonated, easy to drink, and with the finish just ending, makes you want the next drink a little more quickly than normal.

D - Goes down great, almost too quick - though you wouldn't want more than a couple of these in one session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 20:56:27 | More by cbaird2
Photo of allengarvin


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bomber pours out a nice amber-orange beer with a thin but persistent head and decent lacing. Oh, very nice aroma of sweet fruit backed by a solid, unmistakeable brett character. The brett comes through clearly on the first taste, musty and spicy. Hops provide a nice grassy edge, with good bitterness, though not as high as the classic Orval. Very nice fruitiness (a tad lemony, or perhaps acidic like certain tomatoes) throughout, ending dry. Highly carbonated, with a spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel.

Very good beer, though I have to say Wild Devil is the best brett-brewed beer I've had in recent years. This is plenty good, though. I'd like to age it and see if the brett character comes out more over time.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 05:06:30 | More by allengarvin
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 300, cheers! Purchased at Merchants, Dearborne MI and enjoyed in a tulip glass. Under a light, it's honey and ripe apricot in colour and very hazy; can't see a finger on the other side of the glass. Dense head is beige or sand coloured with sticky sheet lace to begin with and minute slow moving bubbles beneath the exterior. Good retention, it's a nice looking BSPA.

Aroma of banana is very strong with vanilla and hints of nutmeg and allspice. Taste of rum n' raisin, banana, clove and a tart, sour fruit finish that lingers and conjures up images of rotting peach. Underlying tartness is matched by a smooth, creamy, dense and even texture, the rich and full bodied mouthfeel is quite exceptional. Alcohol well in sych. This strikes me as an ideal and luxurious after dinner drink to savour ... and then savour some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:31:34 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 a golden, nearly clear. persistent cap
3.5-4 s brown banana peel is the predominant, almost exclusive scent. weizenbocky. maybe a touch of pear and cider vinegar.
3.5 t taste is a pale version of the smell, but with a touch of peppery alcohol coming through. hollow zingy tartness in the finish.
3.5 m light-med, a bit on the light side for the style and not as luxurious, slick, or creamy as anticipated. the carbonation is rather prickly.
3 d not as interesting or flavorful as hoped. and overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:12:27 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition. This beer pours a golden orange. There is a small white head that never fully disappears. Aroma is fruitty and of funk and pumpkin pie like spice.

Taste is funky, with an acidic tartness. Slightly sour fruit is present. A green apple like flavor. Light spice in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little lighter than I would prefer. The finish is dry. Nice for a summer day with the tartness. Not bad, but not really my thing with the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:34:29 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2009 bottle with a twist off poured into a tulip

Clear translucent golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves a nice crown and some spots of lacing. Spicy and sweet, belgian yeast, some fruitiness, clove, candy sugar. Taste is very nice balance between the spice, yeast and fruit. Medium body with very high carbonation makes this very light in the mouth. Starts slightly fruity and sweet with belgian yeast before a slightly bitter finish with peppery spice. Very nice, well done beer, but seems a little overpriced around here to prevent me from picking up anymore regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 21:27:26 | More by yourefragile
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle at Jordan's Big 10.

A: Hazy orange, quite a large head that really hangs around. Very good lacing.

S: Spicy and fruity, some aroma of candy sugar and booze. Pretty good for the style.

T: Bready, sweet, and spicy. Not overly complex but pretty good.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, pretty solid overall.

D: Pretty good, ABV is low enough to have a couple, but I moved on after one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 19:24:13 | More by aggiearcher13
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,496 ratings.