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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 202
Gots: 723 | FT: 17
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber - From Wegmans in Syracuse

Appearance -Hazy copper/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for about 5 minutes.

Smell - Lemon, Apple, Banana, Yeast, Clove/Coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste bananas mixed with malts and caramel. There is also a nice amount of spiciness from cloves/coriander and some funk from the brett. There are also notes of lemon juice and zest. It ends with a fruity and zesty aftertaste.

Overall - The light amount of funk in the taste gives this beer a nice touch. It's not mind blowing by any means, but it's interesting enough to warrant trying. It's well crafted and was worth the 8$ price tag.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Philousa
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden honey orange, opaque but not cloudy, with a little head that clings to the glass and lingers. Apricot, nectarine, and light fruit start the aroma. Buttery, sweet phenols, Belgian yeast is there but not spicy or bananaish. Very different use of the yeast strain. Slight hint of biscuit with a good swirl. Very phenolic in taste with some alcohol accompanying and staying around for the bitter aftertaste. I can pick out sweet fruit: nectarine, apricot, green apple. A buttery, butterscotchy diacetyl is apparent but not on wanted. It sticks in the back of the throat and lingers - at this point it's not wanted. Mostly watery in feel, it's easy to drink. Carbonation is much more evident in the feel than looks.

I was surprised at how sweet this beer was. It wasn't over the top, but more than what I'm used to and it took a while to adjust. Although I like the sweet for a bit, it ultimately proved too much, as the buttery phenol flavor didn't contrast it enough. Maybe an oak aged version would do better. I enjoyed it, but I think there are better, more drinkable Belgian Strong Pales out there.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ZachBDC
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matilda. Bottled on Aug 22, 2008. Consumed on Jan 15, 2012 in Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 3.5
Golden orange body with slight haziness. 2’ thick white head. Beer actually pour ed very foamy and a bit of a gusher on opening. It did settle with time though.

Smell: 4
Bready and honey aroma of malt with strong notes of spice and fruit (apples, banana). Also get a slight lemon sourness that is detectable.

Taste: 4.5
Soft fruit typical of Belgian yeast presence with notable, but balance spice. Get a nice very slight acidicty/tart nature, not true sourness or even funk.

Also initially a slight sweet and faint bready malt presence. Midway get soft, but detectable alcohol presence with faint golden raisin flavors coming through as well as building mild, contrasting bitterness from hop.

Overall, reasonable complex, but polished flavors. I suspect that age has been quite a positive influence on it.
Finish with a slight dryness and hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: 4
Soft mild-moderate carbonation with good coating and hint of thickness in body. Lends to a slight creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Good contrast between sweetness of malt and dryness of hops.

Overall: 4.5
A very enjoyable beer. Above average and offers aroma and flavors that have nice compleixity, but all in harmony. It is a pleasing adventure to pick apart the components of the beer. A bit tricky to pinpoint exact style. Easy drinking too though.
Also, it would do well to pair with food. I will seek this out again because it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LtCracker20
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/8/11. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden/copper body with steady carbonation. A very nice 2-finger white head sits atop showing good retention before falling to a thick cap. Some really solid lace as well.

S- Brett heavy up front, slight lemon, clove, and some barnyard funk as well.

T- Sweet malt up front, grassy hops, lemon zest, cloves, black pepper, and of course Brett.

MF- Moderate bodied, but the carbonation makes it feel a lot lighter on the palate.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Candy orange in color with a 1.5 inch off white head and great retention. Not quite translucent with some spotty lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast, pears, banana, and clove

Taste: Starts off with a nice fruity note this is backed up by a touch of spice. The spice really adds a nice layer to the beer. A slight belgian yeast funk balances out the beer perfectly

Mouthfeel: Thinner body and ample carbonation

Overall: This is hands down one of my favorite American style belgian beers. Great flavor depth and quite complex

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a good one. crisp, scent of spiced apples and cloves. poured with two fingers of head. excellent carbonation and good lacing down the glass. overall a very nice beer. just what i would expect from the people at Goose. i will seek this one out and i still have a few "women" named brews from Goose.

suckem up and movem out.


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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,172 ratings.