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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 160
Gots: 450 | 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

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Photo of Slatetank


4/5  rDev -0.7%

I picked this bottle up at Julio's, shared w/ tenderbranson69 poured chilled into two Unibroue tulips

A - a medium amber w/ light golden hues -2 fingers of light off white cap w/ tight beading and spotty lace that adheres well. The clarity is good and so is the retention

S - The nose has nutty malty and lightly toasted grain aromas w/ light sweet odor and mild yeast and phenolic notes w/ gentle mineral quality

M - A smooth slightly tangy and dry texture w/ light creamy feel and moderatlely low carbonation for the style w/ mild semi-sweet finish and light spice throughout

T - The flavor has a mild tart taste up front w/ a biscuity and toasted note from the malt which carries a light mineral essence and nutty flavor. There is mild apple and pear notes w/ light golden raisin and a mild vegetal taste from the hops. The beer comes off more as a biere de garde or belgian pale than belgian strong anything to my taste.

A - A solid beer, not what I expected according to the BA style, but per Goose Island fits
the Belgian style grouping well w/ more of a biere de garde smoothness in malt and nice blend of yeast and hops w/ a overall balanced drinkability

05-11-2010 16:27:57 | More by Slatetank
Photo of froghop


3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

pours a semi-hazy orange with a thin beige head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing.

smell is of fruit, some hops, a little spice, and malt.

taste is thick, sweet fruit, some spice, and a little pepper, ends a little bit on the sweet side, and somewhat bitter.

05-11-2010 03:11:01 | More by froghop
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Dark amber/copper colored with a very thin (and disappointing)head.

THe smell is very medicinal with bandaids, spices, lightly hoppy, musty, earthy, barnyardy and bruised banana-y.

The flavor is quite balanced. Earthy and musty hops balance the slight malt sweetness. The beer is dry mostly with some fruit notes that add a bit of complexity and some tartness.

Highly carbonated, very light and even more refreshing than water!

This is a great beer to have with food or alone. Balanced and refreshing, this one is becoming a favorite of mine. Thanks GI for coming to Denver!

05-11-2010 01:58:51 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Appearance -- Translucent, rusty-orange, pours with two fingers of creamy beige head. Lacing? Some.

Smell -- Big banana smell, some clove, grassy hop aroma, biscuit malts, a little buttery. As it warms up the barnyard notes begin to release.

Taste -- A lot of malty sweetness, not caramel but more fruity: red grapes, plum, a little fresh pear, and cider. The yeast is a bit chalky with a lot of banana and clove. There is a faint taste of hops. Finish is slightly dry and boozy with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, and with the faintest bit of drying.

Drinkability -- I personally found this beer to be a bit cloying and the brett character too subdued. That said, it's a complicated and interesting beer with a lot going for it. It's worth a shot, especially if you're curious about beers with brettanomyces and want to start small.

05-11-2010 00:05:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Krevee


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Drank 5/8/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A - Pours a medium amber/dark orange color with a small head. There is some light lacing as the beer is being drank. There is also a moderate amount of haziness.

S -The smells is malts and sweet fruits with a distinctive and delicious Belgian yeast flavor. There is also a hint of spice in the smell.

T - Taste is fantastic, this is a very complex beer. With flavors of sweet fruit, banana, malts, hops, spices and a nice Belgian yeast. I really enjoyed the taste. It also has a bit of alcohol kick at the end.

M - The mouthfeel is good with a light/medium body and a lower than average amount of carbonation. This beer has a bit of a dry finish and is crisp as you drink it. Also is leaves a nice residue in the mouth after taking a sip.

D - Very tasty and easy to drink. I drank this beer quite quickly the first time I had one. I've tried to slow my self down in subsequent sessions, but I really like this beer so that is difficult. A little bit higher on the abv so watch out on that. Overall I really like this beer.

05-10-2010 22:15:25 | More by Krevee
Photo of OnThenIn


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: The beer started out with a finger of slightly off white head. The beer itself is a hazy copper.

Smell: The smell is not as pungent as I would have expected. There is a bit of sweetness with some funk backing it up. There is a definite fruit presence as well.

Taste: The beer is fruity and there is a small amount of tartness. The caramel and general sweetness I was hoping for were present. There is some spiceyness and overall the beer is rather complex; however, the myriad of flavors complemented each other rather nicely.

Mouthfeel: The beer is a medium to full bodied beer with slightly lower carbonation than I anticipated.

Drinkability: The beer is rather drinkable with a great deal of flavor that seemed to come together nicely.

05-10-2010 20:52:00 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of illidurit


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet. Pours a nice shimmering tangerine color with a creamy khaki head that leaves some filmy lacing and retains well. Aroma isn't really anything special. I'm just getting some typical light fruit salad ester notes atop a grainy, yeasty background. Malty yeasty flavor up front that quickly morphs into a banana pith note. Finish is noticeably hoppy and dry, with a solid pepper note. There's a mild astringency and the finish is rather short, but otherwise the palate is decent. Maybe a little thin for 7%.

05-10-2010 07:45:02 | More by illidurit
Photo of 1759Girl


3.83/5  rDev -5%

Matilda strong pale
At toronado

Appearance> beauty, Belgian in a chalice. Reddy hue. 1cm head dissipates quickly. No lacing. Not too lively

Smell>wet grass, hops, honey, cloves

Taste>good complexity, sweet start, little hoppy, then softens to sweet apple juice hang. Too sweet for me, but a great one for my cider loving friends. Unique, yet respectable for it's style.

Mouf>soft and silky. Easy

Drink> only one I think

05-10-2010 04:08:18 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with minimalist labeling and freshness dating marked: 09/18/09.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, banana, coriander, gingerbread and sandalwood. Wow! Light to medium-bodied with a lively and prickly mouthfeel. Opens sweet with a snap of allspice and flows into suggestions of carrot cake, clove and banana. Belgian yeast plows through the middle and contributes to an earthy bitterness on the back of the palate. Notes of sour cherries emerge. Finishes powder-dry and just shy of being astringent. Powerfully spiced, yet delicately complex with many artfully balanced flavors. I haven't had many beers of this style, but Matilda stands very good on its own.

05-08-2010 20:10:04 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Pours a hazy copper orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Good lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of tart fruits (pineapple/green apple) and biscuit.

T - Grainy biscuit, tart fruits, and a very mild bittering finish.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy finish.

D - Very good beer. I will pick this one up again.

05-07-2010 04:59:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kels


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Review on a bottle of 2009 poured into a tulip.

Liquid is a completely hazy apricot orange. There is a short, quick-fading white fizzy head that leaves behind only traces of spitty, sticky lace.

Smell is mouthwateringly tart with sour cherries, tart raspberries and pickled watermelon (no lie). A bit of crisp, dry biscuity underlies the rest.

A very surprising hit of citrus on the palate that didn't come across in the nose - sort of like extra-sour lemonade. It is joined with a slight vinegar note and loads of those raspberries and cherries. None of the pickled watermelon though:) There's an interesting hint of spice that's neither hot nor savory - just present. The grains are still nice and toasty with a hint of the caramel sweetness. The yeast gives not only a full flavor, but also a full feel to mouth. This is nicely coupled with bubbly fullness from the high level of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, but a stretch for my palate in this style. Something to warm up to sours.

05-07-2010 02:34:01 | More by kels
Photo of merryjoulton


3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a dark caramelly color without much head retention even with a vigorous pour. It smells like sour sugar with strong scents of grains and barley. If anything this reminds me of a nice strong belgian ale. Taste is fairly strong on the soury/sweet belgian essence and a little too strong on the cloying alcohol. Mouthfeel is fine, full and satisfying. Drinkability is ok.

05-06-2010 06:07:50 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of digr


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

A- Pours a dark amber with a brisk light tan head. Very carbonated and active, but head dissipates very quickly.

S - Smells of malts and caramel, with a slightly fruity nose and some yeast. Belgian yeast character. A small amount of funk in the nose.

T- Definite Belgian style, however seems like a bit too much going on and not IMHO well melded. Lots of bready malt, and some caramel malts. aybe a slight sour hint and maybe a bit of toffee in the finish. Hops are bittering, that clash a bit with the caramel. No Hop aroma however. After the hops dissipate there a a residual sweetness.

M - Mouhtfeel is OK, seem a bit thin actually. Carbonation may be a bit high on this bottle however.

D - Despite 7% ABV fairly easy to drink. A tad sweet at the end, but not too much.

This is what I would call a Strong Belgian Pale ale with lots of Malts. Complex yes, but not sure of the harmony.

05-06-2010 03:53:09 | More by digr
Photo of djbreezy


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured into a snifter.

Bottled on 02/18/10 0951

appearance - rich red/amber, minimal head, very light brushes of lacing

smell - clove, spice, sweet fruit

taste - clove, spice, yeast, banana, vanilla, malt, hops, incredibly complex, light alcohol nip near the finish

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, silky, medium body, slightly dry finish lingers a bit

drinkability - deceivingly complex, flavorful, inviting

Drinking this as a young beer...3 months after brewing. Curious how this ages. The bottle encourages it.

Love the label design. Intricate and precise, very elegant typography, minimal and refined. Very classy. Wish more beer labels looked like this.

05-06-2010 02:56:31 | More by djbreezy
Photo of TrippnFiasco


4.55/5  rDev +12.9%

A: Gorgeous amber-orange coloring. Pours with minimal head and lacing, with head receding very quickly. Small ring remains throughout.

S: Pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins. Has a nice earthy quality to the aroma as well.

T: Tastes like pumpkin as well, matches aroma quite well. Finishes with a nice earthiness. Not overly complex but delicious as is.

M: Not as creamy as a stout, but pretty full-bodied. Very nice feel to it. Exceptionally smooth.

D: Slight dryness in the finish and thickness keep this from being an overly drinkable beer.

05-05-2010 04:59:18 | More by TrippnFiasco
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz bottle w/ a twist of cap-2008 vintage poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a translucent bright amber hue. Pours with about a 1 finger white, soapy head that slowly fades to a thick collar. A volcano of bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. A lot of sediment suspended throughout the body.

S-Nose is of moderate strength but is quite soft. A touch of floral hops, and a yeasty presence that is slightly spicy, slightly bready, and slightly musty. Exotic fruits are also in the nose, but quite mild.

T-Taste is similar to the nose. Upfront exotic fruits such as mango, papaya, and pineapple are dominant with a healthy slightly spicy, slightly musty yeast background. A touch of floral hops is added to the finish and is a nice touch to the spicy yeast; which becomes more dominant in the finish. A slight alcohol heat lingers as well as a touch of floral hop bitterness and spicy yeast.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice smooth, yeasty body.

D-Overall this is a nice Belgian amber ale (I prefer my pales blonde as opposed to amber-but that's not the beers fault). I'd like to try it fresh so I can pick up the "profuse amount of hops" stated on the label. It has a nice soft character and good balance to it as is.

05-03-2010 18:14:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Offa


4.7/5  rDev +16.6%

This is the first Goose Island beer I've seen on tap here in California. It was at Toad in the Hole in Santa Rosa, which was doing a Goose Island night. It is an excellent Belgian strong golden ale, one of the absolute best I've had so far.

Lightly hazy pale amber, it has a thin off-white head, creamy and slowly shrinking to a ring and leaving a little weak lace.

Aroma is nice - metallic mineral with lots of grain, yeasty-spicey with hints of banana and fruit, very aromatic, a very good example of the aroma one would expect with this type of beer.

Taste is similar, dryish, slightly on the sweet side with hint of tartness and a light spiciness. It is very smooth with a great feel that is full but lively and zesty, not oily or watery. The flavour is very full with great depth, lots of grain with a honeyish quality, a firm, zesty fruitiness plus rich clove and hints of sweet fresh lettuce or grass in the finish. It has a pleasant, long, fruity-grain aftertaste. It is highly drinkable, nicely balanced, and holds up well with food.

04-30-2010 04:30:27 | More by Offa
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

I had a 12 oz pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I've had it in bottles before and enjoyed it. I think i enjoyed it even more on draft but I'm not sure about the Belgian Pale Ale characterization.

The color is somewhere between pale and dark. Carbonation is a little bit low, could have used more. Aroma is great and it is quite a drinkable beer.

04-28-2010 19:09:18 | More by david18
Photo of mullenite


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

Glassware - Allagash Tulip

Appearance - Beautiful honey color with a two finger white head that has awesome retention and leaves some beautiful sticky lacing on the glass.

Nose - Smell is peppery and slightly fruity (estery) with hints of banana. There is a touch of alcohol in the background as well.

Taste - Fruity, bready, grainy. Weird flavor going on. Not a big fan of this flavor combination but I can't pinpoint exactly why.

Mouthfeel - Thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Meh, good, but not great. A bit of a letdown.

04-28-2010 06:42:57 | More by mullenite
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled Jan 2009.

Appearance: The head on Matilda surprised me out of the bottle. A great, pillowy head formed immediately and had nice retention. Patches of sticky lace clings to the glass. Honey orange color.

Smell: Citrus hoppiness, musty pale malt, alcohol phenols, cloves.

Taste: Pale malt with a sweetness like honey at first. Earthy notes, with a swirl of spice. The Brett is still somewhat present, working in the background. Mild alcohol bite. Lemony hops add to a fruit composite with pineapple and banana notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, with a medium body. Slightly oily residue.

Drinkability: Enjoyable taste and very easy to drink the first one. After that, I am satiated and liable to switch it up. A positive addition to any session, or with a dessert.

04-27-2010 01:42:29 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of JBogan


2.8/5  rDev -30.5%

Poured a light amber with a small head which left almost no lacing.

There was a pleasing fruity aroma to this which seemed to consist of mango and oranges.

The taste however wasn't quite up to the aroma. There was a funkiness which dulled down the fruit yet left the alcohol and an overbearing sweetness.

The mouthfeel was thin and very slick.

Overall yet another example of a non Belgian brewer coming up well short in their quest to make a Belgian style beer. I hate to sound like a broken record but this was the second such beer like this I had this evening and both were letdowns. I have no desire to revisit this one again. Not one of GI's better offerings.

04-25-2010 06:42:01 | More by JBogan
Photo of IKHOURY


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer has a copper orange color to it, with a small but consistent head. Smells like caramel popcorn, with a little allspice in the mix. Very creamy mouthfeel that lingers. Lots of fruit on the palate such as baked apples and pears. A little raw dough sourness going on in the background. Overall a very good beer, that I would want to drink again.

04-25-2010 03:16:10 | More by IKHOURY
Photo of HalfFull


3/5  rDev -25.6%

I pounce upon this Matilda with caution, for I wonder about the backlash to some degree. A Belgian Pale I seek, and yet not one that overwhelms.

This beer pours a deep copper and affords a half inch of foam when poured from a brown 12 oz. twist off bottle. Offers moderate retention.

Sweet on the nose, and then sweeter yet on the finish. Coarse and grainy in flavor as the beer opens on the nose yet gets rather stiicky in flavor. Turns red in flavor and style with some caramel notes and a rather subdued Belgian nose, though not for lack of yeast but for an overabundance of malt. Overwhelmingly sweet and simple overall, particularly for a beer dubbed by the brewer as 'dry and quenching' and 'an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike'. Really now...

04-23-2010 06:40:26 | More by HalfFull
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Surprised to find this on-tap at a local restaurant (we don't get too many decent beers in restaurants here). Came in a Goose Island oversized wine glass.

Color was beautiful. A hazy, dark butterscotch, almost copper color with a thin, ivory head. Left small amounts of lacing.

Smell was initially sweet, hints of clove and malt. Detecting a little bit of the hops as well.

Taste follows the nose quite nicely. Sweetness, slightly fruity like pear, then finishes with a slightly sour, bitter taste. Even get a little mustiness, almost like walnut.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Carbonation is good, beer is very coating to the mouth.

This is a pretty drinkable brew. It seemed to go well with the food, which happened to be a thin crust pizza of brie, ham, granny smith apples and honey mustard glaze. I would buy this again and try to plan the food pairing accordingly.

04-22-2010 23:18:24 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a rich clear copper with streaming carbonation and a thin white head that produces fine spots of lace.

The tulip glass brings out light apple cider vinegar and some caramel, but mostly fermented sour orchard fruit. With warmth a bit of light funk comes out.

Flavor closely follows the aroma, with a nice long sour finish that seems to never end. There is a light bitterness and leather that comes out with warmth, oh and the sour flavors really kick in after a few minutes.

Matilda has a full velvety body that is chewy with lively carbonation. There is a light metallic note, and the alcohol is barely perceptible.

While just fine on its own, I enjoyed the second round with beef stew, and will look forward to finding this again, but it does lack the star power I had expected from the hype.

04-22-2010 18:36:02 | More by SLeffler27
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.