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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,102
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 196
Gots: 668 | FT: 15
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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden amber hue, solid carbonation, and a slightly lingering head.

Smell: Fruity aroma that lingers with yeast and sweetness.

Taste: Flowery with a sense of fruit coming to mind. The aftertaste is long pleasant but doesn't overpay the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy at all, nothing like a light beer. Has a drinkable aspect to it. The taste almost rolls off your tongue making you want to take another sip just to see what it was.

Overall: I would say, as a whole, you should try it but not something that 'wow'ed me. If your a fan of new things, see what you think. It's like a 'ok' movie, you would see it once in the theaters but will wait for it to come out on video to see it again.

Serving type: Bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2010) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange w/ lots of little floaties - probably should have poured more carefully. White head leaves behind chunks of lace.

Aroma is slightly musty Belgian yeast, citrus, spice, and some floral notes.

Taste follows nose: citrus, Belgian yeast, and floral hops.

Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty solid Belgian pale ale that's true to the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE.
Served in a Goose Island martini-like glass.

Arrives with a generous 3cm head of off-white bubbles, gradually fading to a fine ring around the glass. Leaves a few streaks of lacing; decent. Body is a dark copper-like color, somewhat opaque, with a bit of noticeable carbonation.

Scent is somewhat floral, fruity, and a bit spicy. A hint of some sort of funk and malt backbone.

Opens with some nice fruit flavor, so complex sweetness. This becomes overpowered in mid-taste, picking up wild yeast or bacteria character of a generous intensity. I described this as tasting like the scents of "wet dog" or "burning metal," my drinking friend for the evening said "socks." Fairly unpleasant, as this is the first time I've had this, unsure if this is intended or not. The infected flavor lasts for the duration or the tasting, but fades out in the close to some nice light fruit flavors, particularly pineapple. Still, really turned off by the dominant "wild" flavor.

Medium bodied with a satisfying medium-low level of carbonation, leading to a crisp mouthfeel. Well suited to the style and enjoyable.

I don't think the barrel being served was unintentionally infected, as the description of this beer mentioned its "wild" character. I enjoy lambics and gueuzes immensely, and am not unknown to US "wild" ales, but whatever yeast or bacteria they used with this batch really didn't work for me. I'll try a bottle at some point, but otherwise a definite avoid in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint, hazy orange pour, big white head, nice lacing. The aroma is spicy, almost peppery, lemony. Lemony flavor, slight funk, herbal notes, dry finish. The body is light, effervescent. A very easy drinking beer, IMO the beer taste like a saison.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,102 ratings.