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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.

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4,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 207
Gots: 743 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Burnt orange color with a white head and some lace.

S- The citrus/fir aroma is just in front of the malty, fruity notes. No detectable funk or Brett. Does not smell "Belgian", however.

T- Sweet rich malt, raisinated golden fruits, caramel, nutmeg. No sourness.

On-tap at the Gramercy Tavern, the Matilda was a nice, clean pour, and was free of any funk or infection. But I do find it that is has identity confusion, and does not really present itself as the self-categorized Belgian style. But that's ok.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL born on 4/08/11 poured into chalice.

Gotta compare this one to the big boy, Duvel.

A: Color is a slightly amber that's fairly clear...just a bit of haze. Head starts out nice, but dissipates quicker than I'd like in a BSPA. Doesn't look too amazing.

S: Smell is heavy yeast and funk. I also detect a white grape smell with a bit of pear and apple. Smells nice.

T: The level of yeast in the brew is quite nice. There is a bit of brett funk that's enveloped in strong fruit flavors (I detect mainly strong green apple and white grape.) Ends yeasty and with a touch of alcohol.

M: Appropriately invigorating. Body is medium with ample carbonation. It does leave the mouth feeling a tad numb on the way out though. Drinks dangerously easy, though.

O: Not quite up there with Duvel, this is a DAMN good American BSPA. The color is a tad dark, which is my only real complaint here. I think it's a bit too...abrasive on the palate for a BSPA. There's a sharp fruit and grass taste at the end that seems a bit out of place. I typically expect these beers to be smooth as silk and not fight back at all.

Nonetheless, this is quite a fine brew that I'd gladly seek out again at this price point.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
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