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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,502
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 150
Gots: 407 | 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 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
Photo of jwinship83


3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served to me in a matilda glass, which is basically just a slightly different wine glass with a very long stem.

A- this one was brought to me looking a hazy golden orange colored body with rather large white head. the head lasts a while before becoming no more than a crown and leaves behind spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. looks very elegant in the fancy glass.

S- belgian yeast. slightly fruity, mostly soft citrus notes. i could smell the booze a little bit.

T- the taste is once again, very yeasty. more spicy hops than i was expecting. more alcohol taste as well.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish my glass but then it was onto something else. something i like to check out every so often. much different on tap than i remember the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 04:21:01 | More by jwinship83
Photo of TheNightbird


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep pale color that has a great long lasting head.

S- Yeast spice, hops and sugar. There also is a burnt aroma.

T- Great spice taste and you can feel the booze. The mix of hops come through and pairs up well with the malt. Nice long lasting aftertaste, that lasts for a while.

M- Very bubbly carbonation. Medium body.

D- Would love to drink this all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 21:02:38 | More by TheNightbird
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bacon beer! Umami! Smokey, meaty, almost soy-like - miso paste with bacon... This is an intense beer. It was a beautiful dark brown. It was also night-time in a dimly lit bar so don't quote me on the color. I'm going to say deep caramel verging toward blackness. The smell was salty and pungent. It had also just been tapped about three hours before I started to drink it - fresh as fresh can be! The mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and silky. This was a beer to sit with and to ponder. It could have used a cheese plate. This is not a beer for simple quaffing. This is a thought-provoking ale that requires the right setting. I was unprepared for the fullness and slight weirdness of this beer. I would like to try this again under other conditions.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 19:54:19 | More by DawnL
Photo of movingtrain


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a pale amber color with very little head.
Smells bready, biscuity, some hops in there, but balanced well with a fruity aroma. There is some funk here, too...earthy, sweet...candy sugar.

Taste is good...not overly complex, but Matilda is holding its own for a decent American-made Belgian-style ale. It is very bready, and sweet, too. Some fruited notes, mild apples and paw-paw come to mind. There is a light hop presence, but nothing overpowering the taste buds. A good bitter bite in the middle, which lingers long after taking a drink.

Though there is very little head, the beer is well-carbonated as it rolls across the tongue. This beer has an excellent mouthfeel, and is definitely drinkable. I am really enjoying this one. The bottle says Matilda can be cellared for up to 5 years...I'm interested in setting one back and checking out the flavor profile in a year.

But, as is right now...this is a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 03:32:32 | More by movingtrain
Photo of mvasilis


2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought at the ölbutikken in Copenhagen.

A: Not that much head, light, and bright foam. The color is golden and the liquid is clear.

S: Fruity jeast aroma, with a malty thouch, almonds.

T: Smooth maly taste with a lot of alcohol, Bitter in the start but it lays down quite fast.

M: A lot of CO2 (trippel) pretty creamy

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:59:04 | More by mvasilis
Photo of mhatters


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a hotel rocks glass

Pours a medium orange, light carbonation, medium head

A malt base with a good amount of fruit, apple, grape, and others I cannot ID.

Lovelty fruit notes, some darker fruits (prune particularly) popping into the overall apple and grape notes. Some hops that I did not get in the nose, floral. Spices at the end, I get clove, others too, but I cannot distinguish.

Crisp and lovely mouthfeel, the alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

An interesting and enjoyable beer. The carbonation and alcohol are balanced well, the flavor is superb.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 04:44:44 | More by mhatters
Photo of snaotheus


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between two giant goblets.

Pours a thick yellow-orange color, very slightly cloudy. Medium-high carbonation but little head or lacing. Smells fruity and crisp. A little orange and banana.

Taste is fairly smooth - not overly sweet, not very bitter, balanced hops and malt. Mostly fruit and floral, with a strong hint of the "sour ale" taste.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Carbonation is very noticeable. Not clingy or thick or sticky.

Drinkable beer, but I don't know if I'd try to kill a growler of it without help.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:24:52 | More by snaotheus
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 22oz bomber 2009 edition in the "Good Things Come In Threes" BIF

Appearance: Nice golden dirty orange blossom with a 2 finger white crown that exhibits medium retention and some lacing.

Smell: Brett, a touch of honey type sweetness, slight fruit quality.

Taste: Brett up front, fruit center, terribly disjointed finish. I can taste iron in the finish and it doesn't work.

Mouthfeel: thin bodied with some carbonation.

Drinkability: thin enough to go down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:41:33 | More by koopa
Photo of straybeer


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip. Bottled on 2/22/2008

A: Pale orange-amber. Two fingered tan creamy head.

S: Yeasty, sweet pale malt, and floral.

T: Pale malt, with nice hop bittering. Some spice with a floral-citrusy mix.

M: Pretty thick, perhaps chewy, but a great body. Perhaps lost carbonation rather quickly.

D: Complex, yeasty, balanced, 7.0% seems well hidden. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 20:27:23 | More by straybeer
Photo of JEdmund


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peach colored, opaque, and no head

Characteristic Belgian yeast with clove and banana coming through

Taste & Mouthfeel
I'm immediately reminded of Duvel, though the carbonation is really low, which is off for the style; body is medium, and the texture is slightly oily and creamy; flavors of spices, dough, and fruity tartness blend together for a balanced and smooth beer

Goose Island's take on a Belgian strong pale is pretty good, but not quite there yet. The flavor is great, with no weak points, but I've got to fault it big time for the minimal carbonation--that's just not very Belgian!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 12:50:06 | More by JEdmund
Photo of capra12

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my main man Martin.
Served on 6/22/09 out of a wide mouth chalice, reviewed as always with the help of wheatman106 and Speedwayjim

Appearance- Pours amber orange, very carbonated, thick frothy head with 2 fingers of head

Smell- Strong scents of malt, yeast, dried fruit, green apples and faint hints of sweet citrus.

Taste- this brew opens with a subtle dull and uninspiring fruit but the sweet malts and fruit intensify from the middle to the end with a brief hop profile at the very end but does not present itself after the initial sip.

Mouth feel- this brew presents itself with a light to medium body at most, yet the most intriguing part if that the initial carbonation noted in the appearance is not present upon it introduction to my tastebuds.

Drinkability- Unanimously we rated this beer to be highly drinkable. Definitely will have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:22:56 | More by capra12
Photo of BierFan


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a cervoise. Neck label lists a 2008 vintage.

Appearance: The small head disappeared in a flash. Nice orange color. Fairly hazy.

Smell: Yeast malt and hops are blended together into some oily, fruity, delicious aroma. It has that unmistable Belgian yeast smell, backed with a generous American hopping.

Taste: Pretty much everything I said about the smell applies to the taste as well. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel: Feels oily and slick in the mouth, but that is countered by a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels pretty thick.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:33:35 | More by BierFan
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles

We did a side by side of 08 and 09. 09 scored fairly better than the 08 did so thats what i'll use to review. I've included brief notes on the 08 as well...

09- Pours a honey orange yellow color with a small white head which is rather quick to dissipate. Big Belgian yeast notes, apricot, peach, lots of pumpkin in aroma and in flavor, clovey spice with some deep fruit notes as well. Coating body, nice drinkability. A well made beer for sure.

08- Way more of a mild nose, more fruit however, wheaty, less Belgian in overall character, i would score the 08 (currently) with a B-

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 22:01:06 | More by ATPete
Photo of Wheelinb


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while visiting Goose Island in Wrigleyville. Had a copperish color and not much head. It smelled of citrus and spice. The taste matched that and there was an underlying sweetness as well. While the hops were certainly present the sweetness put it just outside of my ideal taste. Still nicely balanced and I am sure most people will rate it higher than I did.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 01:02:16 | More by Wheelinb
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay chalice, Matilda poured a reddish-amber with the thickest, fluffiest head I've seen in a long time. Sweet aroma. Taste is Belgian sweetness balanced well with a dry hoppiness. Very easy drinking; I wish this was a beer we could get in Connecticut on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:20:47 | More by medic25
Photo of nickynick


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Island Matilda poured a very nice full amber, with good lacing, but lost some points because it had almost no head. Smell was full of yeast, some hints of sweetness, and citrus. The taste was full of spice, citrus, but also some sweet hints. Many waves of flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel was ok a bit thick, and drinkability was good for the style. Overall this is a very nice beer with excellent flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 17:28:03 | More by nickynick
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a quality beer shop here in the UK; bottled on 09/08/2008, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: the carbonation is fierce, maybe agitated by my slow opening of the bottle, that it lands in the glass a 9 cm thick light beige froth, on top of hyper but fine carbonation and a dark orangey amber hue with light haze.
S: very decent aroma, almost fifty-fifty on candy-ish malts and fruit+flower esters with hop resins hovering in the air, giving hints of ripe apricots, overripe tangerines, lightly oxidised Taiwanese round pears, a fine touch of salty-sweetness as of dried hawthorn fruits, and a mixed aroma of clove-ish spiciness. I suspect US hops are used here as a light touch of citric-flowery hop aroma is also in the background.
T: really refreshing, light, and delicious comes the foretaste, with amber+biscuity malts going mild on a par with lightly sour fruitiness mixed of mainly pale dates, green mangos and dried orange peels, while the yeastiness from the sediments soon dominates the flavour, delivering a complex aftertaste of musty, chewy, and soothingly spicy esters to last until the finish. A touch of very light bitterness from the hops is never far away, adding an extra touch of complexity overall.
M&D: a very well-made Belgian Ale all in all - the balance is solid, the body remains intact, the yeastiness is moderate (never overpowering), the texture is soothing and soft, and all in all it drinks absolutely light without noticeable hints of alc., almost quaffable even. "Slightly quiet yet integrated" is my overall impression of this Goose Island's take on Belgian amber ale, but the drinkability is very good all the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 18:54:20 | More by wl0307
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fell in love with a girl...

After the very first sip, I couldnt help but be surprised by the b+ that Ms. Matilda was carrying. I can't think of a beer that has been this pleasing to me in a long time. I am not calling it the best beer I have ever had by any means, but of the genre, it is top notch. The taste is calm but complex, the smell is not over powering, its 7% is very well disguised and to top things off, I could drink this beer all summer long. Paired with some fresh fruit and soft cheese, this would be all i need until september

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 23:41:01 | More by gregmoscetti
Photo of Natural510


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with nice head & lacing. Served on-tap in a 7 oz wine glass.
Great scent; alot of fruit & yeast in the picture.
Apple, apricot and funky Belgian yeast in the flavor. Hops are not a major component in the flavor but kick in steadily as the beer goes down. Not as sweet as I expected, which was nice.
Yeast leaves a dry finish, hops do their thing in the mouth as well. Along with the dry finish is an overall crispness, similar to champagne.
Excellent sipper, leaving one wanting a bigger snifter to be served. I could drink this all day long on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 05:40:22 | More by Natural510
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,502 ratings.