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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 152
Gots: 422 | 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 plinythethirsty


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a "Blue Moon" style beer, but far superior. Nice head (especially on a second pour) and an inviting, mild, fruit and citrus scent. Not much hops in the taste, but even a hop-savorer can appreciate the malt-sustained clove-cardamon-apricot flavor. The sweet, pleasant aftertaste fades nicely and keeps you thirsting for more. Good job Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 22:29:16 | More by plinythethirsty
Photo of jera1350


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/08.

Glowing orange color with fluffy dirty white head that leaves some lace.

Huge fruity scent. Mostly apricot, some marmalade, some yeast. Maybe a hint of citrus.

This is so nice. Just a pleasure on the tongue. It's light and subtle in the flavors, but it's so inviting and satisfying at the same time. Taste is much like the nose, but in a lighter version. Hard to describe the flavor more than what the nose holds.

Great soft velvety feel. Medium bodied and just pleasuring to the tongue and mouth.

This goes down so easy. It's an all around delight to drink. A great experience. I love the fact that it is only 7% ABV. As fast as this goes down, the ABV allows me to have more than just one or two.

I actually had a BMC drinking friend try this on tap and he loved it. It's opened his eyes to the world of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 02:10:15 | More by jera1350
Photo of drumrboy22


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured from 750mL bottle into a Duvel chalice. Beer was a light amber color, with a one-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was pear, apple, citrus and moderate brett. Reminds me of Orval.

Taste was light pear and apple, biscuit and honey.

Very well balanced and drinkable. Mellow, but tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:01:57 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of gabrielsyme


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

12oz bottle in my Bell's tulip. Pours honey-golden, opaque, glowing, with plenty of carbonation and head/lacing. Smells, banana, cinnamon, maybe some citrus. Taste is less fruity, more rich, malty sweetness. Surprisingly full-bodied. Highly drinkable even at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:12:43 | More by gabrielsyme
Photo of gmfessen


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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay chalice, Matilda (2009) is a perfectly clear amber-orange color with a thin, slightly active head. The nose is fruity with pears and white grapes; there is also a strong clovey spice presence. The taste is a nice malty complexity of the aforementioned flavors, bittered to balance but no real hop presence. The alcohol is pretty well covered by the spiciness and Muscat grapiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a thin yet chewy carbonation, the finish is slightly dry. Overall a very drinkable beer, the alcohol is well covered and although there is a slight sweetness to the beer, it is well balanced enough that it does not interfere with the drinkability. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:49:22 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle has a great story on it about a countess.
A- Opaque gold color to it with good head and lacing.
S- Pungent, fruity smell to it.
T- Would be a good orange peel. This is just to citrusy for my likes. Malt mixed in which just give me a more confused taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 03:28:48 | More by Amalak
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 355ml bottle into a snifter. Had a bit of a nightmare with it, took about ten minutes to pry the top off without it exploding. To say it's lively is a gross understatement.

Appearance: Orangey amber colour, with a big super foamy head. Carbonic to the point of the bubbles actually trying to leap out of the glass.

Aroma: The aromas were surprisingly weak. I got a bit of spiciness, and a yeasty acidity. Medicinal, a bit like antiseptic.

Taste: Again the taste was weak, it was as if the beer had been watered down. There was a slight fruity sweetness, with a clear acidic yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: It had a medium feel that was trying to be heavy, and a hyperactive liveliness.

Drinkability: This to me is unfortunately a sub-par imitation of a strong Belgian ale. It has the right tastes and aromas but they are far too weak and never seem to quite break through enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 14:10:22 | More by PartyBear
Photo of bgreg3


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

This is a treat.

Bottled on 05/22/09

Appearance is very pumpkin looking with foam that just keeps building , and sticking to everything. There are hazy swirls in the beer that make this beer look very alive , It also smells alive. I smell a strong yeast presence and some coriander spice some sweet smelling malt but I couldn't tell you what kind.

As for taste it is very yeasty and biscuit like almost sort of chewy medium-heavy mouthfeel in this . but the taste also has some other spices to it and just a mild tart taste to it , very very complex beer , probably one of the most complex beers I've had very drinkable although it does leave a bit of a wet finish in your mouth with a yeasty sweet after taste , eat some dry food with this, but it's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 18:14:42 | More by bgreg3
Photo of KarlHungus


2.35/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into minimal lacing. The aroma is of some malt and some yeast, but is very subdued especially for the style. The taste is much the same, but with a strong nasty vomit like thing that I guess is most likely the yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this beer is hard to drink. I will not be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:03:48 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip and enjoyed with pan seared sea bass and a light herb salad.

A - nothing all that special, Golden straw colored with a decent head that did not last too long and left a little bit of lacing.

S - I got some sweet fruit (maybe grapes and apples) along with some citrus grapefruit.

T - I get a lot of fruits; apples peaches grapes and grapefruit. then the hops come a knocking and leave a clean finish.

M - Light and lively yet this is more full bodied beer than you'd expect.

D - Definitely a beer I could drink all night. It left me wanting another one. It was excellent with the fish, one of those moments that will make me remember the pairing and try to repeat it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:14:41 | More by thepeter
Photo of vishneda


3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Liked: The aroma got nice as the beer warmed; floral hop notes mixed with grape and yeast are a pleasant mix. Has a nice crisp finish and decent lacing.

Disliked: This beer was too vine forward for me; it was like a champagne trapped inside a beer's body. It's gassy and body is nothing special for the style/price point.

It's possible that this 2009 variety is still too young and needs a little more time to condition. I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 15:45:35 | More by vishneda
Photo of bsp77


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange with bubbly head and lacing that forms and recedes with each sip.

Smell: Tropical fruit, banana, clove, earthy, and slightly tart. A little bit of that wet horse blanket aroma from the Brett.

Taste: Very hoppy, but not in a particularly bitter way. Tropical fruit (pineapple, fleshy fruit), pepper, spice, and an odd (but great) dry earthy mustiness. Complex and I feel inadequate to describe it.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry.

Drinkability: Nice sipping beer that is a great affordable alternative to Orval. Of course, Orval is still a little better overall.

One of my favorite Goose Island beers, along with Bourbon County Stout and Harvest Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:57:41 | More by bsp77
Photo of Beejay


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange, not a lot of head at all, slightly hazy.

S:Ripe citrus fruits, orange and maybe some clove.

T: Sweet and fruity, with heavy citrus and orange flavors.. a nice kick in the finish with some cloves and yeast flavors.

M:Like thick champaign.

D: Refreshing fruity and tasty. Great beer for a hot day, or for getting warm by a campfire. Easily approachable, and good for belgian beginners.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:36:54 | More by Beejay
Photo of jsh420


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 4/01/2009

pours clear bright amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left notches of lacing

smell sweet fruit banana pear - belgian yeast

taste is above avg. but still lacks - good fruit flavor and some nice bitterness a little spice

mouthfeel is light/medium not much carbonation very smooth

drinkability is ok but there are much better choices in this style

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:04:01 | More by jsh420
Photo of jnezda


2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Since I am trying local beer in Chicago and really enjoyed the 312 and Honkers I thought I would give their Belgian a whirl. Overall it was sort of disappointing but still flavourful.

Appearance: Pale for a Belgian amber colour with head that fades quickly with no lacing.

Smell: Light citrus and heavy on the hops.

Taste: Standard Belgian that lacks much character. The lack of carbonation also makes the finish sort of a let down. Overly sweet with some honey taste but little citrus.

Mouthfeel: Sort of airy considering the limited carbonation. Not too much body.

Drinkability: Beer was acceptable but not something I would buy again. There are a number of better Belgian style beers available.

Matilda Belgian Style Ale is an aberration from the other Goose Island beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:16:02 | More by jnezda
Photo of TexIndy


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 edition and bottled on 3/11/09. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Was an orange amber color. Good carb streams in center from etching. Good amount of slow sliding lace. It had a good sized white head that settled into a collar and partial center foam.

The aroma was very fruity and sweet. Almost overly so. Some spice in the back but needed it to be more prevalent. The taste followed the aroma. Very sweet with a little more spice. I found the sweet to be a bit overwhelming after awhile. This one would definitely benefit from some aging. Need to find another and age it. Needed some more spice or hops to cut the sweet. Mouthfeel was good as the carb levels were perfect.

Overall, an interesting but ultimately flawed beer for me. Too sweet in aroma and taste to want another fresh one. Would like to get one and age it to see how it tastes. One and done for fresh versions.


Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 23:22:52 | More by TexIndy
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: White head that doesn't last very long at all. Cloudy peach sweet tea coloring (for those of you down south), golden-orange-ish.

S: Very fruity, golden raisins, prune, and honey.

T: Sweet like the smell. A grapefruit taste, with a warming alcohol presence but not strong. Very sweet though. Tastes similar to a lambic.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel when it first hits your tongue, then gets lighter.

D: Not too highly drinkable because of the sweetness and the medium bodied mouthfeel, but it grows on you.

Notes: At first this beer wasn't tasting too good to me, but it grew on me. Tastes almost like a lambic. I'm not sure if my bottle was a little undercarbonated, but compared to some other reviews it seemed to not be as light and had little head. However, it was a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:35:38 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of AgentZero


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly orange, and cloudy. Not a lot of head, no real lacing on this.

S - Oddly fruity, with a nice hopes smell to it.

T - This is a very sweet Belgian strong. A lot of fruit comes through on this one, tastes a lot like it smells and finishes very quickly. No surprises on this one, it is what it is.

M - Nice carbonation, medium bodied, goes down very smooth.

D - Easy to drink, could do a lot of these, especially considering the 7% it's holding.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:15:23 | More by AgentZero
Photo of FernMaster


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I poured this bottle (the one I'm reviewing) into a Sam Adam's pint glass. Out of the three bottles I've poured thus far the beer has had very little head and lining on the glass as I've drank it, regardless of the glassware I've used. However, Matilda is a gorgeous gold beer that shines in the light giving a hint of red color. The smell is predominantly of lemon; a very nice aroma which beats out new car any day of the week. But once you taste it - oh - joy. The taste makes you want to seek out a girl named Matilda and show her your admiration for the beer (take that as you will). The lemon and yeast combination is so well balanced that it's very accessible, easy to drink and a damn good treat. Matilda reminds me of the Morimoto Soba Ale, but somehow better - this shocked the crap out of me. I love that Rogue product and if any of you have had that, you MUST try Matilda just to see if you find this to be more alluring.

Matilda may very well become one of my staple purchases. A great appearance, an alluring smell, easy drinkability and an excellent taste, all of this makes this beer a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 04:26:17 | More by FernMaster
Photo of jrallen34


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium gold slight orange cloudy with a white head, below average lacings.

It smells predominantly hoppy, but not a good hops, a mildewish hops, slight citrus(grapefruit) and notes of spices.

This not a belgian strong pale ale, I'll go with an American Pale Ale. Its a complete sessional, I could crush many of these. It tastes light hoppy and citrus, very ok, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:48:53 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Deep orange/red. Small head that happened to recede quickly.

S - Atypical scent for this style. Fruity by nature with a hint of peach.

T - Right along the line with a Belgian Ale. A little fruity but not too much with a nice bitter end. The flavor really comes out when you let this warm up a little bit.

M - I would say this is about right on when it comes to mouthfeel. A little on the lighter side but good overall.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. Pretty spot on for the style. A good one to sip on when the weather is warm.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:42:42 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of glid02


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy brownish-gold color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy pears, white grapes, and sweet malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by pear and white grape flavors midway through the sip. The ending is very sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a viscous thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a nice BSPA but it could use a bit more complexity. Still, it's solid and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:29:19 | More by glid02
Photo of Mistofminn


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub and Herb tonight.

Poured into a large wine glass. Color is amber orange, with a thin layer of off-white head. No lacing apparent.

The nose is very strange. I was expecting Brett, but got none. I got cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla and clove, maple syrup and allspice. It's very strange, I was expecting a more yeasty Belgian with a hint of Brett, but I didn't get it.

The taste falls in line with my observations from the nose. Slightly sour, with dominant nutmeg, vanilla and clove. I get dark fruits and a light hop bitterness. Not what I was expecting, but good none the less.

Mouthfeel is light. Lively carbonation gives it a bit of a bite, but nothing too intense. Drinkability is pretty high.

I don't know why, but I'm too big of a fan of this. It reminds me of Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale too much, which I wasn't a huge fan of. There are plenty better Goose Island brews.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 06:07:33 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of wyattshotmaker


2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 poured into a chalice,this beer is amber with a nice head. honestly,i'm not too impressed with this beer.i think because it's a year old.tastes like a watered down dubbel.smell is slightly nutty,reminds me of bbq sauce quite honestly. mouthfeel and carbonation are kinda meh,drinkablity is below average.im going to have to get a fresher bottle i think.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:58:25 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of vrazionale


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

12 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On This Date: 10/10/08 1749"

A - Sunset red body with a thick, foamy head that backs down to a thin layer across the top of the brew.

S - Juicy, summer stone fruit - peaches, apricots, and plums. A hint of mango and papaya. I pick up on a hint of hop pungency, alongside a touch (very, very slight) of basement funk. As the brew warms, a there is a slightly off-putting element of medicinal rubbery smells that distracts from the otherwise dynamic nose. I would have rated the Smell a 4.5 without this off-aroma.

T - Still a dominant summer fruit character (peaches and papaya come to the fore), but the sweet, juicy fruit is well-balanced by the subtle bitter hop notes. I also pick up on a yeasty sweet bread character. I noticed a touch of apple flavors as well, and then every sip afterwards reminded me of apple juice!

M - Perhaps a bit too light-bodied for the style, but the juicy fruit flavors and texture help to mask that.

D - A wholly enjoyable brew. I love the fruit character here. I agree with the label in that this brew would be great with mussels, and it would make a great complement to a rustic pork pate or a fresh goat's milk cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:06:00 | More by vrazionale
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.