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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,218
Reviews: 1,192
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 208
Gots: 749 | FT: 18
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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Ratings: 4,218 | Reviews: 1,192
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: 12/21/2011

Poured into a tulip. Has an attractive light orange almost pinkish appearance. Subtle carbonation. Thin, white frothy head. It's a very nice looking beer, almost elegant.

Smell is fruity, also picking up the yeast.

Taste is dominated by the Belgian yeast. It's citrusy (grapefruit) and light. There is a feint alcohol burn, and the aftertaste taste a bit off for me. I was careful not to pour sediment into my glass, but I'm guessing it's the yeast at the finish that doesn’t agree with my pallet.

Overall, it's a classy beer, but not one I would order again. However, I can see how this could be an amazing beer for the right person.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: A lovely, opaque honey amber that hints towards brown in the center. Two finger foamy head with nice lacing as well.

S: So much fruit and citrus that hits you on the pour; let alone over the glass. Pear, apple, and lemon initially dominate the foundation of earthy, banana Belgium yeast; could easily be mistaken for a saison.

T: Wonderful balance of it all. Sweet fruits, lemony sour, hint of spice, hops, Belgium yeast, and barnyard funk. Brilliantly done!

M: Smooth, light body that is carbonated well. Crisp, with a dry aftertaste. As the carbonation settles it becomes creamier in feel. Could pair well with most anything

I really liked this gem from Goose Island. This one could easily sneak up on the unsuspecting as it is so easily drinkable at 7% ABV. Outstanding overall.

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22oz Bomber - From Wegmans in Syracuse

Appearance -Hazy copper/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for about 5 minutes.

Smell - Lemon, Apple, Banana, Yeast, Clove/Coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste bananas mixed with malts and caramel. There is also a nice amount of spiciness from cloves/coriander and some funk from the brett. There are also notes of lemon juice and zest. It ends with a fruity and zesty aftertaste.

Overall - The light amount of funk in the taste gives this beer a nice touch. It's not mind blowing by any means, but it's interesting enough to warrant trying. It's well crafted and was worth the 8$ price tag.

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

Pours a golden honey orange, opaque but not cloudy, with a little head that clings to the glass and lingers. Apricot, nectarine, and light fruit start the aroma. Buttery, sweet phenols, Belgian yeast is there but not spicy or bananaish. Very different use of the yeast strain. Slight hint of biscuit with a good swirl. Very phenolic in taste with some alcohol accompanying and staying around for the bitter aftertaste. I can pick out sweet fruit: nectarine, apricot, green apple. A buttery, butterscotchy diacetyl is apparent but not on wanted. It sticks in the back of the throat and lingers - at this point it's not wanted. Mostly watery in feel, it's easy to drink. Carbonation is much more evident in the feel than looks.

I was surprised at how sweet this beer was. It wasn't over the top, but more than what I'm used to and it took a while to adjust. Although I like the sweet for a bit, it ultimately proved too much, as the buttery phenol flavor didn't contrast it enough. Maybe an oak aged version would do better. I enjoyed it, but I think there are better, more drinkable Belgian Strong Pales out there.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
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