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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,163
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 203
Gots: 713 | FT: 16
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
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Photo of jayhawk73
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color, with a slight off white head. Very easy to see through, and good lacing. Smell is Brett, hay, grass, lemon, and some citrus. A little light on the nose for me. Taste is Brett, grass, hay, and some citrus favors. Musty flavor as well. Nice, but more funk is needed. Feel is medium, with a musty aftertaste. Overall, a good beer that falls short on several levels. Cheers.

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – amber color, a little murky, with very little foam, which is light tan in color.

Smell – fruity, malty…it smells a lot like a good hefeweizen actually, even though it’s not.

Taste – right away a strong alcohol taste and feel. It feels very fizzy or bubbly and then you feel/taste the bite of the abv, which surprisingly isn’t actually that terribly high. But then you move to a slightly more fruity or phenolic taste. But the strength of the brew somewhat outweighs the taste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward the water or creamy sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but seems a little too strong. The abv seems to overpower the taste, which in itself is pretty decent.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ORD.

Miserably thin head (blame the bartender for not looking at the advertisement poster on the wall to see what it should look like. Body gradients from pale yellow to amber. Some lace.

Nose has some faint malt, spice, and fainter leafy hops.

Peppery, spicy taste. The yeast adds some bubblegum character and does a good job balancing that out. Rather than a BSPA, this seems like a bastard Saison/American Amber.

Feel is bright and quite refreshing.

Like I said, American Amber + Belgian Saison.

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DTown
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mdmoore
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of htrae2014
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of fortheunheard
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of damuts222
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Grebdioz
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Matilda from Goose Island Brewing Company.
Score: 86

2011 vintage bottle served in a pilsner/wine flute hybrid glass at a Tapas cooking class with my girlfriend.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, translucent sunset-orange color with yellow highlights around the glass. Pours close to three fingers of fluffy head that slowly settles into a solid finger and a half of yellow-white doughy head. Very bright and effervescent. Above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Bananas, Belgian yeast and cloves. Doughy bread, light citrus and some floral perfume. Also detecting some spices that I cannot put my finger on. 3.5/5

Taste: Lots of Belgian yeast and cloves throughout. A little tart fruitiness and mild lemon on the mid-palate and in the finish. I get waves of hard cider flavor too. Increasing notes of unidentifiable "spices" come out as the beer layers. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high-medium carbonation. A little less carbonated than expected based on the appearance. This beer also surprisingly coats the mouth with a lot of lingering yeast and light tart fruit flavors. I say this is a surprise because of the effervescent appearance. Quite refreshing and drinkable. 4/5

Overall: A pleasant Belgian style pale ale with a light sour twist -- very interesting. I would certainly try this refreshing brew again. Probably best enjoyed during the summer months.

Recommendations: A solid craft beer for casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike, though the former are more likely to enjoy it than the latter. This brew is a major step up in quality from 312, but it is just as approachable and drinkable. This is about as "sour" as I like my beers to be.

Pairings: Grilled lemon-crusted chicken would probably work well, though Matilda makes a good apéritif as well.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or 11.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles.

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Primetime1337
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the appearance is a great golden color and has a little amount of head.

there is very little smell and if I had to give a smell it would be the smell of wheat.

the taste is of wheat and has a slight hint of fruit. It has no aftertaste and is consistent with each sip.

the mouthful is very consistent and has a great texture

this beer was good and I would drink again.

Photo of Jammies
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged for 6 months.

A- pours a deep golden amber with a half inch of foam that lingers and looks beautiful after a few minutes.

S- a sweet and somewhat perfumy smell

T- very smooth. A sweet malty finish. Extremely well balanced. Actually tastes smoother with a little bit of age.

M- smooth and moderately light. The malts are evident on the palate.

O- definitely can tell the difference after sitting in the cellar for 6 months. Very curious to try another one in 6 more months.

Photo of greid
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Derek68038
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of 1950carlen
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,163 ratings.