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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,017 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,017
Reviews: 1,157
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 190
Gots: 603 | 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 peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delightful orange/amber colour, good white head, some lacing left on the glass. Smell has a nice Brett funk, good hop presence, big yeasty presence shows up as well. Taste has a funky brett presence, light sourness, fruity, green fruit, mildly hoppy, a nice malt brings everything together well. Good mouthfeel, creamy, nice weight, carbonation is just how I like it for a strong belgian style. Drinks very well, would welcome this anytime, solid stuff from Goose Island again.

Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review number 1,000. Who'd a thought it? Poured into my favorite tulip.

A: Slightly hazy apricot with light carbonation. A small, yet dense cream tinted cap falls fairly quickly to a thick sheet of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Fairly light in the nose. Clove and coriander spice dominate. A pear sweetness is in back. Lemon and a slight barnyard funk completes the picture.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is rather light. Straw like malts start out. There is a light pear sweetness behind them. Bitterness is well balanced and spicy. The beer finishes tart and dry, with a light lingering spice.

M: The body is quite light and doesn't have quite the vigor I expect from this style.

D: This is a good BSPA that is a couple of flavor notches away from being great. Overall, a solid choice for review 1,000.

Photo of deebo
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange color that has a cloudy appearance with a nice white head

S- Spicy (clove like) and yeasty are the dominating aromas. Nice clean hop aroma.

T- Nice yeasty aftertaste with plenty of esters. Malt and hops are well balanced, making this a very enjoyable beer. Warming alcohol finish.

M- Smooth-medium bodied

D- Easy to sip or gulp, would like to have another.

Overall probably my favorite American version of this style.

Photo of paintedwall
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/16/09: Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Very orange/amber, clear and bubbly. Very nice color. Pours with a decent head, little to no head retention, lacing up the glass. A very pretty beer to look at.

Smell: The smell is fruity-sweet verging on wild-yeast sour. Honestly, the smell betrays the taste a bit. A good whiff will prepare you for something much sweeter than this beer.

Taste: Very nuanced, but also very subtle. Like a nice, dry champagne, the sweetness is subdued. You get some good fruity flavors, nothing really bitter, just very smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Mid-level carbonation, tingly. Overall pleasant.

Drinkability: One could drink a sixer of these without getting sick of it, easily. I definitely like this beer, especially with a little bit of age on it. A good one to pick up regularly at the bar.

Photo of sophisticated
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Matilda is a Belgian-style Pale Ale with 7% alcohol. This poured a darker orange, still cloudy, with a small fizzy white head. Nose was somewhat subtle, but sweet.

The taste started bitter, then citrus and Belgian yeast stood out. A little floral, overall this felt "muted" in both taste and smell. Aftertaste funky.

The body was medium, soft, and light. I've had other Belgian Pale Ales that I've enjoyed a little more than this. It was tasty and pleasant, but I think I like stronger flavors.

Photo of Frothboss
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin frothy head that thins out quickly. Smells sweet and sour with spicy undernotes. Tastes sweet up front and sour in the middle, nice and dry. Very balanced tastes, even and smooth. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation, not to much bubbles. Kind of bready. Its good, i like this beer. I will defiflnitely buy another bottle and will try and hang on to it a little longer before i drink it. Yummy full and delicious.

Photo of leedorham
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with an off white head that dissipates quickly. The foam ring does stick around and gives a bit of lacing.

S - Very nice sweet & spicy with an earthy background. Some tannins in the character of the nose. This is a complex aroma and very pleasing. Makes me eager to take the first sip.

T - Spices dominate. There I would call it clove, licorice, and sage. Quite dry. Doesn't seem to have the sweetness I expected from the nose. There is a little leathery funk lingering in the background.

M - A little bit chalky. Carbonation is medium high to high.

D - Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Paired this with a steak salad with spinach.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Matilda. I'm drinking this beaut in honor of that lil stick, Natalie Portman. Why? Because of Leon. Who? The Professional? Still don't follow? Too bad.

I love that film, and her performance in it, but this Matilda is an altogether different entity. It's Belgian for cripes sake! So my question is, does this Matilda perform well, or does it flounder about like that witch movie with Devito?

An orangey-amber hue that was unexpected. What else was surprising was the lackluster head - maybe one finger - which is now a skimming layer of miniscule bubbles. Okay lace.

Rather pleasant smelling - very floral, with malt notes, spice, not much fruit for me. Nice, but forgettable and very been there done that.

Like her lil sister, Smelly, this one is pleasant and easier to notice the fruit notes. But what the hell....pickles? I literally taste pickles. Pickled beer? Ok.

Besides having the taste of pickles stuck on my palette, it's a rather smooth slurp; medium body, creamy and....pleasant.

This Matilda couldn't hold a candle to Portman's. This belgian strong pale ale, is probably the weakest I've had yet. I like mine a bit more on the Duvel side - with a bite. This beer doesn't look like a strong, or even taste like a strong.

Also, 10 bucks Portman wins for Black Swan. DUR!!!

Photo of krisandajt
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle, poured into my DFH Chalice...

Appearance: A slightly opaque ruby, mahogany color with a good inch of white, foamy head. Retention is decent, and the lacing is soapy and runny with no real schtick to it.

Smell: Some vinegar, funk, and an off sort of pickled beets smell. It took me a few minutes to lock it down, but pickled beets is what jumps to mind. Not too sure what to think about it.

Taste: Well, that pickled taste certainly carries through. Sure, it's got some funk, and there's a slight fruity quality, but I'll be damned if I can't get past that pickled taste. Not that appealing, really.

Mouthfeel: Not bad here, medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: As the beer warms, the funk develops a bit more and detracts from the pickled flavor, but honestly I don't really find this brew that appealing. I really don't think I'll be coming back to this one.

Photo of Gunslinger711
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at GI - Clybourn

Tasting notes from 2-15-11

Served in a sample glass.

A - Matilda pours a light hazy amber color. Sparse head, almost no lacing.

S - The smell is incredible, you have a variety of scents: malt, sweet honey, something floral in the mix...

M - Light but a little sticky mouthfeel

T - All of the scents transfer to taste along with a gentle Belgian wheat finish.

Excellent example of a strong pale ale, I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this one at the O'hare airport's Goose Island Brew pub which gets a two thumbs down on service & food... but the beer was great!

Matilda is beautiful Belgian-style Strong done with a fruity yeast that is easy to approach, but complex to ponder. Probably the most notable of the Goose Belgian-y series and for good reasons... It's a great introduction to the other-than-Honker's Goose line-up.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a hint of red. There's a medium white head that disappears quickly... If I remember correctly, Goose Island brewed this beer in somewhat of a clone of Orval. Like the head on Orval a lot more. Scent doesn't quite live up to Orval either...although has a definite pleasant smell. Not funky like I was expecting. Has some light hoppy notes and an interesting English malt aroma.Yeasty aromas as well with lovely floral notes. Taste is definitely yeasty with coriander and banana. Somewhat earthy and grassy with flowers and spiciness. It has some alcohol flavor to it as well. Mouthfeel is very nice...dry and somewhat fluffy. Very drinkable beer! Overall, I was hoping there would be more funkiness and some Brett character, but I got little to none. Maybe I should sit on a bottle for a while and see if I see it later on. No Orval, but good beer.

Photo of negroobserver
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - Bottled on September 27, 2010

C: Nice light hazy amber color with reddish tones. Reminds me of a light peach iced tea. Pours with about two inches of head, which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Sweet. Citrus. Summery scent.

T: Sweet flavor remeniscent of a hefeweizen
Light bitter finish.

M: Good Carbonation. Not too thin or dense.

D: This is a highly enjoyable beer. I can easily drink a six pack. It's not too challenging or overwhelming with the flavors, but it still has a lot of character.


Photo of CPeterson
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- A hazy honey orange brew that pours into a three finger eggshell white head and dissipates to a froth that leaves thick lacing.

S -- Yeast, with spice notes of clove and coriander; citric hop aromatics, and a hint of floral hops as well.

T -- Juicy citrus and yeasty spice notes on the front, a hint of grain in the middle with a nice floral hop essence and a faint alcohol kick toward the end.

M -- Full bodied and well carbonated for the style. Light on the palate and not cloying, actually rather refreshing.

D -- Solid brew and very flavorful, nothing ridiculous but a great representation of the style.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus glass. No real head to speak of. The color of this beer is really nice. Sort or a hazy reddish orange. Aroma is Fruit, citrus and maybe pear or apple. I also get some yeastiness and a note of grain. Finally I get a faint spiciness but subtle like coriander or something similar. The taste is a little sweet up front with a nice fruitiness, I also get a little bit of spice and a distinct lemon note on the end. I don't mind the mouth feel of the beer itself as it has a bit of weight but I marked it down a bit because the carbonation was a bit grainy. Overall I really liked this beer and will probably pick it up again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy yet vibrant amber color. With a smallish white head that laces well.

S-Juicy fruits. Pear specifically. Yeasty as well. A slight tart aroma and a bit of clove. Definately some spiciness here as well. Soft yet intricate.

T-Some fairly substantial european hop flavors come out. The luscious fruit flavor is there quite like the nose. Pear and apple cider flavors. Honey too. Yeasty and spicy and overall, quite enjoyable. A tiny alcohol kick adds some complexity to an already complex beer.

M-Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D-%7 masked well. I love the juicy aspect of the beer. I have one only one 12 oz. but I could see myself have more of this without complaint.

Photo of larsenju
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange/amber body with a medium tall very lively crisp white head.

S-Some fruity banana esters along with a little citrus, some pepper, very sweet almost honey like malts and some musty funk still hiding behind all the sugars. I got some floral/herbal hops, but they are pretty faint.

T-Hits fruity but quickly develops spice and some earthy hop flavors. Light pineapple and sweet oranges blend well with a sharp herbal flavor mid palate finishing with a little kick of lemon and some phenolic spice. I also got some sort of biscuit malt and honey sweetness.

M-Its fairly dry and light overall, finishing with a slightly oily feel that dissolves quickly. The Carbonation is about what I like to see for the style, but it maybe feels a little hot.

D-I can only think of a few better Belgian Pales, certainly none from this side of the pond. Very easy and interesting to drink and it develops nicely in the bottle (this was a 2010). I would say its still a little on the sweet side, and the alcohol should blend in a little better, but both of those things get better with a little age. Based on the price and availability I consistently cite this as one of my best buys.

Photo of meatmallet
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale orange/amber color with a thick white head that didnt stick around long. Lots of tiny carbonation can be seen streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Very floral and sweet. Lemon, yeast, oranges, and apple. Wonderful smell. Very fresh.

Taste: Sweet start with a tart finish. Belgian yeast with a floral and a citrusy hop taste. Also gives a slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Highly carbonated and a light body. Feels a bit creamy as well. This is one of the best American attempts at a Belgian beer I have ahd yet.

Photo of BMoldy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, orange-gold color with a small creamy head that sticks well to the glass and lingers for a bit as you sip. The smell is -to me- predominately yeast and citrus notes, though it is far from subtle. The beer tastes roasted and full, with a slight initial sweetness that fades quickly as the hops balance things out nicely. The Belgian inspiration is immediately apparent, as the yeast/citrus combination from the aroma translates very well into the flavor profile. Despite its profound and lingering taste, I find the beer to be very drinkable, although I think it merits to be sipped and enjoyed at a rather leisurely pace.

Overall, I found Matilda to be a nice adaptation of a traditional Belgian style. It's unique in its own right, and I would certainly consider buying it again- especially to see how it fares over time.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, 1 finger head, patchy lacing.

S: hops, yeast/bread, citrus, clean aroma

T: sweet citrus, grain/yeast, mild bitter finish.

M: medium body, smooth, slight dry finish.

D: This is delicious and just below Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island as best from their brewery.


Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber color with a finger of white head. Good retention and carbonation bubbles flow through the beer for as long as it's in my glass.

S: Fruity and sweet- orange peel stands out. Yeasty and funky; just a bit floral.

T: Strong candy malt backbone here; the yeast and fruit flavors really compliment it well.

M: Medium-bodied but lively carbonation helps it seem more filling. Just slightly dry and crisp; I feel this beer would benefit more if it was more of either.

D: Enjoyable glass and goes down quite easily. Even if the taste wasn't outstanding, the nice balance and easy drinking could lead to me having another.

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with others in a night of Belgians.
A very malt forward drink, especially for style.
Aroma is malt dominant. Slightly sweet, mild yeast, slight fruit like a ripe apple.
Very clear, dark gold and minimal head
Flavor is also malt forward. And as a note of explanation, the malt seems be beyond the traditional pale/pils type. Seems like a darker or more amber malt is included. Mild fruit esters. Clear hop flavor. Soft alcohol. Caramel briefly. Surprised by the amount of flavor from the hops. Minimal bitterness.
Slightly filling from carbonation. Adequate feel.
Nice drink with nicely balance flavors. More would be fine.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a thin off white head. The head dissipates rapidly. Fine rings of lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruits. A touch of hops but mostly sweetness. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is good. Nice mix of malts and hops. Blended real well. This taste like the fine Belgians. Has a great mouthfeel. The texture is oily and a touch dry. Has a medium body. The finish is awesome. I love the aftertaste. This is a good beer.

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on date reads 1/15/10 so this one is just over a year old at this point.

Brilliant golden orange colored body thats not quite as hazy as expected and capped by a and almost bleached white colored head that's just a bit to thin for my liking.

Aroma is heavy with a pale malt body and a nice peppery yeast presence to balance this out. Overall this aroma could be characterized as sweet with some estery and phenolic notes but not as much barnyard funk as expected.

Taste matches up well with the aroma but has a pleasantly stronger yeast presence that provides a nice balance of Brett but not overly done. Solid malt back bone but with the fading of hops, the yeast flavors really come through with some fruity esters and more spicy/peppery phenolics.

Mouthfeel seems a bit light but with a nice dry and crisp feel that boosts the drinkability. Overall, Matilda is a very enjoyable Belgian style beer that seems sure to please anyone.

Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a tarnished copper-orange color, surprisingly dark for a BSPA. There's about a finger's worth of creamy head which dissipates into a white ring with some lacing.

S: Sweet malt up front with a bit of orange, banana, and bubble gum aromas. There's some Belgian spiciness in there as well.

T: Belgian candy sugar up front along with some light citrus. The Belgian yeast and spices kick in for the finish, leaving a pleasant yeasty flavor for the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Like so many American attempts at the style, it lacks the crispness that I look for and associate with the best.

D: Goes down pretty easily and smooth, but without that light crispness, it's not as drinkable as many of the better representatives of the style.

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 4,017 ratings.