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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,758
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 169
Gots: 500 | FT: 12
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 SeanRedd
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper tone, soft, gentle head, crisp bite. I dig. Honey hangs for a bit, contrasted by its foe, clove, handed over to its similiar buddies herb and spice. Banana and wheat make an appearance with a faint note of vanilla. Alcohol aint home and sweet tart spoons cracker dry upstairs. I dig.

SeanRedd, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition: Bottled on 11/26/07. Consumed: 8/11/08. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle into a wide mouthed glass. The head was light beige and loose bubbles.... it sttled into a thin cap laving some spotty lace. The color is orange/amber with some haze.

The nose is quite nice. Aromatic.... quite characteristic of the Belgian style. Fruity and yeasty. I cannot dtect any noticable hops.

Taste: Tastes like a Belgian... yeasty, fruity (sweet, ripe, macintosh apples). Just a hint of bitter at the finish.

MF: Creamier than most Belgians I've had... nice carbonation level... not as fizzy as most Belgians.

Drinkability: Good. If you like Belgians.... you'll like this. Right on style. At 7% abv.... this one ain't gonna put you under too fast... have a few.

TheBierBand, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at goebels in Wichita, bottled on 07/27/05

Whoa, this one's a gusher despite 12 hours of chilling! Pours a cloudy peach with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Big time apple skins, peppery spice & farm yard mustyness, does this have brett???? Must do, bottle says a special yeast strain, loads of horse blanket

T: Orchard fruit, mustyness, slight grapefruit hops,& funky tartness. tartness, funkyness, along some peach & green apple, plus booze as this warms. funky sournesss & grapefruit compete in the finish,along with dryness & tartness

MF: Medium bodied with subdued carbonation

Drinks pretty good, this one grew on me, I'm not a huge brett fan, but I could do a few of these before moving on, Brett fans will enjoy even more IMO. Agree with some other reviewers, seems more saisin than Belgian PA

russpowell, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. A clear light gold, little head or carbonation. Light yeast aroma. Flavour is rich, sweet, but not overly sweet. Lightly spiced. Medium bodied. Some light hops as it goes down the throat. Not as complex as I like my Belgians.

sstackho, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4-pack of this during my Summer 2008 midwestern trek.

Pours a color somewhere between golden and amber. Perfectly clear and sparkling. Reminds me a little of a light rose champagne, but more creamy. The head on this one dissipates quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smells yeasty with lots of tropical and dried stone fruit.

Moderately sweet and spicy with a dry clean finish. Tastes like many Belgian imports. A little more citrus in the smell, and there's a hop trace to keep it balanced.

It's not too strong and is actually really easy to drink on both a warm or cool day. The creaminess is nice, but it's not overcarbonated or overly rocky.

An authentic take on a Belgian pale. If you like the style or want to introduce someone to it - this is as good as an import, and it's cheaper/fresher to boot.

Domingo, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to find another keeper. Pours a light tawny, with somehat soapy white head. Good lacing. Bits of fruity rind and clove in the odor, more subtle in the taste dept. Some hop presence, but predominantly sweet. Not cloying - never goes into that territory. Somewhat reminisicent of Orval. Smooth sipper that keep the ABV at a respectable 7%. I'd prefer this beer in a bomber, but that said, do not find the 4.00 price tag to be extravagant in the least. Definate repeat purchase.

Onibubba, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty surprise from illinos.

Nice gold orange and foamy.

Strong brett aroma brings comes in waves of pungent spicy sweet funk. Musty books and slight citric bitterness.

Nice sry fruitiness in the taste, then the layer of bandaid, wet straw, horse, and all that good stuff. Alcohol is slightly medicinal. Good honey sweet finish and the last exhale is more of the funk.

OVerall a really nice belgian pa with brett. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and the drinkability is nice. A slow sipper, but great to have in-hand.

SurlyDuff, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz glass bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Deep, reddish amber. Creamy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Decent lacing.

S--1st impression is woody...charred oak. Almost a hint of whiskey. Yes, bourbon and sweet malt. Fruity and mild yeast.

T/M--Smooth, medium body. Slightly viscuous, assumedly from hops. Mild and balanced sweet malt tempered by grassy hops. Bottle advertises "profuse amount" of hops, but not a "profuse" taste. Some mild spice (cinnamon/clove) present.

D--Smooth and very drinkable at 7%. Thought ABV was lower!

larsee01, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface.

The aroma seems to be dominated by yeast qualities. I really can't smell anything except cloves.

Taste is also one dimensional. It has a nice clove and ginger flavor.

Great texture to the body of this beer. Feels full bodied and a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation was spot on with my sample.

Overall it is hard to get excited about this beer. Nothing wrong with it but others do it so much better.

morimech, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the Goose Island location in O'Hare Airport, Chicago.

A: A yellowish/golden amber... again, like the Honker's, the head is a finger+ white foam, leaving a solid sheet over the entire fluid

S: Esters bring out a nice fruity medley - notes or pear, canned pineapple, apricot, and a pleasant sweet sugary or honeylike aroma. A subtle and nicely balanced spiciness makes for a very nice smelling brew.

T: Honey dipped fruits and plenty of clove. A rich flavour that gets down to business immediately, full tasting right off the tip of the tongue. A nice and complex flavoured beer, touched with a spiciness.

M/D: Rich, the carbonation is almost... fuzzy, rather than fizzy. Over the tongue like a furry peach. Medium body, a nice tangerine flavour left behind, finishes rather clean and pleasant. A very easy "semi-sipper" I found myself going through this quite quickly. An excellent beer, and something I hope to find again (or have another glass of when coming back this way!)

Proteus93, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goliath thanks for the brew
Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a good finger worth of head that faded away to a thin laver of lace

Aromas of bubblegum and spices filed my nose

Tasted great for an American Belgian just the right amount of sweetness and spice well done the mouthfeel is about what I wanted in it as well just enough carbonation to keep it interesting

I thought it was a fine beer for a Belgian clone and would drink it again

joepais, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 10th Jan 2008, poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Coppery-amber with a thin white head that recedes fairly quick to a ring. Clear with faint carbonation

S: Floral - rose and jasmine with a bubblegum sweetness. Mild spiciness too with a little mace present.

T: Starts off mildly sweet with floral and honey notes and maybe, a hint saffron. Fairly full bodied for an Orval clone but it's a good beer in it's own righ

M: Maybe a tad undercarbonated but still good

D: Unfortunately my other bottle is in a cellar!

DefenCorps, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

(When I opened this bottle, I had it in a stationary position and turned to grab my glass to pour it into and it started overflowing the neck of the bottle almost instantly.)
Pours a hazy golden yelow/orange with a touch of amber/red. Like a beautiful sunset. Sitting on top is a nice 2 finger creamy white head that dissipates to a thin layer of white with good retention and lacing.

When opened, I was initially hit with the smell of bananas. Upon further investigation, I smell orange and lemon with yeasty biscuit and honey scents. Small notes of vanilla and coriander.

Very fruit forward with banana being most prominent followed closely by citrus flavors. Sweet caramel and light hops mingle in the middle. It ends with a licorice/anise flavor, which is minimal enough to overlook (because I don't like licorice).

The feel is quite nice. A good amount of tiny little bubbles that help make this brew very creamy feeling. The golden liquid flows down the throat quite easily.

At (just) 7% a.b.v. this is a quite drinkable brew that could easily sneak up on you. It only takes me a matter of a few minutes to quaff one, so be careful!

An excellent example of a strong belgian ale and another excellent brew from the fine folks at Goose Island.
(This product has aged very, very well.)

coldmeat23, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great cloudy yellow/orange color with great head and excellent lacing. It had a wonderful scent, very sweet with straw scents, along with a great banana scent. Excellent taste, a great sweet start with some nice hoppy balance, a delicate clove and banana flavor with lemon zest undertones. Went down fantastically smooth. Probably one of the best American made belgian strong ales I've had.

JamesS, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet, light foam and carb ring. Nice orange color. Smells of an old Belgian ale, the ones that I used to buy fifteen years ago. The ones that made me fanatical about beer.

Strong Belgian ale yeast flavor, good amount of malt, some belgian sugar candy and not much else. Not complex, but I guess this beer shouldn't be. Yeast overtones carry this beer and possibly give it its fruity/spicey taste. Beer label states that it was hopped profusely and while the bitterness is there, I think any other contribution from hops is usurped by the yeast.

Mouthfeel is nice as is ABV, no heaviness to weigh you down in the summertime.

Beer gets better with each sip.

Good beer, great for when a high ABV is desired w/o all of the heaviness it usually comes with.

BelgianAleSlut, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the extra!

Pours a hazy golden orange. Small white foam head that quickly vanishes, leaving a thin white foam behind. Not particularly carbonated (this beer could use a bit more to liven up the mouthfeel).

Smells like caramel malt, citrus, candi, and yeast. Tastes exactly like it smells. No real surprises here. The citrus zest helps liven up the sweet belgian background.

A solid Belgian Pale Ale.

Overlord, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of israel
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into an ommegang tulip

A- pours a golden color with some deeper tones within, and is accompanied by a rather nice fluffy head that sticks around for the party.

S - faint smells but I think I smell aromas of breadiness along with some citrusy scents. overall not many cluse as to what the beer may taste like.

T - this beer reminds me more of belgian witte than anything else, and I assume this is due tho the yeast being used. Flavors of citrus and clove are also previlant.

M - this one has a lot of carbonation and finishes on the dry side. the wheat characteristics of this beer hang around in the back of my throat .medium body..

D - this is a nice brew to consume during the the warm summer months, but the alc% might cut you off sooner than your ready if your not careful.

israel, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a copper colour that appears to be golden near the bottom of the glass. The head was a decent centimeter that left fairly quickly. The nose of the beer has fruits, sweetness, and some spices. The beer has lots of flavour, from the dark fruits like plums to a few spices. The complexity to this beer is quite more than I expected. You can taste a bit of the alcohol, but I really don't taste any hops, but there is a bitterness to it. Lots of flavours I can't really pin down either. The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice bite from the carbonation. The beer is okay in the drinkablility department.

swizzlenuts, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden color slight copper tinge with an off white tan head on top that built about 2 cm or so, and fell reasonably quickly to a thin film, with light lacing on top.

S- yeasty belgian spice characteristics, light noble hops on top. spicy maltiness. pretty interesting, but i feel like i'm missing something

T- light malt, yeast type spice almost immediately, smooth maltiness, light spicyness throughout, hints of coriander type spices, yeasty finish, lingering on the tongue, pretty delicious. dead on for style etc.

M- light body, medium carbonation. lingers on the tongue

D- pretty damn solid

Atron67, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
"Flavor will continue to develop over five years" on the back bottle...
Exceptional, top-of-the-line appearance - pours a ruddy, dark-orange hue with a literally gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly receding along with visible carbonation...
Sweet, caramel, candied-sugar aroma bursting forth...
Cotton-candy flavor with essences of sweet sugar, honey, a balance of malts and hops, pears, green apples, and canteloupe...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel with a pretty good level of drinkability for a big-bodied, 7% ABV...

dsa7783, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of edbeered
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm happy that this beer has finally made it to the bars in the Twin Cities. Served on tap, this pours a hazy amber color, with a small white head and ample white lacing on the glass. The smell is of tart apples, with a small hint of sourness. The taste is fruity, with raisins, plums, and a tart apple flavor predominating. There is a (not unpleasant)dryness to the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is appropriately rich and flavorful. Drinkability is only marred by the relatively high alcohol content(7,2%abv) and the slightly sour smell. All in all, this is a good Belgian Strong Ale.

edbeered, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautifully clear amber in color with a one finger head that surprisingly disappears completely - not even a ring remains. Odd. Otherwise, a great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet and somewhat grainy. Spices and herbs, a hint of fresh flowers. A nice aroma, I just wish it were a bit bolder.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity and phenolic, but with an American cleanness - for an Orval inspired beer this is missing the funk. Carbonation is low for the style. Crisp biscuity dryness takes over in the finish, bringing out a nice earthy hop note.

Notes: Well, it doesn't hold a candle to Orval, but comparisons aside this is good.

largadeer, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Goose Island bar in O'Hare.

Pours a hazy apricot amber color with light white lacing. Light aroma of yeast. Lots of yeast in the taste, plus light fruits and cloves. Yeasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium-bodied with light tingly carbonation. A simple, but enjoyable, implementation of this style.

mithrascruor, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Matilda pours a deep amberish copper with a fluffy rather large bubble head. The smell is strong of yeast with a touch of citrus in the back. Taste is very yeasty and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and the yeast bubbles just explode with a swish. It's really quite unique to feel the brew go straight from a liquid state to a mouthfull of bubbles. If you like highly carbonated, yeasty beers this might be worth a try, unfortuantely this really isn't my style of drinking.

AMo, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Hazy but bright orange color with wispy white head. Looks very inviting in my tulip glass.

Fruity and yeasty aroma with a bit of clove and black pepper.

Sweet and fruit flavor - bananas, pear, and bubblegum with cloves and a nice floral hop character. Very complex taste with good balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style but it works.

This is a very good beer. Congrats to GI yet again for another job well done.

Tasted on 4/24/08.

tmitch75, Jun 12, 2008
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,758 ratings.