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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,824
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 171
Gots: 535 | 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 CMW
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with a fluffy white head. Retention is decent and there is a good amount of lacing.

S - Malt and yeast are dominant. However, there are some subtle dried fruit notes too.

T - Sweet malt upfront which continues on with a nice amount of bready yeast. Then the dreid fruits come through with some hints of spice. Finishes smooth with very little bitterness.

M - Creamy with a high amount of carbonation.

D - Even at 7%, very drinkable. I was excited about this offering and enjoyed it even more than expected.

CMW, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of KI9A
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful, dark apple cider/ruby color. Large puffy head, great lace on the glass.

S: Obvious sweet Belgian yeasts, sugary, fruity, some hops.

T: Wow. All of the above show up. Pears, tart apples step up. Some nice malt & hop balance detected.

M: Coats mouth with sweetness.

D: Slightly high ABV not detected at all. Sweetness kinda limits this to just one for me. Very nice beer, going to the beer store today, and picking some up.

KI9A, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt fruity and yeasty

T - Very good follows the nose sweet malt that fruity and yeasty

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This was a very easy beer to drink with its good taste wish I could of had more of this beer than just one bottle worth the effort to get

armock, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of julian
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle from the cellar. Bottle date 10/24/07

A: Color is similar to that of freshly pressed cider with a hint of orange in the spectrum. Nice clarity although lots of minuscule suspended particles. Carbonation seems to be minimal, but given this is almost 18 months old I'm not surprised. Nice ample head, although it doesn't last long. Lacing is very wet and tends to slide down back into the glass almost as quick as it forms.

S: Smell is sweet Belgian yeast, sugary malt and subdued tart apples. Some pear on the nose also.

T: Mmm this is good. I clearly don't drink enough Belgian style pale ales. Great combination of brown sugar, belgian yeast, pear, green apples, spices. Delicious

M: Carbonation is mild, yet still present and given the taste and style it's actually working extremely well. It's smooth, mellow. Goes down real easy.

D: Very good, I wish I had more. Definitely something that is worthy of being aged. I'll have to try a fresh Matilda for comparison now...but this was excellent.

julian, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz bottle that was bottled on 10/10/08. Donated to the cause by a friend.

A: Nice clear dark golden color. Plenty of carbonation. Creamy head, great head retention and nice frothy lacing.

S: Yeasty, phenols, fruity pears, almost a wheat dryness

T: Tangy fruitiness like the smell is up front. Goes quickly into a phenolic taste but also some has sweet maltiness. Good amount of hop - very well balanced. Overall flavor is not that complex but seems to be delicate and well done.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fuller body than you would expect. Plenty of carbonation that adds plenty of life without the prickly aggression.

D: I am not the biggest fan of Belgian ales but this is a really nice brew. I'd be happy to have it again and I'd love to try it at Goose. I would also be interested to see how this flavor manifests itself over time.

sgoodship, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap last night at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. I think that it was $6. Review from notes.

A Orange brown translucent, almost golden orange body with 1 cm head that sticks around for 3 to 4 minutes and it is a georgeous head, creamy like meringue.

S Sweet malt, very inviting.

T Nice sweet malt with little bitterness but minimal hops in there. Very nice balance and alcohol is certainly making its presence known, possibly more than I would expect for its reported ABV of 7%.

M Full and not as syrupy as I might have expected. Carbonation is moderate.

D One and done because, in part, this is a huge beer. I enjoyed every drop, though and could readily see getting this one again.

Notes: By far my favorite Goose Island offering and superior to the similarly marketed, labeled, Pere Jacques (at least the labels emulate one another). Great job!

adamette, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of dfillius
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass. I've seen so many ads for this beer, I've been anticipating it.

A; Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of light tan head with great retention. Cloudy burnt orange liquid.
S: Apple cider, fruit and tangy bite - a little cinnamon maybe.
T: Fruity and ghostly yeastiness that floats along with the carbonation. Sweet, but just shy of cloying.
M: High carbonation gives a fizzy mouthfeel - like Emergen-C - too much fizzing. Hearty and round.
D: Decent, I would like more, but 2 maximum.

Overall, this beer is over-advertised/hyped.

dfillius, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage bought in Northern Westchester, New York.

Upon pouring this into a pint glass, the body is dark burnt yellow with a two/three finger head. It smells a tad bit sweet, with a light barley aroma. The taste is refreshing and not too much alcohol that comes through despite the 7.00% abv. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and gives off pleasurable tones to your palate. Overall, it is a very good beer, but for some reason I expected it to be even better. Perhaps it is because Goose Island produces such high quality "common styles" such as their IPA among the rest. Still a very good beer.

mltobin, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright reddish-brown color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with fair retention. Laced in thick sheets. Decanted continually.

S: Big fruity esters dominate the aroma. Different light-colored candied fruit in the background. Hop spices tickle the nose

T: Sweet malts and yeast with a fouindation of earthy hops. Light fruits linger on the tongue ahead of a bitter finish.

M: Full side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Rich and full without being overbearing.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for a strong ale. Intersting comlex flavor and very good CO2 and hop balance make this an easy choice.

Haybeerman, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of brewczar. 12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Bottled on 01/10/2008. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a golden hue. Two inch tight, white head sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a solid skim with a dense target of foam in the middle. Curtains of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Detected some citrus (lemon zest) and yeast in the nose, as well as a spicey quality. Taste revealed many of the same characteristics of the nose, as well as malt, grass, candi sugar, maybe allspice, as well as light fruit (green apple and perhaps pear). Mouthfeel is slightly short of medium-bodied with a lively character and some acidity that burned the edges of my chapped lips. Excellent and well-balanced example of the style. Nice and flavorful without the booziness sometimes present.

Jwale73, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloud, pale amber color. Some yeast is apparent suspended in the brew. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight fruit, some hops, slight pale malt, yeast, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Dark citrus, tart malt, wheat, slight hop, slight sweet malt, and slight yeast. A hint of spice is also noticeable (maybe coriander or all spice). Overall, a complex beer that is still easy to drink and has a lots of body!.

This beer has been aged since 2007.

Tone, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of dza360
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on sale for about half off at Rob's World of Beers.

Bottled on date says July 2005.

Upon opening the bottle a volcano of foam erupts from the bottle. I probably lost 20% of the beer before I was able to get it in a glass. :-( Not sure what happened, had been setting still in my fridge for 4 hours.

Once things settle down I have a golden hazy beer with a large foamy champagne like head. Some darker, almost red sediment is present.

Smell here is medicinal, sour, hint of lemon grass. Distinctly Belgian style.

Taste is fruity banana, with some punchy alcohol almost like cider. Very unique, not sure what type of hops are here but they finish up nicely and round off the fruit with a bite. Should have let it get a little more warm as the complexity is really showing off toward the end of the glass.

Very high carbonation stands up through the whole glass (even after the eruption), mouth feel is thick and sticky on the tongue but not unpleasent.

Wouldnt drink more than one in a night, but I will be helping the beer store close out their inventory with this good of a sale.

All in all a good beer, still impressed with most of the Goose Island premium beers I have tried.

dza360, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Brew33
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matilda 2008

My first taste of an American made Belgian style pale ale. The color was a little darker than I expected but it was pleasant. The aroma was similar to other BPA's I have had. Crisp.

The taste was good. Not overpowering but fairly bold. To me it tasted like Duvel with the volume turned way up. Not as good as Duvel but tasty. Decidedly Belgian in it's taste. Tart apples, slight bitterness. Dry finish. Nice beer.

For 7% it doesn't show. Highly drinkable for the abv. I would certainly drink it again. I'd love to try it on tap.

Brew33, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I swear I'd had this before having a glass at Roman's this week, but apparently I am confusing Matilda with memories of Pere Jacques. And I'm glad I corrected this situation, because where I found Pere Jacques to be pretty mediocre and boring, I found this beer to be considerably more enjoyable and interesting.

This beer pours a light golden color with a pretty minimal head. At Roman's, it was served in a long-stemmed glass reminiscent of a martini glass (what I don't know about glassware could fill a library). Aroma was a touch fruity and spicy. Flavor offered a rich sweetness paired nicely with a touch of very-Belgian-y maltiness. There was also considerable fruitiness, full mouthfeel, and yeastiness that was also reminiscent to Belgian beers I've had (like fresh Tripel Karmelet). Mouthfeel was pretty rich.

This is really a very good beer and I would recommend it. I had it on tap at Roman's in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Huge frothy head on an amber body. The head is three fingered and beige with great lacing and retention. Tiny bubbles in the beer appear to be suspended in limbo while others pass by at a rapid pace on their way up.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast and citrus. Tangerines. Some spiciness is present along with an earthy hop aroma and alcohol. I just broke wind so I can't really smell the beer anymore. Excuse me.

The beer tastes very sweet. It reminds me of a quad. Belgian candy sugar and yeasty citrus with a little spice. The alcohol is quite noticeable throughout, but most pronounced in the finish where a touch of bitterness is apparent. The beer honestly tastes a lot stronger than its 7% ABV.

Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty good but the mouthfeel is somewhat thin.

HopHead84, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of preshamilton
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matilda: 2007 Bottle

A- Deep orange with head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass.

S- Very special smell, almost fruity.

T- Smooth and thick drink, but light after taste. Orange beginning with a dash of spice after the orange fades away.

M- Bitter sweet on toung, very airy after feel almost refreshing.

D- Very drinkable, seems thick but ends up light after having a couple sips.

I really enjoyed this beer, something to drink on a hot summer day.

preshamilton, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (2008) into a tulip glass.

Appears a mostly clear orange color with a one inch off-white head that drops down to a skim. Doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is mildly funky (Brett?) with a nice fruitiness and malty sweetness to complement it. There's a mild layer of phenolic spiciness but it is subdued and serves more as to enhance the other characteristics rather than stand in the foreground.

The taste is a bit milder than I remember from last years bottling, but the characteristics from the aroma are present. A light sweetness kicks things off with the funky character making an entrance quickly. It's fruity for an instant, then the spicy character kicks into gear and makes the tongue tingle a bit. The linger is a mixture of funk, spice, and fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice effervescent crisp carbonation that makes it quite drinkable.

I like this one quite a bit but can't help thinking that the ones I had last year were even better. Maybe my tastes have changed. In either case, this is a very nice Belgian style pale.

roadhouse, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of akokandy
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a Matilda glass. Kind of in-between a chalice and a wine glass. In between yellow and orange in color with a 1-finger head, which fades fast. Very enticing.

S- Assorted citrus fruits and yeast in the nose. Some floral notes.

T- Extremely delicious. Starts with a citrus flavor from the hops. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit included in the flavor. Nice, yeasty bite on the finish and great, clean, smooth aftertaste. No taste of alcohol, and hops are fruity as opposed to bitter.

M- The beer is somewhat thin and well carbonated.

D- Although it is pretty high in alcohol, I can put a few of these away in a night. It's pretty thin, but has excellent flavor and the carbonation lets it flow right down the hatch. A great beer.

akokandy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of mbrasi
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle. Giant head with some rockiness, pours golden brown with sediment. Aroma is the standard belgian yeast with some slight fruity sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Citrus maybe? Also some slight spice character deep in the aroma. Flavor is more fruit than in the aroma, definite citrus and tropical fruits. Yeast and is in there typical of a belgian. Some spice I can't put my finger on. Finish is a little dry and pretty refreshing making it very drinkable (I'm almost halfway done with this bottle) All in all another quality brew from GI.

mbrasi, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this out at walnut liquorette. thanks to joe for this suggestion.

so i crack this open mid way through watching predator 2. the combo of danny glover and gary busey is killer. im just waiting for danny glover to give me a "im to old for this shit" then my night will be complete

poured into my new bruery tulip. instant four finger head attacks me. as it settles i pour the rest of the bottle. a nice golden orange color. some lacing. head retention is disgustingly good.

smell is kinda like a quad. very fruity. some spice. slight hint of banana. so im thinking clove.

taste is nice. zesty. sweet. refreshing. it seems to improve each time i take another sip. not bad.

this is super carbonated. to the point of being aggressive. its as if its trying to start shit.

pretty drinkable. i would drink this again. not sure that i would go out of my way to get some but if the opportunity did happen to arise i would take it up.

Mauerhan, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this named after that magic Matilda girl? You know, from the book by Raold Dahl? Lets assume so.

Slightly cloudy, coppery in color. Nice off-white lasting head. Smells of bananas, wheat bread, and general Belgian-ness. Taste hits what they were going for, as an American version of a BSPA. mild Euro hops, sugar, Belgian qualities. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both slightly above average.

shivtim, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured on-tap at Sully's

Appearance: The server poured this into a 16oz pint (it was supposed to go into a 10oz snifter) but whoohoo, more beer for me :). The only downside to this is she filled it to the brim and so there was absolutely no head at all. Otherwise, this beer pours a very slightly hazy golden amber color; quite nice looking.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty, fruity, spicy...immense complexity...all the typical aromatics of a Belgian Strong Pale are there with the zestiness and tartness of a Belgian Wit as well. There's also a touch of sweet caramel in the background as well.

Taste: Alternately sweet and tart, with fruit, earth, spice, and a mild bready spiciness in the background. This beer ends semi-dry and spicy, with just a slight bitter hoppy twang.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Dangerously high for the abv.

Conclusion: Complex, drinkable, perfectly balanced...this is a spot-on American representation of a classic Belgian style...G.I. has done it again!

BedetheVenerable, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of weasbri
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange, good sized head.
Kind of a funky aroma, but also malty, like when I home brew.
There's actually a good bit of sweetness that took me a while to pick up, perhaps it just didn't go well with dinner. But that (tropical?) fruitiness is quickly overtaken by a strong bitter hop flavor, which then yields to crisp finish.

weasbri, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of david131
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful cloudy orange beer with a wonderful crystal ball effect. The head is initially thick and white, but settles to a nice, creamy white covering with good retention. There is some nice lacing as well.

S- Some vegetable presence, bananas, vanilla, a little peppery, and a some white bread. Very complex and appealing.

T- A lot of banana flavor, vanilla, a little bit of alcohol presence that is warming but not harsh. Nice.

M- Very creamy, but with this style I expect just a bit more carbonation. I do love how smooth it is though.

D- I have passed this by so many times, and it is just too bad. A very enjoyable Belgian. Way to go Goose Island.

david131, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seem to have bad luck with this beer. The first one gushed out all over when I opened it and did not get to review it. So after going to the liqour store many times and forgetting to get this one again, I managed to remember this time.

Bottled on 07-26-05

So I open it up over the sink this time with my Duvel glass ready. Well, the bitch gushed out again except I was ready this time.

It poured a dark hazy orange color with a one finger head. Lacing was left on the side.

Smells very citrusy, like honey, pears, apples, orange peels.

Dried fruits and citrusy taste to it.

Ok beer.

tr4nc3d, Jan 03, 2009
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,824 ratings.