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Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,825
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 171
Gots: 537 | 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
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5/21/10 650mL

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt orange color with golden hues. Head is 2" and lacing is nice and thick.

S- Little bit sour and "funky" but sweet of candi sugar. Spicy and unique which intrigues me.

T- Spicy of pepper or maybe cumin. Oranges, peaches, green apples, and candi sugar. Complex and rich.

M- Medium thickness and high to mid carbonation.

D- Wow. I love this brew. Drinkable and nice but not for sessioning. I think this is my favorite from GI.

MMAJYK, May 09, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Orangish color with a small head. What a strange beer! The aroma is fruity, but somehow unlike any fruit I've eaten. It's sort of like fruit mixed with candy and ginger. Some wine-like grape flavors are present. Slightly tart, but still candy-like in it's tartness. Finishes with spices, including cinnamon and ginger. This beer left me confused and thirsty. Still not sure if I like it or not. It's certainly an interesting beer.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of naterock
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a dokel
A: Looks like a pale ale, slightly cloudy
S: malt, and alcohol, that's it
T: I can't believe how malty this is, this is supposed to be hoppy. I mean if it says "a profuse amount of hops" I expect hops. but malt and alcohol overwhelms
M: way too carbonated
D: only one, maybe not even that, not very impressed by this "pale ale"

naterock, May 03, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a cloudy bronze with a big long lasting head.
S-very malty with a citrus hint as well as carmel
T-Very malty with hints of hops and carmel/malt but the problem was nothing really outdid the alcohol flavor
M-alcohol finish get a hint of the hops but mostly again overwhelming alocohol was a bit to much for a 7.00 abv
D-overall not impressed not something i would reach for on a regular basis

SpecialK088, May 03, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazed amber color with an off white head with medium retention.

S-Spice and honeycomb,citrusy hop notes.

T-Very complex with a natural honey and jasmine spice combination.Tropical mango flavors with a slightly chalky finish.

M-Slippery hop ester mouthfeel with mild smooth carbonation.

D-Thumbs up! A world class beer.

biggred1, May 03, 2008
Photo of genog
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to try this one on tap at the map room over the weekend.

Poured into an oversized tulip glass with a rich golden color and decent amount of white head remaining along the side of the glass. Smell was very full of spices and bubble gum. Taste is floral and strong on the belgian spices with some coriander shining through. Mouth feel was sparkling and crisp. Very nice strong pale ale.

genog, May 02, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2006, i'm hoping that with slight aging that the flavors will have complexed a little without losing the hop edge...

A- absolutely striking fire-glow orange/apricot is clear at first becoming hazy then cloudy burnt apricot with little flecks of yeast sinking to the bottom. the orange tinted beige head is a monster and is completely unstoppable, and also contains little specks of yeast giving it a very rustic and unrefined look along with the packaging. foam forms a loose network of bubbles ranging from huge to teeny-weeny under its leathery skin, and pouring it in a duvel glass seems to enhance this effect.

S- fruity bread sums it up, but i like to dig deep as possible. it smells like the first saison i ever tried. tart and extremely floral, it has the smell of fruit blossoms and fermenting apricot and red plums, or a summation of just about everything in the prunus subgenus. i remember a plum tree in my grandpa's yard and the way the dropped fruit would smell when it got all mushy and hot. incredible yeast as well, it's musky and barnyard, with a hint of clove and maybe some other spices. malt is up front in the aroma too, giving me visions of dense rich egg bread and honey. only a small amount of grassy hops in the nose, possibly also attributing to its amazing floral character, but with such complexity here, i don't really need to smell hops.

T- all at once, tart fruit and sourdough bread, and fresh cut flowers, namely roses and lilies. though slightly mellowed, the hops push through unchallenged, then oddly all the other flavors seem to gather together making the back half a seamless balance. goose really did it to em this time. apricot, plum, dried peach, white raisin, and cherry notes are all wrapped up in those rose/lily petals, and in some ways i wish the taste lived up to the aroma. it seems to be lacking a certain fruity kick, perhaps more sourness, however, this beer is so damn enjoyable that it's hard to take more than 0.5 point away. another thing i appreciate is the absence of candy sugar sweetness, which allows all the earthy primeval flavors to shine. strong yeast taste is showcased here, for good reason, and all its exotic spiciness just sits on the tongue indefinitely. crisp grassy hops, probably nobles, make for a zesty dry citrus finish that leans on the lemon side and becomes ever-so-orange near the bottom of the glass. quite a nice transition.

MF- damn near perfect for the style, juicy in the cheeks but light on the tongue thanks to delicate prickly carbonation. a medium dryness is achieved at the end, something i've noticed as rather uncommon, dryness in most beers seems to be miniscule or extreme. i could appreciate a little more richness to the body, but i have a feeling that it would become unappreciated as time goes by SO all in all... i'm ready to go waltzing, matilda, because this is at the top of my 200 or so beers this year.

D- sincerely impressed by one of my favorite breweries, i never expected these hop connoisseurs to go belgian, but they did, and i gotta thank em for it. not an everyday beer of course, or even one to drink in session-- that would diminish its majesty, but i want another one right now and i can't cuz i have to go to work :(

hustlesworth, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle served in the Goose Island chalice at a bar in Chicago.

It is lightly hazy, dark golden with a nice lightly grey head.
Interesting aroma, with a hint of funkiness and tartness along with some citric hops and malty sweetness, that unfortunately does not translate well into the beer. Nice carbonation, but it lacks depth, and there is very little complexity between the noticeable hops and malts. Pleasant, but I was disappointed.

brdc, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparision of 2006 to 2007. Both poured from 12 oz bottles into identical snifters.
A: Light yellow-orange, cloudy with some yeast particles. Thick foamy white head that slowly dissipates leaving behind nice lacing. Interstingly, the 2006 version produces more (actually too much more).
S: Light sweet notes of citrus hops with hints of honey and lemon grass. 2006 with heavier, sweeter notes, 2007 with lighter, grassy aroma. Nod to the 2006.
T: 2006--Smooth malt well balanced with hint of hop bite. Rustic honey, grass, and grain notes. Smooth, sweet and nice complexity. 2007--More fresh hop bite. Lemon citrus notes. More grass and grain and less sweet, smooth honey. Again, nod to 2006.
M: 2006--very smooth, coats tongue well, and taste lingers nicely. 2007--Lighter on the tongue, sharper bite, doesn't linger quite as well or as long. I was surprised there was a distinct difference here too.
D: Both very drinkable. ABV well hidden, but does hold back the drinkability a little. Interestingly the nod definitely goes to 2006. Will make a note to check back in 1 yr with the 2007 version to see if the difference was time or recipe related. I'm guessing slight difference in how it was made (I remember the 2006 a year ago and it was not that different than what was found today..the only discernable effect of cellaring was more carbonation...odd). Hats off to the Goose Island Reserve line. I'll be coming back year after year for these.

11/13/09: 2009 vintage. Dark honey color with almost no head. Nice floral, fruit, honey, and good malt-hop balance on the nose. Nice fresh taste and excellent malt-hop balance (somewhere between the 2006 and 2007). Honey, fruit, yeast, and hint of grain. Taste is still exceptional. Still a tremendous brew and nice to compare the vintages and appreciate the differences.

5/24/11: 2009 vs. 2010 comparison. Dark honey color (2009 is a shade darker). Minimal head on 2009. 1 inch white head on 2010. Sweet caramel malt (sweeter, more floral, and more fresh with 2010; darker fruit, toffee with 2009). 2009-Sweet caramel malt, grain, dark fruit, toffee. 2010-Fresh yeast, honey, sweet caramel malt, fruit. 2009-Soft, chewy and smooth feel. 2010-Effervescent, fresh and light feel. Both are extremely drinkable and nice for different reasons (2009 darker, smoother, and more sweet caramel malt; 2010 lighter with pleasant effervescence, more fresh fruit and honey).

10/5/13: Bottled March 15, 2007. Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a very dark brownish amber. Some sediment floating toward the bottom. 1 inch light tan head with good retention. (4.5)
S: Sweet caramel malt. Hint of dark dried fruit. Seems to be past peak (to be fair the bottle recommended enjoying within 5 yrs). (3)
T: Follows aroma well...sweet caramel malt, hint of dark dried fruit. Again, past peak here. (3)
M: Still very smooth. Medium body. Lingers nicely on the palate. (4)
D: Past peak, so not nearly as drinkable as it used to be. (3)

10/12/13: Bottled 6/27/12. Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a dark orange with fair amount of sediment floating about. 1 inch bubbly white head fairly quickly recedes. (4.5)
S: Sweet caramel malt, honey, floral note. (4)
T: Follows aroma with a bit of banana and clove too. (4)
M: Soft, sweet, with a medium body. Almost chewy feel. Nice lingering on the palate. (4.25)
D: Extremely drinkable, nicely complex, one of my favorites. (4.75)

mwilbur, Apr 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This BSPA pours a mostly clear orange amber with some bright gold highlights. The foamy, thick head appears the color of raw cream. Thick walls of foam fade to a ring and some spots of lace.

Bright, pungent and spicy with lots of Belgian character. Banana, clove and coriander along with some starchy grain and sweet honey. Sour cherry and mild but detectable hops. Full and attractive.

Starchy and sweet with a lingering buttery aftertaste. Fruity and very spicy with more banana, clove, coriander, green apple and starchy wheat. A pleasant but somewhat understated hop character is present along with mild booze and an acid twang.

Crisp and bright but then immediately fades to starchy and rather fluffy. Short lived carbonation with a fine bubble structure. Some faint warmth and a starchy, buttery feel that lingers on the tongue. Tasty and refreshing. Very enjoyable

letsgopens, Apr 16, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours orangish brown with a single finger of light tan head. no lacings.

aroma is a bit restrained, with a fruity character and a some caramel malts showing. apples and white grapes are present within the fruit, alongside light notes of raisen and alcohol.

taste is more of the same, with a stronger character and a bit more grape here. very well proportioned with a great character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight alcoholic tinge. finishes relatively clean with a bit of residual raisen and apple.

drinkabliity is good. this brew comes in at 7% APV, so the alcoholic tinge makes sense, making this one a great sipping brew. another great offering from Goose Island. cheers!

botham, Apr 07, 2008
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2.42/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich honey colored pour with no lasting head. Pours somewhat hazy. Smell is malty and belgian yeast aromas and some metal. Average unremarkable flavor mostly from the yeast and some simple light maltiness. Really found this one especially tame and bland, even being congested as I was.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Barelhead,it poured a nice looking hazy light orange with a thick head that left lots of lacing.The nose was packed full of bubble gum,fruits and spice.Complexity is an understatement,this has lots of fruit (peaches come to mind)followed by malts and a hoppy citrus blend that balance nicely,with lots of cloves and yeast very apparent in every sip.Matilda,what an ugly name,but this lady is a brick house!

orangemoustache, Apr 05, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Prairie Moon in Evanston, IL on March 31, 2008.

Overflowing fluffy head out of an Ommegang tulip glass. It was a pretty, orange-tinted crimson color when held to a candle, otherwise it was more of a full orange in the usual bar lighting. Head retention was alright, and some lacing was present in the early going.

Smelled sweet and fruity. I noticed caramel sugar, orange peel, citrus fruit, peach, apricot, and a hint of yeast.

The taste hit most of the things observed in the nose. More spice notes though. I think the flavor was most clearly defined as orange peel and clove. The clove really set this one apart for me. Apricot marked the sweetness. There was also some peppery yeast flavors in the back. Complex and balanced. Very good.

The mouthfeel was heavier and creamier than I expected. I was thinking it would be soft and light. There was no alcohol presence, so the heaviness served as a good way to pace my drinking here.

Very enjoyable, but I thought one was enough for this sitting. I would love to have it another time though, and I will certainly buy the bottles. This would be a good Belgian-style beer for people who think don't like them too big and too boozy. The abv is reasonable, and the flavors are not too extreme in any area.

ommegoose, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass at the Map Room in Chicago
(from notes)

Pours an orange/gold amber with a tight tan head. Slight lacing was left behind.

A very earthy tone hits me at first, with some apple/pear fruitiness, biscuits, candied sugar and a faint spice.

Fruity with a bitter hop presence and a spicy finish. Has a very acidic flavor throughout.

Medium bodied and well carbonated.

A very nice drinking Belgian, very smooth on-tap.

ColForbinBC, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on Date July 2005; Sampled March 2008
A careful pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of an orange tinged, light amber colored beer that shows an orangish gold color when held up to the light. The head leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass and never fully disappears. The aroma is nicely funky with a typical barnyard note that is characteristic of Brett (butyric acid notes are quite noticeable); the funk reminds me of a mix of moldy leather, musty earth, phenolic soaked cotton-balls. There is some acidity here in the nose as well that provides a tart backdrop along with some subtle, bread-driven malt notes. There is some fruitiness here that is just noticed under the surface; it is mostly apple like, but the acidity seems to accents some lemon-like notes too. As my nose gets used to the funk some hop character begins to be noticed; mostly grassy notes, but it has an herbal edge to it. This is a very engaging, quite funky nose; quite enjoyable if you like that sort of thing.

Lightly sweet and it has a persistent carbonation that is not overly effervescent. Fruit flavors of apple, pear and perhaps a touch of plum eventually yield to a sharp, Brett-driven funkiness that lingers on the mouth in the finish. This is really hiding the oxidation well, this seems to be a characteristic of Brettanomyces beers, perhaps they scavenge all of the oxygen before it has a chance to degrade the malt character. This still even has some hop character to it, though it is fairly soft with notes of light fresh-cut herbs, a touch of hay and a light persistent bitterness that is noticeable from beginning to end.

Too quickly my 12oz serving of this beer is gone, I wish I had at least one more bottle so that I could continue to drink this brew. Much more funky than when I had this originally in October of 2005. This has developed into a really nice brew, though I wouldn't say that it has quite reached the level of Orval. I am surprised how much fruitiness is still noticeable, it adds an interesting dimension, but I would probably prefer it a bit drier. Really though this is a fantastic brew that I can find little fault with.

2005 Bottling: Sampled October, 2005
Original Rating 4.0, 4/4/4/4/4
Pours a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a frothy, slightly rocky, pale tan colored head. The aroma is funky and earthy: with notes of musty earth, lemon grass, a soft fruitiness reminiscent of apples pears & citrus, and a hint of barnyard funk. I was not expecting the Brett note (though it is of course in the beer they were inspired by), but it is still fairly subtle at this point. The bottle does not look to be bottle conditioned, so I wonder if the Brett will continue to develop over time.

The taste has a certain fullness to it that is mouthcoating and slightly creamy in consistency. The beer is lightly sweet as well, which up-plays the fruity citrus character that is here. The hop character is not near as pronounced as I would have hoped for, but it is present with a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish and of course some spicy-citrusy hop notes up front. The beer is quite smooth, and the Brett character is still quite light in the finish. There is a hint of mustiness and a bit of dry cobweb-type thing that lingers in the finish, and a light dusting of funk in the rest of the beer. This is quite drinkable, but does not quite hit the complexity level of the original. We will have to see how this changes with time.

Gueuzedude, Apr 01, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber color with very little head.

The smell was nothing special, really. Just smelled like hops and a vague underlying citrus.

The taste was surprising, especially after the mediocre scent. The hops were present, as expected; but I was also met with a cacaphony of fruity flavors, citrus, pear, and floral spices.

Perhaps a bit overly carbonated. Great after taste, but leaves the mouth a little dry.

Very drinkable. Shit, if it didn't cost $2.25 apiece, I'd probably share it with other people. For now though, screw 'em; this is all mine.

donteatpoop, Mar 31, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at CBSix in a tulip glass

A- Light amber color with a thin 1/4" head. Nice looking brew.

S- Belgian yeasty and candi sugar nose. Classically Belgian but not quite as overpowering as some.

T- At first I got some very mild hops followed by the classic candi sugar tang then a bunch of very floral and grassy notes. Very tasty not overpowering with candi sugar.

M- Medium thickness with god medium carbonation.

D- This is a very nice drinking Belgian. Not crazy over-powering like some Belgians. Definitely could drink a few glasses.

Mudpuppet, Mar 29, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Junnila for this extra:
A - Pours on orange red hue that had a massive off white head that eventually calmed down into a light ring that left little to no lace.
S - Earthy fruits, yeast, and bitters. Light banana and a slight coconut accent that ends with a maze and hop accent.
T - Mixed fruits and a souring malt that had a light hop finish that retained a nutty aftertaste.
M - Milky and citrus tart that had a low carbonation.
D - Not bad. Was hoping for more of a hop bite, but would dring anytime as an alternative to a belgian golden.

turbine2475, Mar 24, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle clearly marked with 2007, Bottled on 031507 date.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz twist off bottle into a red wine glass (couldn't find my goblet). The red wine glass is oversized, yet only holds about 8 oz of liquid. I get maybe only half that in the glass. The other half is all foamy white head. Head takes a lot of time to die down (never fully leaving). Leaves only little patches of lace which allows me to justify this from being a five (I like the look that much).

Smell: A good bouquet of yeasty malty aromas with floral notes greets my nose. Overall scent seems a little lacking though.

Taste: Yeasty/bready/malty with a touch of acidic fruit. A bit boozy with a faint bitterness and sour/tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated with a slightly dry finish. A little alcohol heat in the throat.

Drinkability: I purchased a four pack which is ok, because that is about all I want. A nice treat and worthy of trying out at least once.

BigRedN, Mar 19, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Ohare airport the other day.

Poured into a moderate size wine glass...

The beer pours a rich honey color with decent head retention and lacing. Initially I don't get a great deal on the nose, but as it warms up I start to get aromas of cherry and honey with some underlying spice. On the palate the first thought that goes through my mind is that this beer is a dead ringer for North Coast's wintertime ale. The flavor profile is nearly identical and the beer has roughly the same mouthfeel. In any case, the beer has a moderate sweet flavor profile, but with enough hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness from tiring you out. The beer is medium bodied and has a slight spicy/skunkiness (just like the North Coast) in the finish. The abv. is pretty well disguised, though the beer is a bit warmng after a bit. The beer is generally pretty drinkable, but again the slight skunkiness in the finish detracts from it just a bit.

A nice beer from Goose Island.

John_M, Mar 18, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with white head atop a copper/light amber body. Aromas of spicy, yeastiness with a classic example of the belgian funkiness. The taste continues the experience resulting in a smoother, well rounded belgian ale. The Brettomyces definitely lends that belgian characteristics that those familiar to the style appreciate. Only 7% alc. by vol. this beer finishes with apricot, spicy notes. Very drinkable offering by Goose.

SiphonKing, Mar 11, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick swell of white foam tops a cloudy, cidery orange body rife with particulates. Ample lacing adorns the Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass. Pepper, cinnamon, and fruit assault the nose, with plenty of hops lurking nearby. Hops certainly emerge strongly in the taste, combining with the pepper to provide a solid, bitter taste. Yet there is enough fruit here--berry, orange, and sour apple especially--to establish a good balance. Impressive.

Well carbonated, this is well in line with what Trappistes Rochefort (though superior to Matilda) and other Belgians provide--fruit and spice in a carbonated cloak. It's a very good American version of the style, impressively done. Yet another gem from Goose Island, whose reserve beers continue to impress me.

Definitely recommended.

Gehrig, Mar 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this and the "sister" brew Demolition at my local beer store.

I poured this and had to slow down. Lots of suds. Very big head and good retention. Brownish/gold clear.

The nose is not very revealing. Bananas and tart fruit in the nose.

Taste is quite appealing. Tart fruit and some malt thrown in for good measure. Also some hop flavor and a little sweetness!!

Mouth feel is carbonated and slightly drying.

Very nice beer from Goose Island.

daledeee, Mar 10, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this lovely bottle when I was in Ohio a few months back. It is a very nice twelve-ounce bottle in Hyde Park liquors on the first day I was there. Vintage bottling from July of 2005. I have stored this away in the cellar for the last couple of months and decided to bring it out last night. Served at 50 degrees and poured into a Rodenbach chalice, I was ready and waiting for this one.

Appearance - As soon as I popped the cap on this one it came screaming out of the bubble, with suds and bubbles fizzing all over the place. Huge amount of carbonation here which was quite shocking, and this was obviously bottled conditioned. Once I was able to get it calmed down, I proceeded to pour it into the glass, which took several attempts before I was able to get the entire thing inside. Once this was accomplished, a lovely light orange hue took shape. Very nice and bright colors here. There was a very cloudy and hazy consistency here. Loads of sedimentation floating throughout and on the bottom, and on the top of the head. Lots of yeast present here for Sure. Good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. There was an enormous head of off white colored foam that really had no height limit as it poured over the top of the glass. It really never did settle down as there was still a good bit of it left even when the glass was empty leaving small pillow like deposits of foam all over the inside of the glass and dripping down the sides. Very big look to this one here.

Smell - The aroma was also very big here, and I was really starting to get excited for the prospects on this one. The first notes I picked up from the aroma were some nice funky notes of yeast. Lots of sour, almost Brett like notes coming through on this, I am sure the aging had something to do with that. Once you could move past this there was a nice touch of banana that started to come through, mixed in with a decent amount of spice and an almost lemon like hoppiness that was really brightening it up nicely. Some light grains and a touch of alcohol present as well. Very nicely rounded here, and the sour notes were a bit of a surprise to me as I was not expecting that.

Taste - The flavor was a touch of a letdown for me. I was expecting a very big flavor assault here based on the look and the smell, but the flavor at least to me seemed to come off somewhat muted and not as full as it could have been.. It was still rather nice though I have to admit. There sour notes were pretty downplayed and muted in the taste, but the funk was definitely still present. A nice touch of alcohol greeted me as I sipped this one, not harsh at all, but just a little bit showing up. A very big grain flavor then came through for me, but was very short-lived, getting rolled out and smothered but a nice light fruit flavor. Hints of peach and apple then taking over nicely, though nothing really extreme about any of the flavors. A good touch of grassy like earthen notes rolling through now and mingling with the funky yeast presence. Another hint of banana coming through in the finish, but that was squashed out and nice long lingering sour flavor was what capped it off and left you waiting to come back for another taste.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this on was remarkably smooth. In the beginning, there was soo much carbonation that it really was overblown when it first poured. After a few minutes, though this really started to fade and it blended out very well. There was a really nice touch of smoothness to this and a bit of a chewy grain consistency as well. Very well done.

Drinkability - This actually turned out to be a markedly sessionable ale. Really coming through and delivering on the flavor without being overblown, and offering a touch of alcohol, but nothing really to extreme here. A really fine little Belgian ale that really was just what I needed at that moment in time.

Overall, this was not bad, and sure, I have had better but not to distract from this at all. There was a little something special about this one, especially given the very nice overall contribution from the funky little yeasties who were making their presence felt. Overall, a really solid call, and I would not turn this one down.

mikesgroove, Feb 22, 2008
Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,825 ratings.