Matilda - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,357 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,357
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 225
Gots: 860 | FT: 18
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
4/17/10 12oz
4/22/10 12oz
5/20/10 12oz
4/16/10 650mL
5/21/10 650mL
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Ratings: 4,357 | Reviews: 1,236
Photo of dethomp
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I only have a small amount of Belgian beer experience and my last one was maybe a year ago. But Matilda is excellent for a newbie. No way that person would always avoid Belgian beer, so his/her opinion would improve. A great starter for this variety.

Photo of ajm5108
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dry with mostly belgian malt grain on the tongue, with some orange and spice following up. Finishes like a brut champagne. Funky tart smell.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at frontera ORD. Poured into goblet. Carmel color with half a finger of almond head that quickly dissipated but left solid lacing. Bananna, malt, yeast aromas. Up front spices, yeast, and funkier than I expected. Finishes with a little apricot sweetness.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with white head.

Nose has Belgian yeast notes and bananas and Apple.

Taste follows nose. Over carbonated for my tastes.

Overall a good beer.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color into my Chimay goblet with a bubbly white head. Head retention is fairly good, not much in the way of lacing, Good aroma with peppery spicing and Belgian yeast with some light fruit.
Taste is very good, rivaling some of the better Belgian versions. Strong yeast and spicy profile, some light fruit. Tart, a little funky and mildly sweet at the same time.Mouthfeel is rich, tart and very nicly carbonated. This beer is a winner and one that I will enjoy again.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. It says on the label the beer develops for 5 years. Mine was pretty funky smelling and tasting. Inrteresting but not great.

Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Malt fruit and spice. . . nice!!
Appearance- A clear copper colored brew with a very small white head.
Taste- Has a nice floral flavor mixed in with the malt
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that has a thin but dry finish.
Overall- A really good beer!! If I come across this again I will definitely drink it.

Photo of TTripp725
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not what i was expecting. The beer had a weird after taste

Photo of Sgt_Solocam
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't ready for the floral spice taste at first. But as a got to the end of my pint I started to enjoy it.

Photo of DeaconsBrew
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect for when I want a strong Belgian Pale Ale and am in bit of a funky mood. Just enough floral spice to make it interesting.

Photo of fourstringer
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. 2014.

A: Golden, copper-colored body with good clarity. 1/2 finger of almost white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Must, funk. Grassy, floral hops. Fruit notes with element of indistinct berry, apple. Soil, earth. Candi sugar.

T: Light malt and an earthy funkiness open. Traces of fruit lurk in the background with a hint of sweetness. Noble-type hop bitterness builds to a mostly dry, but not exactly clean, finish. Light alcohol presence at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. A bit syrupy on the palate.

O: Not expressly bad, but this one just didn't resonate with me. A bit anemic in the hop department and the funk factor seemed dominant. Somewhat unique among Belgian pale ales, I suppose, but felt a bit heavy and unrefined.

Prost!

Photo of Toolman1962
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome flavors. Nice evening beer

Photo of chris826
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok if you like cloves...not my favorite belgian

Photo of timontheroad
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice creamy half inch head, nice lacing.
Smell: Tart Apple, some sweet malt and just a hint of barnyard funkiness
Taste: Very ripe banana, lemony citrus, sour apple, some light brett and light malt flavors.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat light body, but smooth and creamy.
Overall: What a fine beer, I don't get a chance to try this one too often, but I'll take every opportunity to enjoy it I can.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a great beer !

Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 brew

This beer seems to change each time I try it! Gorgeous color of red, gold, and orange! Nice carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is slightly tart fruit, baking soda, biscuity, mild hop florelness, blackberries.

Taste is different this time then the last. This batch is the October 13 version. Well balanced, but less fruit than I remember. I do get citrus and minor hop florelness. I do get a more biscuity, baking-soda yeastiness. No bitterness. A bit of sourness. Minor funkiness. Finish is a pleasant rounding of malt.

Ever changing beer it seems. I will keep buying it because of that. I like it when it has more fruitiness and a slight more tartness. This version wasn't quite there this time. I pair it with almost anything ... A nice butter poached lobster tail with a saffron rissoto would be excellent. I give it a 90/100.

Photo of montesown
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very Bitter - taste is almost watered down.

Photo of BrewCrew44
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank one fresh hoping with age this gets better

Photo of JavieX
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My Personal Favorite from the Goose Island portfolio. It's always a great gift.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale cream head. Fruity aroma has notes of banana, pear and tangerine plus a subtle malty tone. Rich & fruity flavor delights the taste buds with banana and pear notes plus hints of tangerine and butterscotch. Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz. Waltz with this Matilda!

Photo of wtfGiraffes
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It tasted really good. Would drink again

Photo of vinicole
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange gold.
Zesty, yeasty but well balanced.

Photo of Bunman3
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another amazing beer from Goose Island. This is my sip for the evening while watching World Junior hockey and it is fitting. Chicago is a great sports city and this beer brings a lovely international character. The orange-gold color, steady carbonation and lively mouthfeel are are wonderful combination. Matilda has an alluring scent - yeasty citrus - that pulls you in. The breadth of the flavors are difficult to describe and the final product is truly wonderful. From packaging to pour to finish, this is a special occasion beer.

Photo of MJW211
4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

amazing smell taste and body

Photo of i4ourgot
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap and I got lots of bubblegum and strawberry on both the flavor and aroma. It was kind of over powering. I am surprised that this beer clocks in at 7% its pretty light in body. The initial sip was the only sip where i got more of the Belgium yeast flavors and candy sugar sweetness.

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 4,357 ratings.