Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,363
Reviews:
1,300
Ratings:
4,821
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
262
Gots:
1,178
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Mikexw
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Gushed out of the bottle and poured with a huge head. Nose has some mixed notes of Belgian yeast, hint if bubble gum and some funk, presumably from the 5 years of aging. Barnyard notes much more prevalent in the taste. Some earthy hops on the finish but they aren't a feature at this point.

Really tasty and interesting

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Photo of dataslal
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 06/04/17:

Contents under extreme pressure! Glad I decided to open slowly. The lid is still 95% on as I type and I’d say that a small glass’s worth — down almost to where the bottle is first at its widest — has already gushed forth. A little on my pants, a little on the floor, but I put my mouth around it quickly enough to “drink” (that is, inhale) the rest of what came out, and allow me to say, it tastes great, even if a little, or a lot, effervescent. It is finally subsiding enough to where I feel comfortable to remove the crown cap the rest of the way and pour myself a proper glass. It’s been ten minutes since I removed the foil from the cap. This is the 2013 bottling, but I got it early 2015.

Rich and hazy pinkish orange, like copper and apricot. Beyond hazy and simply opaque by last pour with the sediment. Very light cream colored and fine-bubbled head was tall and active at first, no surprise there but dies down rather quickly apart from a frosty film to coat the surface of the body of beer and the inner walls of the glass. Smells about like other Belgian Pale Ales, with hints of grain, biscuit, caramel, but with a slightly tropical suggestion and a little vinegar-to-rubber character, albeit far less than most other similar Sours I have experienced. These qualities jump out at you more on a taste, significantly distracting from the “Pale Ale” aspect of this dual Belgian style hybrid, without actually coming across as very sour. Which, I’m guessing, is what was intended. This ship is anchored to a floor of caramel and sweet grasses, as tumultuous but balanced waves and gusts of apple skin, ethanol, burnt rubber, funk, lemon, lime, tropical fruit, peppercorn, and other likely just perceived spice notes nearly send you careening over the side. Medium-bodied in general but full and heavy by last pour, semi-astringent, only somewhat warming. Far less effervescent in a glass, with only a moderate amount of carbonation, albeit fine and sharp and possible to reactivate into a creamier mass of suds, after the first few minutes of each pour.

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Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Half-full
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

too sweet, very citrusy w no other flavors. Not very belgian

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Photo of hairnic
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear Amber color. The head was minimal when poured, but white. Some lacing in the glass. The nose is wild, funky, tart fruit smelling.
Taste is on the wild side. It has a funky taste. Fruit. Slightly tart.
Feel is full bodied. Some slight carbonation. Doesn't feel like a 7% beer.
Tasty, and refreshing overall. A solid beer.

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Photo of Spike
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2017 bottle, 355ml, careful pour.
L: Dark amber colour, no carbonation, haze of suspended sediment, no head.
S: Sweet, biscuity, light.
T: Cardamom, treacle, sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Belgian yeast is there but muted. No obvious alcohol. No ‘rustic’ sourness at all.
F: Medium body, rich, dry.
O: Oddly unsatisfying. Flavour and smell both on the weak side. Neither refreshing nor sufficiently complex.

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Photo of Calraven
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scott_qua_scott
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a hazy amber. Head is a pronounced yellow.

Smell: LOTS of fruit--specifically, lots of pineapple. This is meant to be a Strong Pale Ale, right? To my nose, it's more like a Trippel. Still: it's a pleasant smell.

Taste: A little bitter and floral up front, but the core flavor is sweet and mellow, almost honeyed. Finish is pleasantly dry and hoppy.

Feel: Pleasantly viscous, very much in keeping with the Belgian Strong Ale style.

Overall: This beer has gotten rave reviews, and ordinarily I'm really into Belgians, but this one didn't do anything for me personally. Worth a shot if you're a fan of the style, though.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 12ozfan
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2012 vintage has aged quite well.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a brilliant clear and bright copper-gold with hints of red, and small white head and several fingers of lacing on the glass. This is a very nice looking beer.

S: The Belgian yeast is forefront, strong notes of pepper and clove, mix with a light piney weedy hop and a light crackery malt underneath, I don't detect a lot of the Brett mentioned on the bottle.

T: The Belgian yeast hits first with a strong pepper, followed by some clove and lemon, some light piney and weedy hops mix in with some light crackery malt underneath.

F: Medium body, with some high carbonation and finished fairly dry.

O: I really like how this beer showcases the Belgian yeast, a very nice Belgian styled beer.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryno1122
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brolo75
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of a 2013 bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a dark orange, amber color with a white full head, lots of carbonation, beer is slightly hazy. Light hints of sour notes, stone fruits, and notes of Belgian yeast in the finish, mostly sour and funk notes. Taste follows the nose with sour and funk notes along with some lemongrass notes, children's vitamins, pear, green apple, and Belgian yeast in the finish, no alcohol on the taste. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

It's nearly five years old and its held up pretty well. A good amount of sour and funk along with some stone fruits, malt, and Belgian yeast. I'd like to try a fresh bottle to compare with the older bottle I found at my local bottle shop.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,821 ratings