Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
4,753 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
4,753
Reviews:
1,281
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
258
Gots:
1,148
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of claminat420
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled on 29MAR17 0933. poured heavily into my Michigan awesome imperial stout glass.

Appearance- hazy copper/ slight amber colored with a off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- the slightest bit of a Belgian ale. as in light clove and banana. has a musky basement smell. not great but not absolutely terrible.

Taste- light doughy character. very light clove and banana notes. abv is well hidden. like the smell but drop that moldy basement smell.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation. feels a bit bubbly like champagne. don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

Drinkability- on #three of the four pack right now and easily gonna kill the four pack. prolly last four pack of this I buy tho.

Overall- I don't know how I didn't review this beer before the inbev/ bud buyout. from what I recollect of the pre-sellout this brew use to be much lighter. almost like a mini trippel with some hoppy action. i'm sure they'll prolly say this beer is brewed the same as last time I had this ( multiple four packs of 2007 and 2008) and i'll say ok. .. this brew is more of a mess. it seems like the malt and the hops are battling and the yeast comes in and makes everything worse. not a drain pour don't get me wrong just a sloppy brew.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 07NOV16 into pint glass. Pours a clear honey-amber color with a fine white head. Initial impression is a very clean, slightly sweet Belgian, with up-front citrus and hints of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, but refreshing. I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers, but this was one of the better ones (at least in my admittedly skewed opinion).

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.99/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OldeGolde
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one has a pretty supreme balance of Belgian yeast (mine was quite carbonated and bready!) and biscuity American ale. Something about this makes me want to reference champagne, but that could just be the bottle type. I do feel confident in saying that this is a crispity, crunchity, refreshing part of a well-balanced brew sesh. I mean seriously, this could be a wedding beer. Very elegant and smooth.

Roommate Mike's Quick Sip: "taste's kinda sweet" (he's used to session ales)

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Photo of petrusek23
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhigham2
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tonyllau
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KingQuinn
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fenix2009
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GratefulFC
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Belgian taste. Smooth. Low ABV for a Belgian style pale ale though.

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Photo of Albertdidz
4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joshautry
1.52/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

drank from a bottle so not getting the full experience. Good but not particularly memorable -- and I'm not sure why it's showing up as a Belgian Strong Pale. It reminded me more of DC Brau Citizen.

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a thick inch and a half head that dissipated slowly but left minimal lacing. Smells and tastes of cloves, banana, pepper, orange, sweet malts (almost honey like) and a hint of funk. Medium body, light carbonation and crisp.

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Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stignacious
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 4,753 ratings.
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