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:
#3,499
Reviews:
1,304
Ratings:
4,836
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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261
Gots:
1,185
Trade:
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Photo of ClintGoodman
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle, Aug 25, 2016, so almost two years old. 7% ABV. Bought at Beverage Warehouse. Who knows where/what this beer has been through before I found it there.

Pour: tulip glass. Poured a golden/burnt orange. Fairly hazy. One finger head that quickly dissipates into a few clouds and a thin ring. Nice to look at.

Nose: cloves dominate with some bready yeast and malt. A little dark/tropical fruit, maybe some pepper as well. Pretty upfront and pleasant.

Taste: more peppery than the nose with cloves, other spice(?). Some banana, bready yeast/malt. As advertised, fairly dry and little aftertaste. Enjoyed this with Bigalora pizza. Would go with most anything.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation even after two years. But just enough to tingle the senses but not overwhelm. Somewhat viscous but clean on the finish.

Overall: I’m not a Belgium ale expert but I would think this is a good representation. Spiced but not overdone. Plenty of complexity to make it an interesting and refreshing drink.

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Photo of Agent-86
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LucMcD17
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frank_TX
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours relatively orange with an off white head 3/5" very good retention, stuck around a solid 4-5 minutes. Aroma is bread, spice rack.

Taste is more bread and spice rack, decent amount of phenolic bitterness. I am not a fan of all this clove and spice rack. Never have been and it is in significant form in this BSPA iteration. I don't get a lot of stone fruit or bubblegum flavors, its more of that yeast business all swole and shit. Dunno what more I can say about this, I rarely like BSPA but when I do, they usually keep the yeast profile in check. This one it just bullies the entire beer around, didn't really have much to speak of hops or other nuance beyond yeast sledgehammer over here.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep orange amber. Head is off-white with moderate retention and little lacing.
The nose if full of Belgium spice up front. Picking up clove, candy sugar, sweet bread all mixed in with a yeast spiciness.
Taste is sweet, bread like, and spicy. This one is heavy on the clove. Still the bread and yeast push through making for quit a complex taste.
Mouthfeel medium bodied and well carbonated.

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Photo of Duncian
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of keithmurray
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - body is golden with a eggshell white head

Smell - brett funk, belgian yeast, clove

Taste - apricot, green apple, pear, brett funk, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, brett upfront, citrus follows, dry finish

Overall - decent belgian style ale here, definitely worth a shot. Wonder what some age does to this beer?

Bottled in 8/2017

Price Point -$2.29/ 12 oz single

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Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

best belgian American beer i have ever had. Something feels very old about this strong american ale.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,836 ratings