Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
4,742 Ratings

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

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

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like a saison, extremely horse though recent brew. Some spice, cinammon, nutmeg, not much, pale colour nice amount of head, and foam at the bottom. Nice drinking, but you have to get by the smell. Do you think skunked in short time? Peppery, medium mouthfeel.
I had this again 5.3 years later and it was much beter in the aroma department(yeasty and normal) so upgraded it,

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger of thick white head on a copper-crimson hazy body.

S: cedar, oak, citrus and orange peel with a nice mild belgian yeast musty note.

T: Nice twang to this one. Corriander, orange citrus, belgian yeast and biscuity... in a word complex.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi-dry finish.

Overall: very complex beer. One of the better beers from this brewer. Cant wait to have again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Good lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of tart fruits (pineapple/green apple) and biscuit.

T - Grainy biscuit, tart fruits, and a very mild bittering finish.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy finish.

D - Very good beer. I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a fantastic american made belgian ale. pours hazy copper colored with a lively 2 inch head. smells a lot like a sour, with a funky sort of belgian yeast. flavor features the yeast and all kinds of balanced other flavors. its fruity, malty, and refreshing all at once. the feel is perfectly approproate as well. highly carbonated and just medium on the body makes this beer very easy drinking despite its complexity and depth. the finish is quick and only the gentle but distinct yeast notes remain on the tongue. i was really surprised by how much i liked this beer, and im eagerly looking forward to my next. superb

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a golden color with a white fluffy head on top. The aromas of Belgian yeast and some grainy malts were on the nose. The taste of the beer to me was like most of the other Belgian Ales I've tried, it was soft and slightly fruity with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. Overall this brew wasn't too bad but I wouldn't have to go seek it out again I don't think.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that quickly vanished. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with spicy and yeasty aromas.
T: Like the smell, flavors of spices and yeast dominate the overall taste, which is quite complex and also has some hints of fruit and a slight amount of sweetness. The finish is rather spicy.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer in the line of Goose Island's Big Beers. Good aromas of Belgian candy and barley malts. Transfers to flavors along with over ripe fruits: oranges, plumbs, and berries. Has some slight hop bitterness and flavor. Spicy coriander, cloves, pepper, and allspice. Some organic, sour, or earthy flavors ride underneath other flavors, these resemble Trappist Orval. Its a good beer, but the flavors need a while to come together.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, procured in some random grocery store in the Pacific NW earlier this summer. 09/30/10 batch here, hopefully no infection present beyond my incurable beer affliction.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few ambitious streaks of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it gradually sinks away.

It smells of sharp, acidic stone fruit, milder earthy yeast, field honey, a complex bready graininess, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is wheaty, caramel-tinged malt, softly funky, barn-borne notes, Belgian yeast, mild earthy and savoury spices, and a muddled fruitiness that nonetheless proves itself more than welcome. No real indication of the elevated ABV presents itself as such, yet.

The carbonation is quite involved, in a palate-probing frothy manner, the body an aspiring medium weight, and smooth amidst the brio of the swirling yeastiness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the newly unshackled malt having much less funkadelia with which to deal, somewhat thankfully.

While more than a few purveyors of this particular style choose to do so in exactly this heady sort of manner, it's a bit of an eye opener all the same. Being a beer produced in Amur'ca, I'm coming to appreciate our southern cousins' predilection for emulating the weird, unusual, and just plain wonderful Old World off-road leanings. That is to say, this is good, damned good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle, batch 08/11/11, served into 25cl Antwerp beer passion weekend stemware in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I'm excited to try this because I've had some decent brews from Goose Island before.

A: Pours a half finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and terrible retention. The colour is a bit more appealing: semitransparent vibrant copper with some floating yeast particles. It looks alright, but I wouldn't call it inviting.

Sm: Bright fruit esters, biscuity yeast, well handled malt, and fresh barley. Quite a nice aroma. Moderate in strength.

T: A crisp fresh flavour of mild esters, a healthy dose of Belgian style candied sugar, and some pleasant malt. The candied sugar dominates but holds together the other notes in a nice balance. It's a bit simplistic, but all in all it's refreshing. The yeast would be better if it were stronger. It's built to style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not too thick or too thin. Mildly refreshing, but lacking cream. I don't know that cream would be a welcome addition to this style anyway. The texture suits the flavours in a general way, but it certainly isn't tailored to it.

Dr: A very drinkable beer for the relatively high ABV, but not one I'd come back to at its price point. I'd certainly try it on draught if I found it, but overall it's unremarkable. It might please fans of the style, but should be passed over by those who aren't.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that doesn't hang around long and fades to a ringlet with very little lacing

Smell: Yeasty phenols, with elements of pear, JuicyFruit and crisp apples

Taste: Honey and Juicy Fruit opening, with a quick nod toward some bitter, grassy hops through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors persist and balance out the sweeter fruit elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: I don't appear to have had as highly a carbonated a bottle as others have reported and I think the lack of carbonation was a drawback; otherwise a decent, not great, BSPA

2008 bottling, courtesy of iasanlee, tasted on 8/13/09, with much the same commentary

2009 bottling, also courtesy of iasanlee, tasted on 8/13/09, the first time tasted without a year of aging....a bit better head retention; a lot more tartness in the nose and taste (virtually none of the sweet Juicy Fruit aspect); more prickly carbonation...I think I prefer the beer with a bit of age, to be frank

2011 bottling, (bottled 12/22/11; tasted on 3/17/12)....better head retention and lacing (bumped the appearance up .5); not only is the Juicy Fruit back, but there is a basket of strawberries in the aroma, as well; very fruity, with a more refined tartness (bumped up the taste by .5); better carbonation (also bumped up the mouthfeel .5)...this is a really nice beer

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown 12 oz. bottle. My personal preference is the bottle conditioned variety over the draught version.

Cap is cracked... fruit and spice are immediately present in the air. Hazy orange-apricot body. Streams of visible carbonation. Aroma of orange zest, clove, nutmeg, and musty yeast with Brett.

Taste is true to first aroma impression, clove and yeast, hops, then a tart citrusy element toward the end. Warm spice lingers in the aftertaste, dry and inviting of another sip. Styrian Golding and Saaz hops lend some crispness. Not identical to Orval, but definitely stands tall on it's own. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching, mainly due to the citrus and yeast combo.

A strong example of successful Belgian-style brewing, right in my own backyard!

EDIT 4/2007 bottling: Lots of estery yeast, not much Brett presence at all. Slicker mouthfeel. Will cellar for 6 months to see if any Brett character shows up.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium brown color beer with a nice big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with some yeast characteristic. Taste is somewhat dominated by the sweet cookie dough, some yeast and some dry fruits. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is just perfect. Overall, I wasnÂ’t expecting this to be such good Belgian ale.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,742 ratings.
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