Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.03/5
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,632
Reviews:
1,309
Ratings:
4,869
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
261
Gots:
1,204
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 4,869 |  Reviews: 1,309
Photo of jripley97
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwm51662
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pohr10
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomagra
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flavors are well melded together and the brettanomyces is a nice touch.

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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,869 ratings