Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle (dated July 26, 2012) into a tulip.

A-The brew was mostly clear and orange/amber in color. I got less than one finger of dirty-white head. The head didn't stick around for very long.

S-The smell was quite funky with a pretty big whiff of white vinegar up front and some wet earth, hay, and barnyard. There was a little hit of tart lemon and spiced orange, too, but these were pretty well buried in the funk.

T-The taste does not track the smell very closely. At first, I got a pilsner-like biscuity malt character. Then the funk kicks in and you get that barnyard and wet earth funkiness that is so prominent on the nose. Just a little bit of spiced fruit.

M-The brew is medium to lighter-bodied with very little carbonation, but despite the lighter feel and low carbonation level, I found it quite filling.

O-I had a hard time figuring this brew out. The funk nearly overwhelmed me on the nose (in a bad way) and I also thought the feel was a little weird. Nevertheless, the taste was decently complex and despite its shortcomings, I liked this beer. I am especially curious to see how it holds up with some time in the cellar since it says you can age for up to five years.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: 08/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkened gold body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Moderate maltiness with a very light toastiness and thin caramel edge. Vibrant melange of fruitiness, particularly as it warms, as with the taste, sometimes it's a note of pear, apple, sultana, citrus, even kiwi.

Taste: Sweet, sugary barley with a touch of treacle. Hint of tropical fruitiness (just a hint, mind you), but also a little golden raisin and apple. Lightly spicy yeastwise, leafy, maybe even a trace of gum in there. Lightly bitter. Some warmth from the alcohol. Sweetish, soft finish with a bit of spice lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Matilda is a fairly enjoyable, fruity Belgian-esque ale.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/4/12. Consumed 11/21/12.

A: Coppery rustic orange is dense in clarity with a porous rocky light tan head. Sturdy on the hold the head produced a generous shellacking for lacing with a fair amount of visible effervesce.

S: Musky nose of grapefruit and bread with damp oranges.

T: Spicy oranges, bread, grapefruit with a spicy bite of citrus hops. Underlying toasty grain, musky barnyard yeastiness, grainy pilsner grain base with a touch of wet hay and lemon.

M: Some carbonation edge in the begining, light to medium body, light creamy/syrupy texture with a musky fade off the tongue.

O: Overall good belgian yeastiness, musky, damp and well balanced, though i prefered sofia a bit more.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper with very small head. Smells of sour peach, orange and serious spice. Definitely a heavy sour forefront. Nice spice on the tongue with some pear and orange peel. Bit of a hop bite. Flavor not as strong as I was hoping. Could use a little more fruit flavor to go along with the other nice spicy notes, which was disappointing as everything else about it is superb. Refreshing beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,797 ratings
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