Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

4,764 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle dated 04/08/2011 poured on 11/18/2012 unto flute glass.

Appearance: A semi hazy goldish amber with heavy small bubbles on the body. Comes with an average but because of the body still looks good. White head maybe 1/3" if that settles quick before a sip.

Smell: has a hard banana skin type of smell that comes off raw. It is a strong scent which is awesome but then again is it something you really want to keep sniffing.

Taste: Little all over the place. It is a slight sweet but then again it is also sour. It feels almost like rye beer or maybe I should say rye bread. It comes off with this heavy yeast taste that will appeal to some but i think most people will feel a little conflicted.

Mouth: Though a little dry after a sip it does appeal to you. Hard fruit after feel that makes you want it even more. But a sour one not lemony but makes you cringe just a little.

Overall: A good beer but not the best you will see out there. You take in mind when reading what i wrote, the brew I am drinking is a little over a year old and not sure if its is one of those BPAs that is meant to be "aged". Would I buy it again, probably yes but then again I didn't get it for that much either. Salud!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Poured the 2012 bottled on 1st Aug 2012 into a snifter.

Pours with a good frothy white head of roughly about one and one-half finger thickness. The head soon disappears into a thin layer. Excellent lacing that stays for a long time. Amber color. Hazy appearance. Suspended yeast is very clearly seen. Very few bubbles rising occasionally.

Aroma : Fruity notes, with some spicy and clove like components to it. Good strength. slight malt aroma with total lack of hops. Yeast is felt in the nose as well.

Taste: Huge on fruity taste as well. Dry and low on sweetness, that suggest a balanced finish. Hops should be there just to counter malt character. I don't know why its smell and taste kept reminding me of hefeweiss. Complex as hell. Not discernible for a novice like me.

Mouth feel : Absolutely low on carbonation. Very smooth. Medium bodied feel. Dry finish. Good easy drinkability. Decent warmth and no astringency whatsoever.

Had a vertical tasting of 2010 (Bomber) and 2012 (12oz) - Fresher version is much more fruity and complex. Older version is more malty and boozy kind of. Strength of aroma is stronger in the fresher version as well.

Style Rate : 4.25
Personally :4 (mainly for the ease of drinking)

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really wasn't impressed by this highly rated beer. Expected more considering the price of the four pack. Drank it in a champagne glass like the bottle states, but that didn't really help its cause. Dark red to light brown color, and very clear. Next to no head at all. The after taste was distinct, but very unpleasant.

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Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with fruits, yeast. Taste is good, fruity, malts, yeast, very rich. Feels full bodied in the moth and overall is a top quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Goose Island.

A: Bright amber body with a faint yellow hue. Thin lacing of white head. Crystal clear.

S: Bready malts make me smile as a hint of funk sweeps the aroma away.

T/M: Fruity as could be for a non-fruit beer. Hint of soapy Belgian yeast. As balanced as they come. Biscuity, baked good notes from malts, subtle hops and yeast are pronounced making it very enjoyable. Drinkability of a pale ale with complex sipping flavors of a higher alcohol beverage. Hint of a bubbly wine characteristic with a soft sherry characteristic.

O: First beer from Goose Island and extremely satisfied. Perfect beer for the cooler months to help warm up while sipping.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,764 ratings
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