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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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A. Its orange in appearance with an off white head that disappears quite quickly.

S. It smells like a Belgian with some Belgian malt and then some lighter fruitand then finishing with a touch of alcohol.

T. It has some earthy notes on first sip with just a touch of bitterness. Not as fruity as the smell but still quite nice.

M. It has a light mothfeel with just a little carbonation.

O. Its pretty tasty and true to the style. The bottle was bottled on 3/12/12 and states it can be cellared for up to five years so i'm interested to see how this matures.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a snifter.

A - A cloudy caramel orange hue with a nice sized pale head. Retention is great with some quality lacing.

S - Great vibrant nose! Banana, apricot, pear, citrus and clove.

T - Starts with some wet fruit and turns into a biscuit-infused funk near the end. The brew starts almost like a La Fin Du Monde (which is a fantastic thing!) but ends in a rather disappointing light bitterness. Touch of spice in the aftertaste.

M - Medium, slightly creamy, body with above average carbonation.

O - This is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it but it could use some refinement to keep the wet richness persisting throughout the entire progression.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy caramel/orange hue with no head.

Aroma: A little vinegar like a sour or something. Some sweet malt. Not much there.

Taste: Interesting. Lots of levels of flavor. At first I do get just a hint of tartness on the palate and then some pear and dates reminiscent of a trippel. Nice warming finish but not alcohol taste. Some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation like a soda and a wet feel. Above average drinkability and a slightly below medium body.

Final Thoughts: A good depth of flavor for such a light body. Would I drink it again? Perhaps.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nuclear gold color into a beautiful orange-lit amber in the glass. off-white, almost beige middle finger head, proper grasping lacing, both which stick around a while. body just hazy and bubbly enough.

S: extremely vibrant. like a warm summer's day at the lake. peaches, apricot, citrus hops, hint of coriander.

T: So far I cannot wait to taste this beer. If the first two categories are any indication, I'm in for a treat. Spicy and aromatic approach to a quick, dry finish.

M: Greets and bids adieu to the palette in the most conservative and pleasant of ways. A real pleasure to drink. Bready afters.

O: A truly great find. Nothing wrong I can see or am able to complain about in this brew, and what's more I truly enjoyed it. 3.69 before tax is a little high for a 12 oz, but with quality like this it truly is worth every penny. Highly suggested for a wedding or important get together. Beautiful styling on the bottle, beautiful brew in the glass. Honestly just became one of if not my favorite brews.

*Bottled on: "03/01/12"

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,827 ratings