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

Poured from bottle marked 4/8/2011 into tulip glass.

Nice light copper color with beautiful fluffy head. Definite funky aroma which follows through in the taste. Nice hop sting up front, followed by that funkiness.

Nice mouthfeel, overall a great beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04/01/09 dated bottle poured into a tulip.

I've been familiar with Matilda for quite some time, but never wanted to review it until I had an aged bottle. I always thought it would age well. I was shooting for five years, but I think three is good.

Color-wise, Matilda doesn't change in three years. It still has that glowing yellow-orange hue with a very slight haze. It's still topped with about two fingers worth of white foam that puts on a quick show, takes a bow, and makes way for the main event. Wish that foam would stick a bit more, but it's all good.

Aromas are sweet. Real sweet. And I think a bit more refined than those found in a fresh batch. Slightly vinous and very fruity. Think of plums, dates, figs, cherries, and apricots with candy sugar simmering in a double boiler. There is still a bready-malty element there, but not pronounced. Spices seem to have come alive after these three years. Delightful.

Flavors mostly mirror the aromatics, but the main contributors are sugary dark fruits, gingerbread, and a champagne-like nuance. Very nice.

Not as bubbly as a fresh bottle, but a medium feel on the tongue and noticeably smoother than fresh.

Matilda is one of my favorites. It's worth putting a few in the cellar if you can stand the wait.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,817 ratings