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

2009 23 ounce bomber served in a snifter

Pours an orange color that is somewhat hazy. Nice 2 finger head that leaves some retention. Smells of yeast, funk, lemon, and banana bread. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste still has some hops to it. Fruits and yeast also compliment the malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is pretty complex and very enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have thus far enjoyed 3 from a six-pack over a year period. I am prompted to write after drinking the most recent one.

A year obviously does wonders for the Matilda.

Being on the light side for this style I found this beer to be a palette powerhouse. I expected to find this BA's top beers for this style list, but it's not there. IMHO it varies too far from the fold to be Belgian Strong Pale's a specialty.

I found the appearance nominal but unexceptional (that is not a criticism). The smell was better and worthy of re-examination several times.

The taste was outstanding---interestingly though, it did not excite me a year ago. My first response in identifying would be, it is like a one or two year old Orval in which a crazed monk took it upon himself to throw a bag of spices into the pot after hours.

The balance was mighty fine too. Multiple tones of spice paired wonderfully with caramel malts. It left no bitterness on the back end, either with the first taste or the last.

I sincerely desire to obtain more Matilda, *HOWEVER* the entire brewery's line is likely to be compromised soon due to InBev taking over Goose Island in 2011. They are ramping up production to cover all 50 states from their current 15-state distribution. That surely means moving production elsewhere to satisfy the higher quantities. If past history is a good indicator, then it's GOODBYE GOOSE ISLAND.

Maybe Greg Hall’s urinating in two beer glasses in a Chicago bar is the new adjunct that InBev will use in all their new (and improved) Goose Island varieties. That would be an apropos ending for this brewery. I am happy for the Hall Family in getting a big payout for their hard work; I just wish they had sold it to another company. What a shame.

Get Matilda while you still can and cellar it!

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

I had this beer on tap at a local restaurant and I instantly enjoyed the smell. It has a rich, fruity smell that makes you want to drink the beer.

My first taste of the beer was nice. It is rich, with a robust flavor. I truly enjoyed each sip, with a slight change as I approached the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel was nice and good carbonation. The color is a light amber color and beautful.

I will be drinking this again.

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The aroma concerned me a bit. The flavor was not bad but a little one dimensional. Not sure I'll be getting this one again.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,801 ratings