Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
4,754 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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger of thick white head on a copper-crimson hazy body.

S: cedar, oak, citrus and orange peel with a nice mild belgian yeast musty note.

T: Nice twang to this one. Corriander, orange citrus, belgian yeast and biscuity... in a word complex.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi-dry finish.

Overall: very complex beer. One of the better beers from this brewer. Cant wait to have again.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle; Bottled 03/08/12 0952

A: Pours a golden color with about a fingers worth of head that fizzles down pretty quickly

S: Slight funk, Belgian yeast, and barnyard, along with some light fruits, malts, and very light hops

T: Definitely more of a nuttier aspect to the taste, along with everything in the aforementioned nose. Starts off with the nuttiness and malts, with slight Belgian character with the yeast, Brett, and barnyard. Finish has more of a fruitiness with light hops, while still maintaining the nuttiness

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: A solid American take on the classic BSPA, it goes Belgian without losing that American edge. Sure, it doesn't push the envelope to the edge of the table, but it gets the job done regardless. Solid beer that is enjoyable any time

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled 650 mL bottle poured into my Kate the Great tulip. 2012 Vintage, bottled on 1/20/2012 so consumed almost exactly three months from bottling. The bottle mentions that this develops for up to five years in the bottle.

Appearance: Light brown to orange in color with a nice, sticky, white head that creates a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I get a lot of the brett funk on the nose. A touch of barnyard and horse blanket with a backing of clove and some light sweetness. Pretty nice.

Taste: Belgian pale ale characters dominate with clove and some pale malt sweetness. The funk from the aroma is there, but not as intense as the aroma, which could be because it is still pretty young for a brett beer. There is so bitterness, not sure if its hops or from the yeast, that can be a touch offputting. Nice and refreshing for the most part.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp and refreshing. Very spritzy. Pleasant.

Overall, a really nice brett pale with some light, well integrated funk. I would really like to see how this evolves over a couple years and the funk becomes more integral to the beer. Still, a pleasant and refreshing beer while fresh.

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 11-9-11.

A- Poured into my Stella chalice. Pours a brilliant orange-gold hue with about a 3 finger frothy head. Retention and lacing is very good.

S- Very spicy with coriander and lemon peel as the prominent scents. An underlying peppery scent is present along with hints of wheat and yeast notes.

T- Starts with orange and lemon peel notes. Slight wheat flavor with hints of clove. Coriander is also featured. Towards the end, Belgian yeast flavors and hints of light hops kick in. Finishes with little aftertaste or bite.

M- Very light and carbonated. Holds the weight of the alcohol content very well for its lack of heavy flavors. Very balanced, and a beer that could be sessioned all night.

Overall, a very enjoyable and well crafted beer. A great one if you're looking to get a BMC drinker into craft to show the possibilities of spices in beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/18/2011. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Very effervescent pale orange in color. Crystal clear. Pours with 5 fingers of head which sticks around for quite a while, but eventually leaves a sticky fluffy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell. Berry-like up front, with some definite sourness in the very immediate background. Also very floral and a bit clovey.

Taste. Starts out with some slight bitterness, which quickly combines with some funky sourness that overwhelms the palate for a bit. It cools down a bit to reveal some of the floral notes picked up in the smell. A slight amount of fruity sweetness comes in, but not to overwhelm a now tart dominant flavor. The finish is dry and filled with some strawberry tinged sourness.

Mouthfeel. Nice light to moderate body with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

A very pleasent, light sipper. I absolutely love the complexity of the taste, and especially the restrained sourness/funk/tartness. The bretanomyces was used very admirably here. The bottle is about a year old, so I'm wondering how much that this effects the flavor, or if its just released with some age on it...

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1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 4,754 ratings.
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