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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2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've come to realize that while I love IPA's, standard pale ales are just not my favorite and this one is a good example why.

It's flavor is just funky. It tastes musty and that being the case, any other redeeming factor can't possibly salvage it.

It does seem to be well crafted however so if pale ales are your thing or your looking to try one for the first time then this is probably one to check out.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden to honey with orange tints. Poured a thin white head with little to no lacing.
S: all kinds of sweetness leaps out here. Sugar, fruits and notes of bread. Complex and intriguing.
T: starts sweet with some pear and apple notes accompanied by spice and sugar. The bread shows up as well, but this fades at the back into some grassy and slight acidic bitterness, just enough to quell the sweetness.
M: medium bodied with like carbonation. Perhaps a bit watery but its smooth and finishes spicy with a hint of bitterness.
O: A very pleasant, well balanced and thoroughly quaffable brew. Fits the style well and worth a buy.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

A - Slightly hazy, very light orange with a creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Nice retention leaving a nice lacing behind.

S - Sweet, light malt (some sugar, honey, and bready malt). An enjoyable slightly tart funk that compliments the sweetness. Hints of orchard fruit.

T - Again, there is a wonderful play between the sweetness of the malt (and also the orchard fruit and a subtle berry flavor) and the slightly tart funk. Not exactly barnyard, but there is a musty country orchard kind of flavor with some freshly cut grass/hay. Some yeast and subtle spices in the back but nothing too strong (especially the spices).

M - Medium body. Lower than average carbonation but enough to have a bit of a zesty feel.

D - The play between the subtle funk and the sweetness keeps me wanting to drink more. Goes down easy and it keeps me wanting more.

Notes: Really well done BSPA. Reminds me a lot of a country orchard (fruit, must, hay/grass). Sweetness is a strong suit, but the tart/funk is well integrated with the maltiness. Yeast and spices are there but not that strong, especially for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottled 06/19/10.

pours a nice, slightly hazy orange/amber tone with a finger+ of a creamy off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a collar around the glass but leaves a solid amount of lacing.

nose is fruity (apple, pear) with a belgian yeast-like presence that accompanies its spice characters. taste follows the aroma nicely with a heavy emphasis on the sweet, fruity elements, yet finishes slightly dry. big spice notes, more so that the aroma led me to believe. has a little tang to it. all in all, a very tasty beer. nice take on the style. alcohol presence virtually nonexistent.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. enjoying this one a lot, will definitely be buying it again - if not for me, then definitely for my wife, who has also taken a real shine to it.

originally reviewed: 11-09-2010

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy orange with a 2" off-white head. Thick waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big Belgian yeast and spices, slight barnyard, funk and some citrus.

T- sweet malts, citrus, spicy yeast, and slight funkiness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a nice creaminess and drinkability to it.

O- nice Belgian pale. Good go to Belgian by Goose Island.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,809 ratings