Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
4,735 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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
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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Photo of jtingue
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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Photo of jlynch1987
1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the O’Hare pub at terminal "C" this Belgian ale shows a beautiful copperish-amber color with a delicate white cap and decent lacing. The aroma is classic Belgian clove blended nicely with floral hops and a touch of nutty biscuit. Very nice. The flavor brings banana-clove and more nutty biscuit and flowery-citrus. Just a wisp of alcohol and wheat. Medium body with a somewhat viscous, but spritzy feel with tiny carbonation. This is a very enjoyable brew with plenty of hutzpah!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a fantastic american made belgian ale. pours hazy copper colored with a lively 2 inch head. smells a lot like a sour, with a funky sort of belgian yeast. flavor features the yeast and all kinds of balanced other flavors. its fruity, malty, and refreshing all at once. the feel is perfectly approproate as well. highly carbonated and just medium on the body makes this beer very easy drinking despite its complexity and depth. the finish is quick and only the gentle but distinct yeast notes remain on the tongue. i was really surprised by how much i liked this beer, and im eagerly looking forward to my next. superb

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazy, amber-brown coloring with a thin, white ring of film on the surface of the brew. Aromas of roasted grains, tangy sweet caramel, honey, and subtle spicing of clove and ginger. Flavors are sharp, with a roasted malt backbone and clove spicing that give rise to subtle ginger and cinnamon spicing as the beer goes over the palate. Some fruit sweet characters come through as well, with pineapple, plum, and melon in the forefront. The aftertaste is more tangy sweet than anything else, with a light, crisp finish. The body is slick and sharp, with an increased astringency that keeps the palate clean. Interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of DM1293
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the suggested glass...or as close as I could get.

This is by and far, one of the most complex beers I've had to date.

Looks nice, I can see the yeast quite clearly, a slight unfiltered look.

Its very sweet on the nose. A familiar sweetness, a mishmash of fruit aromas ontop a faint malt and hop.

The taste...does not mirror the smell. I feel it does the reverse; the background comes forward and the sweetness works in the back. A nice malt, a nice hop, and a menagerie of sweet and slightly spicy flavors I can't possibly dissect. I've sipped, I've let it sit on my tongue, I've done everything possible, but I have no real clue how to describe all the flavors as it goes down. The ending is really lush and sharp, a citrus-grape taste, faintly hoppy finish I think. A very small amount of bitterness keeps this from being too overwhelming.

The mouthfeel reminds me of a wheat, vaguely, possibly the yeast at work. A nice feel, if a little heavy.

Overall...this beer has an appropriate glass on the bottle. This is fun to sip, and smell, and look at. A real nice blend of flavors that remind me of so many other styles. I can't begin to describe it and do it justice, but I can say its a fine brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a semi hazy dark amber with 2 inches of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of apple, grapes, yeast and orange peel. Crisp and smooth. Taste mirrors the aromas. Grapes, apple, and yeast. The aroma was alot stronger than the taste. I thought it would be more harsh than it was. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very drinkable and worth having again.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 4,735 ratings.
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