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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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage poured into a Bruery tulip. Great carbonation yields a huge fluffy head. Appearance is hazy, golden orange.

Smells great. Spicy, yeasty goodness. Tastes even better. It almost reminds me of a saison. There are notes of citrus fruits (lemon and orange peel), spice (coriander and pepper) and some floral notes.

Mouthfeel is very nice. The carbonation level makes this an easy drinking beer. Overall, it's outstanding, and I wish I had more in the cellar.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with hints of ruby. Head was neglible even with a moderately vigorous pour, though plenty of carbonation bubbles meander throughout the glass. Aroma is of sour cherry, bret yeast, and coriander. This bottle is dated over a year ago, and the flavor profile is different than what I normally think of for Matilda. The elements that were so evident in the aroma are present, but greatly tamed. Sourness is nearly non-existant, leaving the yeast and spice to take over the front end, though neither is especially dominant. A healthy dose of wheat comes in on the back end, along with some trace bitterness and some grassiness. A hint of alcohol makes its presence felt as well, but nothing glaring for a 7% ABV. Maybe it's the aging, or maybe I need to let it warm up some, but this is much more subdued than I remember. It's very drinkable, but it doesn't quite have the pep that I look for from a Belgian style ale.

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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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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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4.3/5  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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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,822 ratings