Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
4,743 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

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3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty spicy nose. Smells good. Pour is cloudy and golden.

Taste has some of a typical ale at the beginning, but is quickly dominated by the yeast. Yeast taste is nice and round. Sharp and tart at the finish. I don’t really taste the high alcohol, but if I focus on it it is there. The yeast is fun, but it is too dominant for me and throws things out of whack.

“Pale ale re-fermented with brettanomyces. Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.”

Overall: B

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

From notes. Bottles 11/15/10; consumed 3/18/11

A - Pours hazy orange with three fingers of light tan head. Head has nice retention.

S - Cloves, yeast, a bit of sweetness and some lemony tartness.

T - Nice hops up front, with a big bready yeast character, followed by cloves, some mild funk, a bit of banana and lemon. Really enjoyable.

M - Nice creamy medium mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Slight lingering bitterness on the finish.

O - Very nicely balanced flavors and great mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable Belgian pale.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, 12oz bottle. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a darker burnt orange, white head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Sweet malts, burnt sugars, dark fruit, citrus, yeast funk, and honey. The sweetness is really smooth and subtle and the 7% is bascially nonexistent.

T - Sweet fruity malts, light caramel notes, citrus, and yeasty funk notes. The alcohol isn't detectable at all, which is wonderful. The finish is subtle sweetness and light tropical citrus notes.

M - Light towards medium body, good carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - This vintage is drinking really nice right now, and the alcohol is very subtle while the rest of the beer remains complex. The sweetness is excellent, and overall, I really enjoyed this one. Good stuff, Goose!

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

Bottled 9/1/11 and drank on 2/11/12 from a Duvel tulip. The beer was a beautiful clear honey gold color with a nice 1-finger head. It wasn't as carbonated and fizzy as I was expecting from this style. Fruit nose offered up peaches, oranges, cloves, and toast with marmalade.

The flavor was slightly sweet and fruity, and was quite dry without being bitter or hoppy. It reminded me a lot of Duvel, but without the big, lip-smacking champagne-like bite and with a hint of pineapple on the palate. The beer had a medium body and was quite easy to drink, though I did think the carbonation was a bit low.

This was an excellent beer. It was refreshing, tasty, and complex. I don't think it stands up to Duvel, but the fruitiness in the flavor makes it quite different and special in its own way. Plus, it's a bit easier on the wallet.

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Matilda from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,743 ratings.
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