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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Ratings: 4,827 |  Reviews: 1,301
Photo of kinggimp
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KeithJames
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not seasoned in the terminology of beer reviewing. I just love this beer. I bought it for its reasonable price for the 7% alcohol content. I think the bottle describes it best: Rustic, Old World. This beer has a good flavorful bite, but it's not the same old IPA bite. It's different, complex, strong, but goes down very smoothly. The flavors are subtle yet so complex that it's a bouquet of flavors making it seem like a beer for Christmas, tastes so satisfying by the warmth of the indoor fireplace. It's got a beautiful amber color that is augmented by the bubbly head. The feel may only be half way to indulgently smooth and soft but it's enough to lead into the many flavors that pop. This is currently my favorite beer and I can only look forward to finding one that surpasses this in enjoyment.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of wheaty grain and slight citrus. Tastes of wheat with nice citrus aftertaste. Beer is light bodied and very nice drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of miguelocastillo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. This is a nice looking beer, pale and amber. It has too little head retention and foam dessapears really quick.
Smell. I can feel some sweet malts Malts, a little fruity aroma
Taste . A very sweet feel is present , perfect balance between Hops and malts
Mouthfeel. Carbonatation was present but was not a special or spicy one. Beers Body is just perfect
Overall. I would drink it again

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally got around to trying one of these lady-names beer from Goose Island, not bad at all...

I found this to have a visually appealing orange-copperish color, weak to no head and no lacing to mention. The smell was a bit also-ran - wheaty, earthy, with hints of fresh grass to it. Sloshing this around your mouth proved to be very crisp and light, very drinkable at 7% ABV. Speaking of that, the grassy taste also had a hint of sweetness - I'm not sure I entirely like it though I found it certainly unique. A decent beer, a good one to have in hand and enjoy on any lazy evening...

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Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy honey gold with a white head. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, white pepper, and coriander. Tastes of white pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light fruits (pears possibly). Medium crisp body with medium carbonation. Overall one of the better Belgian pales I've ever had. I like this much better than Sophie.

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Photo of qcghost
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur biere. In Teku glass. Playing Pilgrim Academy. Not exactly a belgian pale, more like a saison, with nicely soft funk notes and some sweetness that still dont hide a champagnesque profile

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Photo of Uzivra26
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasW
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevintaraross
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shanex
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Moderate hand. 2017

A: Golden, copper-colored body with good clarity. 1/2 finger of almost white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Must, funk. Grassy, floral hops. Fruit notes with element of indistinct berry, apple. Soil, earth. Candi sugar.

T: Light malt and an earthy funkiness open. Traces of fruit lurk in the background with a hint of sweetness. Noble-type hop bitterness builds to a mostly dry, but not exactly clean, finish. Light alcohol presence at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. A bit syrupy on the palate.

O: Not expressly bad, but this one just didn't resonate with me. A bit anemic in the hop department and the funk factor seemed dominant. Somewhat unique among Belgian pale ales, I suppose, but felt a bit heavy and unrefined.

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 vintage

Cloudy, copper-orange body; dense, creamy head. Sweet, dried apricot and fig aroma. Phenolic, brett flavor with light hints of delicate sweetness; mild fruit notes like pear. Heavy body yet rather flat; starts slightly sweet but finishes dry overall.

Nothing special about this beer. It looks great but lacks character and depth for the style, and the appeal fades as the smell, taste and feel come into play. Perhaps this just wasn't one of their better years...

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Photo of Strohm
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a bit of a Goose Island kick recently, and I'm not sure why, but I will say that it's about time that I've gotten around to a few of their beers that I should have had a long time ago. This is one of those beers.

This beer pours an amber hue that is on the hazy side of cloudy and sports very minimal carbonation. The head is white and frothy, dissipating slowly to a thin lacing with a neck. 4.25/5 The aroma is full of malt and fruit with a good dose of rich caramel and rye bread along with Belgian candi sugar and fruity, yeasty esters. The aroma also reminds me of raspberries and strawberries, with just a hint of sour cherries. 4/5 The flavor profile is nice and strong with a heavy lean towards the malt instead of hoppy. There is a good amount of caramel and rye bread up front along with Belgian candi sugar, coriander, white pepper, and clove. The spices come out very nicely in this beer and play off of the sweetness of the malt. The hops really don't seem to add much, rather preferring to act as an earthy undertone for the spices and sweetness to build from. Bitterness is light and does not linger after swallowing. A very slight bit of sourness comes through due to the Brett in the aging process, but it's not very strong. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is a bit dry a very light lingering dryness but the dryness is not parching. Carbonation is minimal. 4/5 This is definitely a full flavored Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of zeroes
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RodJBeerVentures
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claminat420
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled on 29MAR17 0933. poured heavily into my Michigan awesome imperial stout glass.

Appearance- hazy copper/ slight amber colored with a off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- the slightest bit of a Belgian ale. as in light clove and banana. has a musky basement smell. not great but not absolutely terrible.

Taste- light doughy character. very light clove and banana notes. abv is well hidden. like the smell but drop that moldy basement smell.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation. feels a bit bubbly like champagne. don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

Drinkability- on #three of the four pack right now and easily gonna kill the four pack. prolly last four pack of this I buy tho.

Overall- I don't know how I didn't review this beer before the inbev/ bud buyout. from what I recollect of the pre-sellout this brew use to be much lighter. almost like a mini trippel with some hoppy action. i'm sure they'll prolly say this beer is brewed the same as last time I had this ( multiple four packs of 2007 and 2008) and i'll say ok. .. this brew is more of a mess. it seems like the malt and the hops are battling and the yeast comes in and makes everything worse. not a drain pour don't get me wrong just a sloppy brew.

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