Matilda | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
4,735 Ratings
MatildaMatilda
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,735
Reviews:
1,277
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
257
Gots:
1,141
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,735 |  Reviews: 1,277
Photo of smutty33
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kamaal
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/18/2011. This was among an awesome stash of brews that a couple of fellow dog walkers just gave me because they'd had them lying around and didn't want. Great for me.

Bomber poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. More coppery orangish type color than I was expecting with a huge head which gradually dissipated.

Spicy but not overwhelming smell.

Taste is outstanding with a carnival of spices dancing in my mouth. Seems like a Belgian Pale crossed with a Saison.

Feels great in the mouth. I may try a younger version of this in the future just to test how much the aging impacted my impression but I like this a lot.

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Photo of xiaoxiong623
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Matilda looks gorgeous and comes with spicy smell.
The color pretend is not golden sunrise, instead, it's lightish amber.
I don't think the taste of Matilda is as strong as I wish.
In a word, the Matilda is the good one, but it's not the perfect one for me.

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Photo of Loudenough
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McClinton
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JFrank78
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MurphDog14
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobus79
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 2013 vintage 12 oz bottle

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single serve bottle

Pours a pleasantly hazy, but not cloudy orange/amber. Very little head, but persistent pleasant lacing.

Smell--Evocative of the true Belgians of the style, but somewhat muted. Still, it has a nice pleasant "funk" from the Brett that comes through. The hop and citrus notes are balanced by a honey sweetness.

Taste--American takes on this style can be disappointing in the complexity department. This has a nice range of notes to touch all areas of the palate. Funky Brett, banana, pineapple, honey sweet candi sugar and malt, with just a touch of alcohol burn. A nicely balanced set of tastes.

Feel--Solid, medium body. Not spectacular, but still spot on.

I am a shameless Orval apologist, and tend to hold anything of this style to that unreasonably high standard. This is an excellent stateside take.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

**
08/10/2015
2013 bottle to pilsner glass. Light caramel color. Globules of sediment float. Big creamy eggshell head. Head lasts throughout beer. Aroma is equal hops and yeast. Taste is creamy hops. Light and summery. Yeast is very subtle, maybe it would be stronger if left to ferment in bottle a few more years. Very nice."
**

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Photo of JPadilla
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoLight
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marmalade color, hazy; off-white finger width head that leaves some lacing and dissipates into a thin yet nice layer.

Aroma: A musty smell initially; sweet honey oat; maybe some plantains or dried banana; yeast; super mild clove note; overall, it's a mild aroma.

Flavor: Malt-forward; honey oat;
a faint dried banana flavor; slight tangy sourness; a pleasant, earthy hop bitterness at the end of the sip.

Medium-to-full and carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp and dry and thick and slightly tangy finish.

This is a darling of a beer for a great price; Just under ten dollars for the big bottle. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Zanth
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A crisp light amber/dark honey brew that offers citrus notes with distinct bitter tail before a lingering but pleasant after taste enamours the tongue for another round. This beer was suggested to me by a friend and I am very pleased he did so. It is easily sourced in Ottawa, Canada and apparently available year round. This is a new favourite and competes well with the Belgian Abby offerings available locally.

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