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Matilda by Goose Island
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
7.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I got in my recent trade with spointon. I have been trying to get my hands on this beer for about a year or so, and I have Scott to thank for it being in my glass. Served this one up in a snifter.

A: Pours a pretty nice apricot colored body. Held to the light you get a lazy/hazy orange that subtlely glows. A finger of pristine white head bubbled up from the deep to slowly form about a finger of head. Sadly, that head had pretty much zero retention. Faltered to a thin white and bubbly ring. Lace succumbs to this brews slickness because the weighty lace spots slip back into the glass. Still a good looking brew.

S: The first thing that strikes me when I stick my nose in the glass is a bit of some fruity tartness. Throws me a bit but in a good way. The fruit is tropical with a touch of banana and grapefruit. Very nice. Gettin that nice Belgian yeast quality coming out. This beer has a bit of some Wild Ale presence with just a touch of funk and earthy aromas. At first it appears to be a strange combo, but it works.

T: This beer starts out with a bit grapefruit hoppiness coming out bright. That is quickly cooled before any bittering by this Belgian yeast and some wheat and slightly sweet banana flavors. That banana wheat flavor is just so cooling, it just adds something beautiful to this beer. Just a touch of tart black cherries come across a bit. That Wild Ale comes out in the flavor as well. Just a bit of clean and super tasty funk. Just some clean grass and hay and some clean leather. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied brew with just a really nice carbonation to it. Very crisp and clean. I mean this barely leaves an aftertaste and that says quite a bit considering the amount of flavors in here. There is just a touch of ABV heat on the back throat. Has just a touch of dryness to it but it is so minimal its barely worth mentioning. Slightly slick feel. Very nice.

D: I tell you with a mouthfeel like that, this brew is absolutely drinkable. So crisp and clean it goes down super easy. It sits pretty light in the belly with just a touch of that alcohol heat. This beer is disappearing quickly. The flavors and aromas are well done and further add to the enjoyability of this brew. I hyped this one up in my mind and the experience was not a let down in the least. Really enjoyed this brew and I am glad I seeked it out.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-09-2009 05:10:05

Served In: Snifter

Review by Surly Duff on 12/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 3 9 2006
Pours a hazy copper yellow with a foamy off-white head. The foam settles after a couple minutes and leaves some lacing stuck to the walls of the glass.

Smells of wonderful sweet malt with a nice hint of marmalade, bubble gum, floral notes, and a great Belgian yeast note. Touch of light caramel in the mix too. Wonderful.

Smooth malty body with lots of dry sweetness without being sickeningly sweet. Wonderful Belgian flavors. Some spiciness with a touch of banana, clove, bubble gum, and marmalade. Medium carbonation with fine bubbles. Smooth and easy to drink.

Price: $2.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 01/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2006
I got this one a while back from BRoss242; bottled on 030206. I wasn’t even planning on re-reviewing this one but the beer was interesting enough. I haven’t had the pleasure of drinking this one since I had it fresh back in October 2007.

I read stories about this one being a gusher when aged so I was prepared with my tulip right next to me. A loud “hiss” as I cracked the cap and slowly but surely a stream of bubbles rose to the top. Even with a careful pour more than half the glass filled with a soapy, sticky, a pillow-y crown of foam that lasted a few minutes. Bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. Very long retention. The color of the beer is a golden color with a hint of brown.

Bready aromas mixed with tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, pear, nectarine, peach, green apples, saltine crackers, seltzer water, and an underlying brett aroma. Slight plastic and band-aid aroma, not offensive in anyway, just enough to bring some funkiness to the aroma. Very pleasing aroma, floral, fruity, yeasty, and funky.

Some plastic flavor upfront followed by toast, stale bread, and a bit of fruitiness. A dusty, brett-like finish. Second sip had more Belgian yeast qualities with some spiciness. Ripe orange and grapefruit with a touch of bitterness. A little tropical mango and pineapple at mid-palate. Belgian pale malts and toast in the aftertaste with a bit of sweetness but balanced with some dryness. Also picking up some lemon, coriander, and some herbal qualities.

Well carbonated, a little sting on the tongue but the sharpness helps wash out the funkiness in the flavor. Softer feel when the beer warms up a bit, almost creamy.

I’m surprised and glad at how this one has aged, would definitely age some more of this. I think this one is better aged.

Served In: Bottle

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