Goose Island’s Matilda

Goose Island Matilda Beer Review

Goose Island Matilda

 Matilda is a Belgian-style Ale brewed right here in Chicago by Goose Island. I was hesitant to even get this beer, being $10 a 4/pk, but I did anyway. I can’t resist a local beer review. Visually, the packaging is, for lack of a better term, intriguing. The sharpness of the label just made me want to taste it. I can tell you right now, I was not disappointed.

The appearance, like the labeling, is sharp. You can see through it but you can’t tell it’s clear. The color is honey-like or amber. Same consistency as amber, a light amber rather; you can see through it but you can’t see far. When the light shines through, it’s actually quite beautiful. Maybe designed to be a summer beer.

The smell is what’s complex. Malty. I smelt some type of citrus, maybe tangerine. Maybe orange peel. Yeast. I also got some type of spice. I don’t know what. I want to say vanilla or/and clove. I also tasted honey. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Maybe some combination of honey and clove. Either way, it definitely worked. I also got some floral hops.

It actually tasted more like an IPA at first but it didn’t leave my mouth dry like IPAs usually do. I got the hop bitterness but the malt was more prevalent. It was sweet, not bitter. It tasted pretty consistent with the smell, malty. Definitely got the citrus flavor and some of the honey.Goose Island Matilda Head The elusive spice is also present, wish I knew what it was. Basically in line with what most Belgian-style ales taste like. I should say, however, and I am going to sound like a snob, but, it lacks something. I’ve been to Belgium, Brussels and Bruges specifically, and I’ve sampled the beers. Although this tastes similar to some, it doesn’t taste like what I would want from a Belgian brew. That being said, I will say that I want to drink this again. At 7% alc/vol it doesn’t fill the stomach or make you feel like you’ve had too many after just one, like many Belgian ales do.

I would definitely recommend this beer, it’s a great craft brew from a great local brewery. If you are looking to indulge, looking to get something a little more pricey, a little more exotic, get this beer. I should re-mention that if you want an authentic Belgian Ale go elsewhere, but if you want a pretty darn close substitute, spend the extra buck and pick up a pack of Matilda.

Beer Rating: 4.5/5

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1 Comment so far »


    Goose Island Brewery Sold | Beer Blog Buzz said

    March 29 2011 @ 5:40 am

    […] even if the majority of the beers aren’t the best you’ve ever had. I personally like Matilda and their other Belgian-style ales. Their restaurant was pretty good the last time I was there. […]

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