Goose Island Brewing Company had a number of Belgian style ales that they release every year, and upon picking one up, I notice that I haven’t reviewed any of them on this site. Tonight I will check out Goose Island Matilda, which is a Belgian Pale Ale with 7% Alcohol by Volume.
Goose Island Matilda pours out a hazy amber color, with a very large cream-colored head floating atop. The remaining lacing clings to the glass here and there.
Sweet pale malts and spicy Belgian yeast are the two main components of the scent, with some lighter fruit notes accompanying in the background.
The pale malts provide just enough support in the start of the taste, with spicy yeast and fruity esters taking center stage, a touch of candi sugar, hints of citrus with some leafy hops rounding things out. The mouth is medium bodied and fairly actively carbonated.
When I cracked open the top on Goose Island Matilda, it came shooting out, making me fear that it had been infected, but I am not tasting anything out of the ordinary. Matilda doesn’t blow me away, but it is a nice, well-rounded Belgian style ale at a nice price. Worth checking out when you come across it.
Goose Island Matilda : B+
Goose Island Matilda Specs
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malts: 2-row, caramel, candi sugar
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz