Matilda is part of the “Belgian” series of beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. This Belgian Pale Ale has 32 IBUs and a 7% ABV.
Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.
Matilda pours a delicious looking amber color that reminded me of a peach ice tea. The head starts as an inch of foam, but quickly disappears into a thin film. No lacing appears as the beer is consumed.
The nose of this beer really caught me off guard. All I knew going into it was that it was a Belgian beer, and I was very intrigued after dipping my nose into the glass. I picked up Belgian yeasts, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of alcohol. The smell reminded me of a pumpkin beer.
Wow, this is a tasty beer!
I picked up a multitude of flavors that all balanced quite nicely. I noted cinnamon, pear, green apple and Belgian candi sugar. The flavors come in, do their job and leave quietly. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is thin with a slight alcohol bite. There’s also a slight drying, but not enough to be distracting. This alcoholic drying/heat increases as the beer mellows out.
Matilda is a fine Belgian beer from this Midwest brewery. It sticks rather nicely to the style, but is easy drinking and more accessible than some similar brews. Matilda is a treat to drink.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a BELGIAN PALE ALE: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Avery KARMA, Orval TRAPPIST ALE, Jolly Pumpkin LUCIÉRNAGA, THE FIREFLY