Matilda

Illinois
United States
Matilda by Goose Island Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.

According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
26
Hops: 
Golding Celeia, Pilgrim, Saaz, Styrian
Malts: 
2-Row, Candy Sugar, Caramel
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer pours golden copper, it is hazy with an off white head that's fluffy in texture and thick.  Visually, medium sized bubbles rise to the surface at an average speed.  The aroma has toasty, light caramel, and fresh baked bread  malt qualities with very low pine/citrus hops.  There's also some medium-low grainy malts as it warms with a very low tartness.  The esters are represented as spicy, and red apple like.  The flavor is of a medium-high toast with some caramel sweetness.  There's also a low amount of citrus/piney hops with a short bitterness.  This beer finishes semi-dry, with a short aftertaste resembling bread crumbs.  No big Brettanomyces flavors to further dry this beer out.  It could easily be consumed without picking up the Brett character.  This medium-light bodied beer has the proper carbonation level, and although there's a slight alcoholic warmth the creaminess rounds it out.  The astringency is low and quite possibly from the Brett notes that are pleasant.  This is a well balanced beer toward the malty side, without too much hop or Brett character.  Drinks more like an American Amber than an American Pale Ale.  The Brett dries this beer out but not too much that you'd notice if it wasn't mentioned.