Matilda by Goose Island Beer Co. in Illinois, United States

About Matilda by Goose Island Beer Co.

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.

Food Pairings

Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.
 Also pairs with cheeses like Camembert and Washed Rind Cheeses. 


Our famous beer began with a trip across Europe, when Goose Island founder (and unabashed beer lover) John Hall took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savored the styles and selections of brews in every region, and thought to himself, “America deserves some damn fine beer like this, too.”

Goose Island Beer Co. makes Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale