Thursday, December 13, 2012

Goose Island Matilda (2012)

Happy Thursday and thanks for coming by the blog.  The last few days were pretty busy for beer fans around the country.  Yesterday, 12-12-12, marked the culmination of Stone Brewing's Vertical Epic series, as well as the special release of Westvleteren XII in select beer stores around the country.  I didn't partake in either of these special events.  For me, it was just business as usual, and enjoyed the beers I already had on hand.  Did you get some Westy XII or go to a Stone Vertical event?  Tell me about it in the comments, I'd like to know!

Tonight my wife and I are pouring a bottle of Matilda (2012) from Goose Island Beer Co.  This is our first time trying a beer from Goose Island, and we are looking forward to it.  Kerry surprised me with this beer last weekend, bringing it home to me after she went out hoping to find a Christmas tree with her sisters!  The beer had a double meaning for us.  Take a look at the bottle of Matilda with our slightly sleepy Matilda "Maddy"!

Matilda (2012)
Goose Island Beer Co.
7% ABV
32 IBUs (from website)
Bottled on 04-06-12, and develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.  I'll have to pick up another bottle and lay it down for awhile.

Matilda poured an orange-amber color with a large, persistent headThis beer is a beauty to look at in the glass.  The aroma is a mix of banana, pineapple and cantaloupe.  Drinking this beer, the taste is more or less the same as the aroma.  Carbonated, a little sweet, with a slight edge at the end, maybe from the alcohol and hops.  It has somewhere between a medium and a light body, and is lightly carbonated.  

Overall:  Matilda is a very drinkable Belgian style ale, full of delicious aromas and flavors.  If you're a fan of Belgian style beers, you will like this.  Since it is so drinkable, it could also appeal to a larger beer audience.  Two thumbs up!

What are your thoughts on Matilda?  Let me know in the comments!

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