Sunday Sips: Matilda by Goose Island

Another beautiful Sunday requires that we delve into another review of a beer/spirit.  This week I’m going with a beer that tries to verge on the spirit side.  By that I mean to say that Goose Island has taken one of their beers and aged it in a used whiskey barrel.  This results in a beautiful caramel color to the beer.  The beer is meant to be enjoyed from a wide mouthed wine glass or a goblet.
Matilda is a Belgian style ale that’s been aged as I said before. The result is a complex beer that’s somewhat fruity, rather smooth yet dry, and has 7% ABV. It wasn’t terribly bitter and I got a bit of caramel flavor out of my bottle, but other than that I can’t really say that I enjoyed it. I know that not everything is going to be a home run that I review. I was really disappointed as so many of my friends have raved about how good it is. Perhaps its just not my style, or maybe hops really are growing on me, but I found something to be missing from it. I certainly didn’t feel like drinking the whole thing. I’ll never be a major aficionado on these things, so if you want experts opinions go elsewhere. Unless I was looking for a sophisticated food pairing to go with this though I wouldn’t seek it out when I want a beer to drink. I’d much rather go with a Mothership Wit or something like that from New Belgium Brewery if I was looking for a Belgian Ale. I’m giving this one a 1.5 out of 5, because while I didn’t love it, I could have drank the whole thing without a whole lot of pain on my part. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Sunday Sips: Matilda by Goose Island

  1. Wow, that’s really a disappointment. I love Belgian ales, but this one you say is a miss, which both breaks my heart and makes me smile, if for no other reason than that you saved me a trip. If you’re looking for a really good Belgian, check out Brewery Ommegang, out of New York state. They’re probably my favorite brewers.

  2. Sorry it took so long to respond. Its been an absolutely crazy week at work. Perfect reason for another brew on the horizon. Anyway I’m glad I could help you out. I think its much like your current brew review in that sure I could drink it, but it just didn’t live up to the hype. Wasn’t really something fantastic in my mind.

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