Goose Island Matilda
Sadly, Goose Island is another one of those breweries not yet available in Australia. Luckily for us, they are widely accessible throughout the UK, and whilst at the Inn Beer Emporium, I chanced upon a bottle that I’ve seen many of our fellow tumblr bloggers have written about. While not having the same aura associated with it as the Heady Topper, the Goose Island specialty beers have caught my eye on a number of occasions, and at that precise moment when I chanced upon it in Liverpool, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.
As noted in my previous post, I had already tried the Brewdog Hardcore IPA, and YM was drinking a Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout. While we may have gone a round-about sort of way in our beer selection for the night, the Matilda, a Belgian style ale was a perfect way to cap of a lovely night of craft beer.
Upon pouring, the beer was a lovely dark copper colour, with a small thin white head that lingered for quite some time. It gave off fantastic aromas of orange, caramel, peach, loads of apricot and a funky Belgian yeast sort of smell. The carbonation was just perfect, and balanced the beer to make it interesting but not overly complex.
There were loads of fruit flavours in the beer, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon as well. The finish was slightly yeasty and sour with a solid hit of traditional funkiness expected from most Belgian style ales.
All in all, the Matilda was a great example of what a US style Belgian Ale should taste like, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Goose Island as I travel around the UK and Europe.