Sunday, May 6, 2012
Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale
Cracked open a Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale this afternoon to go with a game or two of Pinball. The Rotiserrie is working on a brined Chicken for dinner - I can keep my eye on it from the gameroom - don't worry. It is getting a bit warm out here on the left coast - perfect time for a beer.
Got a gusher when I opened this beer - excess carbonation as this one has live yeast when bottled - no vinegar notes, so bacteria hadn't got to it. Note the head on the beer in the picture - huge! After the head subsided and left 3 inches of lace, I was able to get at the beer and what an interesting combination of flavors - esters from the yeast and some refined goodness - bananas, lemons, cloves - WOW! This one was bottled in September of 2010, so it has aged in the bottle for 20 months. The bottle says it is meant to be aged up to 5 years - sorry - gonna drink it now!
Because of the live yeast in this bottle conditioned beer, you can see the cloudiness caused by the dead yeast cells - getting my recommended daily requirement of B vitamins today! Gives it a nice full-bodied mouth feel though....
Check out my Untapped check-in over here - Matilda
Here's the website for the Brewery - Goose Island