I opened my last bottle of Goose Island Matilda today. This bottle is a previous edition (2008 – bottled 07-07-08) compared to the new 2010 labels for the Goose Island “Premium” series. The Matilda is a decent 7% alcohol by volume Belgian style ale that definitely has a different taste than most traditional (yes I know, poor descriptor) beligan style ale. The Matilda is a bit more tart and less yeast flavored than other ales I’ve had recently, although the armoa coming from the glass definitely speaks to the belgian style. It will be fun to try to 2010 version and see how it evolves… maybe with a Sofie or Pere Jaques by my side?
This 10.2% alcohol by volume beer is larger addition to the bells lineup. At about $15 per 6-pack, I hoped it would be an interesting addition to the Third Coast Ale. At firts I didn’t know it was a Barleywine, it’s a bit sweeter than I was expecting, and has a nice aroma. Comparison to the Third Coast Ale isn’t a good idea other than by name, this one isn’t as hoppy and is best consumed much slower. Unfortunately, we went through all 6 bottles within a month! Overall, it was one of my favotire barleywines, however since I don’t have too much experience in the category (I usually don’t like barleywine beers) my opinion isn’t the most valuable.