Beer: Matilda
Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
ABV: 7.0%
7 Stars

If you’re looking for a classy label, look no further than Goose Island’s line of vintage ales. Clean and plain canvases with very flowy script, simply having one makes your refrigerator more sophisticated! Since Goose Island was good enough to be bought by AB Inbev I had to see what all the hubbub was about.

The head is strong with this one. It foamed over as soon as I opened it and maintained a fluffy head for it’s entire life in the glass. I really enjoy the bubbles here. They rise slowly, almost like a champagne. Very hypnotic.  It’s a very pleasant, rich orange color and is very opaque. Maybe unsettlingly opaque?

I feel like I should wear a straw hat while drinking this. I don’t know how something can taste “Amish”, but this tastes “Amish”. Like fields of grain and the sweat of one’s brow. The overall taste is vaguely Belgian but not quite as sweet and not quite as yeasty. There are fairly strong fruit tastes on the front end and the back is actually quite dry. Something like a wheaty sangria. You can take that as you will.

I’m not sure I like this beer as much as I should. I typically enjoy a good Belgian but for some reason this one is not pulling me in. It is certainly not off putting but it isn’t doing anything new or fresh. It radiated class and intrigue with the bottle but it wasn’t really able to provide.

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