Goose Island Matilda

Gorgeous. Even a visiting Chicago native was singing praises about this beer after I very regretfully let him take a sip.

Goose Island is a great brewery and I've been finding some small batch brews, which lets me know that they keep experimenting. I bought this one at New Beer Distributor, but I also found it on tap at Schoolbred's in the East Village. It's a Belgian-style that has a beautiful brown-amber color. It has a nice light flavor with a hint of fruit. It has a fresh smell and you can sense the presence of good hops, although they don't have a starring roles. There's a slight alcohol bite at 7%, but this might be one of the best Belgian-style beers I've had from a US brewery.

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Goose Island Demolition 2007

A great beer from the great Chicago brewery, Goose Island. I fell in love with Goose Island Honker's Ale when I used to live in Chicago. This brew has Saaz and Styrian hops which yield a fresh, grassy, citrus aroma and taste. Makes me feel like I'm in a hop field, but not in an overbearing way. It tastes really fresh on the tongue with a great floral aroma. It's very smooth and mild with a delicate, yet well-developed hops profile. It's golden in color, darker than most Belgians, and a bit cloudy.

With it's great flavor, aroma, and clean finish this is a top beer. Love it. You can taste the fresh hops, with the smoothness of a Belgian, and the subtle bitterness of a Pilsner.

$2.75 at New Beer Distributors.

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