Beer Advent Calendar: Day 23


Goose Island Matilda

ABV: 7.0%
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Reactions and Insights
It’s really good! I bought a six-pack of it a couple of years ago and wasn’t too impressed with it. But maybe my taste buds have opened up. Or maybe it just got better. I am a fan of Goose Island in general, so it doesn’t surprise me that this is delicious. Except it did surprise me because I remembered thinking it was only okay.

I confess to not recalling flavor specifics. I only remember that I thought with each sip, “Wow, this is so good.” And then, sadly, it was gone.

Also it shares a name with my awesome niece.

Would I drink a case of it? 

Did it contribute to my holiday spirit?
Yup. I believe I drank it on Christmas day.

Beth’s Grade

Objective Grade

Label Notes
It reminds me of my childhood impression of an ’80s party on a yacht: sleek and spare, black and white, with men wearing t-shirts with blazers and people asking each other if they’ve tried the caviar. The ladies in Duran Duran videos would drink this if champagne didn’t exist, and so would Princess Diana. But honestly, I think it’s beautiful. It looks a little like it belongs on a bottle of wine, but it attests accurately to the quality of the beer inside. 10/10

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