I’ve slacked off a bit on buying beers to age, but this was one that I bought awhile back to age and try.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish. According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.”
Random: This is a year round offering
The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, medium brown color with little carbonation visible. The nose was filled with Belgian yeast along with a lot of spice, specifically clove and nutmeg. I think some of the fruit wore off in the time it aged, but there was still some dates along with brown sugar. The taste started off with the same Belgian yeast character. I got some clove and dried prunes next. After that, the candy sugar came through. The booze was well-hidden on this one. It had a relatively thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. The finish was lengthy with clove. I don’t remember what I paid for this one since I bought it in 2010 (before they were bought out), but this was really interesting to age and finally pop open. I would be interested in trying a fresh one too.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0