Goose Rambler IPA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Rambler IPA” a Red IPA.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, citrus and pine.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, grassy hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 65.  The hops bitterness is not as high as many IPA’s and it is also a bit sweeter but it is quite refreshing regardless.

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Sofie 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2015 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of yeast, citrus, citrus rind, wheat and a sweet finish. The flavour is of yeast, citrus rind, lemon, wheat, coriander, some hints of wood and a hint of wine and vanilla. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. I would not hesitate to pick up more of this beer! Its even really reasonable cost wise in Canada.

Commercial Description:   Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.
Originally brewed by Belgian farmers to attract the best farm hands, we were inspired to brew an exceptional ale as inviting as the original Belgian Farmhouse ales. Light and effervescent, we named it for our founder’s granddaughter Sofie.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Sofie pairs with a wide variety of foods, its light and refreshing qualities complement lighter flavors like fresh oysters and contrast rich shellfish like lobster.
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Matilda 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Matilda” 2015 a Belgian Style Pale Ale barrel aged with Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big fruit notes like lemon, yeast, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of very juicy fruit notes of lemon and oranges, yeast, coriander, spices, grassy, citrus rind, mild bitterness with a hint of funk in the finish. The beer has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU Of 26. This is a really good beer!

Commercial Description:  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.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.
 Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014 – Goose Island Beer Company (Aged 1 Year+)


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “ Bourbon County Brand Stout”.  This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and bottled on August 8th, 2014.  Don’t let the fact that AB InBev purchased this brewery in 2011 keep you away from this brew as it would be a serious mistake.  The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consist of chocolate, toffee, anise, brown sugar, vanilla and some oak.  The flavour is of anise, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, brown sugar, some bitterness and an alcohol finish.  The beer comes in at 14.4% alcohol and an IBU of 60.  Your bottle of Bourbon County very well could be different than this as with a blended barrel aged beer there will be variation of alcohol content and the USA tests beer to ensure correct labeling.  The 2014 edition much like the first ever bottle I had last year from the 2013 vintage was amazing.  I would recommend anyone that likes big stouts to try this beer if they can get their hands on it!

Commercial Description:  Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

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Honkers Ale – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Honkers Ale”.  The Canadian batches are being contract brewed across Canada keeping the beer fresher.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of sweet fruits, bready and what malts, toffee and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of bread, wheat, biscuit, toffee, nuts, orange peel, fruit and a leafy hops with little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 30 making this a great beer to session.  Weirdly enough I prefer the bottled version of this beer over tap versions I have had.  I could see this being a great beer to sip on a patio for hours.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Burgers, Fish and Chips, Camembert, English Cheddar.

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Once again my Goose Island beer arrived in an amazing package.  I removed all the straw filling before I left my work as it got everywhere last time so the photos show an altered packaging but you get the idea!