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Can Goose Island Matilda, Pepe Nero or Juliet be aged?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by LiquidCourage, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Savant (435) Rhode Island Nov 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I went to my local liquor store and they had bottles from 2011 and 2012 of all three.

    Are the 2011 bottles going to taste any good? I'm not sure how Belgium Strong Ales, Saison or Wild ages.
  2. mcrago

    mcrago Savant (405) Indiana Oct 6, 2012

    If the ABV is over 8%, I don't see why it wouldn't age.
  3. atoulouk

    atoulouk Savant (445) Indiana Apr 25, 2011 Beer Trader

    Matilda ages very well IMO. Lolita also aged wonderfully which is why I bought an extra Juliet to put in the cellar.
  4. I have a bottles of 2010 Sofie and 2011 Fluer and Juliet, all of which taste great! I think the cap is 5 years if stored properly.
  5. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    Since Juliet is an American Wild I don't think ABV would matter. RR beers are typically below 8% as are many other wilds. Hell most Belgian Gueuze and lambics are near 5%. Pepe is a farmhouse and I've had a 2011 recently that tasted fine. I don't think it "improves" much with age but should be fine to drink with age. Buy an old and fresh one and see for yourself :).
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  6. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (790) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Goose Island says right on the Matilda bottle that you can cellar it. I have I tried? No, I can't resist the Matilda!
  7. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (445) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    Matilda and Sofie (at least) mature in the bottle for up to five years.
  8. Had a 2009 Matilda last night and it was drinking great.
  9. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    Matilda is definitely wonderful aged, just like Orval (which is it's inspiration). Definitely more Brett/Yeasty qualities as it ages, in fact a couple months back I had a 2007 Matilda from Goose Island Brewpub that was fantastic! Also have aged Madame Rose, given the similarity in style to Juliet I see no reason why it wouldn't be just as good aged, although you will loose some of the fruit qualities and get more sour/funk.
  10. Matilda and Pere Jacques both cellar WONDERFULLY. Hold on to 'em for 1-3 years and they're delicious :)
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  11. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (345) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    I've kept Pepe for over a year and it's wonderful
  12. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Savant (435) Rhode Island Nov 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thanks for the info. I'll go grab some next time I'm there.
  13. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (435) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    It says it on the bottle. Read it and cellar away.
  14. pmoney

    pmoney Advocate (735) Colorado Apr 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Juliet and Matilda will age well. My personal favorite to age for a couple years is Sofie. With 1.5 - 2 years it gets a nice tartness that I just love. Speaking of which, I really need to grab a few bottles of Sofie to set aside...
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  15. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Aficionado (235) Maine Jun 20, 2009

    Goose Island is really, really good about marking cellaring potential right on every bottle. 1 year, 5 years, 180 days, marked right there. I wish others were as good about it.
  16. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Anyone have anything to say about how a 2011 Pepe Nero is drinking these days? The local shop still has 2011's sitting in the cooler.
  17. Mandark

    Mandark Savant (350) Illinois Apr 8, 2008 Beer Trader

    I was coming here to say the same thing about Sofie. It's much better with a year or so on it, at least to my taste buds. I found a 4 pack recently bottled on 11/11/11 that gave me a new appreciation for a beer I already liked--more tart, funky, smoother mouth feel. Great beer.
  18. i had '07 and '09 matilda last year and another '09 this year. the '07 was way over the hill with a strong green apple flavour. i felt the same about the '09 matilda i had this year. the '09 from last year, on the other hand, was much better.

    pere jacques is the best aging beer in that lineup. i had two '04s and both were very port-like and delicious.

    have not had long aged sofie yet, but i've got an '09 in my cellar. probably going to open it soon.
  19. bigedct

    bigedct Savant (415) Connecticut Jun 23, 2011

    I had a Pepe Nero bottled 4/11, it was very nice. I have one more. Waiting on cracking it to do a side by side comparison to the current vintage.
  20. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    Did you have that '09 sofie yet? have a fall 2010 was thinking about opening, but wasn't sure if I should let it sit a little while longer considering I can always buy it fresh.
  21. i have not opened it yet. i'm planning on opening it sometime in the next week or two next to a 2011 and maybe a fresh one too.

    side note: you may still be able to buy '09 to go at clybourn, though i haven't been there in a while.

    edit: according to the menu on GI's site, yes you still can.
  22. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    Nice, I'll check into that. I looked when I was at the last beer academy and all I saw was old Pepe Nero, but I should have asked what else they had!
  23. Aging of these I found is best from 12 to 18 months. I have brewed and aged these styles...