March 28, 2013 by 250 Beers
The very kind people at Matso’s Brewery in Broome, Western Australia recently sent me some of their latest release – Chilli Beer (4.2%).
Matso’s boast a range of regular beers. Some of which can be found frequenting the shelves in stores on the eastern seaboard. These are Pearlers Pale Ale (4.5%), Mango Beer (4.5%) and Smokey Bishop Dark Lager (4.7%). There is also cider and ginger beer in the Matso’s repertoire. All of these are bottled and can also be found at First Choice Liquor Stores as well as smaller establishments – a list of which can be found on the Matso’s website.
There is no sign of the Chilli Beer retailing in Queensland. In fact, it was only bottled a couple of weeks ago and launched at Fremantle’s Araluen Chilli Festival (March 9th/10th). It’s a limited release and only available at a handful of stockists in WA. I’m quite proud, therefore, to be one of the first people in Queensland to try it…..there’s a strong chance that I’m THE first.
I approached this beer with a sensible amount of trepidation. Even though I’m a big fan of this small but sometimes venomous fruit (yes, it is a fruit I checked), I’ve been hurt before…
I wrote a short piece back in January about the Sunshine Coast Brewery’s Chilli Beer (4.6%). You can read it by clicking here. It produced quite an extraordinary feeling inside of me. Very overwhelming. I’d remarked that perhaps I’d had a rogue one. In retrospect, I think the blame lies with the actual bastard chilli pepper that they included in the bottle – in the beer. Or, more to the point, the blame lies with whoever’s bright idea it was to put one in every bottle. It was the first beer that I couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t finish.
I’ve actually reserved the publication of this blog post until the morning after drinking this newest Matso’s brew. This was just in case there were any ‘repercussions’. I know what you’re thinking and, no, I’m not being vulgar or crude. I’m a human being and so are you. I poo and so do you. I want to report on the whole truth and nothing but the poo-th. If the beer has consequences, you need to know about it.
It’s ok though, there were absolutely no issues to comment on. As it happens, this Chilli Beer is quite refreshing albeit in a hot and spicy way. I’d purposely chilled the bottles on a very cold setting in the fridge in a rather pathetic attempt to counteract the heat that I was going to let myself in for.
I should mention aromas. It is a beer review right? Well, the subtle whiff of chilli was evident on the nose. Surprise!
On the palate? Hmmmm…there was definitely a blast of chilli there. More of a zesty ‘zing’ as opposed to a nuclear explosion. The ‘zing’ didn’t hang around for too long either and I was left with a clean, crisp aftertaste.
Let’s face it, the average beer drinker doesn’t go out of his or her way to buy a Chilli Beer. It’s this fact that makes the beer somewhat of a novelty but not novel in a gimmicky kind of way. It’s nicely novel. Head brewer, Marcus Muller, has given some thought to the recipe rather than throw shit-loads of chilli peppers into the mix for a laugh.
I liked it! I gave it 4.0/5.0 on Untappd. Spice up your life and grab some if you happen to see it around!