Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle version. Pours an orange-golden color with a thick white thick head that leaves great lacing on the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is strong of cloves, estery and light banana along with a strong yeast presence. Flavor begins with clove and moves into a sweet banana and orange combo with lots of esters and finishing with a smooth yeastiness typically found in a Belgian. Great body in this beer and hides the alcohol in a dangerous way. Overall this is a terrific beer of which I am tossing the remaining three bottles of this four pack down in my basement to age for a bit. I can’t wait to taste these after a little aging.
mnurda (1200) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
It was actually the reserve Matilda, that I tried at the Clybourn location. Belgian Ales are not my fave, but I appreciated the taste of this one.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather meaningless brew in my opinion. Very bready, metallic, dry, yeasty without any fun funk underneath. I’d drink a Orval over this any day.. Ok beer anyway but without mentionable complexity.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on 5/30/08. From the label I gather that it is an Orval clone. Pours with a massive (so large, one would think it was a gusher), creamy, off-white head. Good retention and foamy lace. Hazed golden-orange body underneath. Aroma of apricots, dry fruits, light bread, alcohol, chardonnay, coriander, spice, belgian yeast (and associated esters. Well hopped with a hint of apple. Taste is earthy and slightly metallic up front with an ultra fruity, nearly juicy middle with dried apricot, followed by a bitter hop finish. Light bubbles with a water like mouthfeel and a dry finish.
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden ale with a thin creamy white head and floaties. In aroma, a pleasant floral perfumey malt with coriander and warming alcohol. In mouth, a nice devil’s blonde with orange peels, coriander and warming alcohol, with light bubble gum sweetness. Tasted at Mondiale 2007.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the story on the bottle. Pours medium orange amber with a half inch of off white head, very nice. Aroma is yeasty, roasty, cookie like, clove, and brett. Flavor has notes of malt sweetness, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and yeast. Mouthfeel is about normal. Overall, this is a very nice beer, very complex, though not quite an Orval clone.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruit on the nose. Nice taste, a less-powerful version of the Pere Jacques.
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This pours a darker lemon color. Thick white head. Aroma is spicy and has lemon and citrus in it. Has a very smooth mouthfeel. Great beligian style beer
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Good fruity and yeasty aroma, with notes of fresh baked bread, mild general citrus and tropical fruit, toffee malt, clove and some other herbal spices. The pour was nice with a frothy butter cream head that mostly dissipates, and fairly translucent but good looking orange-honey colored body. The flavor is also quite nice. Nothing too crazy but nice as things go together and are balanced quite well. Medium bodied, some subtle crispness through the middle, with a wet, and well bittered finish. Flavor notes of lemon-orange citrus, some floral aspects to the bitterness as well, sweet honey, mild fruit, light crackers, and spices as expected from the nose. When I had this before, I was quite impressed. This time around is no different. GI did well in creating a quality, complex, and drinkable Belgian ale with this one.
budallpro (20) - , Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle [10 / 10 / 108 1744]. Hazy golden orange color, mediumsized white head Tastes citrusy, hoppy, sweet. Lightly carbonated. A very well balanced beer. And very enjoyable.