GT2 (9360) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 355mL 2007 ed. Pours a beautiful dark orange/amber with a a rather large off-white head with great retention. Aromas of orange peel, yeast, cloves, red licorice, and maybe pineapple- very complex. Taste adds some slight spicy hops, caramel malt, and retains the citrus and spicy elements. Long, dry, malty aftertaste. Sweet, well-integrated. 11/29/2008 7/4/8/4/16=3.9
355mL 2006 ed courtesy of ryan. Pours a hazy, deep orange with a towering, HUGE, white head with infinite retention and big lace. Aroma is dominated by fresh, farmy Brett, hay, fresh orange, grapefruit, fresh lime and citrus notes. Taste is farmy, dry, spritzy, massively refreshing body voided of sugars from the Brett. Peach, grapefruit, fresh light fruit complexity abounding. Wow- GI really ruined what was once an epic beer. 12/19/2010 8/5/8/4/16=4.1
355mL 2005 ed courtesy of ryan. Still pours with a massive white head and excellent retention. Aroma is now not just Brett but also some sour pedio culture funk. Lemon, cantaloupe, sweet melons, cotton candy abounds in the nose. I mean it really is Cable Car caliber here. Taste is dry, sweet melons still present with sweet tropical fruits. 12/19/2010 9/5/8/4/16=4.2
There should be separate entries for the Bretty and soured versions and the sweet Belgian blonde version.
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 11/27/08 Pours hazy honey amber with a 2 finger light beige head, very good retention. Aroma is yeast, citrus, licorice, plenty of spicy and citrus hops and a generally fruity tone. Flavor is much the same as aroma, though yeast tone is less prevailant and citrus notes with citrus and spicy notes take over. FInish is sweet, with anise, dried orange peel and yeasty breade rolls. Body has a slick yet astringent quality. Alcohol content seems like it would be 2-3 points higher. Great beer.
Update: Lacto infected 4/16/10 bomber. Pours amber with a 2-3 finger frothy white head. Aroma is full of lactic acid, underripe tree fruit, dusty old hay, light basement funk, a little citrus, ginger and some lighter spices. Flavor is also heavy on lacto, theres some caramel, hints of dark fruit and anise, sour peaches and basement funk. Palate is medium bodied, and fairly dry throughout with a medium, lively carbonation. Good stuff, gotta save a couple bottles back to compare with normal Matilda.
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, The Offie, Leicester. Hazy orange colour with a steady thin off white head. Yeasty , fruity aroma. Pleasant mouthfeel. Some citrus hop in the flavour with a hint of spice. Definite orange notes. Plenty going on, and well crafted. A little on the sweet side but thoroughly enjoyable.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Part of November Dayton Beer Tasting event. Pours hazy orange/amber with small head. Aroma of yeast, oranges and spice. Flavors match the aroma with the addition of malt and dark fruit. Decent attempt at a Belgian.
thebeertourist (5102) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at Salone del Gusto 2008. Hazy orangey amber, small head. fruity aroma, lots of orange zest. Complex fruity flavours with oranges and yeast most noticeable. Well-carbonated. Advanced.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a cloudy cooper hue with a small diminishing white head. Aroma is citrus and spice. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Taste is orange, colindar and nutmeg with a nice hops overtone to finish crisp and clean. Very refreshing. Great summer brew.Pairs well with barbequed chicken, fruits& nuts or as the label suggests mussels. Great imitation of an old Belgian ale. Honk for this one!
nuplastikk (5072) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Hazy bronze-amber color. Very pleasant Belgian yeast and hop aroma. Thick and full bodied mouthfeel. Malty and rich with a subtle solid hop bitterness in the finish. Very subtle and respectable beer. Reminds me of a Belgian Singel. Good stuff.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Bottled on 072705(3+ yrs old... sweet!) Definite tart pineapply brett on on the nose. Some spicy Belgian yeast. The hops are pretty much faded by now leaving an excellent pale malt base surrounded by tart, spicy and slightly funky yeast. Pours a hazed dark orange with a nice sized off white head leaving fairly sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Head retention is excellent throughout the entire bottle. Flavor profile starts with a good dose of bready malt, a hint of grassy hops mid palate and a blast of tart and spicy yeast on the finish. Slightly earthy. Pineapple and mango (?). Agave nectar. Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation. Finishes lengthy and dry. Quite a surprise. A very well balanced beer: malty, slightly hoppy, plenty yeasty with a pleasant alcohol character throughout. Nice. Thanks for the awesome vintage treat Joe!
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally I get to try this...and it was worth the wait. MMMMMMM. Amber pour with a nice off white head that sticks around. Aroma is that of a great belgian. Yeast, toffee, fruit, and the flavor follows suit. Soft on the tongue, yeasty, sweet, malty and just delicious!
malrubius (2102) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Orange amber with lasting head. Spicy caramel orange tobacco yeasty aroma. Sweet malty toasted caramel and ripe fruit with tobacco spicy bitterness. Nice soft medium-full mouthfeel and medium-low carbo. I’m not sure why I had low expectations for this. This is an excellent beer.