SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Huge, dense, spongey, off white head. Spicy, yeasty, sour, fruity (light colored fruits), lightly sweet. Dry finish. Medium body, balanced. Not as good as the real thing, but a damn fine brew.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Much Thanks to Several Ratebeerians for sending me bottles of this Fine beer!
It was at the 2005 GABF that I first had this beer. I knew from my first gasp I was going to fall in love with Matilda! From there out, Matilda and I waltzed the night away along the billabong…
She pours a foggy pumpkin hued body and a rocky ivory head to adorn the glass. The aroma is spicy and decaying-ly fruity, with wonderfully wild, yet intimately tame suggestions of brett. The aroma is marvelous! The flavor brings some Granny Smith Apples, some plums and apricots, with insinuation of green banana. More of the wild yeast comes alive as the beer warms… I really admire the simple complexity of the beer… It has always reminded me of the early batches, before the brett was the major influence of Jolly Pumpkins Oro de Calabaza!
Ahhhh.. Matilda, What an astonishing beer you are!
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foggy orange-ish poor with a nice white-orange head. The aroma contains mostly orange/citrus and coriander. This is the spicest belgian I think I’ve had. The coriander is the most present, with a touch of clove, and some non- citrusy fruit..banana maybe. very dry and quick finishing. Pretty good beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 12 oz bottle dated 3/27/06. Slightly hazy orange color with bubbly, lasting off white head. Smells of coriander, white pepper, and light citrus. Lots of coriander flavor with yeast and grainy malt undertones.. Dry on the tongue. Plenty of carbonation, but not more than I would expect in a Belgian. Tasty.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to this common orangey shade that for some reason is weird looking to me. Nose mostly of fruity candy sugars and yeast with some mango and orange. Flavor is initially malty followed by cloves and bananas foster, pistachio and walnut. A bit medicinal, and probably overcarbonated, and on this tasting, much less pleasant than i remember.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, dated 03/03/06, served at cellar temperature in a Unibroue galss. A large, stable off-white head leaves moderately thick lacing atop a dark clear amber body with faint swirling wisps of yeast....huge, brett-dominated nose, sour cherries and apples, followed by old dry leather, thyme and rosemary, just a scintillating combination....sweet front on the tongue with a fair amount of dark malt and a growing dryness and bitterness that seems to creep up insidiously, woody character and notes of walnuts especially in the somewhat oily texture and thickness....very complex and certainly bearing a bit of resemblance to Orval but darker in the malts and not nearly as dry and refreshing....still a pretty nice try.
timmydent (19) - fishers, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
seems like the belgium brewery they visited and discussed on the bottle is Orval, one of my favorite beers. I think they did a wonderful job with this brew. Very dry in style and very refreshing. My favorite G.I. i have tried yet.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. One of my favorite Belgian styled beers yet & Absolutely my best American made Belgian. Orangish-gold in color with great spice aroma
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong pineapple aroma with notes of orange, bananas, and spices. Frothy bubbly head with orange/amber. Solid taste with pineapple like presence again, vanilla, orange, light alcoholic presence, acidic quality. Thick solid mouthfeel with a light bitter citrusy finish. Strong carbonation. Very good overall.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brewtopia 10/21/06. Aroma is earthy yeast, spicy with some fruit. Taste is the same with a spicy finish.