grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Giant head with some rockiness, pours golden brown with sediment. Aroma is the standard belgian yeast with some slight fruity sweetness that I canít put my finger on. Citrus maybe? Also some slight spice character deep in the aroma. Flavor is more fruit than in the aroma, definite citrus and tropical fruits. Yeast and is in there typical of a belgian. Some spice I canít put my finger on. Finish is a little dry and pretty refreshing making it very drinkable (Iím almost halfway done with this bottle) All in all another quality brew from GI.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After having the Bourbon County Stout I had a piss hardon to try this brew. Pours a hazy amber orange with a quickly diminishing, off-white head. Citrusy smell full of hops. Initially it tasted slightly sour like many belgian ales but changed to a complex grassy, hoppy taste and finished again with the belgian ale taste. Long lasting finish. Very complex beer. I liked it but not near as much as the Bourbon County Stout.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber orange with a small, dense, off-white head that leaves a moderate lace. Aroma is pretty mellow. Some funky spicing, orange citrus, sweet malts, an herbal hop character, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with some citrus and yeast bite leading to a finish that is pretty dry and spicy. Some pepper in the finish and coriander as well. Theres some kind of funky hop presence giving it an almost soap-like taste too. Palate is pretty medium to full with a real mellow tartness. Overall, not bad, but I think I was expecting more. A little too dull and mellow for me.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sunswick. Poured a clear amber with a thin white head. Spicy and yeasty nose. Nice belgian style triple. Had some sweetness, and some alcohol bite, but not too noticeable. It also seemed to have some wheat notes. Bold strong flavor like a chimay white with more spice and kick,flavor wise that is.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyed this beer. Nice balance/complexity of sweet, citrus and spicy undertones. Each sip gave me a slight dry kick in the palate making me thirsty for another sip.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good stuff, I love american belgian aleís, definitly the grounding of a good belgian with a twist, fun stuff.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great beer. Pours golden with foamy thick, lasting head. Nose is sugary, Belgian, a little fruity. Pretty sweet over the palate, with a nice bitter touch. Very good.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle in a Delirium Noel glass. pours a deep golden with a huge 3 finger white fluffy head... which diminishes to a quarter inch throughout... a thing of beauty in the proper glass. Matilda is a unique Belgian style ale from a US brewer... lots going on in the aroma - some Belgian yeast, sour lemons and some spice. very soft over the palate with a touch of sourness on the tip. spices are prevalent on the sides and the finish brings some bitterness forward. very good beer... my first Goose Island.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Real Ale, hand delivered by Duff...eventually :p
Pours amber with an off white head that quickly settles to a film with a few remaining islands. Nose is sweet and bready, definite Belgian yeast, caramel and orangey, slightly floral hops. Taste is much the same, very fresh, with candi sugar, caramel, orange zest and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. A sweeter, less complex Orval if you will...maybe needs aging?
Fin (9683) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton, Hampshire, courtesy of my dad, cheers dad, consumed 29-12-08. Pours reddy amber with a nice white lively, cheeky, bubbly head, it looks really decent. Starts off with some sweet tangerine at first but there is quite a lot of Belgian yeasty characteristics to this. There is also a Biere de Garde quality to this also although a sweet version and with plenty of fudge swishing about and some overipe fruit its really quite an interesting beer and not at all what I expected. A7 A4 F8 P4 OV15 3.8