RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy orangish gold. Extremely fine, bright white head starts at an inch or so and settles to an incomplete cap.
Simply stunning nose! Bright crackery malt, lemony citric hops, and a hearty whack of bretty barnyardy goodness fill the nose. Mouthwatering stuff.
Medium light in the mouth Waves of dry lemony malt arrive, and are amply supported by wicked acidity and complex earthy barnyard flavors. Outstanding length. Great, great beer here.
Extremely fine carbonation keeps this light and lively, though it does have a slight drying effect on the palate. Perilously drinkable, wonderful with food, and a wholly captivating beverage. Bravo! 2006 Release.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 12oz bottle dated 3/2/06. matilda vs. orval. pours a beautiful clear deep amber with big head. appearance is identical to orval. aroma has some very nice citrus, barnyard, cloves, coriander, belgian yeast, sorta buttery, and orange peel. mouthfeel is pretty fizzy and very full. flavor is nice muted spicyness, brett, stale hops, butter, some mildly sweet biscuit flavor. finishes dry and smooth. very refreshing. sweeter with more orange peel and less yeasty in flavor than orval. props to goose island for a great homage to orval..............sampled on cask at the Night of the Living Ales 07, this version was dry hopped with Simcoe. interesting twist on matilda, like a west coast ipa crashing with a belgian ale. didnít improve matilda but the twist works, didnít change my rating.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at BW3. Yellowed out orange gold with thin white head. Apple cider astringency, light sweetness, Belgian fruitiness. Full mouth feel, not overly carbonated, decently viscous. Lightly sweet, fruity, not malty. Slightly malty finish. Fruity balanced aftertaste.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange with no head and some floating bits. Aroma is sweet perfume with citrus. Flavor is malty and spicy up front with some funkiness in the finish. Good work by the Goose.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with an initially large white head. Aroma of hops and an earhty, herbal almost perfume scent. Flavor is very malty with lots of yeast character. Spicy hop finish. Complex and enjoyable, but not quite at the top.
millstadtguy (50) - Millstadt, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange color from the botle with decent head. Flavor very complex. Citrus, yeasty tasete. Would like to try again.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poura hazy amber-orange color with a large, creamy, off white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, apples. Flavor is strange....yeast, sweet fruits, some spice I canít quite distinguish, of course malt. Palate is medium-full, medium carbonation, syruppy, musty finish. Unique, but Iím not crazy about it.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 072705. Pours a beatiful orange, with 2 fingers of creamy white head. I smell strong cinnamon, with some citric accents. Tastes of cinnamon as well, along with bananas, oranges. Now this beer is just nice, very nice. Very well balanced, good heavy malts, followed with just enough hops. I havenít had the 06 batch, but would like to try it next to the 05, because this is very tasty.
b33r (667) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle; Dirty orange with medium head. Sweet aroma and citric flavor. Good overall
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin layer of head and minimal lacing. Soapy hop, mashed fermented apples and earthy yeast with a very faint citrus zest. And As PilsnerPeter pointed out an íherbal dry finish with a hint of skunkí.