RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangey copper color with a one finger head that fades to a spotty cap that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell; slightly floral, a bit of orange peel and freshly mown hay.
Taste; spiced oranges, slight floral hops, and thereís an interesting funky/earthiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but thereís a little to much bite in the carbonation. Overall this is a pretty solid beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2159) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden orange body with a white head. Aroma is sorta like Orval. Perfumey with spices and candy sugar. Yeast and hints of pepper there as well. Flavor is a lot like Orval, but not quite as assertive. Some floral hop bitterness. Basically an easier to drink version of Orval to me. Good job Goose Island... Iím not a huge Orval fan... yet. If you donít think Orval is 5/5 material this is worth trying.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly copper with golden highlights, a nice soft haze and a fizzy head. Aroma of banana with citrus undertones and evident Brettanomyces. Predominantly sour flavor with some spicy notes, a heavy yeast presence and a highly astringent finish. Although enjoyable, itís not the masterpiece I expected through heresay.
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tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, perfumey, spicey hop nose with plenty of Brett. Clear orange-copper coloured body with a low white covering of head that recedes to ring with some light lacing. Tropical fruits and grassy, spicy, floral hops with some woody brett character on the tongue. Dy, medium body with soft, gentle, fine bubbled carbonation. Sampled on tap at Barcade in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed orange/amber hue, ample creamy fuzz above...
Aroma is sour at first...fresh, vibrant, full of that special Belgian feel, sweet and unique,...like nothing other...except for the others...
Tasting it: Mmmm! Smooth, tasty...lush fruit, smacks of sour, flush flavor, very particular, this...but altogether delicious! Almost like a saison, just about...but so very tasty, and satisfying...lofty and lovely, ...a keeper! Enjoy when you can!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The most enchanting thing about Matilda is her fragrance. It streams easy and effortless through the nostrals, igniting a rhapsody of aromas; cucurbit spices, coriander and earthy esters. Her tone is copper and honey with a cloudy aire. Her head, lofty and blonde. Sugar candy and old-world yeast combine in a malty colaboration, but ends rather hollow; apple pie without the nutmeg. The finish is were it is most absent. Close. It is so close.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade with Dickinsonbeer. Pours very clear darkish copper color with a sizable white head that disapates quickly with heavy lacing. Phenol aroma of bananas and berries. Clean flavor. Spices, vanilla and cherries along with some banana undertones. Slight hop bitterness.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy bronze body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherry, earthiness (almost flemish sour), and spices. Flavor of cinnamon, corrainder, unique yeast qualitities, some fruit, mild hops; tastes a bit like it was aged in oak casks.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Bootopia thanks to Dickinsonbeer. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Tart, Bretty aroma with some sour cherries. Flavor was dry and tart with some cherry, hops and barnyard notes. Interesting beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this.
Pours a clear honey amber with a fizzy white head. Cherry and oak aroma. Flavor of dry molasses with a bitter finish. Body felt somewhat thin for the style. Pretty decent.