kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle via Monger (thanks james!) Pours a semi hazy copper with a large head. Typical Belgian yeast aroma with notes of vanilla and bananna. Somwhwat spicey flavors with some coriander, some apple & bananna and a fizzy crisp dry finish. Medium bodied. I do not care for this style much, but this is one of the best if the the best Belgian Ales i have tasted.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Bottle: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium white head. I smell a bit of banana in this one, with maybe a mild hint of chocolate. There also seems to be a very subtle hint of berry, but I cannot place which one. Tastes like a hint of chocolate bananas, with some sweet candy flavors in there as well. Again, I cannot quite place the subtle berry flavor that seems to be hidden behind the chocolate banana flavor.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottle was a gusher! Aroma of coriander, and other spices. Light brown in apperance with a decent head. The taste was warm, spicey, with some light malt. Medium mouthfeel.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this one bottled at Binny’s Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Illinois. Standard amber pour with a thick white head, crazy spices - lots of allspice and clove throughout. Finished a bit weak for the powerful start, but a decent Belgian.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a bottle at Binny’s "Fall Festival of BEERS." Hints of piney hops, tangy-finish, spicey with elements of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Orangey-amber. Another one of Goose’s good, but expensive, four-pack line.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 pors orange with a small white head. aroma orange yeast and some spice with a hint of alcohol. flavor sweet orange spicy hops. medium body. sparkling carbination. finsh hoppy and spicy. nice.
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not sure what the other reviewers are drinking, but it is not the same brew I had. Thin and shallow, aroma fails to impress, as dose the taste. The mouth feel reminds me of a light beer. This one pails in comparisons to even the most average Belgian. It is almost like Goose Island was trying to make a copy of Bell “Consecrator doppelbock “and failed.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good beer by GI again. Was surprised it was rated so low. Bottle from Hopleaf. I got some apple and spice, specifically cinnamon, white pepper, some corriander, nutmeg, some apple cider kind of spices. Very good. The taste was a little tart and sticky but still very drinkable. Some light hops but not as much as I expected given the mouthfeel of the thing. Still a good drink.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz Bottled on 030306. Alcohol and spice aroma. Fire orange body with off white head. Flavor was all spice and aclohol with a mild fruit trying to break though. Little thin in body texture for a belgian ale. Spice left on palate might as well slicked an open bag of spice mix.
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 2006 Vintage...
9/29/2006: Color is hazy orange. Moderate carbonation and an ivory decent head. Aroma is fruity with some yeast as well. Flavor starts malty, then becomes fruity, and finishes a little dry and spicy. There is also a little hoppiness in there as well, but somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium and coats the mouth well. I really like Goose Island beers (one of my favorite micros) and while this tribute to Orval came up a bit short, I still think that it is still a solid American-mdae Belgian.
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle at River’s Bend Wine and Spirits. Thanks Matt! Rating: 7 4 8 3 15 = 3.7.
7/07/2007: Goose Island Matilda is a hazy/cloudy honey color with a thick, foamy beige head. The head lasts a long time and leaves some thing lacing. The aroma and flavor a malty and fruity (peach, citrus, and light apricot) with some delicate spice. There is some bitterness and spice in the finish as well. The body is medium-full and it is smooth on the palate. This is an excellent beer after a long, hot day in the sun! Just what I needed to revitalize myself!
Draught at Emmit’s Irish Pub in Chicago, Illinois. Updated rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6.