shigadeyo (3006) - 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 Riverís 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 Emmitís Irish Pub in Chicago, Illinois. Updated rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 A good run at a non-Belgian Belgian. Frutiy/yeast aroma. Little head atop a soft tan/gold pour. Medium-high fizz. Fruity taste of apple-honey-spice. Smooth and dry finish. Tasty.
pollaczek (1) - Roseburg, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice initial taste- flowery, obviously "Belgian"- followed by a disappointingly thin, slightly metallic finish. Another valiant attempt by Goose Island falls short.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear light brown with reddish hues. Had an average white head. Bottle gushed all over the floor, be careful. Aroma had a little tartness and sweet sugar. Also had a little alcohol come through. The biggest drawback was this had the body of a glass of water. This really annoyed me. Overall though it was pretty balanced between sour, sweet, and hoppiness.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, at The Map Room, Chicago. Sweet and not what I come to the US for. To itís credit it had the obvious fizz, yeast and zest of the style, with decent complexity. But get me back to the bludgeoning hops that the US is famous for.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 12oz bottle, 2006 vintage, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Very pleasant, tart aroma, showing excellent yeast, citrus, and doughiness; very well-composed Belgian ale. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugar, mildly tart citrus, with doughiness and plenty of layered sugar; excellent, tasty Belgian core, with a nice hop character and red fruits throughout; dense and generous. Medium, Belgian sugar and dough and dried red fruits in the finish. 22.214.171.124.15=4.0
Trade courtesy of Monger! Pours a gold to reddish-amber color in the glass, topped by a medium off-white head with good retention and big-bubbled lacing. Generous nose: honey, spices, pepper and hints of vanilla; perhaps some citrus (lemon). Good carbonation, solid malt backbone - light maple syrup qualities, lemon, vanilla at the edges. Lacking a bit of complexity in the mouth, reserved spiciness, and a disappointingly light finish. 126.96.36.199.14=3.7
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by moejuck. Clear gold in color, white head. Bottle was a bit of a gusher. Aroma, spice (cloves), and soem yeast to it. Flavor was a bit floral and yeasty with some pale malts. Not bad.
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I am sorry, but this stuff is awful! Tastes like spoiled food rather than beer. Yuk!!
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium gold with a quickly fading head. A little of everything. Spice, hops, yeast, malts. Nothing really takes control and stands out. But an overall nice mix.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Golden color with lots of foam. Light and sweet candy aroma. Sweet malty-candy-fruit flavor with a light hop finish. Well done beer that finishes well, but I think I prefer Demolition by a bit. Will have to re-sample several times to be sure.