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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, Styrian and Saaz Hops, 2-Row Barley and Caramel Malt, Yeast and Granulated Beet Sugar.
Matilda is made with a rare yeast that suggests a fruity and spicy flavor. There is complex maltiness balanced with a profuse amount of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Matilda is very, very good. Just like the description stated. Slightly fruity and spicy as well. Smooth, clean, and even crisp. Nice mellow finish. This is a good representation of a quailtiy belgian, in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to my friend Dave B for this one. Poured hazy amber-gold with a decent lasting fizzy-creamy off-white head. Aroma of a herbal (UK/Europe) hoppy belgian white ale, quite spicy with plenty of peppery yeast - reminds me strongly of the better Unibroue products. Taste follows the nose, even more bitter and spicy, with some light juicy citrus coming in as it warms, it has an overly quick finish and a bitter herbal aftertaste which overpowers the fruity/sweet malt backbone in the end. This initially has a decent body for the style - in my opinion its pretty well ON style - but it seems to wilt a little after a while, with a very lively, bitter, syrupy mouthfeel. A nice standard light belgian ale. Thanks, Dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 2006 bottle, poured into goose island goblet glass. Color is cloudy yellow but translucent. Pours with a small head. Aroma is malty with that Begian candi sweetness. Tasty is slightly citrus-y. The aftertaste is citrus-y and slightly sour, which stays with you for a while. 7/3/6/3/14

I guess I just wasnt feeling this beer at the time. Despite describing it as citrus-y I did not really recognize this as a brett beer, it was fresh at the time so maybe I just could not feel it. Well this 2006 bottle that is brewed on 03/03/06 making it almost 18 months old. It was an extremely generous gift from theisti, thanks Tim. the bottle is a bit of a gusher but taken care of quickly. With that kind of power it obviously has a beautiful head; thick and gorgeous leaving a very thick surface covering lacing. Body is gelatin looking with some sediment just stuck near the bottom of the glass. The glowing amber body obviously shines and does not allow one to see though it, yet some clarity within it. Aroma is full of sweetness and pineapple brett. A sweet earthiness there as well. Basically a sweet and bretty nose, which comes off as a floral perfume when put together. Taste is not as sweet and is more of a calm pineapple brett all over. A light dry finish and bretty burps follow for a while. A strong carbonation at first eventually leads to a nice full mouthfeel with just perfectly felt but not strong carbonation strikes. I like it much more. This is the score I feel is more representative. 8/4/7//34/16.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Different beer, has a dry estery taste to it. After a few tastes of this it appears to have a slight spicy flavor to it. I really like the way they have made this one and would recommend everyone to at least try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2006
Beer pours a cloudy, copper color with a smallish, totally dissipating beige colored head. Aroma is yeasty with a bit of hops. I have read a few of the other reviews and I think comparisons to Orval are inevitable here. This is a hop driven, yeasty Belgian style and so you have it. Flavors are yeasty, lightly estery, with a nice, spicy hoppiness and a bone dry finish. Very nice effort from an American brewer, brewing a Belgian style. Prost!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (400) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
Semi-cloudy, with layers of yellow, orange and amber. I drink Orval reguraly, so I figured Id give this a try. The aroma is yeasty and medicinal. First tastes are a fruity ester, slightly sour. The yeast seems reminesent of some Belgian trappist ales. I think the hops are distinctly different, if comparing to Orval. The flavor really is a combanation of a Honkers ale and a spicy trappist like Orval. Suprisingly complex and thouroly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2006
Tangy spicey fruity aroma, amber tinted gold, tart sweet and tangy,with mouthpuckerying mouthfeel definitely an Orval want to be

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2006
On tap. Pours copper with a good sized frothy white head. Ginger, clove, and rootbeer candy all complimented by caramel/toffee malts and fruity esters. A solid Belgian from Goose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2006
Gold-amber beer, clear; amberish tinted small head. Brett nose, sourish, Orval-like with the near imperceptible Orval sourishness abnormally enlarged; very fruity, citrus, etc. Sweet taste, bit malty, little sourishness in the taste. Sweet dough - like taste, pinch of salt included. Dry, restrained hops, orange zeste. And, I think, fatty acids. Light to medium bodied, rather dry, but at the same time the fatty acids/ phenolic (?) feel. A good try - but no match for the original, not in a long time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle... Clear, golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good retention. Yeasty, spicy aroma with notes of bread dough, orange peel and fuzzy fruit. The flavor is sweet, malty and lightly fruity. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes wheaty and dry. A bit Orvalesque, but pulls up way short of that lofty status. Not my thing, but a quality beer nonetheless.

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