ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 11/16/07: Draught at Chef Paulís Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. At Chef Paulís you know that youíre going to get every draught beer served at itís best; in proper glassware and from clean lines. The biggest change from my previous rating was in the aroma; went from a 7 to a 10. Incredible nose with hops, Belgian candi sugar and hemp. Wow! Hazy amber with no visible carbonation. Very sophisticated appearance in the tulip glass in which it was served. Excellent, coating lace. Tastes as it smells, which is dunkel-weissy. Tastes more like a weiss beer than a Trappist. Certainly smooth. Has a hint of American hops in the finish. A good beer, but a little bit of a let down which confirms my original impression. Nevertheless, I gave it a 4.4. I think the issue is that compared to the other GI reserve series beers like BBC and the Imp IPA, it appears more pedestrian. 5/14/06: Draught at Beer on the Pier, Chicago. Sour aroma. Hazy, reddish amber with alightly off-white head. Nice body color. Belgian qualities with some sweetness, and spices (allspice?). Well done. Iíve had Belgians that taste like this (Urthel Hop It?) Not as strong or bitter as the Hop It. Pretty solid. Ar 7, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 4, Ov 17
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at d.b.a. Beautiful orange colour with a thin white head. Very effervescent and spritzy looking. Aroma of clover honey, light orange citrus and lots of horseblankety funkiness. Some tart lactic notes and a leathery, dry herbal spiciness. Flavour is well-balanced as well. Sweet orange and honey flavour up front, followed by some spicy Saaz flavour and a long dry leathery finish. Slightly bready. Really tasty.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured an orangey gold without much head. Yeast and citrus on the nose with some hops in the background. Citric characters continue on the palate along with a dry, bitter finish. Not sure if Belgians are my thing generally speaking. This was OK, but not worth the $2.99 per bottle cost.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours slightly hazy golden brown. Whitish head remains in a decent ring. Aroma very yummy. Smells of intense leafy hops along with honey and apples. Very fruity initially. Sort of a mix of apple and pomegranate, orangy. Nutmeg in the background. Alcohol hidden. Will add more later.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Peachy, ruby hue. Hazy with a white large spotted white head. Peachy, floral, yeasty nose. Citrus and cinnamon. Spicy and sugary. Palate is initially smooth with a bubblegum sugary sweetness. Spicy and woody, with a caramel malt flavor. Bready and cola ish. Wheat with cookie notes. Malt driven and delicious. Then the hoppy finish comes out of hiding. Fruity and sticky. Crisp and bitter. Another quality brew from Goose Island!
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an impressive beer. Iíve always found Goose Island beers to be good, but not great. Also, it seems like the majority of American Abbey style ales miss the mark. But, this one is really good, and thatís why Iím impressed. The fruity/woody yeasty aroma and flavor are spot on. Great orange/amber color and crisp clean mouthfeel. Actually makesme want to give the rest of their offerings a second chance.
bigrond (1478) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 itís 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!
beastiefan2k (2432) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 wasnít 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.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.