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RATINGS: 1895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Large head over a translucent amber body. Aroma is a wide mix of fruits and heavy on the spice, but difficult for an amateur nose to decipher much in the way of individual characteristics. I canít help but sense some smoke in the aroma as well. Very spicy flavor, with some bitterness on the aftertaste. Intriguing, but this left something to be desired, which is probably in part due to my lofty expectations; the flavor was just a bit bland and the complexity did not allow anything to shine for me...oh well! On a side note, I fail to see how this compares to Orval as many state...maybe a bad bottle? If so, Iíll re-review

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
A bit cidery, a bit boozy. Lightly sweet. Alcohol bittering on top of the hops. Light tea color, lacing head. Vanilla notes. Woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber/orange, a few odd shaped floaters, with an overflowing head. Aroma is bretty with pears and yeast. Heavily sweet and moderately sour flavor. Sticky texture. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2007
Pours bright amber into a trappist glass. Funky brett aromas. Sharp up front turns full and peppery with a lasting sour yeast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 3, 2007
12 oz bottle - 2006: Pours a clear light amber color with big creamy off white head. Aroma has notes of honey, pear, apricot, herbal hops, bit of red wine vinegar and lactic tartness. Flavor has a fair amount of slightly chewy malt, bit of light caramel, note of honey and lemon, slight vinegary tartness. Finish is balanced, with a fairly notable bitterness. A decenet brew, an attempt to do a bretty beer, but doesnít quite do it as nicely as some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
12oz bottle, 2006 vintage. I read the label, and figured it was appropriate to use an Orval chalice. Thin white head atop a orange brown body. Beautiful brett aroma with some apple and grass nuances. Yeast, pepper and candi sugar are most notable flavors, with a bit of bitterness building towards the end. Dry and oily on the tongue. Really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Let me say upfront-I love this beer. Having visited Orval almost 10 years ago it brings back memories of lovely times. GI has done well imitating/duplicating Orval with this wonderful beer.. The bitterness stands out but the palate pleads for more. My patience runs out when I see this beer in my cellar-itís very difficult not to pull one out and have it. Tonight my patience ran out-I had one and Iím dissappointed. Drink this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle from OhioDad. Thanks Scott! Pours dark orange amber with a noisy, carbonated, white head that fades a little quicker than I would have thought. First thing that comes to mind when I smell this is orval which I believe this beer is attempting to memic in some way. Heady, bready yeast is definitely at the forefront, with spicy citrus hops, lemon juice, and wet grass lingering. Flavor is full of that special yeast, a little funky, with a smooth finish. My only complaint is that it tasted a little metallic at the finish. Very refreshing and a perfect beer for the summer. Thank you. Thank you very much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
hazy yellow with large fizzy head. This had a sour, funky, yeasty aroma. The taste was the same with light sweetness and dry sour finish. No thank you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle. Orange-honey colored pour with a thin white head. Sour/tart aroma, bready yeast, light sugar, lemon zest... Cinnamon? Very clean. Again clean on the flavor, slightly sour, bready, no alcohol to speak of. This is the way I would want a summer beer to taste, very refreshing. Nice clean mouthfeel. Not complex at all, but Iíd love to grill some burgers and drink this beer. Rerate, still a favorite. I don’t know why I said not complex in my original rating... Great beer.

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