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RATINGS: 1884   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Wow. Thanks to my summer Secret Santa for this one! Not often a brewer tries for an Orval clone, much less finds success with it. Light hazy orange, decent head fades away slowly. Aroma was brett, hint of barnyard, apples, wood, and sour cherry. Complex and inviting, really nice. Flavor contains many of the same components, but with a touch of candi sugar and an almost fruity note to the aspirin hop finish. A bit medicinal as well. Really well done, would never have pegged this as an American brew. RERATE 11/18/13. On tap at Chicago O’Hare airport. Will leave up my initial rating - much the same, but lacking some of the complexity of the original that I had - probably because it was a fresh keg versus a bottle where the brett had more time to work. Fruity orange and apple notes much more noticeable. By far the best beer I had in the airport.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
#936, on tap at Harry Carrys in Chicago. Because this is a belgian I have long avoided it, but it was really the only thing interesting on tap at this place and my pressure to go to Rock Bottom was not well accepted by the group. Dark and hazy with a thin white head. The nose is very creamy and malty with a hint of alcohol. The taste was actually pretty well balanced between yeast, malts, dark fruits and some plumb skin then with a hop sauce kind of end. Overall, pretty good, especially for a belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2543) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Pours a five finger, white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet almost raisiny, hops balance well, brewer says its loaded with hops but they are really subdued. Best so far from GI. Bottled on Mar 27, 2006, pricey but worth $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City, IA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuchoBoracho84 (3) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006 does not count
2006 bottle. basic golden pour, tall head and moderate lacing. aroma is dominated by estery spiciness, a hint of brett funk, and not much at all of the "profuse amount of hops" that they speak of. Taste is orval-ish, but sweeter. pretty good beer overall, but nothing incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is very yeasty and spicy. Bread dough, coriander, lemon zest, peach, and white pepper. Pours bright orange with a huge head and great lacing. Flavor is citrus, yeast and spice all at once. Snappy hop back really rounds out the flavor nicely. Palate is tart and crisp. A very tasty American Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Spice is the predominate aroma and flavor from this Belgian style ale. Almost too much so when that spice comes up against the hops. Cloudy amber pour with small, white head. The nose presents pepper, clove and plastic Band-Aid. Clove is the top flavor, too. But there are hints of orange juice and tart cherries. Beneath the spice are the floral hops. I was not particularly in love with the combination which left an aftertaste of musty plastic. Lively carbonation. Medium body that comes across as clean, but then has a slightly sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours hazy deep golden with a creamy white head. Aroma is hay and bread. Taste is slightly sour with apples and spices. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is almost grassy. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1322) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours an orange body with an interesting (uneven) cream colored head. Carbonating bubbles race each other to the top of the liquid. Aromas of mango, apricot, apple, very nice. Flavor is more of the same. Mouthfeel is fruity with a nice peppery finish. This probably is my favorite out of the series of belgians brewed by Goose Island. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Hazy amber. Huge, dense, spongey, off white head. Spicy, yeasty, sour, fruity (light colored fruits), lightly sweet. Dry finish. Medium body, balanced. Not as good as the real thing, but a damn fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Much Thanks to Several Ratebeerians for sending me bottles of this Fine beer!

It was at the 2005 GABF that I first had this beer. I knew from my first gasp I was going to fall in love with Matilda! From there out, Matilda and I waltzed the night away along the billabong…

She pours a foggy pumpkin hued body and a rocky ivory head to adorn the glass. The aroma is spicy and decaying-ly fruity, with wonderfully wild, yet intimately tame suggestions of brett. The aroma is marvelous! The flavor brings some Granny Smith Apples, some plums and apricots, with insinuation of green banana. More of the wild yeast comes alive as the beer warms… I really admire the simple complexity of the beer… It has always reminded me of the early batches, before the brett was the major influence of Jolly Pumpkins Oro de Calabaza!
Ahhhh.. Matilda, What an astonishing beer you are!

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