Prufrockstar (1068) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle to tulip. Appearance: frothy white head. Gold, slightly hazy. Inviting. Leaves patchy irregular lacing.
Aroma: immediately hit with the scent of apple juice when opening the bottle. Otherwise, esters, floral, fruity, Belgian yeast (aside: I hope someday my tasting sense and vocab is developed well enough to be able to replace "Belgian yeast" with a more accurate, discerning description).
Palate: medium body, lively carbonation , mouth-coating.
Taste: moderate hop bitterness, light-moderate sweetness, moderate duration. Not as fruity as aroma suggested, nice pumpkin-pie spice.
Overall: starts quite nicely with a pleasant, playful interplay of spice, fruit, sweet and bitter. By the end, it tastes too much like a Belgian-spiced apple cider for my liking. Seems like a solid beer, but not one I'm likely to seek out again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maley1 (798) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden amber pour with large frothy white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, oranges, slight hops, faint citrus. Taste of caramel malts, oranges, faint citrus, yeast and faint hops. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, silky mouthfeel, perfectly balanced. Delicious beer.
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber,lasting beige head.Spicy yeast nose,hint of citrus. Palate of spicy yeast, tin & bubblegum.Medium strength lasting hop end.Orange notes
60minuteman (827) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy copper color with off-white head. Sugary malt aroma, floral, yeast, funk, spice, clove and banana. Flavor is similar with more lean towards floral/funk and resi malts. Molasses. Medium body beverage. After spending $11 for this on tap I am highly disappointed. What a rip off.
hman43 (379) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours with a hazy amber color with a medium bodied head and lacing. The aroma is dominated by yeast of earthly and basement aromas. The taste has a powerful yeast domination.
gegwilson (1379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bootle in Eaten by Monsters, Carlisle. Amber with an off-white head. Slightly hazy. Fruity aroma and taste with spicy notes. Also some peach, aniseed and caramel. Good beer.
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Pours copper colour. Medium lacing. Aromas of bananas and cinnamon. Subtle finish and medium carbonation. Good beer.
Gethinbeer (2189) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper with a frothy white head and cling lace. Fresh floral aroma of spice, apples and champagne like yeast. Crisp texture. Spicy malt flavour with clove and banana.
guil0000 (274) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice clear golden copper color with a medium head. Aroma of cloves, banana and some weird sour funkiness? Taste is weird on the palate. You feel some citrus sourness in there that lingers . Full body. Hard to say id I like it but it does get better after the firsrt few sips.
Whids (58) - - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beer and one that you should buy multiple bottles of and cellar! Yeasty, funky, barnyard, subtle malt, banana and spice. Nice carbonation and beautiful dry finish. Complex, yet balanced. Very nice effort by Goose Island.
beersorcerer (38) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hereís the thing - I havenít rated for months, but I have tasted literally over a hundred beers since my last visit.
So whatís the diff, why the special attention?
1. Itís a special, very special occasion.
2. This no ordinary beer! 2009 pre Imbev
3. Iíve been drinking this beer since itís introduction (Iím from Chicago and have been involved in the beer community almost 25 years)
This beer is special, even with the take-over. (I already said that, sooooory.)
This beer is unique to the provenance.
This beer has something to offer the US brew community.
Matilda is extra ordinary. It is the first, as far as I can tell, American ale in this category of any note. None - let me restate that - maybe few but only some, of the other beers in this category were around when it was introduced!
Now it is #25. Wow.
PS this is not an Imbev advert. I like this beer.
Think about it: what makes this beer deserve special merit?
A gold GABF?
The fact that it may have been the first on the American scene?
I remember, perhaps 20 years ago, Greg Hall mentioning a trip to Belgium, perhaps the first among many.
I remember the introduction of Belgium styled ales into the Goose line.
From Belgium 31 years ago I had a flashback and some one said "Not much of a good specimen of the Belgian Wheat style..."
Are you sh*ting me you f****ní m****n?
This is a classic Dubbel, may it hit you in the head and die of the XTC.
(This person is in need of a beerbrain ImPlant!)
What you have is a beer that is an off-spring. It is born of this country and the aspects of itís terroir, are you listening AbbyRoad? Itís uniqueness is a value of itís existence.
And so we have the uniqueness of american beers, whether originated here or derived from a special place elsewhere.
Learn your history and enjoy, but donít misplace, whether here or Imbev - This beer is sweet and I hope will flourish...
Look at the listings - I have tried most of them. Cheers!!