bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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-it’s very difficult not to pull one out and have it. Tonight my patience ran out-I had one and I’m dissappointed.
Drink this beer. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - 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. 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. 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 I’d 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. oakbluff (454) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Viggo- surprise extra in a trade- thanks man!
Poured into an Affligem chalice. Cloudy tangerine colour with a good off white head. The smell was belgian candi. Looks like this will be a tasty brew. Taste- wow! Not what I was expecting- has a real sourness that caught me by surprise. Really dry finish to boot. Label says profound hops but I’m not picking up a ton- maybe on the finish. The sourness was a treat- defintely funky- Jolly Pumpkin like. Mouthfeel is good- fairly high carbonation. This is a unique brew and it was great to try a bottle. Very drinkable - the sourness becomes very addicting!
I see most other reviews don’t note the sour notes- perhaps I’m just going crazy?
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. After the initial gusher in which I lost about 1/3 of the bottle, it poured a somewhat hazy golden/amber color with a voluminous frothy white head. Aroma was sweet, yeasty with a dash of spice. Flavor was somewhat sweet (fruity), a touch yeasty and fairly hoppy. Quite tasty. Perhaps a bit too carbonated. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Draft. I remember enjoying this belgian. Very fruity and sweet flavor, but I don’t remember much else to say about it. So I guess it wasn’t that impressive. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Pretty standard Belgian strong ale for me; but still well done. Yeast, citrus and fruit aroma. Flavor was much of the same. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Note: This is a rating for a tap glass of “Matilda Reserve” I was served at the brewpub (Clybourn location). I’m re-writing my Matilda rating and not adding a new entry although there is a different entry for “Goose Island Tripel” and “Goose Island Reserve Tripel”. However this tap glass was significantly different from the bottles I’ve had in the past. Even better that the already excellent bottle version. It may just be because it was on tap or maybe this should be a different entry. I’ll move the rating if I see one day a local creates a new entry for a Matilda ReserveWillin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
In short: A Saison-like crisp Belgian ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden blonde body with a small white head.
In long: Lots of crisp malts. Although not funky per say the beer as a strong farmhouse character. Fruity notes are on the lighter juicy citric side of things with grapefruits, granny smith apples and so on. Wonderful complex hops finish blending Saaz-ish dry grassiness and citrusy American hops. Citric tartness just make you wanna go for more and more. This tap glass was much crisper and less candy than all the bottles I’ve had before. Best thing with a woman name I’ve had since... well... a woman.
Pours orange/brown. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is orange, lemon, citrus. A little banana becomes more evident. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and crisp.