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RATINGS: 1925   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
On tap @ Happy Gnome. Great establishment, by the way...crystal clear 24 karat pour with a fluffy ivory head that left subtle lacing. Aroma is all Belgian: with candied sugar, spice, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite sweet with hints of raisin, Granny Smith, and even banana. Somewhat thin but flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Served on tap, it is a very lightly cloudy golden color w/ very little head. Medium sweet and fruity, w/ perhaps a not quite enough carbonation. Some funky yeast notes and a healthy dose of hops keep it interesting. Stylistically, Id say this most closely matches a saison.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
So Im reading the label for this beer while browsing in Johns Grocery, and I get interested: this is clearly a beer inspired by Orval! The fish-recovers-ring legend, the princess starts a monastery, and so, we decided to buy this beer. Right. Im excited. But at home, right from the pour Im suspicious. "Inspired" by the ultra-pale Orval, we brewed an amber beer? Hmm. Well, amber it is, with modest off-white head. The first prominent aroma is...butter. Butter so thick thats all I smell for the first three or four sniffs. (No butter in Orval!) Further in, with effort, there is some grape jelly, cloves, cinnamon, and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is pleasantly sweet caramel spice, green apples, soft lingering grapeskin finish. What I have here is far more dubbel than anything remotely related to Orval, but even more English strong ale than dubbel. (That would at least make sense of the butter and the distinctively sweet flavor.) Perhaps I read the label wrong, and wishful thinking got me into this state of confusion? I go back and check. Nope, its definitely inspired by Orval. Well. I kind of like this, and I suppose I will rate it based on that, rather than my disappointment on the false billing. But really people, if this is "inspired" by Orval, then Wall-E could just as well claim to be "inspired" by The Godfather. None of the things that make Orval such a joy are present in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (6880) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2009
RBESG Sheffield 2009, day 3, Smithfields Hotel, Manchester. Bottle. Hazy orange colour, big off white head. Aroma of oranges, yeast, spicy like cloves. Flavour is sweet, spicy, oranges, yeast, sugar. Bit on the sweet side, but nice. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (13138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
2008 bottle, shared @ Smithfield Hotel Manchester. Very fruity aroma. Mango and grapes. Alcoholic flavor with grapes. Malty sweet. Notes of orange and mango and citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Hazy orange with off white head. Yeast, fruit, grain and caramel in aroma. Sweet flavour with yeast, caramel, fruit and malt. Quite carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (8547) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2009
12oz bottle into a trappist glass. Definitely Belgian, but lacking flavor... flat in profile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2009 bottle. Dark golden pour with a creamy huge off-white head. Aroma is slightly sour. Slightly dry, sour, crisp and refreshing. The sourness comes out also at the end in the aftertaste. Tasty beer, I should get another to age and compare . As it sits, other flavors come out- light fruits, yeast, spices. Nice lacing on the glass.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Sparkling clear, light amber with 2.5 inch off-white head with medium size bubbles and moderate lacing. The initial nose suggests a restrained Belgian ale with hints of clove and orange peel. The yeast sediment clings to the bottom of the bottle. I will swirl the next pour to capture some of the yeast if possible. The body is medium light with a very pleasant lingering. Vigorous swirling produced a very modest haze but increased the head and added some yeast notes. How much yeast are in these bottles? The Belgian ale characteristics are still restrained. The labels suggest that the ale will develop in the bottle for up to five years. Perhaps I am sipping this too soon? It was bottled in March of this year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
very yellow. yeasty. light with a little bit of spicy kick to it. the beet sugar doesnt make it cloying. still crisp.


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