IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose has some notes of honey, green hay, loads of the Orvalesce yeast. Carbonation on this thing is something else, wow! You could put a penny on it. Or, maybe they already did, the aftertaste has somewhat of a metallic taste to it. The malt in this beer compliments everything very well. Not too thin, definitely hazy, and get some biscuty notes in the background. Aftertaste is unique and something to get used to. Mildly spicy, much like the nose. Never would have guessed brett is in there. This isn’t a beer, it’s an experience. Way different than most that are commercially available.
stevoj (2024) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I almost gave this a 5 for appearance, except the towering fluffy head would be mare at home on a tripel than on a Belgian ale. Nice yeasty aroma some floral notes, a hazy copper orange body, taste is yeast and some mellow hoppiness. Overall a great attempt at the Belgian style.
Darkmagus82 (560) - - JUL 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-17-12 -
Poured from bottle into tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours with a nice hazy orange color with an enormous white head. The head is insanely huge with multiple pours needed to get the 12 oz bottle into a ~ 20 oz pint glass. Eventually it does fade however, to give a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was a wonderful blend of fruit and yeast with notes of candy sweetness. The fruit was largely of citrus, mango, and a light pineapple. These aromas mingle with some other lighter aromas as well. There is also a light presence of floral hop and some notes of a green apple sourness. One wonderful smell.
Taste – The taste starts out with a nice malty and fruity flavor. A citrus and tropical fruit sweetness mixed with a nice biscuit base. As it moves on some grapefruit citrus and a lighter floral hop come to the tongue. Accompanying these hop flavors are tastes of sour Brett yeasty flavors. As the taste advances further and goes toward the end it sours even more with other notes of more bitter hop coming to the tongue. In the end it leaves a bitter and sour flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side for the 7 % abv. As for the carbonation, it is on the slightly higher side (as would have been perceived from the super heavy head). The lighter body was slightly off putting for the hop and malt flavors, but it was good for the more sour and bitter flavors. The higher carbonation level did the same as the body and really accentuated the sour flavors of the brew.
Overall – A tasty sour beer with probably one of the best aromas of a beer I have ever smelt. One I would go to again given the chance.
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Orange pour with a lot of white head. Sweet yeast and spices in the aroma. Mild hop bitterness. Flavor has that same spicy Belgian yeast at the start with a dry hop bite coming up at the end. Way too carbonated, but pretty good.
pricey290483 (212) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from the bottle shop in bermondsey now Belgian styles are not normaly my thing but i have to say i really liked this beer very nice fruty taste with a smooth finish not something you could drink all night because of the strength but for taste you could easily
ryanscourt (713) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful aroma and flavor. Floral, almost a lavender taste. Very strong on the pallate. Wonderfull beer but could be overwhelming if I had a lot more of them.
Jojojam (62) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A few yrs old. Very carbonated bottle. Could not pour the entire beer in the glass at once. Several finger head. High energy bubbles. Nice lacing. Lots of Brett on the nose. Taste is dry. The beer showing signs of oxidation. A little sweetness too.
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MartzMimic (79) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a bretty beast... Pours a murky orange with a huge bubbly head. Brett barnyard funk dominates the nose, with some spice and a hint of fruit. Those same things are fully present in the taste, along with coriander and even a bit of a cardamom. A bit astringent. Crisp medium mouth without a lot of carbonation. It’s not as refined and balanced as Orval, but nonetheless good if you’re a brett head.
pintbypint (2567) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz brown bottle. Foam creeping up the neck on uncapping... a good sign? Rich golden colour, huge column of white foam, dense, thick. Huge bands of lacing in the glass. Nose has leathery bretty funk, lemony sharpness as well. Flavours of brett/funk/yeast, leathery. Mild hoppy finish, dry and crisp. Medium body with persistent carbonation. Excellent bretted pale ale, as an Orval fan this hits the mark and then some.
UXO (148) - CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with a huge frothy three finger white head diminishing gradually to a lumpy marshmallow-like cap and heavy lacing. Nose is strongly dominated by brett funk, with a little fruit and sweet malt in the background. Taste follows suit, but with more malt presence, as well as a little umami. Mouth feel is medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a gentle alcohol warming.
I see this compared to Orval, but I don’t think I agree - the brett is much more pronounced than Orval, and the fruit less so. This is more like Gato Negro, with its heavy-handed brett funk, albeit with a little more West Coast character. The brett settles down somewhat as the glass progresses and the beer warms.
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy golden colour with a head that just would not stop. Nose was musty and inviting. As close to an Orval that I’ve river had. This will become a staple in my house!