judasbeer (431) - Budapest, - FEB 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vertical tasting of a fresh and a relatively old vintage.
The older one bottled on 13/03/2007, the younger is from 08/10/2009.
Appearance: The younger one is a cloudy golden with much more weaker-airy head than the older one has. The older one is more attractive with lively, effervescent look and huge white, cottony froth.
The 2007 one’s definitely better in head lacing and retention. While the older vintage is a lot more closer to deep copper but doesn’t seems to hazy or muddy.
Aroma: The 2009 is a lot more intense in the citrusy hop profile with invinting brett-yeasty tartness. The older sample is more mellow on the dry-hoppy profile, but there’s some really nice molded-cheesy yeasty profile with moderate tartness and slight lactic hint, maybe lactobacillus(?).
Flavor: The younger is insanely effervescent - even after 20 minutes of air-conditioning. Barnyardy, earthy bretty notes instantly. Then follows a serious dry hoppy peppery-citrusy tartness. Dry, quenching finish.
The older one shows more depth in the bretty, tart, moldy character, but some dry hoppy resins also detectable.
Moutfeel/Palate: Not surprisingly, the younger one is lot more refresing with lively citrusy hop oils, resins, fizzy carbonation and medium body.
The 3 year old vintage is a somewhat stickier bodied with smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: First of all: ORVAL is a word-classic beer with no manner of doubt. This a hop-oriented quenching, fizzy, easy-bodied ale, and doesn’t age as well as you’d expect.
There is no huge malty, sweet backbone, but the wild-yeast strains could do a very amazing job during the bottle-fermentation.
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
8/10 4/5 8/10 4/5 17/20 ->> 3.8
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
9/10 5/5 9/10 4/5 18/20 ->> 4.5
mstrcrwly (536) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass..golden pour with fluffy white head..aroma of brad,grass,spices,funk..tastes just like it smells..dry,lingering finish..just ok.
musehead (4) - Siena, ITALY - APR 17, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Birra di ottima qualità e piuttosto sorprendente per via del suo gusto veramente molto secco e della sua frizzantezza prorompente. Inizialmente, poco dopo stappata, si avverte un grosso aroma vegetale e speziato che dopo qualche minuto e a temperatura più alta lascia spazio a note di miele e caramello. Il gusto è armonicissimo e riflette tutte le sensazioni olfattive con un equilibrio notevole tra dolce e amaro. L’ho trovata validissima nell’abbinamento con dolci e credo possa essere ottima con il sushi.
AgentAle (939) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is immediately a slight funkiness and sour grapes tone. Light sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste is light sweet malts accompanied again by sour grapes, maltiness, slight earthiness and yeastiness. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
thellgren (382) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle @ restaurant in Brussels. Nice hoppy taste. Refreshing and goes well with food. I ate rabbit prepared in gueuze.
tbonde (98) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl@Belgian hotel bar in Orval Trappist glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours slightly hazy light golden with a white head. Turns into a fair amount of lacing with litlle creamy clots of foam. Very nice floral aroma with citrus, yeast and pine. First impression is the sourness of this Trappist, too sour for my taste, but then it unfolds, mirroring the aroma with citrus, yeast and pine backed up by a very dry, malty taste. Bitterness of the hops appears in the quite short aftertaste. Atypical Trappist - perhaps the "summer Trappist" in its sour lightness. Not my favourite Trappist, but still a good and complex beer.
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aun no siendo un estilo que me apasione tengo probadas unas cuantas. Sabor a lupulo y levadura, con el olor tipico de las trapenses. Espuma media, buen cuerpo.
ChtiBreizh (50) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a timeless standard brew. Although it is not my favourite trappist, I always have a good time drinking this. The first good thing is that it has quite a low abv for all the taste provided. It is visually perfect. It can be drunk anytime. I only blame for the too high carbonation (just wait a few minutes before drinking) and the odd (but it is part of the legend) "no finish at all".
Cam_Dynamite (75) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So much going on with this beer. Pours an orange/copper colour. The nose is huge, sweet yeast, floral, grassy. Taste has some banana, floral, subtle funk, grass. I’m not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but this is a cracker
nicocanta (62) - - APR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toujours aussi originale et sans concession, cette trappiste exigeante, bien qu’assez peu alcoolisée pour ça gamme, m’offre une expérience différente à chaque fois bien que son amertume particulière soit toujours fidèle au rendez vous. On pourrait pas l’accompagner toute la nuit mais on ne s’ennuie jamais en sa compagnie.
klm1 (341) - - APR 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden reddish colour with almost no head. Aroma of peaches, citrus, some bananas, similar is the flavour with well balanced bitterness. But still this beer did not convince me in a view of its rating.