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
Florya (784) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
How : can Appearance : hazy orange, small white head. Aroma : citrus, floral, herbs, sprouce, spice. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.
funcut (396) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - JUL 6, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hvala mom prijatelju Furi na ovom vrhunskom pivu ..fenomenalan okus ..osjeti se kvaliteta , jakost , okus ..sve je super ..zanimljiva boca i etiketa ..
atrox (450) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange colour; white, fluffy head with lacing. Bretts, barnyard, some herbs and fruits in aroma. Dry taste, herbal bitterness, bretts
colui72 (193) - HONG KONG - JUL 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer needs to age. This is just a 2014 bottle and it isn’t tasty as it could be. Still pours amber with a huge head. Yeasts are alive and you can see a carbonation twister spinning from the bottom of the glass. Fruity aroma, taste of malts, but not too complex.
CurbDog (8) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fluffy white persistent head. Hazy copper colour. Brett, barnyard, hay.
Dry. Pear, apple, acidic, Brett. High carbonation, prickly, effervescent.
tsd08460 (195) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: leather, hay, grass,
Appearance: clear light amber, off-white head
Taste: umm - medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Pumpkin87 (118) - - JUN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very cloudy amber with huge off-white head that reduces steadily but leaves persistent skim.
Aroma of a sour, with green apple, stone fruit and funk. If chilled, let it warm closer to room temperature to open up. Even so, the upfront taste of this nine-month old bottling is must and heavy aromatics tending toward camphor, as though it were poured from a not particularly well-sealed cedar chest.
Some pear notes find there way through, and plentiful carbonation provides a satisfying mouth feel and attractively dry finish. But even with aeration, this lacks the complex flavor profile of many other Trappist ales. I’m going to try again with a bottle aged longer, because this one was disappointing.
Raistlin (177) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amberish color with huge head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of yeast and bread and floral with bit of toasty taste to it. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you’d expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness
swesson (290) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle at Franklin's Bar at the Delano in Las Vegas. Pours a dark copper and makes a Belgian thick head with a lot of lacing. Aroma is of yeast and bread and plums. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you'd expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness. You want to savor Orval slowly and don't drink it too cold, the flavored will come alive as it warms up.
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dodskenta (75) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2012 bottle. Beautiful clear ambee hue with a long lasting film of head. Nose is packed with brett, sweet malts, raisins, lots of figs, yeasts, grassy hops. Flavour is raisins, brett, spices, grassy, bitter hops. Big carbonation and dry finish. Full bodied with a chewy texture.