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
daniel0017 (409) - Yukon, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enough foam to keep the battleship afloat. Cloudy caramel hue, lively effervescence. Melodic honey, autumn fruits and hop scents straight from uncapping. Earthy flavors. Not bitter, not sweet with excellent balance and no real aftertaste. Refreshing in mouth without noticeable alcohol presence despite the 6.9% ABV.
miggle (250) - Fürth, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Most heavy foam ever seen. Nice Amber color. Aroma has raisins, orange and black fruits. Very good carbonation.
mjonesy07 (26) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian Trappist beer, deep browny golden colour and a little cloudy. Pleasant aroma which is quite hoppy. Nice frothy head. A taste of honey with a slight bitter aftertaste.
puren (256) - POLAND - JUL 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wylata :), bursztynowe, zmętnione, piana drobna i trwała;
bardzo silny winny, pod spodem kołaczą się nuty belgijskie
ciało wysokie do średniego, nasycenie wysokie;
najsilniejsze są nuty winne, cierpkie, goryczka, a z tyłu stoi "Belgia";
niezły belgijski sour.
Lukasmh (554) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear orange golden with small white head. Aroma is funky, brett, fruity, hops, melon, some phenols. Slight boozy.Taste is sweet, grainy, brett yeast, bitter crisp finish. Loads og leathery funk.
sickboy84 (4) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra estremamente attraente all?analisi visiva, di un bellissimo ambrato con un compatto e fine cappello di schiuma bianco sporco.All?olfatto offre una grandissima complessità che spazia dagli aromi primari (crosta di pane e miele), agli esteri della frutta a pasta gialla, floreali e speziati.In bocca, l?entrata restituisce tutto ciò che l?olfatto ci aveva promesso mentre in uscita regala una secchezza e lieve nota acidula che invita subito ad una nuova e ricca sorsata.Grande birra!
sandow (2) - FRANCE - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best beer (my favorite), really tasty, not too ’heavy’ and not too ’light’. It’s color is beautiful and so the froth.
MelvinKalksma (98) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, herbs, flowers, honey.
Amber/brown coloured beer with a foamy white head.
Hops, orange, apple, banana, honey, ends slightly bitter.
HasseWennigsen (12) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - JUL 19, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer combines what I like best about belgian trappist and english IPA. The result is an extremly well-tasting beer. One of my top-5 in the world!
ruuurd (136) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, i get the fuzz about this one! Wide palet of flavours, from sweet to sour, from fruit to flowers. Simply love it!